Parliament speaker says opposition MPs lacking proper respect in debate

Some members of parliament have been failing to control their behaviour and using disrespectful language during the ongoing censure debate, Speaker Chuan Leekpai said Friday.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha also said earlier he was disappointed that the language and behaviour in parliament is becoming more aggressive.

He said that for his part he has been patient and reserved during the censure debate.

While explaining the government’s economic development project, the PM abruptly stopped and walked out of the chamber, saying “This is all that I am going to say because if I say anything, no one will listen.”

Move Forward Party MPs were seen laughing as the Prime Minister walked out.

“Some of these MPs do seem to be here to see who can use the most rude language,” Chuan said. “At least they stop when told to. But many of these words are recorded in parliament as not suitable and should not be used.”

“However, please do not generalize about all MPs because everyone has different background and behaviours.”

The hashtag #มารายาทคุมไม่ได้ (#cannot control your manners) was trending, with netizens attacking both the Prime Minister and opposition Move Forward Party MP Amarat Chokepamitkul.

Netizens were also posting clips of the Prime Minister’s own verbal slurs against the press and other derogatory comments.

Amarat was among those seen laughing as the premier stormed off.

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