Paradorn to run for Bangkok MP

Paradorn Srichaphan, former Thai tennis star and once ranked ninth in the world, said on Monday that he will run for a seat in Bangkok’s constituency 6, covering Din Daeng and Phayathai districts, in the Feb 2 election.

He said he will be a candidate for the Chart Pattana Party.

Mr Paradorn, who ranked number nine in  the world in 2003,  won five championship titles in his career. He retired in 2010 due to a prolonged injury to his wrist.

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Discussion 1 : 31/12/2013 at 09:50 AM
Glad to see new faces in Thai politics, hope he does well, and perhaps raise the status of his party... We need an alternative to the Dems...
Discussion 2 : 31/12/2013 at 04:53 AM
Merlin, nenth... It is a conceptual number that sits in between ninth and tenth.
Discussion 3 : 30/12/2013 at 02:44 PM
Nenth in the world???
Discussion 4 : 30/12/2013 at 02:41 PM
@Guitarman - When the requirement for a university degree went into effect, we got to see all sorts of politicians suddenly "earning" a degree without even attended a single class. Whatever the logic behind the requirement, the politicians made a mockery of it.
Discussion 5 : 30/12/2013 at 12:47 PM
FoxBx, thanks for responding! I understand your point but I think he will add a breath of fresh air. Bringing someone who is considered new and publicly respected into politics could help reduce corruption and move forward the needs of reform. The way I look at it, to rid of corruption in Thai politics you need change the current political culture, as much as possible, and one way to do that is to ship out the old / experienced politicians and bring in the new / innocent ones. PS. sorry about the thumbs down on you, it was an accident and I can't seem to undo it. :(
Discussion 6 : 30/12/2013 at 12:28 PM
Poor judgment on his part, considering the poor reputation that this corrupt coalition government has, he still wants to be part of them or is he into politics for the money which is many times more than all his winnings put together. The highest reward for man’s toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it.–John Ruskin/English critic
Discussion 7 : 30/12/2013 at 12:18 PM
Thai democracy does discriminate very bad with their election rules. You need a university degree to be able to run for parlament.
Discussion 8 : 30/12/2013 at 12:16 PM
Lipka: Agree with you, democracy is, as it should be, open to everyone. Unfortunately this is Thailand where he will just be towing the line of the winning party because in Thailand, it doesn't matter who you vote for or which party you belong to, money is the ultimate decider of what laws Thailand deserves. Just look at the UDD MPs, even though they despised the Blanket Amnesty, they still didn't have the guts to vote NO....again, money.
Discussion 9 : 30/12/2013 at 11:45 AM
whatajoke, you are wrong! Democracy does not discriminate. Who cares if a celebrity, a gardener, a lawyer or a former 7 eleven worker runs for a seat? Diversity is a great thing. The great thing about Paradorn is many if not all Thais recognise him. I believe they value and trust him, which is rare these days in politics. A successful politician requires a good charisma. He has it! And don't you know qualification is what's on paper? That's all it is. Besides, one political issue is ethics and good ethics is not a qualification you can attain through study.
Discussion 10 : 30/12/2013 at 11:42 AM
Thailand needs capable people to run the country and those without experience should not be candidate. They are enough clowns running to be MP.
Discussion 11 : 30/12/2013 at 11:31 AM
I hope he does well. He is a decent guy.
Discussion 12 : 30/12/2013 at 11:30 AM
Assume he has spent his winnings and needs easy money. Can't be worse than many we already have.
Discussion 13 : 30/12/2013 at 11:24 AM
And then what are his qualifications to become a lawmaker? Another pretty face to dilute the brew.
Discussion 14 : 30/12/2013 at 10:56 AM
This is what's wrong with this whole 'democracy', another celebrity face wins popularity, never mind that his qualification with the tennis racket has little to do with experience needed to make laws. No matter, as part of the CTP party he will simply vote in lock step commanded by an unelected ruler of the ruling party whose cheque book commands the coalition.
Discussion 15 : 30/12/2013 at 10:35 AM
Wish you well. Hope you win the seat.

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