Yingluck apologises to children

Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has apologised to young people for failing to arrange Children's Day festivities at Government House on Saturday because of security concerns.

In a message posted on her Facebook page on Saturday, Ms Yingluck said, "First I would like to say sorry to every child who wanted to visit Government House, sit in the prime minister's office, take a walk in the compound and participate in different activities.

"But we have to take people's safety into account and I hope that children and their parents will visit other places where there are Children Day's activities."

She said children were the future of the country, like a small light that shines brightly. Thai adults are responsible for making the light shine as brightly as possible and ensuring that children will grow in a friendly society and environment, she said.

She said the slogan for this year's Children's Day was "Be grateful, responsible, virtuous, disciplined, and protect Thailand's stability."

Children's Day activities at Government House were cancelled because anti-government demonstrators, led by the Students and People's Network for Thailand's Reform (SPNTR), continue to occupy nearby areas.

At the protest rally stage on Ratchadamnoen Avenue, the anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), led by former Democrat Party powerbroker Suthep Thaugsuban, staged its own activities for children on Saturday.

Mr Suthep said his slogan for Thai children was: "Think smart, love the country, love the King, be honest and stay Thai."

The activities at Ratchadamnoen were briefly delayed following a shooting near the rally site early Saturday. Seven people were injured, two critically.

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Discussion 1 : 12/01/2014 at 05:43 AM
What a great role model she is (not).
Discussion 2 : 11/01/2014 at 10:56 PM
Yingluck, do not apologise, retire and get lost and enjoy life elsewhere in the world.
Discussion 3 : 11/01/2014 at 10:18 PM
She confessed her weakness to the children, why she never did to the adults ?????
Discussion 4 : 11/01/2014 at 09:48 PM
On the CHILDREN DAY her Public Relation PM duty is to gatherchildren at any place. If Government House was not availaible, why she doesn't choose other places... Truly the Children have the right to be furious !!!!
Discussion 5 : 11/01/2014 at 09:32 PM
my daughter have a tablet, but, not from the govt !!!!
Discussion 6 : 11/01/2014 at 09:32 PM
She can think? Hang on...let's call Dubai and see what should be said or done next?
Discussion 7 : 11/01/2014 at 09:25 PM
Doesn't appear to be much love here for the caretaker PM.
Discussion 8 : 11/01/2014 at 09:11 PM
Well, one child is already sitting in the PM's chair. Everyday.
Discussion 9 : 11/01/2014 at 08:49 PM
Ms Yingluck, now that you have apologised to children, please do apologise to their parents for all the turmoil that you, on behalf of your brother, have caused until now.
Discussion 10 : 11/01/2014 at 08:03 PM
How can you say political stuff like "protect Thailand's stability" when you address a bunch of little kids on childrens day? Let them enjoy their day for goodness sake. Does everything have to be a political soul-snatch?
Discussion 11 : 11/01/2014 at 07:37 PM
All because she's too scared to come out of hiding!
Discussion 12 : 11/01/2014 at 07:23 PM
Your proof is?
Discussion 13 : 11/01/2014 at 07:10 PM
'...and protect Thailand's stability': in a slogan for children!? Do adults here understand the meaning of 'stability' (except to be stuck in corruption like rats on a glue plate)? What about kids then? Expose them already to dictatorial PT politics? The PR guy/girl who has been laying this rotten egg of a slogan is maybe also writing stuff for Kim Il Un, or what? Why does Yingluck and meaningfull communication always rime with disaster, considering the large flock of people paid to pamper her in every move she makes and word she speaks? Better 'she' said nothing, the kids knew already they were not important enough for her...
Discussion 14 : 11/01/2014 at 07:04 PM
Yeh right sure, maybe she should listen to her own word, she cannot even leave children's day alone without using it as a tool against the upcoming protest.
Discussion 15 : 11/01/2014 at 06:54 PM
No it fails because the warranty on the tablets has since expired and now they can not even access her facelessbook.
Discussion 16 : 11/01/2014 at 06:33 PM
Actions speak louder than words .Get out of politics .You don't know what your doing .
Discussion 17 : 11/01/2014 at 06:01 PM
rene33, you take the words out of my mouth. She should profoundly apologise to the whole nation for taking orders from a convict of Thai law, thereby ruining the once proud Thai export product, it's rice. And a plethora of other serious mishaps and damaging Thailand's name and standing internationally. I can go on but space prohibits me. A sad human being with a pretty smile, that's about it.
Discussion 18 : 11/01/2014 at 05:56 PM
Fails because the parents are protesting.
Discussion 19 : 11/01/2014 at 05:52 PM
She could have said it with four words, 'don't be like me.'
Discussion 20 : 11/01/2014 at 05:35 PM
Good to apologyse on facebook because 99% of the children have Internet access. Or is it maybe only promotion?
Discussion 21 : 11/01/2014 at 05:28 PM
"Be grateful, responsible, virtuous, disciplined, and protect Thailand's stability." Is that what she and her brother did? Responsibility?
Discussion 22 : 11/01/2014 at 05:26 PM
Did she say sorry for the dead people, where she and her brother are responsible for? Did she for the rice scam? Did she say sorry for her illegal reconcilation bill? Sorry for the dead people in the south?
Discussion 23 : 11/01/2014 at 05:24 PM
Sorry, bad writing or editing. The article speaks of childrens' day activities. The last paragraph suggests these were these were delayed by shooting. I think this misleading.
Discussion 24 : 11/01/2014 at 05:19 PM
She would not have even thought of this, a staffer would have and written the text including the meaningless wish. Sutheps thoughts at least had clarity.
Discussion 25 : 11/01/2014 at 05:10 PM
Yes, if was a child I would certainly miss sitting in the PM's office and understand the meaning of her slogan.
Discussion 26 : 11/01/2014 at 05:05 PM
Sad when the government crafts a Children's Day slogan with a political statement poorly hidden in it.

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