Navy officers ordered to keep mum

Navy chief Adm Narong Pipattanasai on Wednesday ordered all navy personnel who are not involved in dealing with the Bangkok shutdown protests to refrain from commenting on the matter because the sensitivity of the situation could affect the image of the Royal Thai Navy.

“We strongly assure that the Royal Thai Navy belongs to the nation, the religion and the people, and will remain politically neutral,” navy secretary Rear Adm Karn Dee-ubon said. 

The navy chief’s order comes after Rear Adm Winai Klom-in, commander of the navy's Seal forces, told reporters on Tuesday that he had received intelligence reports that "foreigners" from across the eastern border were brought into the country on Monday in 10 passenger vans in order to instigate violence in Bangkok. 

He also asked why police with their extensive network of information had no knowledge of these movements. 

Rear Adm Karn said the navy chief was not warning Rear Adm Winai directly for his comment, but stressed that all officers must be cautious about giving political opinions or interviews on the ongoing political conflicts. 

Rear Adm Winai’s interview is a personal affair, Rear Adm Karn added.

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Discussion 1 : 23/01/2014 at 08:17 AM
Except for the chiefs of the branches, and supreme commander, Military personnel should not be allowed to give interviews and personal views on matters of national security or political comments.
Discussion 2 : 23/01/2014 at 06:37 AM
Well, Rear Adm Winai Klom-in claimed that foreigners are brought into Thailand in order to carry out a campaign of bombing. If we do not believe this Claim, what about his second claim that his soldiers were on an anti-drug mission and were also protecting the protesters? If we do not believe him, however, what were these soldiers doing? Any ideas?
Discussion 3 : 23/01/2014 at 05:46 AM
put brain in gear before opening mouth
Discussion 4 : 23/01/2014 at 01:09 AM
Since the government decreed state of emergency so all the polices can use their weapons to defend themselves and to get rid of some criminal protesters this also including innocent citizens can use weapons to proptect their properties as well. Any criminal protester come near your private property you can defend yourself by any mean. Great job, I like it. Protesters need to go home before they lost someone they love...
Discussion 5 : 23/01/2014 at 12:34 AM
Rear Adm Winai is not a politician or a diplomat. He's a true soldier and soldiers like to call a spade a spade.
Discussion 6 : 22/01/2014 at 11:18 PM
The armed forces owe allegiance to the head of state - His Majesty the King - not to the head of government - a party politician. In this case a party politician under investigation for corruption and sister of a convicted fellon.
Discussion 7 : 22/01/2014 at 10:31 PM
I understand your position, but having several versions of stories can lead to misinformation, personal bias, misleading information and create a situation where senior officers can avoid being held responsible. That last point is really only applicable in other countries.
Discussion 8 : 22/01/2014 at 09:51 PM
Should'nt they obey to the government?Amazing Thailand.Say like that in Europe and u sit in prison.But in Thailand Army,Navy and Air Force are a state in a state,shame on them
Discussion 9 : 22/01/2014 at 08:52 PM
Better Winai speak, than some carefully crafted PR person. People tell truths and lies and we judge them on their words. Good or bad, their words reveal the true nature of things. PR people just spout meaningless propaganda lines.
Discussion 10 : 22/01/2014 at 08:31 PM
More Admirals than ships...hmmm.

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