By Thai Newsroom Reporters
MEMBERS OF DE FACTO PHEU THAI boss Thaksin Shinawatra’s family would prefer he postpone his long-awaited homecoming from next month until after a post-election government has been completely put in place, said a source personally associated with his camp.
Thaksin’s former spouse Podjaman na Pombejra and their daughters, Pintongta Kunakornwong and Paetongtarn Shinawatra, lunched together at a Bangkok hotel during which they discussed his planned return after 17 years in self-exile abroad and mutually agreed to the extent that he put off his homecoming trip which he had earlier scheduled for next month, said the source who only spoke on condition of anonymity.
The Shinawatra family members were considerably worried over possibility that Thaksin might be “fooled around again” by others only if he came back as soon as next month and would strongly prefer he wait until after the setting up of the Move Forward-led government consisting of eight coalition partners has been completed, the source said but stopped short of saying what he might possibly be deceived about and by who.
Instead of being provided a nursing home to stay in the style of a house arrest as some people may have speculated, Thaksin might possibly be put behind bars at a prison upon his planned return, the source said.
The de facto Pheu Thai boss has been earlier sentenced in absentia by court to a combined 10-year jail on separate counts of misconduct perpetrated during his premiership nearly two decades ago.
But Thaksin has vowed time and again to come back home no matter what may happen to him since he has constantly yearned to literally babysit all his seven grandchildren and to no longer get himself involved in politics.
The former prime minister, who was deposed in the 2006 coup and has been globetrotting and living in self-exile abroad since, earlier said he would not ask anyone, especially the Pheu Thai rank and file, for help after he has come back.
Barely a couple of weeks earlier in Singapore, he told a visiting TV host that he will have Paetongtarn who has emerged from nowhere to be one of a Pheu Thai trio running for prime minister publicly unveil next month’s date on which he will return home.
Top: Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, inset, with the main photo showing his former wife Podjaman na Pombejra and other family members. Credit: Thai Rath
Front Page: File photo of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Credit: Thai Rath