Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Yingluck as defence minister too? Thanks, but no thanks.
It was first headlined in Matichon Daily early this morning. A few hours later, when reporters met her, Yingluck Shinawatra categorically denied the highly unlikely story: PM Yingluck tipped to be concurrently defence minister in her own Cabinet.
Nobody knows whose idea it was. But Matichon, quoting unidentified "sources" said some of Thaksin Shinawatra's Army Cadet Academy Class 10 classmates had suggested to him that Yingluck could probably be named defence minister too.
Why? "Because that could put a halt to the intense lobbying from various quarters" was the reason cited in the Matichon story.
Yingluck immediately poured cold water on the rumour, one of the many that have been bandied about in the political circles.
Earlier speculation had cited other potential candidates for the defence portfolios, including outgoing Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, current Supreme Commander Gen Songkitti Chakkarbat, Thaksin's classmate Air Chief Marshal Sumet Pohmani -- and even former Army Chief Gen Anupong Paochinda.
My advice is: Don't believe any of these rumours, most of which are nothing more than just trial balloons.