PAD Advisors
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PAD Advisors

Matichon reports quoting from a source that Prapan Khoonmee, Pichet Pattanachote and Samran Rodphet were proposed/have been appointed as advisors to Ministers.
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BP: Matichon notes that Pichet and Samran were second group of PAD leaders. For Prapan, Thailand Outlook Channel – which is the ASTV English language network – has this from January 12, 2009:
Key members of the People’s Alliance for Democracy thanked southerners for their victory over the Thaksin regime, while giving out information on “new politics” and urging them to keep an eye on the Democrat-led government’s performance.
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The atmosphere at the rally in Talang District of Phuket Province was very lively last night as hundreds of supporters of the People’s Alliance for Democracy, or PAD, from Phuket, Phang-nga, Krabi, and nearby provinces attended various speeches on “new politics” from the 1st and 2nd generations of PAD leaders. 
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Key members of the PAD such as Somsak Kosaisuk, Pipop Thongchai, Somkiat Pongpaiboon, Prapan Khoonmee, Amorn Amornrattananon, and Pichit Chaimongkon, as well as the bands Rung Rochestra, Susu, and Saengtammada attended the event last night. 
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BP: He is described as a key member in the same light as Somsak, Pipop, and Somkiat and this was a mere two days ago. He is not someone who just once attended a PAD rally, he is a key player.
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Since Matichon‘s report the government has confirmed and defended Prapan’s appointment. The Nation also mentions about Pichet’s likely appointment although there is nothing on Samran. They defend the appointment as follows:
Abhisit said Prapan has been part of a Democrat Party working group and worked for the party for some time.
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However, when asked about Prapan’s background in science and technology, the prime minister paused for a moment before saying “he is somewhat knowledgeable“.
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He rejected claims Prapan’s appointment was a reward for the PAD. “Nobody has got any reward. Everybody is joining the government simply to work,” he said.
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Abhisit said that political appointees, like ministerial advisers and secretaries, worked for particular Cabinet members and had no role making political moves.
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Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, who is the Democrats’ secretary-general, said Prapan was appointed because he was a Democrat member, not because he was from the PAD.
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Suthep said Prapan, like a few other non-executive Democrats, took part in PAD rallies out of their own political conscience.
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Deputy Interior Minister Thaworn Senneam, who is also from the Democrat Party, said yesterday that Prapan qualified for the post as he was a party candidate, capable, and agreed to do the job.
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BP: It seems Matichon‘s source was accurate and if all three pan out then it will be four important PAD people who have become involved in the government, one as a Minsiter and three as advisors.
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It should be noted these appointments have been approved by Cabinet so it is not just at the whim of an individual Minister. There was a previous report alluding to the possible appointments on the weekend and it noted these are official paid advisor positions and not honorary advisers.