Red Bull heir, Toyota chief said to support shutdown

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Bangkok shutdown_Arno MaierbruggerA leaked list of alleged supporters of the Thai anti-government movement and the Bangkok shutdown has caused a stir in Thailand. Thai-language newspaper Post Today published a list it said has been compiled by the Center for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO), a quasi-police body set up by the caretaker government.

The list contains names of 32 companies and individuals out of 136 said to fund or at least support the anti-government movement.

On the individuals’ list, the name of Red Bull heir Chalerm Yoovidhya, 49-per-cent owner of the Red Bull energy drink franchise and 31st-richest person in Thailand, can be found. Furthermore, the list shows the name of Pramon Suthiwong, chairman of Toyota Thailand, executive vice president of Siam Cement Group and chairman of the Anti-Corruption Organization of Thailand chairman.

Among others, also on the list are Issara Vongkusolkit, chairman of Mitr Phol Sugar, Thailand’s largest and the world’s fifth-largest sugar producer, Singha beer heiress Chitpas Kridakorn, former military commander General Kitti Rattanachaya, magazine publisher Sakchai Guy and Muang Thai Insurance president Nualphan Lamsam.

The listed companies are consumer goods producer and property developer Saha Pathanapibul Plc, shopping mall operators Gaysorn Plaza and Siam Paragon Department Store, duty-free company King Power Group, Dusit Thani Hotel, Siam Intercontinental Hotel, Riverside Hotel, sugar giants Mitr Phol Group and Wangkanai Group, Boon Rawd Brewery Co, Thai Beverage Plc, food and beverage companies Yakult (Thailand) and Neptune Co, Thai Namthip Co,¬†Coca-Cola’s bottling partner in Thailand, Muang Thai Life Assurance Co, media company Hello Bangkok Co and Metro Machinery Group.

However, anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban said that none of the people on the list, except Sakchai Guy, had provided financial support to his political movement. Toyota Thailand chairman Pramon Suthiwong said he is considering a lawsuit against the CMPO if it formalises the accusation, as did Boonchai Chokwatana, chief executive of Saha Pathanapibul Plc, because such such information would damage their reputation and companies.

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A leaked list of alleged supporters of the Thai anti-government movement and the Bangkok shutdown has caused a stir in Thailand. Thai-language newspaper Post Today published a list it said has been compiled by the Center for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO), a quasi-police body set up by the caretaker government.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Bangkok shutdown_Arno MaierbruggerA leaked list of alleged supporters of the Thai anti-government movement and the Bangkok shutdown has caused a stir in Thailand. Thai-language newspaper Post Today published a list it said has been compiled by the Center for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO), a quasi-police body set up by the caretaker government.

The list contains names of 32 companies and individuals out of 136 said to fund or at least support the anti-government movement.

On the individuals’ list, the name of Red Bull heir Chalerm Yoovidhya, 49-per-cent owner of the Red Bull energy drink franchise and 31st-richest person in Thailand, can be found. Furthermore, the list shows the name of Pramon Suthiwong, chairman of Toyota Thailand, executive vice president of Siam Cement Group and chairman of the Anti-Corruption Organization of Thailand chairman.

Among others, also on the list are Issara Vongkusolkit, chairman of Mitr Phol Sugar, Thailand’s largest and the world’s fifth-largest sugar producer, Singha beer heiress Chitpas Kridakorn, former military commander General Kitti Rattanachaya, magazine publisher Sakchai Guy and Muang Thai Insurance president Nualphan Lamsam.

The listed companies are consumer goods producer and property developer Saha Pathanapibul Plc, shopping mall operators Gaysorn Plaza and Siam Paragon Department Store, duty-free company King Power Group, Dusit Thani Hotel, Siam Intercontinental Hotel, Riverside Hotel, sugar giants Mitr Phol Group and Wangkanai Group, Boon Rawd Brewery Co, Thai Beverage Plc, food and beverage companies Yakult (Thailand) and Neptune Co, Thai Namthip Co,¬†Coca-Cola’s bottling partner in Thailand, Muang Thai Life Assurance Co, media company Hello Bangkok Co and Metro Machinery Group.

However, anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban said that none of the people on the list, except Sakchai Guy, had provided financial support to his political movement. Toyota Thailand chairman Pramon Suthiwong said he is considering a lawsuit against the CMPO if it formalises the accusation, as did Boonchai Chokwatana, chief executive of Saha Pathanapibul Plc, because such such information would damage their reputation and companies.

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