Panthongtae Shinawatra, the son of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, said Sunday that his mother, Khunying Pojaman na Pombejra, has never been to Myanmar.
Panthongtae posted a message on his Facebook wall to counter a report by the Irrawaddy which reported on Friday that Pojaman, during her recent trip to Myanmar, paid a visit to Yangon-based astrologer San Zarni Bo to seek advice for Thaksin’s “smooth re-entry” to Thailand and to ask about his business concessions in Burma.
In the message, Panthongtae added that his mother had not met his father for five years after their divorce.
“They only met via Skype chat. They met each other in persons the last time before the Supreme Court made a ruling on the Ratchadapisek land case,” Panthongtae said in the Facebook message.
“I would like to affirm that since she was born, she has never been to Myanmar.”
The Irrawaddy said Thaksin and Pojaman also stopped at Kaba Aye Pagoda (World Peace Pagoda) during their trip to promote peace in Thailand. “The pagoda seemed to be a perfect place for Thaksin to perform the yadaya numerological rituals, as the Sixth Buddhist Council was once held there,” it said.