Former Thai premiers spotted in Penang market

Former Thai premiers spotted in Penang market

GEORGE TOWN: Thailand’s former premiers were spotted at a local market here.

Both former prime ministers Thaksin Shinawatra and his sister Yingluck Shinawatra were seen at the Cecil Street market and a food court in Weld Quay on Wednesday (Sept 21).

Locals were excited to spot them at the Cecil Street market, and it was learnt that they both tried the famous pasembur.

It is also learnt that both of them were friendly and did not object when locals requested to take photos with them.

According to locals, they were escorted by the police wherever they went.

Thaksin, 73, was Thailand’s prime minister from 2001 to 2006.

Yingluck, 55, was the first female prime minister in Thailand when she served from 2011 to 2014.

Thaksin fled Thailand in 2008 to escape a corruption ruling and has lived in exile ever since.

A controversial 2013 amnesty bill that would have paved the way for his return instead triggered street protests which culminated in the 2014 coup against Yingluck’s government.