Khon Kaen deputy governor Suchai Bootsara has issued a public apology for “improper wordings” in an official letter inviting provincial officials and local administrators to attend a meeting in preparation for the visit to the province by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.
The letter, dated March 9 and issued by the Office of the Promotion of Rural Administratioin, carried some improper wordings which read: “How to do to help the people from stupidity”.
After the stupid slip in the letter was discovered, the wordings in question were changed to: “How to make the people keep abreast with the global changes.”
Deputy governor Suchai said he felt sorry for the mistake and for not double-checking the letter because he thought it was just an invitation letter for officials concerned to attend a meeting on March 9 and another meeting on March 13.
However, he said that someone spotted the wordings and protested that they were improper, so they were quickly corrected before the letter was posted online.
“ (I) apologize everyone if the wordings caused uneasiness. (I) accept the mistake. Personally, I don’t have no ill intention against the people. I am a native of Khon Kaen and an Isan resident, don’t have any bad feeling against the people of Khon Kaen and the rest of the people. (I) have no intention to insult any people,” said Mr Suchai.
He disclosed that the governor had already ordered a panel to investigate the matter to find out who was responsible for the mistake.
Second Army Region commander Lt-Gen Tharakorn Thamwinthorn said that the improper wordings might have caused hard felling among some people in the province and he suggested officials concerned to make clarification to the people.