Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra confirmed this week that he spent the night in Malaysia.
Residents of Udon Thani, which is located in the north of Thailand near the city of Chiang Mai tuned into FM 97.5 Udon Lovers community radio station to hear a live phone-in from Thaksin Shinawatra.
According to a report by The Nation Thaksin admitted that: “My private jet stopped for refuelling in Malaysia and they sent 20 special-branch policemen to guard me. They love and care about me. You people are role models for red-shirt supporters nationwide. If I have a chance to return, I will buy a plot of land and build a house (in Udon Thani).”
The former Prime Minister is officially banned from visiting Asia as he is accused of committing fraud. Thaksin claimed that he spent the night in Malaysia before jetting back to Dubai.
However, subsequent reports suggest that Thaksin was never in Malaysia at all and his broadcast was yet another bid for publicity. However, whatever the truth behind the rumour, the high ratings for the broadcast indicate that the former PM still has a huge following.