Celebrated Senator Khunying Porntip Rojanasunan shares a snapshot from her recent Icelandic escapade. The picture is courtesy of her Instagram page. Immersed in an altercation at an eatery in Iceland, she finds herself empathizing with the Thai cook she confronted, ruling out any prospect of legal proceedings.
In the course of addressing the parliament on a different day; the legislator shed light on the incident, which has, since the occurrence, been making rounds across social media as well as traditional news platforms. The incident happened as she, along her companions, had stepped into a Japanese joint during their stay in Iceland when they were encountered by an irate Thai chef wielding a mobile phone, seemingly in the midst of streaming live.
Porntip recalls the numerous similar matters she’s faced. “Hatred, despite having no intimacy — it’s a sentiment I’m familiar with,” she notes. “A fact that only fills me with sympathy for the man.”
While she hadn’t anticipated the event going public, the cook himself contributed to the dissemination of the video. Describing the episode, she adds that the man had behaved as if she were a wild beast. He yelled at her not only in English but also in Thai, under the watchful eye of others, forcing her to beat a hasty retreat from the restaurant. “The situation seemed ripe for escalating into physical confrontations if I’d remained longer, since he aggressively pointed at my face… as if I were a lowly pig or dog,” she said.
Despite the unpleasantness, the senator seemed unruffled. As a robust woman of 69, she’s weathered her share of such experiences. She refused to take umbrage nor is contemplating suing him, she assured.
The video soon became a sensation over social media over the weekend. It features chef Ari Alexander Guðjónsson unilaterally challenging Khunying Porntip, insisting that she immediately exit the establishment. He communicates in Thai and English, all the while filming the incident on his phone.
In her political journey, Khunying Porntip recently abstained in the initial round of prime ministerial voting, in which Move Forward Party (MFP) leader Pita Limjaroenrat was unable to muster substantial backing due to the majority of senators either abstaining or voting against him.
She expressed her disdain for MFP supporters responsible for distressing senators with opposing viewpoints. She revealed that she had proposed to the MFP that she would support its prime ministerial candidate, assuming they revoked their intent to alter Section 112 of the Criminal Code, synonymous with the lese majeste law.
“We’re tasked with preventing aggression together. If you let politics consume you, you risk it casting a shadow over everything else,” she concluded.