A government officer in Yasothorn is facing an investigation at work after he was widely condemned on Facebook for posting photos of a woman he called an “ugly creature” and questioned “how dare it be born?”
Yasothorn Governor Boontham Lertsukikasem said, in a press conference yesterday, that he has appointed a committee to investigate the online activity of Kor Wang district’s finance officer Pongsak Kensing to see if it had violated the government officers’ regulation, according to Kapook.
Boontham said the investigation will take seven days.
On Monday, Pongsak posted photos of a gas station worker he found in Maha Chana Chai district with a rude caption.
“News Highlight: I came across a strange and rare creature because it works in shifts. #What an ugly human being? #How dare it be born?” he wrote.
However, at the press conference, Pongsak insisted his mobile phone was stolen and blamed the thief for the demeaning Facebook post. He then turned back on his words and admitted he did it after the governor threatened, “If you’re not going to admit it, this won’t end.”
Pongsak apologized to the press and said it didn’t feel good to lie, Morning News reported.
After the story was widely shared, the governor said he advised Pongsak to apologize to the woman, which he did yesterday.
The woman in the photos, named “Namtao,” broke down in tears when she saw the demeaning Facebook post, but she accepted the apology and withdrew the police complaint against him.