This Explains a Lot: An Interview with Our ICT Minister

I found this funny, revealing and ultimately kinda sad: our ICT minister doesn’t use the web or even email…

From: Suthichai Yoon’s blog

เพิ่งฟัง​​ ​​รมต​​. ​​ไอซีทีสิทธิชัย​​ ​​โภไคยอุดม​​​ให้​​​สัมภาษณ์ทางวิทยุ​​​เมื่อสักครู่​​…​​ยืนยันว่า​​​เป็น​​​คน​​ “​ตกรุ่น​” ​​และ​​​ไม่​​​เคยอ่านเว็บเลย​​…”​ดัง​​​นั้น​​​ถ้า​​​ใคร​​​จะ​​​ให้​​​ผมอ่านเว็บ​​​ใน​​​อินเตอร์​​​เน็ทเมื่อฟัง​​​ความ​​​เห็นของ​​​เขา​​​ก็ลืมเสียเถิด​​ ​​เพราะ​​​ผมแก่​​​แล้ว​​…​​ไม่​​​อ่านเว็บ​​..”

คุณสิทธิชัยยอมรับ​​​กับ​​​นักข่าวก่อนหน้านี้ว่า​​​ไม่​​​ติดต่อ​​​กับ​​​ใครผ่านอี​​​เมล์​​​เหมือน​​​กัน​​ ​”​​เพราะ​​​ผมแก่​​​แล้ว​”

Just listened to ICT Minister Sitthichai Pookaiyaudom giving an interview on radio a bit earlier… [He] insists that he’s “old-fashioned” and has never used the web. [He said,] “therefore if anyone wants me to read their opinions on the web, forget about it. Because I’m too old… don’t use the web…”

Mr. Sitthichai admitted to reporters earlier that he does not interact with anyone via email either. “Because I’m too old.”

What can I say except… sigh.

Update: The full story from the Nation is available (via

He does use the web for a few sites it seems. Interesting quotes:

He said he had “not even glanced” at most of the five sites he was responsible for closing.

He sets his own criteria. To criticise the Privy Council president is a threat to national security, he said.

Sigh… (again).


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