Bangkok Post, an English-language daily newspaper published in Thailand, has had an article on December 28, 2020, clarifying that a doctoral dissertation, titled “Thai Politics in Phibun’s Government under the US World Order (1948–1957)” by Nattapol Chaiching, cited false evidence.
Dr. Nattapon Chaiching, Assistant Professor at Faculty of Humanities and social Sciences at Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University and also a pro-democracy instructor. His doctoral dissertation cited false evidence. The dissertation referred to the Bangkok Post article published on Dec 18 1950, for the part saying the Regent had been expanding his political role by frequently attending cabinet meetings led by prime minister Field Marshal Plaek Phibulsonggram. This move was said to have made Field Marshal Plaek dissatisfied and he responded by demanding that he be allowed to sit in meetings of the Privy Council as well if the Regent was to interfere with the administrative and legislative branches.
Bangkok Post argued that the paper never reported such information which has been cited and disseminated in several other channels, including a book titled Khor Funfai Nai Fun An Lueachuea written by the same author Nattapol, and a political seminar.
In fact, the article “Premier May Sit In with Privy Council” merely reported that several cabinet members had voiced their concern about the appointment of 50 senators by the Privy Council without consulting the government.
Thai academic community asked Chulalongkorn University’s committee to bring this matter into consideration. One of the important reasons is that Assistant Professor Nattapon is truly serious academic wrongdoing by editing information or give false information in his doctoral dissertation. It creates a deliberate misunderstanding of the monarchy. Chulalongkorn University should revoke his Ph.D. in accordance with the academic regulations.