Who is Chitpas Bhirombhakdi?
For me and for many many other people in Thailand, Chitpas Bhirombhakdi is the reason we will never buy another product made by Boon Rawd Brewery. For yet others, she’s a spoiled, selfish rich girl who is heading up a political protest movement with the aim of keeping the money and the power in the country in the hands of the rich and elite and is, thus, one of the most hated people in Thailand.
To others again, Chitpas Bhirombhakdi is one of the leaders of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protest movement and someone they admire.
So who is Chitpas Bhirombhakdi?
In reality, Chitpas Bhirombhakdi is one of the most vocal and most recognized figures in the PDRC protest movement, as well as being one of the heirs to the $2.6 billion Boon Rawd Brewery empire – makers of Singha beer, Leo beer and Moshi green tea.
She is also the woman who was forced to stop using her family name recently after a boycott of Boon Rawd Brewery’s products was announced due to Chitpas’ political affiliation with the PDRC and a statement she made saying in effect that rural Thais didn’t deserve to be able to vote as they weren’t educated enough about democracy.
In other words, Chitpas Bhirombhakdi is many things to many people – some of them correct, some of them not so much.
What you think of Chitpas Bhirombhakdi depends on what your political leanings are, and how much you value or don’t value democracy but, if you’re interested in finding out more about her, Channel News Asia has produced a video about her background and her current political activities in their ‘The Successors’ program, and it’s well worth a watch.
Check it out below.
And, by the way, if you think you recognize the mother of Chitpas Bhirombhakdi, ML Piyapas Bhirombhakdi, that’s because she played the part of the Thai queen Suriyothai in the movie ‘The Legend of Suriyothai’.