Bangkok, Sep 5 (IANS) Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Thursday ordered his men to no longer use plastic or foam containers while serving him food.
Prayut said that he unknowingly ate some "pad kaprao moo sab khai dao" (fried basil leaves with minced pork, egg and rice) in a black plastic container prepared by his men while travelling on Wednesday to Sukhothai and Phitsanulok provinces. These provinces are flooded due to tropical storm Podul.
He said he ordered his men never to do so again, according to Xinhua news agency.
Prayut's comments apparently followed prompt reaction on social media to the evident use of the plastic container for his food in spite of his government's publicized campaign against the use of plastic or foam vessels and plastic bags to protect environment from undegradable waste.
Government spokesperson Naruemon Pinyosinwat posted on her Facebook page on Wednesday a clip of the Prime Minister eating food from the plastic container while on his way to the flooded area and commented it was his first meal of the day.
(This story was auto-published from a syndicated feed. No part of the story has been edited by The Quint.)
(The Quint is available on Telegram. For handpicked stories every day, subscribe to us on Telegram)
We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated.
Liked this story? We'll send you more. Subscribe to The Quint's newsletter and get selected stories delivered to your inbox every day. Click to get started.
The Quint is available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, click to join.