Thaksin’s sister rides iPad2 wave as election heats up


BUNG KAN, June 6 – Yingluck Shinawatra, candidate for premier from Thailand’s main opposition party, the Pheu Thai, on Monday turned the hype of the gadget into a buzz that raised the profile and likely public support here for her party’s political campaigning for votes in the July 3 election.

Demonstrating the Pheu Thai party education policy via iPad2, Ms Yingluck received a warm welcome and cheers from both pupils and teachers during a school visit in this northeastern province.

The Pheu Thai Party pledged to distribute tablet PCs to students aiming to boost their learning skills and academic performance.

The youngest sister of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra was in the telecommunications business before entering politics.

Many critics see her as a proxy for her brother, but the 43-year-old businesswoman vowed to prove herself as her own person through her work for the public.