Thai PM says women in skimpy dress are like unwrapped candy | Inquirer Lifestyle
FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, file photo, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha delivers his government's policy statement at parliament in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand's prime minister has some advice for his country’s young women - don't dress too revealingly, or you will be shunned like a piece of toffee without its wrapper. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha offered the observation Tuesday, April 12, 2016, to reporters as Thais prepared to kick off their traditional New Year celebration, known as Songkran. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai PM says women in skimpy dress are like unwrapped candy

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, file photo, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha delivers his government's policy statement at parliament in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand's prime minister has some advice for his country’s young women - don't dress too revealingly, or you will be shunned like a piece of toffee without its wrapper. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha offered the observation Tuesday, April 12, 2016, to reporters as Thais prepared to kick off their traditional New Year celebration, known as Songkran.  (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. AP file

BANGKOK — Thailand’s prime minister has some advice for his country’s young women: Don’t dress too revealingly, or you will be shunned like a piece of toffee without its wrapper.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha offered the observation Tuesday to reporters as Thais prepared to kick off their traditional New Year celebration, known as Songkran. The holiday comes at the hottest time of the year and is best known for the enthusiastic splashing of water upon friends and strangers alike, a practice that sometimes takes on a sexual edge.

Thailand’s military government already had announced that it would try to discourage lewd behavior and dress as inappropriate for the country’s culture.

Prayuth qualified his own advice, saying that some nicely wrapped candy will stay on the shelf for years no matter what. TVJ

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