- Miss Universe Thailand Amanda Chalisa Obdam has been removed from her role as mental health ambassador
- According to the department, Amanda was causing confusion by speaking up on politics
- Amanda earlier voiced out her support to pro-democracy movements
Miss Universe Thailand has been dismissed as mental health ambassador after she spoke up about her country’s politics.
The Department of Mental Health removed Miss Universe Thailand Amanda Chalisa Obdam from her role as the country’s mental health ambassador. The dismissal came after Amanda posted about Thai politics on her Facebook page. The post has earned the attention of Thai netizens and opened a barrage of debate.
According to Department director-general Panpimol Wipulakorn, they had to revoke the ambassadorship because Amanda was causing confusion to the public. She explained that the role of a mental health ambassador was to promote mental health work, publicize information and participate in voluntary work for the department.
The beauty queen had not benefited from any special privileges as mental health ambassador, Wipulakorn added.
Last October, Miss Universe Thailand voiced her support for pro-democracy movements. According to Nation Thailand, Amanda is the second Miss Universe crown holder to speak up on political issues. The first one was former beauty queen Maria Lynn Ehren or Maria Poonlertlarp.
Meanwhile, Amanda is set to compete against Miss Universe Philippines Rabiya Mateo in the upcoming pageant.
It can be recalled that Amanda said she would pick Philippines as the delegate to have an ultimate face off in the top spots of the beauty pageant, even though at that time the Philippines has not crowned our pageant winner yet.
The feeling is mutual as Rabiya later on mentioned that she would want Amanda to be with her if ever she gets to the top of the Miss Universe.