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A photo of Miss Universe Thailand Anchilee Scott-Kemmis standing on what appears to be a Thai flag. Miss Universe Thailand

Police action has been requested against Miss Universe Thailand Anchilee Scott-Kemmis for standing over what looks like a Thai flag in a photo posted on the contest organizer’s website.

The action was filed with Pol Lt Gen Samran Nuanma, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB), via the office of the bureau by Sonthiya Sawasdee, former adviser to the House Committee on Law, Justice and Rights of man Tuesday.

Mr Sonthiya accused Anchilee of breaking the Flag Act of 1979 and the Prime Minister’s Office announcement banning the use of national flags for commercial purposes.

The photo, which features the beauty queen posing in painted stripes resembling the colors of the national flag, was posted online as part of a promotional campaign before Anchilee entered the 70th Miss Universe pageant in Israel December 12.

Mr Sonthiya said he wanted the MPB to investigate allegations of flag abuse so as not to set a bad example for young people, as Anchilee has many followers on social media.

He said the reigning Miss Universe Thailand may not have known that standing on a national flag was deemed inappropriate. He was curious whether the competition had obtained prior permission from the Prime Minister’s Office using the image of the flag for the photo.

He insisted that he would not seek jail time, but simply take steps to protect the prestige of the national flag.

Meanwhile, Decha Kittiwitthayanan, head of the Thanai Klai Took lawyer network, said offenses against the national flag carry a maximum prison term of two years, a fine of up to 40,000. baht or both. However, he didn’t think Anchilee would be held criminally responsible as she doesn’t appear to have bad intentions.

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