Date: 1st November 2000

Thais Doubt Legitimacy Of Millionaire Contest

Questions are being raised in Thailand over the legitimacy of the local version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire after a contestant won the top prize of one million baht ($23,000).

As reported in today's (Wednesday) South China Morning Post, the contestant, Siksaka Banluerit, calmly answered that Bangkok bus wheels have 10 nuts, that Olympic bronze weightlifter Kedsaraporn Sudta's favorite food is bamboo-shoot curry, that Phaholyothin Road was formerly known as Prachathipat Road, and finally that a crocodile's heart functions like a human's.

Some viewers posted messages on an Internet bulletin board saying that they were reminded of the movie Quiz Show, which dealt with the U.S. quiz-show scandals of the 1950s. The contestant refused to comment on the accusations, calling them "ridiculous."

Source: Studio Briefing