BANGKOK : Thai pop idol condemned for swastika T-shirt.

A member of Thailand's most popular all-girl band has apologised for wearing a shirt with Nazi flag featuring a swastika, after her TV appearance drew ''shock and dismay'' from the Israeli embassy on Saturday.

Images of Hitler, swastika and other Nazi regalia are fairly commonplace on T-shirts and memorabilia in Thailand, a phenomenon blamed on lack of awareness about world history.

The latest faux pas was committed by Pichayapa ''''Namsai'' Natha one of the singers of BNK48, when she wore the red-and-black top complete with Swastika during the group's televised rehearsal on Friday.

The deputy chief of mission of the Israeli Embassy in Bangkok took to Twitter to express  ''shock and dismay'' at the outfit, noting that Sunday is the Holocaust Remembrance Day.

''Presenting Nazi symbols by the band's singer hurt the feelings of millions around the world, whose relatives were murdered by the Nazis,'' said Smadar Shapira.

Following the uproar, Namsai apologised onstage during a concert on Saturday night.

''I want this to be an example for everyone, please forgive me,'' the 19-year-old singer said bursting into tears.

In an extended apology posted on her  official Facebook page, she later wrote : ''Please give me advice so that I can grow to be a good adult in the future''. ''I cannot fix the mistake but I  promise I will not let it happen again,'' she wrote in Thai.

On Sunday afternoon the singer and the manager of BNK48, both dressed in sombre grey and white clothing, met with Israeli Ambassador Meir Shlomo to apologise for the for the incident.

Diplomat Shapira tweeted photographs of the meeting, adding that the group  ''discussed the importance of awareness........to the Holocaust and anti-Semitism.''

The band agreed to participate in the   educational workshop  on the Holocaust, she said, adding that the ambassador was  ''pleased''  and understands that Namsai's  act came from a  ''lack of knowledge and lack of awareness.''

Georg Schmidt, Germany's Ambassador to Thailand, also extended an invitation to the group ''to discuss the terror of Nazi dictatorship with us,'' he tweeted on Sunday.

Thailand has got in trouble in the past for its flippant use of  Hitler and Nazi-related imagery.

In 2013, Bangkok's  prestigious  Chulalongkorn University was forced to apologise after its students created a mural depicting  Hitler  during graduation celebrations.

A Catholic school was also left  red-faced  after students  dressed up in Nazi uniform for a sports day. [AFP]


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