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The disappearance of a tycoon at the centre of an oil smuggling and money laundering racket in the South just hours after his arrest early this month dealt a heavy blow to the Royal Thai Police (RTP). His high-profile escape drew public attention and tarnished the battered reputation of the justice system.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha may retire from the army in several years, but he will always be at heart a military man. As such, under his leadership we have seen the growing footprint of soldiers in civilian society. Whenever there are floods, soldiers are deployed to help evacuate people. When the price of vegetables jumped earlier this month, soldiers grew coriander and chillies for distribution.