Scandals confirm what we already know

Scandals confirm what we already know

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's aim is 'zero corruption' but graft is the sum of centuries, and not just this administration.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's aim is 'zero corruption' but graft is the sum of centuries, and not just this administration.

Thailand has no shortage of national scandals; one after another in less than six months, starting from November of last year. It began with junta leader Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha berating a fisherman down south for daring to matter-of-factly ask him tough questions. Next came deputy junta leader Gen Prawit Wongsuwon flashing his posh taste for luxury watches, which supposedly were borrowed from generous friends.

Then there's former national police chief Somyot Poompunmuang, who "borrowed" 300 million baht from a massage parlour tycoon in a country where "massage" has a very liberal meaning and prostitution is, supposedly, illegal. Meanwhile, in a wildlife forest reserve, construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta was caught in his pyjamas with hunting rifles, a dead black leopard and other deceased wildlife souvenirs.

Voranai Vanijaka is a columnist, Bangkok Post.

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Bangkok Post columnist

Voranai Vanijaka is a columnist, Bangkok Post.

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