'Big Joke' returns to work

'Big Joke' returns to work

Former immigration chief Pol Lt Gen Surachate 'Big Joke' Hakparn. (File photo)
Former immigration chief Pol Lt Gen Surachate 'Big Joke' Hakparn. (File photo)

Former immigration chief Pol Lt Gen Surachate “Big Joke” Hakparn has returned to work at the PM’s Office after his stint as a Buddhist monk in India.

Pol Lt Gen Surachate has been asked to think of new ways to handle complaints from the public, PM's Office permanent secretary Thiraphat Prayoonsit said yesterday. He has also been told to heed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha warning on how to conduct himself, Mr Thiraphat said.

Pol Lt Gen Surachate was last year removed as Immigration Police chief and became an special adviser at the PM’s Office. No reason was given for his reassignment.

Last month, Gen Prayut reprimanded the former immigration chief, telling him to observe official codes of conduct.

The warning came after Pol Lt Gen Surachate reportedly called for a probe into a 2-billion-baht biometric identification system approved by national police chief Chakthip Chaijinda.


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