Not Really Credible, Is It?

You might recall that the pretext used in a recent high profile case that a certain person was the ‘real’ owner of property which a previous court decision had ruled he was not and for which supposition no meaningful evidence was provided.

Today, according to The Nation: “Statesman General Prem Tinsulanonda Foundation is under his name but the chief royal adviser has no management position nor linkage to its land sale in Sa Kaew in 2006, foundation secretary general Pongthep Thesprateep said on Tuesday…

Speaking in Prem’s defence, Pongthep outlined the land transaction as carried out by the foundation without Prem’s involvement.

In 2003, a company, MMC Sitipol, donated several plots covering 1,550 rai to foundation.

Of the donated land, three plots covering 247 rai located separately from the main parcel of land, making it difficult to manage the property.

After checking with the donor and relevant authorities, the foundation decided to put the three plots for sale. General Nop Pinsaikaew, the then vice president of the foundation, and his son Apichet bought the plots at market price estimated at Bt12,000 per rai.

The deal was audited and approved by the authorities. The sale revenues were deposited into the foundation’s account.”

Really? Are you sure? Without the knowledge of the Foundation owner, the Foundation vice-president and his son secretly bought assets of the Foundation at ‘market’ price. No possible conflict of interest here? No possible abuse of power?

And they wonder why people are sickened by the hypocrisy and the double standards.

Double Standards

Well, blow me down – the court has deferred making a decision on whether to indict nine PAD leaders for some of their numerous criminal activities for the eighth time. On what profound legal point has this later deferment taken place (in the country which, according to Suthep ‘the Thai Isaac Newton’ Thaugsuban has ‘the best judicial process in the world”)? “The postponement, the eighth since Nov 18, 2008, was made at the request of the PAD’s lawyers, who said their clients were busy in other provinces.”

If it were not illegal to say so, people would surely wonder whether there were two standards in operation. Eh? Oh.

Too Much Woman for Kittichai to Handle

Poor ‘Kittichai’ – not, presumably, his real name. There he was, minding his own business surfing the internet and found himself pursued by a woman offering him sex. The woman, Kemjira Tanpaiboon (27, it is conventional to add), described herself as pale-skinned, large breasted and in need of help and what red-blooded Thai chap could resist such a combination? The desire for white skin is prevalent throughout Thai society, as witnessed by the large number of adverts for cosmetic products offering to bleach the skin in one way or another.
Anyway, Khun Kittichai agreed to meet Ms Kemjira, who apparently lives on Ramkhamhaeng Road. Alas for him, when he arrived, he was disappointed to find the latter weighed approximately 100 kg and his ardour waned. Ms Kemjira, however, was not one to take no for an answer and demanded sex and money – a scuffle apparently broke out as Khun Kittichai tried to leave, during which she grabbed hold of his mobile phone. Subsequently, she used the phone to call him and threaten to tell his wife unless he paid her for the phone’s return. This he agreed to do but then took police with him. They arrested the woman for prostitution and extortion – she has an eleven month suspended jail sentence and a fine of 8,000 baht – these punishments were reduced because she confessed.
It is not clear which of the two crimes attracted the jail time. As just about everybody knows, there is a substantial sex industry in Thailand and the usual double standards about who uses it, who pay and who gets punished. A cash-based industry generally offers many opportunities for corruption as police can, if they wish, collect fees from sex workers and their establishments for not arresting or closing them down. Many rich and some not so rich men still expect to have one or more ‘mia noi’ – so-called little wives, in addition to number one wife. Thak Chaloemtiarana’s book on the despot Field Marshall Sarit shows him to have had a ‘nakleng’ (tough guy) image, for example, and there is a photo of the top five of 1961’s Miss Thailand competition, with each of whom the Field Marshall was said to be having a relationship.