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Bangkok Police Scandal: PM Srettha Thavisin Orders Probe into Corruption Allegations

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Slot machines at an illegal casino in Nonthaburi. Courtesy of Immigration Bureau

The hustle and bustle of Bangkok’s streets are no stranger to controversy, but this one is a real potboiler. Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has tasked the Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) with probing a thinly veiled allegation of corruption in the police ranks. The whole drama unfolded faster than you could say ‘slot machine’.

It all started with a zing! Pol Col Pairoj Namuangrak, the superintendent of Phasi Charoen police, dropped a bombshell in a Line group chat. He accused one of his superiors, a police major general, of twisting his arm into allowing a local gambling syndicate to plant slot machines all over his turf. Talk about a high-stakes gamble!

Rumor has it, this explosive message was swiftly removed from the chat, which had a whopping 393 members. But, in the age of screenshots, nothing disappears for long. A savvy group member snapped a screenshot and let it spread like wildfire on the internet. Before you could even blink, MPB commissioner Pol Lt Gen Thiti Sangsawang was summoning an urgent meeting to chew over these scandalous accusations.

Picture this: Pol Col Pairoj walking into the meeting holding a garland, a symbol of respect and apology, intended for Pol Maj Gen Prasong Anmanee, the man at the center of the storm. The tension could’ve cut glass. According to insiders, Pol Col Pairoj was under immense stress and confessed that his message was a knee-jerk reaction, devoid of factual accuracy. Oops!

In a surprising twist of fate, Pol Maj Gen Prasong — the so-called villain of the story — carried no malice towards Pairoj and had zero plans to pursue any legal action. A breath of relief, perhaps?

Not so fast. The Prime Minister himself chimed in, stating he hadn’t been clued in on all the juicy details just yet. However, he was adamant in his resolve: any whiff of bribery in the police force must be thoroughly sniffed out. “It won’t stop with an apology,” he proclaimed, signaling that the hunt for truth is on.

In a city bursting with life and intrigue, this episode is just another reminder that Bangkok’s heart races with the pulse of unending drama, mystery, and intrigue. Stay tuned, because, in this town, the truth is often stranger than fiction.


  1. James C. June 10, 2024

    Wow, it’s shocking but not surprising. Corruption in the police force is rampant everywhere, and Bangkok is no exception.

    • sirensong2022 June 10, 2024

      Totally agree! It’s like they think they can get away with anything because they have badges.

      • Mary Ann June 10, 2024

        But do you think the PM will really do anything about it? Or is it all just for show?

      • James C. June 10, 2024

        Good question, Mary. I think it’s more about saving face internationally than actual change.

    • Nora June 10, 2024

      The problem is, these scandals just keep coming, and nothing changes. It’s all so frustrating.

  2. Liam June 10, 2024

    I’m not sure if I buy the whole ‘accusation was a mistake’ excuse. Sounds like a cover-up!

    • Paula K June 10, 2024

      Yeah, police in damage control mode. Classic move!

      • Chris M. June 10, 2024

        Makes you wonder what else they’re hiding, doesn’t it?

      • Liam June 10, 2024

        Exactly, Chris. We probably only know the tip of the iceberg.

  3. Samantha June 10, 2024

    The apology with a garland is a joke. Real accountability means law enforcement, not flowers!

    • Ravi June 10, 2024

      True! Cultural gestures should not replace actual justice.

    • Soybean30 June 10, 2024

      But let’s not forget, apologies can be powerful in Thai culture. It’s just not the same as the Western idea of justice.

    • Samantha June 10, 2024

      I get that, but in cases of corruption, it’s too serious for symbolic acts.

  4. Kai G. June 10, 2024

    It’s interesting how everyone jumped on this so quickly. Almost like they’re all looking for a moment to shine.

    • Elaine June 10, 2024

      A scandal like this is prime time for people to make power moves. Opportunists will always be there.

    • Savannah June 10, 2024

      Maybe some heads will roll, but likely only the less powerful ones.

    • Kai G. June 10, 2024

      And those who orchestrated the bigger scheme will slip away unnoticed, as usual.

  5. anonymous_user June 10, 2024

    Is there any hope for real change in the police system?

  6. George Harris June 10, 2024

    Thai police corruption has been an issue for decades; don’t hold your breath for overnight change.

  7. Lana H. June 10, 2024

    Even if the PM is serious, the deeply embedded culture of corruption won’t be easy to dismantle.

  8. Nikita June 10, 2024

    I think it’s brave of Pol Col Pairoj to speak up, even if he retracted. Courage is rare in such toxic environments.

    • David June 10, 2024

      Bravery or just recklessness? Either way, it puts a spotlight on the issue.

    • Nikita June 10, 2024

      True, David. Either way, it forces a conversation we need to have.

  9. Zee June 10, 2024

    Shameful that this sort of thing is still happening in 2023.

  10. Tommy Lee June 11, 2024

    Can we trust any investigations led by the same corrupt police? That’s a conflict of interest if I’ve ever seen one.

    • skyhigh June 11, 2024

      That’s a very good point, Tommy. Maybe an independent body should oversee it.

    • Tommy Lee June 11, 2024

      Definitely. An internal probe won’t get the job done.

  11. Jake B. June 11, 2024

    Bangkok is wild! So much drama, you can’t even make this stuff up.

  12. Charlotte June 11, 2024

    I hope the international community keeps an eye on this situation. Sometimes external pressure can push for real change.

  13. ProfessorK June 11, 2024

    As an expert in Southeast Asian politics, these incidents reveal the systemic issues in law enforcement that require a multi-faceted approach to resolve.

    • AliT June 11, 2024

      Agreed. It will take coordinated efforts from various sectors, not just the police.

    • ProfessorK June 11, 2024

      Absolutely, and education is key. People need to understand their rights to demand change.

  14. Glen June 11, 2024

    Pol Maj Gen Prasong seems too forgiving. Makes you wonder if he has his own skeletons.

  15. Maya June 11, 2024

    Do you think Pol Col Pairoj’s stress and retraction might be a result of intimidation from higher-ups?

  16. Luciana June 11, 2024

    Maybe Pol Col Pairoj shouldn’t have posted that message in a group chat with almost 400 people. What was he thinking?

    • Finn June 11, 2024

      Sometimes emotions cloud your judgment, but yeah, that was a risky move.

    • Luciana June 11, 2024

      Right? It’s like he wanted it to go public.

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