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Chaichana Detdecho Demands Transparency: Unmasking the Drama Between Torsak Sukvimol and Surachate Hakparn in Thailand’s Police Force

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It seems like the drama within the police force in Thailand is more thrilling than a primetime TV show, and everyone is tuning in for the latest twists and turns. Democrat MP Chaichana Detdecho, the chairman of the House Committee on Police Affairs, is certainly feeling the heat as the public demands more details about the tumultuous investigation into discord within the ranks. And who can blame them? The stakes are high when the conflict involves none other than national police chief Torsak Sukvimol and his fiery deputy, Pol Gen Surachate “Big Joke” Hakparn.

The saga took another dramatic turn on Thursday when Wissanu Krea-ngam, a legal adviser to Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, announced Pol Gen Torsak’s reinstatement as chief. Yet, in true cliffhanger style, the announcement left out the juiciest details. When exactly will Pol Gen Torsak return to his duties? Nobody knows, and speculation is running wild!

MP Chaichana, ever the voice of the people, made it clear that the announcement was as satisfying as a half-eaten cookie—leaving everyone craving more. He pointed out that when Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin called for Pol Gen Surachate’s suspension last April, he was adamant that the investigation shouldn’t delve into related criminal accusations. This, according to Chaichana, was meant to protect the integrity of the organization. Well, it seems like it might have just resulted in more loose ends.

“Both officers were transferred to the Prime Minister’s Office to preserve the organization,” Chaichana reminded us, recalling how Mr. Srettha sought to sideline a major distraction, which had been clouding the efficiency of the police force since March. He didn’t mince his words when demanding that the investigative committee—helmed by Pol Gen Winai Thongsong and Chatchai Promlert—pull back the curtain and show the public the findings of the probe, regardless of how inconclusive they might be.

“The public wants to know more about the probe’s findings than just Pol Gen Torsak’s reinstatement,” Chaichana insisted emphatically, echoing the sentiments of many eagerly waiting on the edges of their seats for the grand reveal.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Srettha played his cards close to his chest, stating that he wanted to peruse the official order reinstating Pol Gen Torsak before making it public. When questioned about the murky reputation of the police, he didn’t dodge the issue. Acknowledging the deep-seated, long-running conflicts, the Prime Minister admitted that cleaning up the police force’s image and restoring public trust would be more of a marathon than a sprint.

Curiously, a source within the police force added another layer of suspense to the unfolding narrative. Pol Gen Torsak was apparently missing in action on Friday, absent from duty even though his return had been eagerly anticipated by the media. With Deputy National Chief Kitrat Phanphet holding down the fort as acting chief, the void left by Pol Gen Torsak continues to loom large.

This riveting tale began last September when Pol Gen Torsak and Pol Gen Surachate were at each other’s throats, battling fiercely for the chief’s position. Ultimately, Torsak emerged victorious, perhaps with a boost from the fact that his brother is the Lord Chamberlain and head of the Crown Property Bureau. Yet, this triumph was shadowed by turmoil, and with Torsak scheduled to retire on September 30, the clock is ticking for what promises to be a dramatic conclusion—or perhaps just the beginning of another gripping chapter.

Stay tuned, folks—because it looks like the drama within Thailand’s police force is far from over. Related headlines buzz with reminders to move on, but as the intricate web of power plays and political maneuvering continues to unravel, it’s clear that the search for resolution and transparency has only just begun.


  1. Andy T June 21, 2024

    This whole situation is insane! Why can’t they just put all the facts out in the open?

    • Lindsay P. June 21, 2024

      Transparency is key, but sometimes the public can’t handle all the details. It might jeopardize ongoing investigations.

      • JusticeSeeker22 June 21, 2024

        Nonsense! Keeping things secret only breeds more corruption. The people have a right to know.

      • Andy T June 21, 2024

        Exactly my point, JusticeSeeker22. Without transparency, we’ll never restore faith in the police force.

  2. Tom Nguyen June 21, 2024

    It’s no surprise that there’s drama at the top. Power struggles are always ugly.

    • Sophia Chan June 21, 2024

      True, but when those power struggles affect public safety and trust, it’s a serious issue.

    • Tom Nguyen June 21, 2024

      Couldn’t agree more. They need to resolve it quickly and put the public first.

  3. Suzie B. June 21, 2024

    I think it’s all about who has more influence. Torsak’s brother’s position no doubt played a big role in this drama.

  4. David L June 21, 2024

    Isn’t it strange that Torsak was nowhere to be found on Friday? What’s he hiding?

    • John K June 21, 2024

      Maybe he’s taking a breather before jumping back into the mess. Leadership isn’t easy.

    • David L June 21, 2024

      Still, going MIA doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in his leadership.

    • SusieQ June 21, 2024

      I heard he’s possibly dealing with internal resistance. If that’s true, no wonder he’s laying low.

  5. thinker43 June 21, 2024

    Prime Minister Srettha is smart by being cautious. We don’t need another scandal right now.

  6. Lara Manning June 21, 2024

    Why was Surachate suspended in the first place? The article skirts around the real issues here.

    • Krit June 21, 2024

      From what I know, Surachate was seen as too aggressive in his tactics. Politically, he became a liability.

    • Lara Manning June 21, 2024

      Thanks for the insight, Krit. It still feels like there’s more to the story than we’re being told.

  7. Alek T. June 21, 2024

    With Torsak retiring soon, I wonder if this drama is just a precursor to a new power struggle once he leaves.

  8. Maya Patel June 21, 2024

    The public demands are valid. If the committee has findings, why haven’t they shared at least a summary of them?

    • Catherine G. June 21, 2024

      Because showing the summary might expose more issues than they can handle right now. It’s a tricky situation.

    • Maya Patel June 21, 2024

      Maybe, but delaying only makes people more distrustful and suspicious.

  9. happygolucky74 June 21, 2024

    Honestly, it feels like we’re watching a soap opera. So much drama for such little outcome.

  10. Alex Green June 21, 2024

    Police forces all over the world are plagued by internal politics. Why should Thailand be any different?

    • nrgt1 June 21, 2024

      True, but we should still hold them accountable. These are public servants, after all.

    • Alex Green June 21, 2024

      100% agree. Accountability should be at the forefront, even if it takes time.

  11. Lyla B. June 21, 2024

    Chaichana is doing the right thing by demanding more transparency. Without it, the truth will remain buried.

    • Ben June 21, 2024

      Gotta admire anyone willing to stand up for transparency in such a chaotic situation.

  12. jjones June 21, 2024

    What do they mean by preserving the organization’s integrity by not investigating criminal accusations? Sounds fishy.

  13. Matteo June 21, 2024

    This investigation sounds more like a smokescreen. Real issues are not being addressed.

  14. Steve Kob June 21, 2024

    Pol Gen Torsak could’ve been supported because of his brother’s stature. It’s all too convenient.

    • SusieQ June 21, 2024

      Nepotism exists at all levels of power. Unfortunately, it’s not surprising.

  15. Kathy W. June 21, 2024

    At least the Prime Minister seems aware that restoring public trust is a marathon, not a sprint.

  16. Ron June 21, 2024

    The suspense created by leaving out details of Torsak’s return date is just adding fuel to the fire. They should communicate clearly.

  17. hanaonline June 21, 2024

    How long before someone else steps down? Seems like a never-ending cycle of chaos.

  18. ClearThoughts June 21, 2024

    It’s time to clean house in the police force. This drama isn’t helping anyone.

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