Picture the bustling scenes and the clinking sounds of the precinct, where the finest of Thailand’s protectors walk the corridors of power and justice. In a pivotal move that seems scripted for a riveting political thriller, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has taken his quill of authority, dipped it in the ink of decisiveness, and etched the name of Pol Gen Roy Inkhapairote into the annals of the kingdom’s history as the newly minted secretary-general of the mighty National Security Council (NSC).
The corridors of power were abuzz with consensus as the decision rippled through the ranks. And at the heart of it all was the master coordinator, Dr Prommin Lertsuridej, the secretary-general to the prime minister, who bore witness that this appointment was the product of unity and collective nod. Notwithstanding this harmonious concurrence, the baton of office still awaits the sacred nod—royal approval.
There’s a whiff of poetic drama about this tale. The esteemed seat at the NSC lay unclaimed, echoing the absence of its former occupant, Gen Supot Malaniyom, since the autumn leaves began to fall in September. Meanwhile, his trusty deputy, Chatchai Bangchuad, took on the role of an understudy, stepping into the spotlight as the acting secretary-general.
Let us rewind the clock, for our protagonist Pol Gen Roy wasn’t always bound for the NSC echelons. Just the previous year, his was one of those names that danced on the tongues of many as a contender for the top brass position of national police chief—a role that eventually saw Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol rise like a phoenix, despite the dance of seniority that pirouetted in a different favor.
And so, the whispers in the halls surmised that the NSC mantle was a solace, a silver lining, for Pol Gen Roy, whose tenure in service to the law was approaching its denouement. Yet, this was more than a mere retiring trophy; it was a strategic move that set the dominoes falling, clearing the path for yet another round of ascension within the police ranks.
As the crisp pages of the calendar turn towards April, the anticipation builds for what’s to come. And in this rank and file of dedicated service, one Pol Lt Gen Prachuap Wongsuk watches the horizon keenly, his own retirement plans ensconced within the folds of 2025 but poised now, perhaps, for an earlier flourish as he steps up to adopt the mantle of a deputy chief.
Strap in, dear readers, for our cast is now arrayed, and the stage is set. Both familiar and fresh faces are poised to scribe their legacy upon the echelons of service and security. Theirs is a narrative weaved with loyalty, ambition, and the unceasing march of time, punctuated only by the turning of tides and the onward rush of destiny’s script.