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BREAKING: Prime Minister used Article 44 powers to sack and rein in Big Joke

 

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Thai media has reported that prime minister Prayut Chan-ocha has used his sweeping powers under Article 44 to remove and rein in Lt-Gen Surachate ‘Big Joke’ Hakparn.

 

Following the lightning transfer of the poster boy of the Royal Thai Police and Immigration chief on Friday it has now been announced that PM Prayut has placed the Lt-Gen on a list of civil servants under investigation.

 

He has been stripped of all duties and special salaries and now finds himself a "common civil servant", reported Daily News.

 

Surachate now has the position as a special adviser in the Prime Minister's office. It appears that this is a temporary post while an investigation takes place.

 

The dramatic announcement was published in the government gazette on Tuesday.

 

It is not known exactly what the former head of immigration is under investigation for.

 

Spring News published a leaked picture of Big Joke sitting at the back of a meeting chaired by Gen Chalermkiat Srivorakan - far from the top table limelight he has been used to. He was on the phone.

 

The media said Surachate left quietly after the meeting without speaking to anyone.

 

Earlier it was reported that there would be an announcement on Wednesday in which it was expected that the issue of Big Joke's future would be raised by his ultimate chief at the RTP Chakthip Chaijinda.

 

Thai Rath reported that Surachate had been stripped of all his special duties, responsibilities and salaries and was now just a common civil servant albeit in a senior executive role at the PM office.

 

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Surachate among other state officials transferred
By The Nation

 

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File photo: Pol Lt-General Surachate Hakparn

 

Former Immigration Bureau chief Pol Lt-General Surachate Hakparn, once considered a rising star in the police force, was given the post of special adviser attached to the Prime Minister’s Office on Tuesday.

 

This new post added more questions to the mystery surrounding Surachate and further fuelled speculation regarding his fate.  Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, in his capacity as head of the ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), issued an order dated April 9 transferring Surachate from Royal Thai Police to become a civil servant at the Prime Minister’s Office.

 

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According to the order, which was published in the Royal Gazette on Tuesday, Surachate is among the state officials who have been moved to other jobs because they are undergoing investigation or have problems regarding personnel. The order said the NCPO saw it fit to add Surachate to the list, but did not say why. 

 

The NCPO order said the PM will seek Royal endorsement for Surachate’s new post. The Cabinet “acknowledged” the order at its weekly meeting on Tuesday, deputy government spokesperson Colonel Taksada Sangkachan said. The list of transferred state officials, to which Surachate was added, dates back to May 2015 – a year after NCPO took over through a military coup.  

 

However, questions regarding the move remain unanswered as those involved are keeping their mouths shut. Prayut, National Police chief Pol General Chakthip Chaijinda, and even Surachate himself refused to reveal the reason behind his sudden transfers.

 

Surachate was initially transferred to the Royal Thai Police's operation centre in an order issued last Friday by the National Police chief.

 

Then in an additional order issued on Tuesday, the National Police chief said Surachate has been “removed” from all duties at the Immigration Bureau, before the PM made his move to the Prime Minister’s Office official.  Surachate, better known as “Big Joke”, was considered a rising star in the police force, attaining his general’s rank early in his mid-40s.

 

He had the opportunity to serve some top police officers in the past, and is believed to be close to Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan, who oversees the police force.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30367408

 

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10 minutes ago, snoop1130 said:

Following the lightning transfer of the poster boy of the Royal Thai Police and Immigration chief on Friday it has now been announced that PM Prayut has placed the Lt-Gen on a list of civil servants under investigation.

Pray and hope Prawit is in the list under investigation. 

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"or have problems regarding personnel."

Most of whom had had their income potentially drastically reduced that may reverberate up a chain perhaps?

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27 minutes ago, snoop1130 said:

It is not known exactly what the former head of immigration is under investigation for.

My bet is, although it may seem shocking, refusing to take a brown envelope from some oh so important nobody and somebody needs to save massive face now.

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30 minutes ago, Jonathan Fairfield said:

have problems regarding personnel.

My neighbour who works at immigration said that he was widely disliked by the immigration staff for trying to force unworkable policies on them.

As far as the investigation is concerned, there are many many possibilities, and I suspect Big Jokes days may well be numbered.

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obviously got too big for his boots, in the limelight every day, *oh look at me everyone* while his foot soldiers done all the donkey work, he got all the glory for doing sweet <deleted> i can hear some connected immi officers saying, *hey uncle/dad, since this clown has been in office my take home pay has been halved * get BIG BIG BOSS to get shot of him, things were ok as they were * he he

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7 minutes ago, sjaak327 said:

An absolute overdose on news about a civil servant.

 

Maybe to deflect from the election saga..

 

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Don't forget he is rumoured to very close to Pravit who today missed the cabinet meeting due to an upset stomach. His stomach could be very upset because apparently the meeting for tomorrow to choose the new head of immigration, a meeting that should be chaired by Pravit, has now been postponed with no new date set. Notice also how today Prayuth refused to talk to reporters.

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27 minutes ago, darksidedog said:

My neighbour who works at immigration said that he was widely disliked by the immigration staff for trying to force unworkable policies on them.

As far as the investigation is concerned, there are many many possibilities, and I suspect Big Jokes days may well be numbered.

A good buddy who is an agent and works closely with immigration said the very same thing , most if not all officers disliked him and it was all across all ranks from bottom to the very top. 

 

Their reasoning was why is he the only one allowed to eat while we can not even get the crumbs ( loose translation 😛)

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6 minutes ago, darksidedog said:

My neighbour who works at immigration said that he was widely disliked by the immigration staff for trying to force unworkable policies on them.

As far as the investigation is concerned, there are many many possibilities, and I suspect Big Jokes days may well be numbered.

 

Getting chucked via Article 44 is never a good indicator for one's future prospects around here, nor is making it onto a NCPO list of government figures being "investigated.":

 

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He’s been good entertainment so I can’t dislike the guy. 

The film American gangster has a scene where the cops wife is screaming at her husband saying, why didn’t you just take the money like everybody else. 

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15 minutes ago, DrTuner said:

Don't you just love the transparency of the democratic government around here.

He depends of the Army, not of a civil organisation. In which countries does the Army show transparency or democracy in its decisions ? :ermm:

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10 minutes ago, bannork said:

Don't forget he is rumoured to very close to Pravit who today missed the cabinet meeting due to an upset stomach. His stomach could be very upset because apparently the meeting for tomorrow to choose the new head of immigration, a meeting that should be chaired by Pravit, has now been postponed with no new date set. Notice also how today Prayuth refused to talk to reporters.

Good to keep a careful 'watch' on that rumour.....wonder if he has the 'runs' 😯

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3 minutes ago, Pattaya46 said:

He depends of the Army, not of a civil organisation. In which countries does the Army show transparency or democracy in its decisions ? :ermm:

You're right, not a country and I would be surprised if tomorrow the government explains the reason

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