Popular Post webfact 167159 Posted March 29 Popular Post Share Posted March 29 Daily News Thai Caption: Secret investigation ordered Daily News reported that the upper echelons of the Royal Thai Police are investigating the activities of Region 2 immigration that is responsible for Suvarnabhumi Airport, the main Bangkok hub. This follows a damning post on a popular online page from a very unhappy immigration officer at the airport. A secret investigation has been ordered that could see the Region 2 chief sanctioned or removed for not following orders. The immigration officer said online that there were an ever increasing number of tourists coming into Thailand and leaving but there was not enough officers manning the booths. So 120 officers from the north and south were brought in to handle the extra work. No one wanted to go to Suvarnabhumi but orders were orders and they were trying to make the best of it. But the poster complained that the chief was favoring what he called "Dek Sen" and many of the officers brought in were being assigned to other duties leaving booths unmanned. Without stating it directly, the officer was implying that his chief was deliberately ignoring orders from the top of the RTP for whatever reason. This followed a 20th of March communication within the RTP from senior deputy Pol Gen Roy Inkhaphairoj who mentioned the problem of foreigners doing business in Thailand via nominees who needed to be investigated at the airport and elsewhere. This practice was damaging Thailand's economy. The communication mentioned the lack of staff at the airport and the need for all the booths to be manned. In order to crackdown on foreigners staff also needed to be assigned to check on overstaying foreigners. Hotels and guest houses needed to be checked to make sure they were reporting foreigners staying at their establishments as a matter of priority. The communication suggested that the Region 2 chief may be culpable in the mess at the airport by not following the orders of the RTP chief Pol gen Damrongsak Kittipraphat. Roy said that an investigation into what was happening was paramount. Daily News said that their sources suggested that a secret internal investigation was underway by the police inspectorate to force immigration chiefs at the airport to follow the rules. If they didn't then they could expect trouble - either disciplinary or removal. ASEAN NOW suggests that the online post could explain some of the complaints about surly immigration staff - and the lack of officers - filling the booths at the airport. Staff from upcountry don't want to be there after being assigned from cushy jobs up country. And even when they are assigned to the airport they are being put on other duties so that favored staff can get the best jobs. The IB (Immigration Bureau) has been under mounting pressure recently over a host of corruption issues. This latest storm brewing at the "Gateway to Thailand" will be followed with interest, especially due to its impact on tourists and travellers. -- © Copyright ASEAN NOW 2023-03-29 - Cigna offers a range of visa-compliant plans that meet the minimum requirement of medical treatment, including COVID-19, up to THB 3m. For more information on all expat health insurance plans click here. The most versatile and flexible rental investment and holiday home solution in Thailand - click for more information. Get your business in front of millions of customers who read ASEAN NOW with an interest in Thailand every month - email [email protected] for more information 3 9 Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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