The National Innovation Agency’s attempt to regulate every single Thai dish, worldwide, into one, single recipe mandated by fiat from Bangkok isn’t enough. Oh, not nearly. Last week, along came His Excellency himself, the actual Minister of Culture to help. He’s narrowed down the problem to those darned foreign cooks who don’t know tradition from Shinola. Some of them shockingly produce fusion food, arrgggh, where’s the barf bag, says minister Vira Rojpojchanarat.
Here’s the weird thing about this latest scolding. The Ministry of Culture has no programme, no display, no plan to preserve old recipes. The most famous photo in Thailand is the one of King Chulalongkorn cooking tot mun pla. The ministry displays neither the photo or a recipe for the simple, traditional and delicious fishcakes.
Police arrested an army sergeant major in one of the most shocking and heartbreaking serial crimes of this century. Confirmed as an HIV carrier, detectives say 43-year-old Sgt Maj Jakkrit Komsing sought out and groomed underage boys on the popular gay dating site Blued. He claimed to be a young, handsome man who chatted up the youngsters, preferably under 15, and tried to get them to send nude photos — which he later used for blackmail. Then he picked them up in his car, supposedly for a date, and violently raped them almost immediately in the vehicle. A victim finally reported him identifiably. Police have found — are you seated? — proof this happened to 75 boys, absolute minimum.
The regime-appointed National Legislative Assembly earlier this year passed a new anti-corruption law. It expanded the lists of senior people who from now on will have to submit lists of assets held by phuyai and their families, like, say, cabinet ministers are supposed to do.
One of several new categories covered by the law finally published last week in the Royal Gazette are rectors and members of the governing councils of universities — who went bonkers and demanded they be removed from the requirement. They threatened mass resignations, raising the obvious question of who would miss educators demanding special exemption from new anti-corruption legislation.
Boardrooms and newsrooms were taken aback when the new army commander said that the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) needs housecleaning. Not surprised at accusations the army’s shadowy political arm was accused of crimes including direct involvement in drug trafficking. But shocked that the allegation came directly from Gen Apirat Kongsompong, who commands Isoc on behalf of the prime minister.
Isoc’s top man in the South was caught in 2015 and convicted of murderous human trafficking. Now, Gen Apirat has openly said other top Isoc men are refusing to address, or even cooperating with, top drug traffickers — and he intends to out them.
As the general prime minister said, there’s going to be one. Also, Earth will vaporise and kill everything on it. It’s just a question of how far in the future these events will occur. At week’s end, the best legal mind in the cabinet, Deputy
Wissanu Kreangam suggested
Gen (Ret) Prayut may agree to return some important lost freedoms — speech and gathering in groups before it becomes 2019. For reasons completely unclear to anyone, Gen (Ret) Prayut refuses to set or approve that token recovery of political rights, or to set an election date. Many people hope voting will occur before The Big Crunch.
Orangeman is wrestling with typical mixed results of the US mid-term elections at national and state levels. Thailand, on the other hand, is pretty pleased.