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Tra­di­tional food

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.

Sex­ual as­sault

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.

Nimby ed­u­ca­tors

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.

Isoc

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.

Elec­tion

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

Prime Min­is­ter

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.

US pol­i­tics

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.

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