Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013
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Flying Sporran’s Mid-Week Diary

UNESCO TO PROBE FAKE AWARDS IN THAILAND 

Picture-Thailand Professionals
I took time off this week to attend a conference in Pattaya about combatting foreign crime. Mayor Ittiphol Khonpluem put up a very good show appearing genuinely interested in combatting crimes against foreigners (and presumably by foreigners too).

There was an impressive display of generals including the CSD chief and of course Pattaya’s most decorated foreigners, Niels Colov, CEO of the Pattaya People Media Group and Drew Noyes founder of the Pattaya Times.

Mayor Ittiphol called on foreigners to help solve the city’s crime problems and Niels was there in one of his many roles as, head of an expat club, publisher, and leader of the Pattaya Police Volunteers.

And downstairs officers of the CSD Consumer Protection Department in Bangkok were busily interviewing foreigners who had been scammed out of property in the resort city. Seems a real start was being made.

So the following day I was surprised to read of the arrest of Somchai Khunploem, Ittiphol’s dad, at the Lat Krabang toll way having visited Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital and how he was carted off to Bangkok Remand Prison possibly on the way to Bangkwang Prison ‘The Big Tiger’ to serve a 30 year sentence for murder and corruption.

Some mistake surely.

Niels Colov with Kamnan Poh
Somchai, alias Kamnan Poh, Somchai, once dubbed the "Godfather of Chon Buri", according to the Bangkok Post was convicted in March last year in absentia by the Supreme Court for masterminding the murder of political rival Prayoon Sitthichoke at a wedding reception in March 2003. He was handed a sentence of 25 years in prison. The other five years was for building a rubbish dump in a forest reserve – which in my book seems a lot more serious.

Another son is Culture Minister Sonthaya Khunploem, Somchai's son, who, the Bangkok Post reported, arrived at the prison but did not get out of the car.

It seems Kamnan Poh had been living at home in Chonburi all the time.

On the same day I also turned to a copy of a new ‘lifestyle’ magazine called the ‘Thailand Professionals’ – a ‘guide to professionals in Thailand’ to see a picture of Niels Colov posing in front of his shelves which are stacked with medals awards etc.

Prominent pictures were also shown of Colov and various others in Bangkok receiving Blue Crosses from the UNESCO centre in Cracow, Poland. What UNESCO centre in Cracow?

UNESCO PR people are of course puzzled and have issued a statement saying this ceremony had absolutely nothing to do with them.

They do not have any Blue Crosses and there has been a fraudulent use of UNESCO logos etc.

The mysterious Dr. Kunze speachmaking and awarding medals


Colov refuses to acknowledge the UNESCO statement and his Pattaya People sent the photographs of him receiving the award plus a big public relations piece on him.


In fact this is what he said:

“I will see what comes out of that. If no clarification comes, I might take further personal action about the matter, but so far I only have your words for that you think the awards ceremony is a “scam”.

I think?

In the article Niels Colov says he was formerly in Danish Military Intelligence that is before becoming the boss of a film company.  No mention of his days in Copenhagen running streets girls, or his convictions for pimping and violence.

I dated a female Danish military intelligence officer once. She was in naval intelligence. It was not a massive organisation. This was when the Cold War was still on and I think Denmark’s foreign policy in the event of war was to pick up a phone, call the Kremlin and say ‘We surrender!’ (Vi overgiver)

It’s a funny old world to the east. Hard to know what is real and what is fantasy.

And finally - How a well known American businessman in Thailand pretended he was organising the event and in charge of seating


But he was quiet as a church mouse and only there to pose for pictures


This iin today (01/02/13) From UNESCO Public Relations Department 


Please kindly note that after consulting our Legal Affairs department in UNESCO Headquarters, this issue has been formally forwarded to Thailand´s National Commission for UNESCO, so it is now in their hands to take the appropriate action at the national level.

You will find their contact information below:

English Name
Thai National Commission for UNESCO


Address
Bureau of International Cooperation
Ministry of Education
Ratchadamnoen - Nok Avenue, Dusit
Bangkok 10300
Thailand
Phone
(66) 2628 5646/9
Fax
(66) 2281 0953
E-mail
Web site





Thank you once again and best regards,

Rosa M. Gonzalez

7 comments:

  1. Hi Andrew , with regards to your comment “It’s a funny old world to the east. Hard to know what is real and what is fantasy” it reminded me of the conference. With all the flashing cameras and media people I thought I was at the academy awards as opposed to a conference regarding crime suppression. Where I was sitting it was hard to listen to the presentation as the camera men and junior policemen were telling jokes and talking loudly. You hear so much about the Thai culture of showing respect to your superiors. This was not apparent to me on this occasion. I guess regardless of cultures, east or west, bad manners is on the rise.

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  2. It's not about manners. It's about presentation and show. Trumps substance every time.

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    1. oh....always wondered what LOS meant.

      Land of Substance....thanks

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    2. The opposite, Sam. It is certainly not the land of substance.

      Land of Show, Land of (outward) Smiles

      But show trumps substance

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  3. It's strange that Noyes stated that '' will hold a private meeting with foreigners who register with me''. The head of Pattaya Mail invited EVERYONE to attend, at last Sundays ex-pats meeting. Was there perhaps a charge for ''registering'' for this private meeting,and did anyone fall for it?

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  4. I'm shocked that this hasn't gone to the "national" news.

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  5. Thanks for posting the "Legal Services" invitational letter prepared by Drew Noyes for the conference. The letter speaks volumes on how Drew operates and thinks. Words such as "Deceit" and "misleading" come to mind. I highly question Drew Noyes ability to obtain a private meeting with the Mayor of Pattaya and the "Supreme" commander of the Royal Thai Police Suppression Division if they registered with him. I just don't see the Mayor and "Supreme" Commander setting time aside to discuss my petty complaint about the Pattaya sidewalks ... lol.

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