THERE'S A SUCKER ALONG EVERY MINUTE
If the bombing at Bangkok’s Erawan Shrine was not so tragic – a photograph published in the Thai newspaper Khao Sod’s English language newspaper would be hysterically funny.
The Commissioner of the Royal Thai Police, who appears to have had few leads but quite a few theories over the last few days, gave a statement slap bang inside Nana Entertainment Plaza in Bangkok – the notorious sex and go-go bar centre in the city’s Sukhumvit Road.
|"Keep on partying lads. Dig your high heels. Do they come with your disability allowance".*|
And what is happening here as General Somyot Pumpanmuang and his PR Prawuth Thawomsin are caught like rabbits outside the 'Suckers a go go bar'
Is it -
Somyot?: ‘Excuse me chaps. I have go to. I am working the second shift at Rainbows 1 to 4.'
Prayuth: 'Me too. I'm doing Obsessions, Cascade and Temptations'.
No Somyot is saying the culprit/culprits have probably fled already.
The photo appears to be getting as many if not more laughs on Facebook as the arrest of a journalist for carrying a flak jacket and helmet at Bangkok airport and his charge of possessing war weapons.
‘Suckers’ bar I understand was not named for the service offered by employees of the bar but is a reference to the people conned by boiler room operators in Bangkok.
Bangkok’s boiler room boys, or the Wolves of Bangkok, however you want to address them, own the master lease to the Nana Plaza, which is actually owned by the Indian-Thai Fico Corporation.
The boiler rooms are able to operate freely in Bangkok as they pay large amount of money to the authorities.
Traditionally that has been the Crime Suppression Division, Immigration Police, Thonglor and Lumpini police and an army general.
There have been many raids on boiler rooms but no bosses are ever arrested and it appears nobody goes to jail unless the boiler room bosses want someone to go to jail, like, er, a whistle-blower.
The scene is particularly tacky – not just because it really appears to disrespect the victims of this atrocity, but it comes as the military government tries to extol the virtues, mainly hospitality orientated, of Bangkok and Thailand to potential tourists.
“Don’t worry. It’s business as usual.”
The real boss of Nana Entertainment Plaza has of course been our old friend Paul Hayward, aka Hilton, aka Hong Kong Paul - now a big noise in Crawley Town Football Club.
Senior delegations of Royal Thai Police routinely make show visits to the city's tourism sex areas of Bangkok - Nana Plaza - Patpong and Soi Cowboy.
Somyot reportedly went their to speak to foreigners and re-assure them that they were safe! As the only tourist there were likely to be sex tourists or curious voyeurs it is not clear what message he wishes to send.
Technically it is illegal in Thailand to sell women for sex and the short-time rooms in Nana are too far from the airport for tired transiting passengers. Of course sex officially does not go on, but then again if sex and boozer were not the prime commodities the place would close tomorrow.
* Increased concerned has been shown in Britain at the increase of male Brits with disabilities allowances being fit enough not only apparently to run marathons but also holiday in Thailand.