Suthep’s convenient amnesia

6 01 2012

Former Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban has suddenly developed amnesia. At the Bangkok Post, he is reported to have accused “the Department of Special Investigation of serving the interests of the government.”

We can only imagine that this claim is based on a convenient forgetfulness of how the DSI was in his government’s pocket just a few months ago and was at Suthep’s beck and call.

Suthep and Tharit working together

In fact, Suthep’s amnesia reveals, as PPT said in a post yesterday, the eel-like political slipperiness of DSI and its director Tharit Pengdit. We said: “DSI has remarkable political agility, being able to transform overnight from rabid, royalist supporters of Abhisit’s regime to political pussycats cuddling up to new Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung.” As examples of DSI’s copious capacity for ass-licking “investigation” in favor of the Democrat Party-led regime, amongst a plethora of examples see here and here.

Suthep’s reported comments “came after DSI deputy chief Prawes Moonpramuk said he planned to summon Mr Suthep for questioning about the ‘map’ of a network of people who allegedly want to overthrow the monarchy.” That was the diagram put together by the now-defunct Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation, listing more than “45 people, political parties, and media outlets alleged to be involved in an [alleged] anti-monarchy movement.”

Suthep, who was the chair of CRES at the time, “said the DSI’s latest plan showed the agency had no backbone.” Of course, Suthep is correct. DSI is a deeply compromised and politicized agency. But that didn’t stop Suthep using these characteristics to his government’s advantage when he was in power!

As Suthep points out, “DSI itself that had collected evidence about alleged plots to overthrow the monarchy and reported this to the CRES.” Of course they did! It was exactly what the Abhisit Vejjajiva government and its palace and military backers demanded.

That Suthep feels the need to whine now is sour grapes as the slippery DSI lot have embraced new leaders and especially Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm.

Chalerm denies that his government interferes with DSI, but any reasonable observer can see that DSI is now clinging to the Yingluck Shinawatra government like so many leeches.

This is an agency that is rotten to the core, that will do the bidding of whatever powerful person comes along, and it should be abolished.


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12 06 2017
Washing away the blood | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Abhisit’s then deputy  Suthep Thaugsuban says he gave the orders. That a prime minister shirks responsibility for the work of his government is a clear statement of Abhisit’s gormless egoism. In any case, it means little in a context where the regime had established the Centre for the Resolution of Emergency Situations as a collective organization for making decisions on the crackdowns. As premier, Abhisit established CRES and was part of it while Suthep was its director. […]

12 06 2017
Washing away the blood | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Abhisit’s then deputy  Suthep Thaugsuban says he gave the orders. That a prime minister shirks responsibility for the work of his government is a clear statement of Abhisit’s gormless egoism. In any case, it means little in a context where the regime had established the Centre for the Resolution of Emergency Situations as a collective organization for making decisions on the crackdowns. As premier, Abhisit established CRES and was part of it while Suthep was its director. […]