Big Joke: You scratch my back I’ll scratch yours. Coffee anyone?
Immigration chief Lt Gen Surachate “Big Joke” Hakparn has come up with a new idea to seek the help of foreign embassies and organisations.
Especially those that do not have formal treaties and extradition agreements with Thailand.
He has held a “Coffee Talk” gathering to woo the foreigners.
Among the canapes were some delightful “luuk chup” or fake fruit desserts in baskets.
Big Joke hopes that such treats and gatherings will help with the mutual sharing of information and aid in the arrest of more illegal residents of the kingdom and transnational miscreants.
Dissident Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi who has been held for more than a month in Thailand was mentioned in the TNA story as being a concern for Surachate.
International fugitive Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya – wanted in connection with the death of a Thong Lor policeman dragged under his Ferrari in 2012 – was not mentioned in the story.
Thaivisa notes that many expatriate retirees in Thailand will also be hoping that the burning issue of embassies ceasing to issue letters confirming pensions might have been part of the “Coffee Talk”.