Joke of the day : not enough chairs for bureaucrats

Nearly one month after Government House was seized by protesters, more than 3,000 officials who are forced to work elsewhere complain about hardship, limited workspace and negative effects on their personal lives.

At one location, on the third floor of an 11-storey building in Soi Aree off Phaholyothin Road, 200 staff from the Consumer Protection Board are packed into a small room, where there are 10 chairs available for 40 desks.

“It’s like musical chairs. Your seat is taken immediately you move away,” said Nirote Jaroenprakob, a deputy director-general.

Jullayuth Hiranyawasit, ministry permanent secretary, said the rest worked on the floor and took turns using computers.

Many documents need immediate processing due to their legal nature.

He added that board staff had disguised themselves as People’s Alliance for Democracy members and sneaked into Government House to retrieve documents.

However, since Friday they have been unable to do so. PAD guards spotted them. […]

Another staff member who called himself Somsak said he was once proud to work where he could meet prime ministers and national politicians. Now he felt like crying. “How could this have happened? The headquarters of the entire administration has been seized. This is unimaginable to me, as a government official, who now has not even a desk.” (Nation)

Not enough chairs… employees working on the floor… James Bond games to retrieve official documents… Indeed Somsak the situation is unimaginable ! 😉

Only in Thailand.

2 Responses to “Joke of the day : not enough chairs for bureaucrats”


  1. 1 fall 21 September 2008 at 6:08 am

    Oh, boy. That column was entertaining.


  1. 1 BKK News Feed Archive - Q3/08 Trackback on 21 September 2008 at 7:12 am

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