Joke of the day : policeman earns money but doesn’t know where it comes from

A very tasty piece published today in Bangkok Post.

It’s about a grotesque and childish “project” from the Crime Suppression Division to “reduce debts among its staff “.

Every CSD officer is supposed to record their financial income and expenditure each month in a personal balance book provided by the agency.

But apparently some policemen are not really at ease with this idea…

We all know why of course… 😉

But we reach the peak of surrealism when one colonel, with a typical thai ingenuity, reveals the trick.

A police colonel said he does not feel comfortable writing down his earnings and spendings.

He said that recording his monthly expenditure would not help him to better manage his money.

“Each month I earn some money but cannot say where it comes from,” he said.

😉 Only in Thailand.

7 Responses to “Joke of the day : policeman earns money but doesn’t know where it comes from”

  1. 1 fall 28 September 2008 at 8:54 am

    “Each month I earn some money but cannot say where it comes from,”

    Awww, isn’t that cute?
    Let’s take it further:
    “Each month I close crime cases but cannot say where it comes from”

  2. 2 ThaiCrisis 28 September 2008 at 9:00 am

    -> Fall.
    We have to give him the benefit of the doubt. It could be a translation issue with BKK Post !
    I mean everything is possible. That’s the beauty of this country.

    Anyway, such tidbit always gives me a good mood. I love it.

  3. 3 chinesethai 28 September 2008 at 10:53 am


    I can draw a conclusion from this post that this is one of the many symptoms of Thai society in deep crisis. This story is not limited to police profession, you know.

    Most Thais who go to school or work do not know what their goals in life are. They don’t have any idea as to what they are here for, what duty they are expected to perform, or what they spend money for. Drowning in debts is the norm for most Thais. The whole country is in a mess.

    As you previously said, it is because Thailand lacks a ‘leader’. Thai society is now like a lifeboat floating in the ocean. It is up to the wind and wave to lead the boat to. 2 days ago, many of us are awed by the success of the Chinese space walk mission. Although China, a very populous developing nation, has so many problems like toxic baby formula, Tibet&Xinjiang separatists, lack of political freedom, etc, the Chinese nation has a direction at least. Their leadership is functioning. The Koreans and the Malays, both long suffered from either colonialism and war, have overtaken us for years. Like the Philippines, Cambodia and Indonesia, Thailand currently has none and it looks like this country is not even going to have one soon.

  4. 4 Bedwyr 28 September 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Amazin ghuh?

    A police colonel, guardian of Thai law, protector of the people, states that he earns money ea h month but ‘cannot say where it comes from’, which clearly means it comes from an ‘unofficial’ source ie. corruption.

    This is a clear admission of this parasite being on the take. Yet will the ‘Royal’ Thai police force do its duty to the King and the people of Thailand? By arresting and investigating this police colonel? Of course it won’t. Which is why we cannot take these people seriously.

    In contrast to other commentators on this matter, I frankly do not find this at all amusing or charming or quaint. I find it disgusting and disgraceful.


    ps: Today Somchai says (and Bedwyr quotes) “Somchai told reporters that he was not angry but he would like Thais to be more rational”. Amen.

    At last, a Thai says something intelligent.

  5. 5 loris 29 September 2008 at 1:09 am

    ‘Some policeman are not reaaly at ease,,,,’Maybe you expect him to enter his salary, but not the ‘tea money’ he earns each month. That would be another, but bigger salary.

  6. 6 bede 30 September 2008 at 3:45 pm

    As ChineseThai says this is a symptom. The police aren’t the only ones that get their money from “somewhere else”.

    I work at a major Thai public university. My contract very specifically and clearly states that I cannot work anywhere else or do any tasks not specified in the contract. It is a ridiculously restrictive contract which – as is the case with many legal documents in Thailand -invites and almost compels that it be corrupted. The University itself routinely breaks the contract and gives me lots of reasonably well-paid work that falls outside the terms of the contract – exam writing and editing for outside institutions, public courses, short courses for students, etc.I make nearly as much as my official salary with this non-contractual work. And it comes to me in nice fat brown paper envelopes.

    I’m not complaining too much. I need the money.Don’t we all? And much of the work is useful and worthwhile. But I would much prefer to get a decent wage (and pay the taxes on it)and do the work that needs to be done without having to way up my finacial situation every time a demand is put on my time. The potential for corruption is obvious. The university, a paragon social insititution, encourages us all the time to chase the money. And no doubt, it could be skimmed before it gets to me. Unofficial books are kept on this money but who knows what goes on except the unofficial book-keepers?

    Thailand is a society where most people are encouraged to chase the money and the status. (See the great film “Mon Rak Transistor” for an analysis of this) This includes me, of course, I have turned down good work in favor of the money. Many people in regular jobs, teachers who run after-hours tutorial classes, police who will only investigate crimes that pay, officials looking for tea money, are basically working on retainers. This a vicious and endemic mentality that can only be reformed by a funadamental scial analysis not by more laws which will only introduce more opportunities for evading real work.

  7. 7 ThaiCrisis 30 September 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Thanks Bede for your comment. It’s very enlightening and I think it’s a good summary of the problem.

    We don’t lack rules and regulations in Thailand, we have many of them… But the core of the problem is that they are just not respected !

    And as you said, many times, officials promote, support “bypasses”… With always the same excuse : “we need to put oil into the system, so it can’t move”. right ?

    Of course, it’s basically flawed.

    With such flawed inference, the thai society can’t move forward.

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