All my readers know that the fight against counterfeit goods is a running joke in Thailand (read here). We are used to those “campaigns” launched by some lunatic and alleged minister. Newspapers speak about them, it makes them feel good. Fair enough.
But I have to say that with this latest news we are breaking idiocy at the sound barrier speed. Check this out.
A confidential report handed to the prime minister yesterday names 41 police allegedly involved in selling pirated goods.
Deputy Commerce Minister Alongkorn Pollabutr submitted the report to Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, who forwarded the list to his deputy Suthep Thaugsuban to follow up.
Alongkorn told reporters before yesterday’s Cabinet meeting that as chairman of a committee on intellectual property protection policies, he had to report the 41 police – who have both high and low ranks – to Abhisit to get responsible agencies to act on them. […]
I mean… WTF ? ! The Commerce Minister is doing some police work now ? With investigation ? And how could he compile this list of 41 police officers… even with “low ranks” ? ! How could he know ?
Yes, it’s Benny Hill Revisited by The Virgin Mary. But the best part is after.
Asked if he revealed the wayward police for his own benefit, Alongkorn said people should look at the results because, since he had got tough on pirate CDs and goods, these products had nearly disappeared.
Asked why the Commerce Ministry acted on this issue instead of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), Alongkorn said his office was directly responsible for intellectual property rights and wanted to alert relevant agencies to act on the problem, while the DSI looked into cases where the goods were worth more than Bt500,000. (Nation)
Here you can see that thai journalists are not so stupid… They immediately felt that something could be seriously fishy. 😉
As for the line “since he had got tough on pirate CDs and goods, these products had nearly disappeared “… well it is a line indeed.
From a very bad movie. With very bad actors.