Another classic from Not The Nation : “Police Field Several Hundred Thousand Leads In Sondhi Case”

Another pastiche, and another classic from Not The Nation… !

Police Col. King Kwaengwisatchaicharn, head of the team investigating the assassination attempt on Sondhi Limthongkul, said he had whittled the list of suspects to a little under one third of the Thai population.

The new estimate of 19,673,298 suspects is slightly lower than the 24,120,939 mentioned by police earlier in the day. […]

King said he had been inundated with leads since the assassination attempt. “Every time I get the list down under 15 million it spikes back up again,” he said. “It is incredible how many people wanted to kill this guy.” […]

Personally I think his humor, so british, his sense of non-sense are totally irresistible.

And the point is : this kind of humor matches perfectly many thai stories.

14 Responses to “Another classic from Not The Nation : “Police Field Several Hundred Thousand Leads In Sondhi Case””

  1. 1 DavidB 23 April 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Also in this week’s edition, the “Jakrapob as Batman”, is just as good.
    Although, I have always thought of him more as “Robin” character- always obedient to his master.
    Then again, maybe he would make a good, “trusty steed” to the Joker, as played by the outlawed one, Mr.T!

  2. 2 chinesethai 24 April 2009 at 10:38 am

    I am amazed how the Sondhi assassination case unfolded itself in just a week.

    Thai Police is now faced with major obstacle in trying to dig deeper into the mystery. As you know, Thai Police is already a self-serving clique (aka mafia). They don’t want to go against another mafia.

    And this also sheds light about the soldiers that quelled the Red rioters during Songkran holidays. They were not from the army. Why was it the Supreme Commander, who appeared on TV talking about quelling the riot? Very unusual.

    The bullet discovered by the Police is written RTA.

    So who’s the mastermind? “YOU KNOW WHO”

  3. 3 ThaiCrisis 24 April 2009 at 11:34 am

    ->CT : What does mean “RTA” ? And who do you think is the master mind ?

  4. 4 ray 24 April 2009 at 11:47 am


    royal thai army

    u konw who . i have three theories ( from astv)

    1. army + newin

    2. army+ newin + democrats
    looking forward to next election, newin and democrats and army can form the same govt and with more credibility, without having to worry about the yellows. they figure if they lay off the monarchy
    they can rule . defeating thaksin’s party will be easy because of what the reds have done and also they can frame the attack on the reds/thaksin.

  5. 5 chinesethai 24 April 2009 at 7:08 pm

    The police has come to a conclusion that the gunshot Sondhi received was just a threat, not to take Sondhi’s life!!!!!????

    Good grief!

  6. 6 chinesethai 24 April 2009 at 7:13 pm


    UDD Leaders are released on bail!!!

    I have given my entire hope for the future of this country.

  7. 7 ray 24 April 2009 at 8:55 pm


    i know how u feel.

    what i dont understand is how come they are not charged with treason??

    we are living in dangerous times.

  8. 8 chinesethai 24 April 2009 at 9:40 pm


    Because…Abhisit lifted the Emergency Decree so the court might have decided based on this fact.

    I don’t give a shoot how the Democrats will end up. But Abhisit are dragging down the entire nation with it.

    ray, I don’t want to live in a nation without rule of law. I won’t.

  9. 9 ThaiCrisis 24 April 2009 at 9:42 pm

    CT : even murderers do get bail in Thailand… You know that…

    Actually, the bail could give to Abhisit an opportunity to claim “balance” between PAD and UDD.
    It might be a good political move.

  10. 10 chinesethai 24 April 2009 at 10:03 pm

    It might be a good political move.

    But it comes at a very expensive cost. The Rule of Law. We have already not had much of it. Now it’s gone.

    TC, it is PAD that always calls for a fact finding into the total closure of Suvarnabhumi Airport because they want to clear themselves. The rally in front of the passenger terminal definitely caused disruption to tourism and PAD leaders must be prosecuted. But the fact that the Cargo Terminal, 2 kms away from the rally, was closed too is very fishy. After all, no innocent people got hurt or killed.

    But the act of UDD was apparently different, destructive, and violent. They closed traffic around the Victory Monument, it’s okay because it is normal that any protest always wants public attention. But at least 2 innocent people were killed, mosque vandalized, and a gas truck almost blown up in front of Din Daeng residential area.

    Moreover, let’s put aside our differences on Lese-Majesty law for a while. UDD, especially one of its leaders Jakkrapob Penkair, have at times insulted the monarchy, which Abhisit vowed to protect.

    It sets a very bad standard for the future.

    I thought Thailand is going to be like just Philippines II. Now I think the country becoming “The Next Cambodia” is not far from possible.

  11. 11 chinesethai 24 April 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Red Propaganda War is very effective in the North and Northeast. People there are tricked to believe that there were really massacre of Red rioters and their corpses hidden somewhere or burned. Why? Because of their very strong “Pooyai Culture”. They usually believe whatever their Pooyais told.

  12. 12 antipadshist 26 April 2009 at 11:44 am

    terrorists who hijack international airports also do get bail here in Thailand ! 😉

    in fact – some of them are made FM, and go abroad on taxpayers money to propagate government’s version of propaganda.

  13. 13 tom 29 April 2009 at 12:53 am

    Today I read in The Nation (“Jakrapob to face action for armed-struggle call : PM”, April 28, 2009) that Prime Minister Abhisit has announced that Jakrapob Penkair will be charged for calling for armed struggle against the government. For all I know, the charges may be well-founded. But I could not establish the truth of the accusation from reading The Nation on this subject. A repeated theme in The Nation since the Songkran riots has been that Jakrapob Penkair is advocating violence. This did not seem to fit what I remembered him saying. I typed the name Jakrapob Penkair into The Nation’s search function. In the first nine articles cited, all of which say that Jakrapob has incited violence, there is no direct quote from the villain himself. It is not until we get to the tenth article, “Red shirts to use new tactics including possible armed attacks : Jakrapob” (April 22, 2009) that we see a single actual direct quotation as recorded by the BBC: “I believe the room for unarmed and non-violent means to resolve Thailand’s problem is getting smaller every day”.
    In the next article cited, “Jakrapob busy setting up a base”, (April 21, 2009) there is a longer quotation: “I believe people are now deciding whether peaceful means serve them best. We are not encouraging violence, but we have to admit that people have been repeatedly disappointed,” he said.
    “Legal standards have been clearly unfair and unjust. I am not saying there will be violence in the days ahead. But the remaining opportunities for a peaceful solution are decreasing every day.
    “We still talk about a peaceful way in which people can get their rights back. But people have the right to defend themselves against aggression,” he explained.
    Then there are five articles dealing with the mistakes of the redshirt leaders and the arrest warrants that await them. The last of these articles is dated April 15 after the riots. The next article that mentions Jakraphob is dated April 11 before the riots in Bangkok. In this article, Jakraphob and other redshirt leaders are accused of being “authoritarian’ by a fellow redshirt protester.

    This may well be true. He may be an authoritarian. But I have seen nothing in The Nation’s coverage of Jakraphob that can lead to the certain conclusion that he has incited violence. He may well have done so but there is no evidence of it in these reports. What he has said is that the space for non-violent protest is getting smaller. Double standards for different coloured shirts. Radio stations and websites being closed down. A coup short-circuiting the democratic process. People being disappointed about these things. The only unambiguous thing that he has said that might legitimately be taken as an encouragement to violence is this: “people have the right to defend themselves against aggression”. Well, do they or don’t they?
    I hold no brief for Jakraphob Penkair. He was a spokesman for a government that sanctioned illegal acts of violence against Thai people – the 2500 “extra-judicial killings” of the war on dugs, Tak Bai, Kru Sae, the disappearance of Somchai. I am disappointed but no longer surprised that The Nation does not pursue these cases except with any rigour or consistency. I am sickened to hear them being added to the list of Thaksin’s crimes as a cheap talking point without any serious intent to investigate them.
    But The Nation’s flimsy reporting gives it no right to draw the conclusions they have that Jakrapob is advocating violence. He may just as well be interpreted as advocating an expansion of the space for “unarmed and non-violent means”. That is to say, free and fair elections which are respected by all parties, even the losers.


    Just by the way of asking for help as a novice blogger, i was trying to post this on some other sites where it was more relevant but I keep getting asked to sign up for a google account. And every time i try that it comes up in Thai, no matter what I do. And i can’t read Thai. Any suggestions? By the way, Thai Crisis, I like the fact that you make it easy. I can always get a comment on here without any problems.

  14. 14 antipadshist 5 May 2009 at 4:17 am


    you can go to and register / sign up there, which would be enough to be able to post your comments on most of blogs in “Kokosphere”. it is in Engl.

    BTW – great comment !

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