Latest from Chang Noi - April 12, 2004
It is Monday and thus time for another tough editorial
from The Nation. The harshest editorials (like
this one) are written under the pseudonym "Chang
Noi" (Little Elephant).
politics of police abduction', The Nation,
April 12, 2004: "There is nothing under the
sun that the Thai police cannot do." Open the
of the Thai police and you will find this saying of
Phao Sriyanon proudly displayed. He is considered
one of the founding fathers of the modern police department,
and is celebrated in its internal history.
He is also widely believed to have ordered the abduction
and murder of several prominent figures during the
late 1940s and 1950s, including MPs, Muslim political
leaders, journalists and businessmen. His famous saying
has a terrible ring. Thaksin quoted it in his speech
launching the "war on drugs" on 14 January
Chang Noi has written about Phao Sriyanon in the past
under a dictators sun, January 20, 2003).
Considering the horrible reputation Phao had both
in his own day and through the prism of history, it
is amazing (and telling) to find his threatening quote
on the police website.
Chang Noi's website.