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‘Stubborness’ led officials to become suspicious of group of campers: Wichian

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‘Stubborness’ led officials to become suspicious of group of campers: Wichian

By JAKRAWAN SALAYTOO 
THE NATION

 

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Wichian

 

IT WAS the defiance and stubbornness shown by Italian-Thai Development president Premchai Karnasuta and his companions that aroused the suspicion of Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary’s officials, leading to the group’s high-profile arrest.

 

When the team first spotted the group camping in an off-limits area this past weekend, officials initially just offered some safety advice, briefed them about the rules and recommended that they immediately leave the area. 

 

“But group members kind of ignored our advice. They appeared defiant and also stubbornly insisted that they would not move, citing fears for their safety if they had to relocate during the night,” Wichian Shinwong, a senior official at the Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary, said yesterday. “That aroused our suspicions.” 

 

He said his team then started searching the area near the camp to determine if the group was hiding anything. 

 

“That’s when we discovered animal carcasses and guns,” said Wichian, who has since become nationally acclaimed for arresting such a high-profile suspect. 

 

After evidence revealed the group might have engaged in illegal activities, some of them appeared to attempt to offer bribes, he added. 

 

“Group members tried to negotiate. They tried to check if we would agree to take an offer,” Wichian said. He added that Premchai’s associates described him as the top executive of a leading firm. 

 

“We don’t care who he is. We only know that if he violates the laws, he will have to face legal actions,” Wichian said. He added that he did not want to take even a single baht from Premchai because he had his own personal dignity. 

 

Just as the scandal has heaped bad publicity on Premchai, it has portrayed Wichian as a hero. 

 

“Thank you for giving me recognition. But please don’t forget that this is the work of all 200 officials in the field,” he said, sharing credit with his team members. 

 

Asked whether Premchai’s case had caused him any problems, Wichian said he had not faced any threats. “I have also received moral support from the minister,” he said, without elaborating. 

 

Premchai’s group is the first to have openly entered the wildlife sanctuary, he added. 

 

“In other cases, it’s villagers sneaking in to fill their hungry stomachs. It’s not for pleasure,” Wichian said. 

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30338355

 
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I love this guy. Wichian for President! ....... U.S.A. president! 

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27 minutes ago, Somtamnication said:

I love this guy. Wichian for President! ....... U.S.A. president! 

All is never what it seems in Thailand.

 

This sounds so like a Thai film script (poor, upstanding clean-shaven civil servant vs fat, corrupt, evil, wealthy businessman) that it may well have been pre-scripted.

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Two shows of stubbornness on display,

one  of the protagonists took his role seriously

and the other one ,

well failed on so many fronts,

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I gave up hunting a long time a go. I still struggle with the fact that I killed some partridges and ducks just for the sport. These MOFO's will never grow a conscience, nor realize that what they did is rob the whole planet of some endangered species. Still, a small speck inside me would like to go Ital-Thai hunting despite the fact I gave up my guns.

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2 hours ago, webfact said:

He added that he did not want to take even a single baht from Premchai because he had his own personal dignity. 

If only there were others like him!  Make him Head of RTP.

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

Just as the scandal has heaped bad publicity on Premchai, it has portrayed Wichian as a hero. 

Good for him, nice to see there are still some people with integrity in the world. Now, if we can only convince him to run for PM.

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This man and his rangers deserve the highest praise.

 

Lamentably, all their efforts and dedication are going to be for nought as higher up the ladder officials with much less integrity than Wichian and his team eventually are going to let Premchai off the hook, practically scot-free, I fear.   

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9 hours ago, Briggsy said:

All is never what it seems in Thailand.

 

This sounds so like a Thai film script (poor, upstanding clean-shaven civil servant vs fat, corrupt, evil, wealthy businessman) that it may well have been pre-scripted.

Really? Do you actually believe that the tycoon would agree to having himself charged by police as an illegal poacher? Really???

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1 minute ago, HerbalEd said:

Really? Do you actually believe that the tycoon would agree to having himself charged by police as an illegal poacher? Really???

You have totally misunderstood. I am suggesting the poaching bust was simply the opportunity for someone powerful to put pressure on Premchai for reasons undisclosed. The fact that teams of police swung into action within 48 hours searching 6 properties around the country tells me a lot.

 

I notice that the press are juxtaposing stories about the huge rail network building contracts Ital - Thai holds with this story but not overtly linking the two stories.

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7 hours ago, mikebell said:

If only there were others like him!  Make him Head of RTP.

 

Best suggestion this year!

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