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The Joke's on you as Surachate takes over immigration promising "No Tip" department

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The Joke's on you as Surachate takes over immigration promising "No Tip" department

 

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Picture: Thai Rath

 

Thailand's famous crime buster "Big Joke" has been welcomed to his new job - as head of immigration. 

 

And he started off with some tough words promising action against unscrupulous visa agents and even perhaps his own new department.

 

He is determined to stamp out back-handers and Thai Rath said that "No Tip" signs would be going up at immigration centers. 

 

Today the outgoing chief Lt Gen Suthipong Wongpin formally welcomed Maj-Gen Surachate Hakpan to his new position. 

 

Flowers were handed to both men in a "sacred" ceremony. 

 

Surachate praised the work of Suthipong promising to take up from where he left off.

 

But he pledged a tightening up of procedures and a drive to 4.0 meaning a more modern department.

 

He also said he would create 1,000 new jobs in immigration to improve efficiency. 

 

Top of his "to do" list are agents who rip people off for visas. And he is determined to create an honest transparency in immigration affairs with his "No Tip" signs. 

 

(Thai Rath in fact said NO TRIP in English in their article but we think we know what they meant, notes Thaivisa). 

 

Thai Rath also called Surachate "THE Joke" though it was not clear if this meant there was a departure form his familiar moniker that he has come to be known by - Big Joke. 

 

Source: Thai Rath

 
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2 minutes ago, webfact said:

And he is determined to create an honest transparency in immigration affairs with his "No Tip" signs

So, no more paying for cert of residence for licence and other things?

A list of requirements that we can refer to when getting our paperwork ready

The removal of the expression "new rule, new rule"

Knowledge of the exact requirements needed for proof of income by the officers

 

I will not hold my breadth. Neither should you and neither should Big Joke.

 

Same shit, different boss.

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Maybe something to do with the big 300 baht (tip) scam at the airport?Lots of work for him but it will no doubt affect a lot of people who are buying their visa each year.

If everything will be more strict there will be a lot less people entering the Kingdom by ommiting the law.

More to come i am sure.

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11 minutes ago, webfact said:

Flowers were handed to both men in a "sacred" ceremony. 

 

I'm guessing the watch doctor gave a red rose to the winner.

 

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13 minutes ago, webfact said:

He also said he would create 1,000 new jobs in immigration to improve efficiency. 

To my way of thinking, that would reduce efficiency, by creating more jobs to do the same work.

Perhaps he has some cunning plan, Baldrick?

 

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5 minutes ago, webfact said:

. . . promising action against unscrupulous visa agents and even PERHAPS his own new department . . .

 . . . and Thai Rath said that "No Tip" signs would be going up at immigration centers. 

No Tip signs something for the Joker to brag about? They're bloody well not. An unequivocally worded sign was prominently displayed at the Sakon Nakhon Imm Pol office, three years ago, when the back-hander furor surfaced with a vengeance. The man is clearly not well-informed re the IP force's achievement history and has already justified to his 'Big Joke' nickname.

And what's this about his own new department PERHAPS getting a looking at? Sounds to me like he's already scared of the big bad boys he's likely to be crossing paths with.

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12 minutes ago, thequietman said:

So, no more paying for cert of residence for licence and other things?

It will be called a fee and you get a receipt :biggrin:

And the 1900 Baht fee for extension will be 1900 not 2000 with 100 Baht tip.

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7 minutes ago, KhunBENQ said:

It will be called a fee and you get a receipt

 

It's already (and has been for a long time) called a "fee" and you'll get a receipt for 'express' service.

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2 minutes ago, Vacuum said:

 

It's already (and has been for a long time) called a "fee" and you'll get a receipt for 'express' service.

So also not covered by "no tip".

It' many years that I needed one.

Just remember that I paid for.

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32 minutes ago, webfact said:

He also said he would create 1,000 new jobs in immigration to improve efficiency

 

How about replacing the 5 people that currently process my re-entry permit with 1 person. Why do they need so many people to give me a re-entry permit? The real leg work is done by the 3 (still 2 too many) IO's that process my annual extension. Why do these re-entry people take so long? Surely they should just take my money and stamp my passport. Then we would have 5 re-entries being processed concurrently - way more efficient.

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1 minute ago, Vacuum said:

 

It's already (and has been for a long time) called a "fee" and you'll get a receipt for 'express' service.

Perhaps there will be a hotline number to call Big Joke's office and dob in the cowboys.

 

Thaksin had a hotline when he had his police corruption crackdown. That resulted in bars being expressly told by the police themselves, NOT to pay them any money. It was payment-free for about three months IIRC.

 

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And how's about sorting the queue's out at Suv' .. and while you're at it get some immigration officer's who don't look at you stone faced when stamping up yo passport after you eventually do get dismissively beckoned forward .. 

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First first stop ChiangMai, but he may have to join a queue to get in.

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If he does a good job here, promote him to sort out the corruption amongst the police and politicians. 👍

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Surachet Hakpal appointed as Immigration Bureau Commissioner

 

BANGKOK, 1st October 2018, (NNT) - Police Major General Surachet Hakpal has been appointed to the position of Commissioner of the Immigration Bureau. 

Acting Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau Pol. Lt. Gen. Sutthipong Wongpinhanded on the role to Police Major General Surachet. Both also attended a merit making ceremony marking the occasion. 

Pol. Maj. Gen. Surachet said that the bureau under his direction would remain strict on checking the eligibility of passengers to enter the kingdom at entry points, while implementing technology to comply with the government’s Thailand 4.0 initiative. He also revealed a plan to enlist a thousand more employees to accommodate the rising number of visitors to the nation. 

The new Immigration Bureau Commissioner also touched on the issue of officials allegedly extorting tour operators, promising the public to tighten the regulations to prevent the issue from damaging the image of Thailand. He said banners will be erected to inform tourists that there are no extra charges for immigration processing.

 

n addition, an investigation into the matter will be launched this week to find the culprits. Violators will be prosecuted and are likely to face embezzlement charges.

 
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-- nnt 2018-10-01

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