THAI POLICE have launched an investigation into a video clip going viral in China with the woman who shared it claiming that everything is really for sale in Thailand including police escort from the airplane to the hotel for only 6,000 to 7,000 baht, Matichon newspaper said this afternoon (Jan. 21).
Pol. Maj. Gen. Archayon Kraithong, the police spokesman, said National Police Chief Pol. Gen. Damrongsak Kittipraphat had ordered urgent investigation of whether the policemen appearing in the video clip are real or fake officers.
The Chinese woman in the video clip said the policemen received her at the airplane, guided her and lifted her luggage, opened the car door and escorted the vehicle on a motorcycle with the emergency siren on all the way to her hotel and all this for just 6,000 to 7,000 baht.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Archayon pointed out that it is not possible for policemen to facilitate immigration procedures. As for escorting any vehicles, there are clear instructions on doing so both in terms of traffic regulations and a Cabinet resolution passed on Sept. 25, 2001 that set the criteria for this service. This is to be provided for important persons and politicians as well as visiting dignitaries.
In other cases, within Bangkok the traffic police chief has the authority to consider granting this escort as he sees fit and in the provinces the provincial traffic police chief does so. This is for the safety of road users such as for educational institution vehicles or a convoy going to attend a religious function.
Screen grab images from the video clip going viral in China. Credit: Matichon