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A job for Big Joke? Immigration bribes claim at Don Mueang in wake of attack on tourist

Chinese social media was abuzz with claims about what led to the assault on one of their nationals at Don Mueang airport.

There are suggestions that the man refused to pay 300 baht on top of his visa cost because he was not getting a receipt for the extra money. This led ultimately to him being hit by a security guard.

Daily News called it a case of an “under the table payment”.

Now the upper echelons of Thai government are demanding an investigation into bribery.

Surachai Liangbunlertchai a deputy at the National Legislative Assembly indicated to reporters that an investigation is required in response to the social media claims.

The damaging event for Thai tourism could get worse if bribery is shown to be the root cause of the resulting violence.

Crime buster Maj-Gen Surachate Hakpan took over as the commissioner of immigration on Monday.The Maj-Gen – known as Big Joke in the media – said on taking up the position that he intended to enforce a “No Tip” policy with signage at immigration centers.

Thaivisa notes that the fallout from the assault of the Chinese tourist could be at the top of his jobs to do list in the first week of his new position.

Thai VisaDaily News

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