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What chance has police reform got when Thai people don’t even know the meaning of the word!

A damning poll about the subject of police reform revealed that almost half the Thai people don’t even know the meaning of the word reform. And most of the rest who said they did know were wrong as well.

The shocking lack of understanding of the Thai word “patiroop” came on national Thai Language Day – an irony totally missed in the Thai Rath report published yesterday, July 29th.

The Super Poll asked 1,152 people what the word “patiroop” meant.

Forty six percent said they had no idea.

Of the other 54% who said they did know, some explained that it meant “safety”, others said it “makes things better”, yet more said it means “clarity”.

Only a small percentage explained it meant change making something more appropriate or acceptable.

Thaivisa observes that not knowing what the poll was essentially about perhaps made a mockery of some of the other questions and answers about reform.

However, Thai Rath reported that a subsequent question asked when the aforementioned reform should happen.

Some 28.2% said it should happen now, 39.2% said it should happen but in a little while and 32.6% said it was not necessary – things are fine.

But at least the survey did reveal something concrete about the Thais’ relationship with their police force.

A total of 78.2% said they got a lot of pleasure reading police stories in the press and online.

Thai Visa / Thai Rath

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