Thailand’s National police chief has ordered a fact-finding probe into a Facebook video of a Chinese influencer wearing the upper part of a police uniform while a person resembling a genuine police officer stood by to open a car door for him.
According to Pol Lt Gen Achayon Kraithong, a police spokesperson said, Pol Gen. Torsak Sukvimol has ordered an investigation into the origin of the Facebook video, the environment in which it was filmed, and the individuals wearing police uniform.
When asked if the foreign visitor would be interviewed, he stated that the findings were expected soon and that after the facts were verified, additional action would be considered.
“Let us wait for the fact-finding investigation before deciding whether there is a violation of the law or regulations.” “The police chief has ordered an investigation into the video,” he stated.
When asked about the potential impact of the released Facebook video on Thai police image, he advised Chinese influencer to avoid wearing official clothes or requesting officers to drive for them. He suggested that they might be breaching the law.
He also advised officers to be cautious when contacted by visitors who want to use their location, equipment, or uniforms for content creation.
According to Pol Maj Gen Somporn Sajjapoj, deputy commander of the Police Education Bureau, the person in the video was a police officer assigned to Central Police Tactical Training.
During inquiry, the officer revealed that the people in the video were him and a Chinese tourist companion. The officer stated that his friend had taken his police gear inside his car to wear.
The Facebook video in issue was shared on Facebook by a user going by the name Luijeen, who also posted numerous still photographs of a Chinese tourist dressed in the top of a police uniform complete with name badge, rank insignia, and awards.
Luijeen, who has 1.4 million followers on his Facebook Page, questioned whether this behavior was appropriate, citing a case earlier this year with a Chinese visitor receiving unauthorized VIP service from police.
Four police officers were examined after a Chinese tourist recorded multiple videos on a Chinese social media platform claiming to have been ushered quickly through immigration and promised a police motorcycle escort to her accommodation in Pattaya.