Fourth Army Area Commander Lt-General Piyawat Nakwanit said southern insurgents are in disarray and that is why they have offered a reward of Bt1 million for his head.
Piyawat was commenting on a Facebook post by an unidentified user who offered Bt1 million to anyone who could behead him.
Piyawat said local residents of the southern border provinces would not be interested in such an offer because they could earn more than Bt1 million if they keep on working on several development projects initiated by the government.
He said only insurgents, who have no job and who are hiding in the mountains would be interested in the offer.
Piywat said the southern insurgents are now in difficulty because they are not receiving support from local people, from local illegal businesses and from abroad.
He said he would not step up security for himself and would go on working.
“From another point of view, it would be better if they come to us so that we won’t have to go out to find them,” the southern Army chief said.