Public Health permanent secretary Narong Sahametapat's no-show for a meeting with the CAPO prompted an angry response from Chalerm Yoobamrung. Narong had made "a wrong bet", said the CAPO chief.
On the contrary, I think Narong made a super bet. You see, when you are a permanent secretary, the highest rank at a ministry, you normally have a year or less left before retirement. Chances are if you jump on the anti-Thaksin bandwagon, you are likely to be awarded with a post at an alphabet-soup independent agency or even be picked as one of the 73 appointed senators. These posts come with a salary of Bt100,000-plus a month and extra perks like a luxury car, personal secretary, free trips abroad, VIP rooms at airports, etc.
No surprise, then, that a bunch of ageing academics and nearly-retired government officials are lining up to attack the Thaksin regime.