Thaksin Shinawatra Evades Arrest in Kuala Lumpur, Flees to Fiji
In a dramatic turn of events, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra narrowly escaped arrest in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, before fleeing to Fiji, according to Deputy Interior Minister Thaworn Sennian. Speaking in Pattani province on Monday, Thaworn disclosed that the Malaysian government had been collaborating with Thailand to apprehend the fugitive ex-leader, who was reportedly staying at the Shangri-la Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
Despite the coordinated efforts to capture him, Thaksin demonstrated his elusiveness by leaving the hotel just in time to board a plane bound for Fiji, evading the authorities once again. The exact timing of this escape remains undisclosed.
Further details provided by Thaworn revealed that Thaksin had visited Malaysia, arriving on Saturday and departing the following day, Sunday. The purpose of his visit to Malaysia remains unclear, and the Deputy Interior Minister noted that this report was yet to be confirmed, with police currently working to verify the information.
Thaworn emphasized that the responsibility of ensuring Thaksin faces the convictions against him falls to the police, the attorney general, and the Foreign Ministry. However, he assured that the government is not unduly concerned by reports of Thaksin being in close proximity to Thailand.
This latest episode adds another chapter to the saga of Thaksin Shinawatra, whose controversial tenure and subsequent flight from Thai justice continue to capture the attention of both national and international observers.
Thailand’s very own international man of mystery, or so the establishment’s favorite fairy-tale tellers at The Nation and The Bangkok Post would have us believe. The latest chapter in this saga reads less like breaking news and more like a rejected James Bond script, with our hero making a daring escape from the clutches of law enforcement at the Shangri-La hotel, presumably using nothing but his wits and a secret spy gadget or two.
According to these reports, Thaksin, ever the slippery eel, managed to evade capture by Malaysian police—presumably distracted by their own reflections—and jet off to Fiji. One can only assume he employed a smoke bomb or a cloak of invisibility, given the lack of detail on how he achieved this feat. The narrative’s only missing a dramatic soundtrack and a cameo by Sean Connery.
Imagine the potential for a Bangkok Post comic strip: “Thaksin: The Fugitive Chronicles.” We’d follow our intrepid hero from his humble beginnings as a silk salesman in San Kampaeng to his current globe-trotting escapades, dodging authorities with a suitcase of cash in one hand and a cocktail in the other. It’s the sort of riveting tale that could only be enhanced by illustrations of Thaksin in various disguises, eluding capture at every turn.
So, will Fiji be the setting of Thaksin’s next narrow escape? Will the Thai police finally catch up with him, or will he vanish into the sunset aboard his submarine, bound for his secret lair? Stay tuned for the next installment of this thrilling escapade, brought to you by the ever-imaginative scribes at The Nation and The Bangkok Post. Don’t forget to check the classifieds for your very own jetpack or invisibility cloak—apparently, they’re quite handy for those seeking to live out their own fugitive fantasy.