A senior advisor serving Thailand’s new monarch has been fired, according to authorities. This is now the second aide to the new King Maha Vajiralongkorn to be publicly fired in the last few weeks.
Vajiralongkorn seceded the throne following the death of his widely popular father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who had reigned in Thailand for seven decades.
King Vajiralongkorn has not been able to live up to the popularity his father had in Thailand.
There is a growing number of people within the inner circle being fired or jailed; two of those jailed later died in military custody.
The latest to lose his position is Jumpol Manmai, who is a former deputy police commissioner and served as a palace Grand Chamberlain.
A statement from the Royal Household Bureau said he was fired as he tried to improperly profit from his royal links and make political connections
“General Jumpol committed inappropriate behaviour as a senior official close to the King,” the palace order, countersigned by junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha, said.
“He abused his position to gain personal and political benefits which jeopardised security,” it added, without giving further details.
Officials who have been fired or jailed serve as a hot topic of gossip by many Thais. This comes about as the Thailand Royal Family is protected from defamation law, which means that media scrutiny of any failings or things such as employee misconduct is near impossible. The media must heavily censor themselves and are not allowed to comment improperly on matters related to the royal family.
Just last week, another senior aide, Air Vice Marshall Chitpong Thongkum, was sacked on the charge of improperly profiting from the family.
Arrests for improperly trying to profit from the family are common, with three people in 2015 being arrested for such a thing.
Just the year before, Vajiralongkorn announced his then wife Princess Sriasmi Suwadee, who he has a son with, had her titles removed. Over half a dozen members of Srisami’s family were arrested for improperly trying to use their connections to him.