Several scholars portray Thai provincial strongmen as having character traits associated with nakleng - 'tough guys' - who are violent and ruthless toward enemies, but generous and compassionate toward supporters. Banharn Silpa-archa, the strongman of Suphanburi province, does not fit the description however. His personality is reflected in the way he meticulously - fussily - monitors all local development projects. This surveillance pushes otherwise lazy and inefficient local civil servants to...[Show more]
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