Thai Police seize board game in Yala, alleging its illegal, setting off debate between politicians

Arifin Soh

Yala –

Thai police seized a board game named ‘Patani Colonial Territory’ in Yala which is allegedly illegal, according to Thai police.

A candidate for the Move Forward Party in Pattani, Mr. Arifin Soh, posted on his Facebook saying “The Bannang Sata Police seized the board game named ‘ Patani Colonial Territory’ from a small hobby shop and they claim that the game may be illegal. Even the right to play games is being robbed. It is hard to live in the Deep South.”

Yesterday, (November 28th), the Thai Phakdee Party spokesman handed a letter to the Interior Ministry to investigate this board game. The letter stated the board game ‘Patani Colonial Territory’ is a game about Patani colonial history which is being supported by the Progressive Movement Foundation and allegedly causing disruption and societal problems.

TPN media notes that the police did not immediately state what was illegal about the game and the seizure has caused massive attention on social media, bringing significantly more attention to the game after it was seized than if it had been left alone. This has been called by some as the “Streisand Effect”.

The Thai Interior Ministry has not immediately commented on the game or the statements by opposing politicians.

TPN media notes information about the game is widely available online.

The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The Phuket Express, owned by our parent company TPN media.

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Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for four year. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.