Police General Pao Sarasin (c. 1929 – March 7, 2013) was a Thai
politician A politician is a person active in party politics Politics (from , ) is the set of activities that are associated with making decisions in groups, or other forms of power relations between individuals, such as the distribution of resourc ...
and former police officer. Sarasin served as the Deputy Prime Minister of
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, as well as the country's Interior Minister, in 1992.

Early life and education

Pao Sarasin was the son of former Prime Minister of Thailand Pote Sarasin and his wife, Thanpuying Siri Sarasin. He was one of three brothers, including Pong Sarasin and Arsa Sarasin. Pao Sarasin graduated from Vajiravudh College, a boarding school in Bangkok. He then moved to the United States, where he received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Johns Hopkins University and a second bachelor's degree from the University of California in criminology.


Sarasin enlisted the Royal Police Thai in 1954, rising to the rank of police general during his career. He served as the Chief of the force's Office of the Narcotics Control Board from 1978 until 1983. In 1987, he became the Chief of the Royal Thai Police. In 1992, Sarasin briefly held the posts of Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister under the Royal Thai Army military junta and the post-coup government of former Prime Minister of Thailand, Prime Minister Anand Panyarachun. During his later life, Sarasin served as the council presidents of both Mae Fah Luang University in Chiang Rai province and Khon Kaen University in Khon Kaen province.


Pao Sarasin died at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok after a month-long hospitalization for a blood infection on March 7, 2013, at the age of 83. A royal bathing rite ceremony for Sarasin was held at the Wat Benchamabophit with Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in attendance representing the royal family. He was survived by his wife, Thapuying Tawika Sarasin, and three sons, including Thai television host, Kanit Sarasin.


Foreign honours

* : Honorary Commander of the Order of Loyalty to the Crown of Malaysia#Commander, Order of Loyalty to the Crown of Malaysia (P.S.M.) (1988) * : Honorary Commander of the Order of the Defender of the Realm#Commander, Order of the Defender of the Realm (P.M.N.) (1993)

See also

*Sarasin family


{{DEFAULTSORT:Sarasin, Pao 2013 deaths Ministers of the Interior of Thailand Thai police officers Hainanese people Children of Prime Ministers of Thailand Johns Hopkins University alumni University of California, Berkeley alumni Thai people of Chinese descent Year of birth uncertain Deputy Prime Ministers of Thailand Honorary Commanders of the Order of the Defender of the Realm Honorary Commanders of the Order of Loyalty to the Crown of Malaysia 1929 births