Thailand morning news for August 27

Thailand morning news for August 27
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Oath ‘fix’ tipped for today
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is due to lead the cabinet in receiving a message from His Majesty the King at Government House on Tuesday, in an event believed to be linked with the recent controversy over the swearing-in of the cabinet, according to an internal formal schedule circulated on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Finance Ministry plans e-commerce tax next year
The Finance Ministry expects to introduce a value-added-tax on electronic businesses next year, aiming to collect between 3 billion to 4 billion baht a year, a ministry official said on Monday, tapping a boom in e-commerce in the country.
— Bangkok Post

Billionaire mulls what may be Thailand’s largest IPO in 2019
Asset World Corp will start gauging foreign investor demand for what could be one of Thailand’s biggest initial public offerings this year after the nation’s securities regulator approved the sale, according to people familiar with the matter.
— Bangkok Post

Sattahip sea turtle found dead with plastic in stomach
Sea Turtle Conservation Centre of the Royal Thai Navy Sattahip – A sea turtle was found dead with plastic and fishing net in its stomach on Najomtien beach.
— The Pattaya News

Camo and crop top: Thai palace publishes consort pictures
Thailand’s palace website crashed on Monday after it released unprecedented pictures of the king’s consort in a fighter jet, wearing a crop top and dressed in combat fatigues with him and the royal poodle.

Cabinet to perform a ritual before King’s picture at Government House on Tuesday
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his cabinet ministers have been granted an audience before an image of His Majesty the King at the Government House on Tuesday morning to accept the King’s July 16th written message.
— Thai PBS News

Future Forward refutes party dissolution speculation
The Future Forward party has dismissed widespread speculation, even among opposition MPs, that it is likely to be dissolved by the Constitutional Court over a number of cases pending with the court and other independent organizations.
— Thai PBS News

1 in 5 Thais Have Experienced Sexual Harassment, Survey Says
Though 1 in 5 Thais have experienced sexual harassment, almost half remain reluctant to speak out, according to a survey of over a thousand Thais.
— Khaosod English

Electronic tags found to be faulty
The Department of Probation has been told to seek compensation or consider scrapping the contract after the Justice Ministry’s fact-finding panel found its electronic monitoring (EM) devices to be highly faulty.
— Bangkok Post

ASA to protest to PM about AOT’s plan to build 2nd Suvarnabhumi terminal
The Association of Siamese Architects (ASA) is to hand a letter of protest to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha over the Airports of Thailand’s (AOT) plan to build a 42-billion baht second passenger terminal at Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
— Thai PBS News

RID addresses drought in Chao Phraya River basin
The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) has announced a plan to provide water for consumption for communities in the Chao Phraya (เจ้าพระยา) River basin while affirming that the amount of water for agricultural activities in the area will be sufficient throughout the rainy season.
— NBT World (video)

India-Thailand trade up 60% in 2 years: Will this continue?
Trade relations between India and Thailand, the second-largest economy in the Southeast Asian economic group, ASEAN, has grown by leaps and bounds in the last two years.
— India Today

Thailand: Investigate Detainee’s Death
Thai authorities should immediately conduct an independent and credible investigation into the death of a suspected insurgent after being interrogated in military custody.
— Human Rights Watch

Fears Emerge For Foreign Workers In Thailand’s TM30 Regulation
Analysts in the private sector have united to pressure the Thai government into rejecting the stricter enforcement of the TM30 regulation that will require local landlords to report to Immigration immediately if a foreign tenant leaves a flat or apartment.
— Business Times

A draft of ASEAN Declaration on ASEAN Vaccine Security and Self-Reliance proposed
National Vaccine Institute prepares to propose draft of ASEAN Declaration on ASEAN Vaccine Security and Self-Reliance for government’s approval
— NBT World (video)

Thailand largest exporter of durians in H1 2019
In the first half of 2019, Thailand was the largest durian exporter, thanks to free trade agreements with many countries.
— Fresh Plaza

Thai palace releases rare images of king’s royal consort
Thailand’s palace has released rare images and a biography of the king’s newly anointed royal consort, including both candid and action-packed photos of her aiming a weapon on a firing range, piloting a plane, and preparing to parachute.

PM inaugurates 40TH AIPA Assembly
The Thai Prime Minister has presided over the opening ceremony of the 40th General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) which gathers leading ASEAN parliamentarians in Bangkok to discuss strategies to tackle the region’s various challenges.
— NBT World (video)

Paper bags campaign for use by hospitals as bags for medicine
The Ministry of Public Health has launched a volunteer campaign to make paper bags for hospitals, in a bid to replace plastic medicine packets.
— NBT World (video)

Civil society to submit Cannabis Act to parliament
A network of civil society academics will submit the Medicinal Plants, Cannabis and Mitra-gyna Speciosa Act to Parliament in order to allow patients, traditional Thai medical practitioners and folk medicine practitioners to utilize marijuana for its medicinal properties.
— NBT World (video)

Thai warns of volatile baht amid rising trade tensions
Thailand’s baht currency is likely to be highly volatile amid intensifying trade tensions, which are expected to have greater impact on exports, a central bank official said on Monday.
— Nasdaq

How Thailand gave healthcare to its entire population
Although it is not among the world’s richest economies, Thailand succeeded in introducing an affordable system that has had a dramatic impact on the health of its people.
— Thailand Business News

A draft of ASEAN Declaration on ASEAN Vaccine Security and Self-Reliance proposed
National Vaccine Institute prepares to propose draft of ASEAN Declaration on ASEAN Vaccine Security and Self-Reliance for government’s approval
— NBT World (video)

Commerce ministry orders rice millers, traders to report sticky rice stocks
Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit has ordered the Department of Internal Trade (DIT) to collect information on sticky rice stock of rice millers, traders and relevant parties nationwide, in an effort to prevent hoarding. Sticky rice is one of the controlled commodities in Thailand.
— NBT World (video)

Regional meet starts with anti-drugs call
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has opened the Asean Inter Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) by calling on it to increase efforts against narcotics and marine debris.
— Bangkok Post

Measures proposed to address congestion on expressways
The Minister of Transport has instructed related units to address the ongoing heavy traffic congestion issue in front of toll collection booths at Sirat Expressway and Motorway No.9 within a week, after receiving a report on the matter.
— NBT World (video)

Tourism Min seeks opinions on opening hours of entertainment venues
The Minister of Tourism and Sports has explained that the measure to extend the opening hours of entertainment venues from 2 AM to 4 AM was only an idea being floated and that the focus would be on tourist cities, not the whole country.
— NBT World (video)

Digital Economy and Society Ministry monitoring ‘suspicious’ accounts
About 10 accounts on social media platforms are being monitored for suspicion of generating and sharing fake news that could affect the public, says Buddhipongse Punnakanta, minister of Digital Economy and Society (DE).
— Bangkok Post

PM delivers PM Awards to excellent export businesses this year
The Prime Minister has presided over the Prime Minister’s Export Awards 2019, which was held in recognition of exemplary Thai companies while promoting technologies to support Thai exporters and pushing forward Thailand as ASEAN’s manufacturing hub.
— NBT World (video)

AoT’s new terminal ‘won’t benefit users’
The Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage (ASA) has voiced its opposition to the 42-billion-baht plan to build a second terminal at Suvarnabhumi airport, saying it will not benefit passengers or ease overcrowding.
— Bangkok Post

BAAC provides loans for purchase of motorcycles
The Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) is offering motorcycle taxi operators a loan capped at 80,000 baht to buy vehicles.
— NBT World (video)

Yala Fruit Festival welcomes tourists with durian buffet
The southernmost border province of Yala held a festival this past weekend, promoting local food and fruit, and tourism to OTOP villages in Yala. It featured a buffet that offers mountain durians and a variety of other fruit.
— NBT World (video)

Sineenart’s bio, pics released
His Majesty the King has granted royal permission for the biography of Chao Khun Phra Sineenart Pilaskalayanee to appear online at
— Bangkok Post

Pattaya Japanese Association helps the kids of the Father Ray Foundation
The Pattaya Japanese Association, an official partner of the Pattaya News, the SB Heart foundation, the embassy of Japan in Thailand, the US Navy league Siam council, The Pattaya news and the Pattaya and Chonburi Provincial Police visited the Father Ray foundation for a major donation from the PJA.
— The Pattaya News

Royal Consort’s brief biography and photos
The Bureau of the Royal Household on Monday released to the public photos and biography of the Royal Consort, Maj-Gen Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi, after she was bestowed the title of “Chao Khun Phra” or the Royal Noble Consort on July 28th.
— Thai PBS News

Bang Saen beach goes green, Mayor addresses the issue
Narongchai Khunpluem Bang Saen: The sea at Bang Saen beach in Chonburi has turned green because of a plankton bloom.
— The Pattaya News

Red-shirt chiefs will pay B30m 2010 protest arson bill
Leaders of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) said on Monday they will comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling to pay an estimated 30 million baht in damages arising from the 2010 red-shirt protest in central Bangkok.
— Bangkok Post

Thai architect association wants its award back after demolition of former embassy building
The Association of Siamese Architects is recalling its Award for Outstanding Conservation of Architectural Arts from the British Embassy in Bangkok after the demolition of the former embassy building.
— The Thaiger

Light plane crash lands in Sukhothai
A private light plane has been forced to make an emergency landing in a rice field in Sukhothai’s Sri Satchanalai district, central Thailand, this morning.
— The Thaiger

Thailand aims to be Southeast Asia’s power-trading middleman
Thailand is jump starting a decades-old plan to create a Southeast Asia electricity super-grid, and wants to be the power-trading hub at the centre of it.
— Bangkok Post

Don Muang Tollway to be extended
The Don Muang Tollway will be extended by 18 kilometres, connecting the Rangsit-Bang Pa-in section to the M6 motorway to Nakhon Ratchasima, the Highways Department announced on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Transport Minister eyes AI to solve traffic jams on highways
Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob has instructed the Expressway Authority of Thailand (EXAT) to address traffic congestion in front of toll booths to alleviate people’s travel problems.
— Pattaya Mail

Thai Ex-Model Arrested in LA For Identity Theft
A Thai woman and her American boyfriend have been arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of identity theft and evading the police.
— Khaosod English

Norwegian charged with strangling Singaporean woman’s husband in Phuket gets bail
A Norwegian man charged with manslaughter after allegedly breaking into the room of a British tourist at a Thai resort and then strangling him has been granted bail, police said on Sunday (Aug 25).


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Thailand editor at AEC News Today

John is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer, and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.

He has covered major world events including Operation Desert Shield/ Storm, the 1991 pillage in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010, and 2014 Bangkok political protests.

In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.

In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.

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