Thailand morning news for December 2

Thailand morning news for December 2
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Dr. Somkid insists Thai economy remains good but growing slowly
The Thai economy is not bad, just slowing down, said Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak today as he urged the private sector to join hands to drive the economy.
— Thai PBS News

Rayong Police continue crackdown on vaping and vaping equipment
At 7:30 PM this evening, Sunday the first of December, police in Rayong, just to the South of Pattaya, held a press conference announcing a successful raid on a local shop, called GK shop, for selling vaping devices and equipment against Thai law.
— The Pattaya News

Another dugong found dead on Koh Yao Noi, Phang Nga Bay
On November 30, the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, received a report about another dead dugong in Phang Nga Bay.
— The Thaiger

Mekong River is turning blue. That’s not good.
Water levels in the Mekong River are now reaching a critical point. The river’s normally brown waters have turned aquamarine, like sea water, and sandbars are emerging, some of them several kilometres long.
— The Thaiger

Outlook for the Thai economy is bleak and will get bleaker due to its rapidly ageing population
Thailand’s economy is faltering despite having strong economic fundamentals and the outlook is far from encouraging.

Departing passengers bemoan long queue at Suvarnabhumi airport
Immigration police are working with Airports of Thailand Plc to end a long queue of outbound passengers waiting for security clearance at Suvarnabhumi airport.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s cross-border trade slightly decreases in 10 months
Thailand’s cross-border trade reached 1.12 trillion THB in the first 10 months of the year, a year-on-year fall of 1.94 percent, according to statistics from the country’s Commerce Ministry.
— Vietnamplus

Alarm over drastic drop in dam levels
The low level of useable water in the country’s four major dams have raised concerns over the likelihood of serious, widespread droughts during the dry season next year.
— Bangkok Post

Majority of Thais agree with conscription – Super Poll
81.9% of respondents to a Super Poll agree that there is no better alternative to conscription when ensuring national security and that assistance is available to Thai people in cases of a natural disaster or civil unrest. 18.1% insist, however, that there are better alternatives, such as voluntary enlisting or paying the state to avoid conscription
— Thai PBS News

Scent of Thailand’s famous fragrant rice is fading
FAILURE to win the honour of the world’s best fragrant rice for two consecutive years has jolted Thailand – home of the Hom Mali (jasmine) rice – into overhauling its research and development to catch up with changing global demand for fragrant rice.
— New Straits Times

Special facility for human trafficking victims on the table with Thailand
A Social Affairs Ministry delegation is in Thailand to discuss the possible construction of a transit centre in Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet city specialised in facilitating the return of human trafficking victims.
— Khmer Times

Thailand Boldly Plans to Start Banning Most Harmful Plastics As Soon As January 2020
Thailand is set to begin phasing out all plastics that degrade into fragments by the end of this year.
— Good News Network

Thai court fines Philip Morris $39.7M for under-declaring imports from Philippines
A court in Thailand on Friday found the local unit of tobacco giant Philip Morris guilty of evading taxes by under-declaring the value of cigarettes it imported from the Philippines. It ordered the company to pay a fine of 1.2 billion baht ($39.7 million).
— Business Mirror

Thais barred due to doping violations
No participant from Thailand was allowed to compete yesterday at the start of the 30th Southeast Asian Games weightlifting competitions.

Govt introduces strict financial conditions for visitors from Taiwan
Individual travellers from Taiwan visiting Thailand will be required to provide financial details to obtain a visitor’s visa starting next month, according to local news reports.
— Bangkok Post

These villages in Thailand are part of the global economy. Go to Ikea to find out
It started in 1988 with the Royal Villa, a residence built by the Princess Mother, who was ready to leave Switzerland, where she had lived off and on, for the northern mountains of her native Thailand.
— Today Online

Health Minister Pushes for Farmers to Grow Cannabis in Thailand
Thailand’s Public Health Minister has proposed farmers be allowed to grow cannabis plants under a joint scheme with the state.
— Chiang Rai Times

This is what smuggling meth across the Myanmar-Thai border is really like
In the past few years, meth has been quietly sneaked across this border in the backpacks of local villagers at record levels.
— The Straits Times

Deputy PM Prawit instructs environment board to strictly steer EIA related measures
Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon instructed the National Environment Board to strictly steer Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)-related measures, as he chaired a meeting of the National Environmental Board attended by Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa this week.
— Newsline (video)

Journalists’ organisations of Vietnam, Thailand boost cooperation
A delegation of the Vietnam Journalists Association (VJA) paid a working visit to Thailand from November 25 to December 1.
— Vietnamplus

Online trade hurts locals
The massive growth of transnational e-commerce is putting local micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in a tight corner and is likely to have an impact on employment in the retail and related sectors, a seminar was told on Saturday.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand tightens visa requirements for Taiwanese nationals
Thailand is set to tighten this month the requirements in obtaining visas for Taiwanese nationals.
— Asean Economist

Government is Seriously Expanding Rubber Markets
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha vowed to boost marketing campaigns for Thai rubber exports and support the development of rubber products.
— Pattaya Mail

Gov’t offering women’s vocational training
The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, the Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society have joined hands to improve the targeted workers’ quality of life and increasing their incomes.
— Newsline (video)

Phuket hotel occupancy rates rise, as room rates drop
Tourism arrivals to Thailand, and occupancy rates in Phuket, both rose for the usually poor-performing month of October, but the increases came as room rates were slashed, pulling down the average daily rate by more than 5% year on year, reports tourism and hospitality market research consultants STR.
— The Phuket News

Thailand record second win after overcoming Singapore 3-0 in SEA Games 2019
Thailand have recorded back-to-back wins in men’s football of SEA Games 2019 after defeating Singapore 3-0 at the Binan Football Stadium in Philippines on Sunday.
— FOX Sports

Thailand Zoo Creates Contest to Name Baby Pygmy Hippo
Visitors to a zoo in Thailand are being offered an opportunity to name of its newest resident. A baby pygmy hippo that is drawing crowds.
— Chiang Rai Times

New business registrations up in past 10 months
Although the economic outlook remains modest this year, the number of new business registrations edged up in the past 10 months.
— Newsline (video)

Bangkok hosts biggest ever show of LGBT art from Southeast Asia
The upper floors of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre were packed with an eager crowd, their phones out ready to film. You would have thought Beyoncé was about to make an appearance.
— South China Morning Post

British drug ‘kingpin’ on run after 3 Aussie Hells Angels arrested in Pattaya
Police have launched a manhunt for a British man alleged to be the kingpin of a Pattaya-based drug-smuggling operation after arresting three Australian motorcycle gang cohorts and three others.
— Pattaya Mail

Phuket tram bids set for mid-2020
Bidding for construction of a 35-billion-baht tram system in Phuket is likely to take place in the middle of next year, according to the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA).
— Bangkok Post

Jailed Thai seeks help of Laos premier
Lawyers of a Thai engineer who has been detained in a Lao detention centre for more than 13 months for causing about 1.7 million baht in damages to a Lao company’s business have submitted a letter to Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, asking him to provide justice to their client.
— Bangkok Post

Thais open account with three golds
Thailand claimed their first three gold medals of the 30th SEA Games from men’s mountain bike cross-country, men’s floorball team event and women’s water polo on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

Four children seriously injured in horrific carnival ride accident in Lopburi-Video
Four children were injured yesterday evening in Lopburi when a carnival rides safety bar failed, sending the children flying off the ride 6 meters in the air to the ground below.
— The Pattaya News

Thai Prime Minister praises Carrie Lam’s leadership in Hong Kong during recent visit
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has told Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam that he has faith in her leadership and hopes that she will be able to solve the conflict in the Chinese territory in a way which is beneficial to the people of Hong Kong and their future.
— The Pattaya News

Democrat MPs will be told not to miss House meetings
Democrat MPs will be asked not to miss House meetings, unless they are sick or have urgent matters to which they must attend, in order to avoid a repeat of the incident last week when two House meetings were suspended due to lack of a quorum.
— Thai PBS News

Cold front to hit N and NE with temperatures expected to dip 5-10oC this week
Temperatures in Thailand’s north and north-eastern provinces are forecast to fall 5-10oC between November 3rd and 7th, with frost on some of the mountain tops, where the mercury is predicted to dip to between 2-10 oC, the Meteorological Department reported today (Sunday).
— Thai PBS News

Unicorn may be hard to find as Thai SMEs are behind in digitalization
While most of Thailand’s neighbors have one or two unicorns to boast their success in digital transformation, Thailand is still looking for one.
— Thai PBS News

Thai border troops placed on alert as Mon rebels prepare attack
Troops deployed at the western Thai border with Myanmar have been placed on alert in anticipation of renewed fighting between Burmese government troops and ethnic-Mon rebels.
— The Thaiger

Thai rice feels the strain
Failing to win the prize as the world’s best fragrant rice for two consecutive years has come as a wake-up call for Thailand to overhaul its research and development into Hom Mali rice varieties to catch up with the changing global demand for fragrant rice.
— Bangkok Post

Online trade hurts locals
The massive growth of transnational e-commerce is putting local micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in a tight corner and is likely to have an impact on employment in the retail and related sectors, a seminar was told on Saturday.
— Bangkok Post

Disunited govt against disarrayed opposition
It may boil down to who manages crises better. The vulnerable Prayut government is staring at daily threats of rebellion but the Pheu Thai-led opposition is not in a perfect…
— Thai PBS News

War Elephants keep semis hopes alive
Three-time defending champions Thailand defeated Singapore 3-0 on Sunday in the men’s football competition of the 2019 SEA Games to improve their chances of making it to the semi-finals.
— Bangkok Post

Defence ‘off-budget’ spend too opaque: FFP
Future Forward Party (FFP) leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit on Sunday called on the Defence Ministry to disclose details about its off-budget spending for transparency and accountability.
— Bangkok Post

Police track down double murder suspect in Chiang Mai
The main suspect in the murder of a teaching couple in Rayong, east of Bangkok, has been arrested in Chiang Mai.
— The Thaiger

Top Thai spa operator seeks China expansion
Thailand’s biggest massage and spa chain will expand its outlets in China to take its popular services closer to its largest group of customers.
— Bangkok Post

The second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge to boost border trade
The recently-opened second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge is set to increase the Thai exports via Mae Sot checkpoint in Tak province next year to reach Bt105 billion-Bt110 billion, up 3.0-8.0 percent,…
— Thai PBS News

Thanathorn quits House budget scrutiny panel
Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit has submitted his resignation as a member of the House budget scrutiny committee effective tomorrow, claiming his presence in the committee is not welcome.
— Thai PBS News

Unity the ‘key’ to fix economy
The government and the opposition should talk to each other more to help the country’s economy weather the global economic problems, Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

Man caught stealing donation box from local temple, Monks forgive him and ask him to swear to spirit not to do again
A 57 year old man who has serious online gambling debts attempted to steal a donation box this morning from his local temple but was caught on CCTV and by the assistant Abbot in the act.
— The Pattaya News

Man confesses to stabbing murder of ex-girlfriend in Songkhla
A 26 year old teacher has surrendered to police and confessed to the murder of his ex-girlfriend. She was found stabbed to death in her car in Songkhla province, southern Thailand, on Thursday.
— The Thaiger

Thailand’s Pulse Clinic now opens in Hong Kong
Whilst the treatments and social acceptance of HIV and AIDS has come a long way since those scary days in the early 80s, stigmas remain, particularly in Asia.
— The Thaiger

Govt introduces strict financial conditions for visitors from Taiwan
Individual travellers from Taiwan visiting Thailand will be required to provide financial details to obtain a visitor’s visa starting next month, according to local news reports.
— Bangkok Post travel

Super Poll shows Chim-Shop-Chai program boosted Government’s popularity
Thanks to the Chim-Shop-Chai (Eat-Shop-Spend) stimulus package, the Government’s popularity has increased from 14.1% in October to 25.6% in November, according to Super Poll.
— Thai PBS News

Individuals and Phuket government pass on insurance for building collapse victims
On November 29, at the Phuket Provincial Hall, Phuket Governor, Pakkapong Tawipat, was the host of a ceremony to formally pass on the reimbursement from insurance companies to the families of victims after the under-construction petrol station collapsed on workers, killing 7 and injuring 2, on November 21.
— The Thaiger

PDMO to unveil amortised bond for elderly
The Public Debt Management Office (PDMO) will offer its first amortised bond worth 5 billion baht to the elderly in late December to widen investment choices for retirees.
— Bangkok Post

Court Charges Missing Activist’s Family 450,000 Baht in Bail
Family of an anti-monarchy activist who’s presumed to have been dead for months said they still have to pay a large sum of bond money to the court.
— Khaosod English

Pattaya International Fireworks Festival 2019 ends with a bang, attracts thousands of visitors
The Pattaya City International Fireworks Festival is finished and was deemed a success by the organizers.
— The Pattaya News


Photo: World Soil Day วันดินโลก

This week’s Thailand morning news feature photo focuses on World Soil Day and the birth of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, after whom it is dedicated, December 5.


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John Le Fevre

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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