Thailand morning news for December 4

Thailand morning news for December 4
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Private sector lowers annual projected export figure for Thailand by 2.5 to 3 percent
The October 2019 export figure has been recorded at 20.757 billion U.S. dollar, which is a 4.5 percent decline. This leaves overall export growth in 10 months at a negative 2.3 percent.
— The Pattaya News

Suriya claims PM agreed with delay of ban on 3 agricultural chemicals
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha agrees with the decision by the National Hazardous Substances Committee (NHSC) on November 27th to delay the enforcement of the ban on paraquat and chlorpyrifos for six months and to allow controlled use of glyphosate, because there are still residual stocks in the possession of farmers and traders, estimated to be worth as much as 10 billion baht.
— Thai PBS News

Thai victims’ group warns of mass protests against ‘military’ government
A support group for families of victims of Thailand’s 1992 political unrest says the kingdom’s deteriorating political and economic environment could turn into violent street protests like those in Hong Kong.
— The Thaiger

PM scoffs at student bid to run him out of office
The government on Tuesday shrugged off efforts by the Student Union of Thailand (SUT) to drum up public support for the ouster of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.
— Bangkok Post

Nuke chiefs deny illegal waste transfer
The Thailand Institute of Nuclear Technology (Tint) has denied local accusations that it illegally shipped radioactive waste from reactor facilities in Bangkok and Pathum Thani to be stored in Nakhon Nayok province.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand consumer price index increases 0.21 percent in November: commerce ministry
The Thai Ministry of Commerce on Tuesday announced that Thailand’s consumer prices index has risen 0.21 percent in November as a result of higher public transport fares.
— Xinhuanet

Thai Negotiator Looks to Involve All Rebel Groups in Southern Peace Talks
Thailand’s new chief negotiator in peace talks with Deep South rebels expressed his determination to end the long-running separatist conflict in the border region as he introduced himself and his team to the international community last week.
— Benar News

Thailand air traffic may have peaked: Report
THAILAND’S air traffic may have reached its peak, on a slump in domestic passengers and volatile Chinese visitor arrivals, UOB Kay Hian analyst K Ajith has said.
— The Business Times

DPM Somkid: global economy affects Thai economic slowdown
The Deputy Prime Minister for economic affairs has reiterated that the Thai economy is actually growing, albeit slowly due to global economic challenges.
— Newsline (video)

Bank of Thailand Says Inflow Curbs So Far Are ‘Baby Steps’
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— Yahoo Finance

Concern in Thailand over Mekong River’s ecosystem
Thai Environment advocates are voicing concerns over the Mekong River’s deteriorating ecosystem, especially with more projects set to affect the waterway in the pipeline.
— Khmer Times

Thailand chikungunya cases top 10,000 for 2019
The number of cases of the mosquito-borne viral disease, chikungunya, have surpassed the 10,000 mark in Thailand, according to the country’s Bureau of Epidemiology.
— Outbreak News Today

Thanathorn warns new protests possible as tension rises
Thailand could see street protests again if establishment forces continue to resist democratic change, according to the leader of Future Forward, the nation’s most high-profile opposition party.
— Bangkok Post

Thai shippers cut 2019 export outlook to a fall of 2.5%-3.0%
Thailand’s shipping association on Tuesday lowered its 2019 export forecast for the fifth time this year, forecasting a drop of between 2.5% and 3.0% due to global trade tensions and a strong baht THB=TH.
— Reuters

DNA blow ‘won’t derail Billy probe’
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) says its probe into the alleged murder of Karen forest activist Porlajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen will not be derailed after recent DNA tests on more bone fragments came up blank.
— Bangkok Post

Ensure New Refugee Regulation Meets International Standards
We call on the Government of Thailand to enact and implement laws and policies to ensure full rights and protections for refugees in line with international human rights law, including protection from forced return and arbitrary arrest and detention.
— Reliefweb

Hong Kong’s Consumer Council seeks deals with Thailand, Malaysia to improve complaints handling for online shoppers
Customers who have been ripped off online could benefit from improved complaints handling following a move by Hong Kong’s Consumer Council to expand cross-border cooperation.
— The Edge Markets

Thailand to affirm climate credentials in Madrid
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Thailand will affirm its commitment to mitigating the impact of climate change at the ongoing United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid.
— Bangkok Post

Thai princess leads film push into overseas markets
The ballroom at the Casa del Mar in Santa Monica, California, was packed with guests in evening gowns and tuxedos, black-suited security guards and a scrum of photographers.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Thailand pushing smart agriculture
Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan’s main islands, is known for breath-taking scenery, onsen hot springs and ski areas.
— OpenGov

Taiwanese travel agents bemoan Thailand’s ‘humiliating’ new visa requirements
Taiwan’s travel agents have accused President Tsai Ing-wen’s government of allowing the island to be humiliated by failing to demand reciprocal visa-free treatment from Thailand.
— South China Morning Post

Coronation security body reveals strict rules for royal barge procession
The commission responsible for the security of the coronation ceremonies has revealed security measures and public facilitation protocols to be used during the upcoming Royal Barge Procession on December 12th.
— Newsline (video)

Hosts loom large over Thai ambitions
Apart from a lucky few, most of the Thai boxers at the SEA Games have been drawn to face the fighters from the Philippines before the title matches.
— Bangkok Post

Visitors warned of the danger of working in Thailand without a proper visa and work permit
The Thai Immigration Bureau is right now in the middle of another crackdown.

PM backs Thailand’s Responsible Business Network in promoting national development
The government has introduced the Thailand Responsible Business Network (TRBN), in which companies in the capital market come together to promote sustainable and responsible business operations, in their bid to promote sustainability in national development.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand Post to deliver cannabis medication to hospitals
The Department of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine and Thailand Post will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the distribution of herbal medication containing cannabis to hospitals, in order to keep up with growing patient demand.
— Newsline (video)

Thai high-speed rail builder eyes academics from Beijing’s university to teach students
An academic unit of Thailand’s high-speed train building consortium has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China’s leading railway management institute to teach at its Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) campus in Rayong, eastern Thailand, officials in charge told Xinhua.
— Xinhuanet

Thailand and Vietnam discuss information exchange during 16th PRD – VNA JTC meeting
The Public Relations Department (PRD) has hosted a joint technical committee meeting to discuss cooperation in information and news exchange with Vietnam News Agency (VNA).
— Newsline (video)

Transport Ministry offers free vehicle checkups nationwide ahead NY holidays
The Ministry of Transport has offered free vehicle checkup services nationwide, in a bid to reduce the number of road accidents, ahead of the New Year holiday period.
— Newsline (video)

Public invited to be part of the audience for HM King, Queen during royal barge procession
The government invites members of the public to attend a royal barge procession for His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen, marking His Majesty the King’s coronation.
— Newsline (video)

PH falls to Thailand in SEA Games 2019 beach volleyball
The Philippine women’s beach volleyball team surrendered to table-topper Thailand in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games action on Tuesday, December 3, at the Subic Tennis Courts.
— Rappler

Thai elites hide behind phoney shield of ‘patriotism’
Why can’t people hate their own country? Apparently we can.
— Today Online

Belgian fries on the rise in Southeast Asia
Thailand imported a whopping 8,262 tons of Belgian frozen potatoes, fries and other potato-related prod­ucts last year, nearly doubling the amount it shipped in a decade ago, said the Flanders’ Agricultural Marketing Board and Belgian potato association Belgapom in a recent release.
— The Phuket News

Central bank seeks to ensure fairer fees
The Bank of Thailand plans to step up its effort to ensure that financial institutions charge consumers justified fees by issuing practice guidelines for charging fees based on actual costs in the first quarter next year.
— Bangkok Post

MQDC joins with Tourism Authority of Thailand and RSTA for dazzling ‘Beautiful Bangkok 2020’ year-end spectacular
Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited (MQDC), one of Thailand’s leading property developers, and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association (RSTA), announced today that they are jointly organizing ‘Beautiful Bangkok 2020: A Blossom of Happiness’.
— PR Newswire (media release)

Chiang Rai launches Art on Mailbox Project
Chiang Rai has joined with Thailand Post and Art Bridge Chiang Rai (ABCR) to launch art on the postbox, using the QR Code system.
— Pattaya Mail

Public Schools Across Thailand to Get More English Classes
Thailand’s Education Ministry has decided to introduce more English language classes in state schools across the country.
— Chiang Rai Times

Xinhua Silk Road: First China-Thailand Rally Racing kicks off in SW China’s Guizhou Province
The First China-Thailand Rally Racing (CTRR) kicked off on Sunday in Xingyi city, capital of Qianxinan Bouyei and Miao Autonomous Prefecture in southwest China’s Guizhou province.
— PR Newswire (media release)

Pareena probe result in April
The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has said that the investigation into allegations of a false assets declaration made against MP Pareena Kraikupt in relation to 1,700 rai of land will take six months.
— Bangkok Post

S44 panel vote on knife-edge
The House of Representatives will on Wednesday vote again on a motion to set up a committee to scrutinise Section 44, after the previous vote ended in a shock defeat for the government following conflicts within the coalition.
— Bangkok Post

Court Approves Warrant to Arrest Gov’t MP for Disrupting 2009 ASEAN Summit
An appeal court on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant for a coalition politician who was convicted for leading a riot that disrupted the ASEAN Summit in Pattaya nearly a decade ago.
— Khaosod English

Thailand wins the first medal at FEI champs
Thailand secured the first medal of FEI Asian Championships Pattaya 2019 in Dressage Team competition Sunday in their home country.
— Bangkok Post

Govt to push ahead with unpopular Satun, Songkhla deep-sea ports
The government will push ahead with building the Pak Bara deep-sea port in Satun, and the second Songkhla deep-sea port, at a total cost of 17 billion baht, despite opposition from local residents.
— Bangkok Post

Suphanat brace helps War Elephants keep hopes alive
Teenage Suphanat Mueanta came off the bench in the second half to end a stubborn resistance from Laos with a late brace as Thailand men’s team heaved a big sigh of relief on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Prime Minister of Thailand encourages public to give healthy gift baskets instead of booze for New Years
Prior to the Cabinet meeting yesterday, the Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha took part in public relation campaigns from several government agencies promoting their events.
— The Pattaya News

Cabinet approves Super Savings Fund to encourage Thais to save
The cabinet today approved the Finance Ministry’s Super Savings Fund (SSF), in place of the Long-term Equity Fund (LTF), which will allow investors in the SSF to deduct 30% of their investments or not more than 200,000 baht from their taxable income.
— Thai PBS News

NHSC resolution to delay ban on three chemicals illegal – Thammasat vice rector
The November 27th resolution of the National Hazardous Substances Committee (NHSC), to delay the ban on Paraquat and Chlorpyrifos for six months and allow controlled use of Glyphosate, is illegal, says Thammasat University vice rector Prinya Thaewanarumitkul in his Facebook post today (Tuesday).
— Thai PBS News

Shippers: Exports down, baht too strong
The Thai National Shippers’ Council predicts overall exports this year will be down 2.5-3% this year on earlier expectations, and wants the Bank of Thailand to stop the baht’s appreciation.
— Bangkok Post

Motosai Allegedly Shoves Passenger from Grab Bike at Siam Paragon
A woman filed a complaint to the police Tuesday after she was allegedly assaulted by a motorcycle taxi while using the Grab ride-hailing service in front of Siam Paragon mall.
— Khaosod English

Government donates tents to Korat traders in wake of devastating market fire
Following a fire on Sunday night that ripped through the Mae Kim Heng market in Nakorn Ratchasima (Korat), north-eastern Thailand, the provincial government has provided tents for over 100 affected vendors.
— The Thaiger

Unfair labour practices: What employers need to be aware of
While most employers understand what “unfair termination” means, many may be unfamiliar with the term “unfair labour practice” and what it entails.
— Bangkok Post

China competes with US for weapons sales to Thailand
When signing a vision statement with the US last month, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha quietly sat as Pentagon chief Mark Esper touted the commitment of an old ally at a time of “external coercion and intimidation” in Asia — a clear reference to China.
— Bangkok Post

Skull and other human remains found near Bangkok construction site
A Bangkok labourer has discovered human remains in a forest behind the construction site where he works, south of the main city in Bang Na.
— The Thaiger

Civic groups threaten legal action over U-turn on farm-chemical ban
686 civic groups threaten to sue Industry Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit over the U-turn on banning three agri-chemicals.
— The Thaiger

Bangkok authorities aim to remove sugary soft drinks from schools
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration says it’s working to make all Bangkok schools soda-free (sugary drinks).
— The Thaiger

Ministry to establish EV panel within 3 months
The Industry Ministry expects to complete establishment of the National New Generation Vehicle Committee within three months after the government requested this matter through two public and private agencies.
— Bangkok Post

Three sailors rescued after ship capsizes off of Sri Racha coast
Three sailors have been rescued after a ship capsized in Sri Racha yesterday morning. The Royal Thai Navy First Area Command officers were notified of the incident at 7:12AM yesterday off the coast of Sri Racha.
— The Pattaya News

Two red shirts jailed in Pattaya case
The Supreme Court has sentenced two more red-shirt members to four years in prison for their involvement in the forced closure of the Asean Summit at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort Hotel in Pattaya a decade ago.
— Bangkok Post

Tesla CEO Musk Facing Defamation Trial for ‘Pedo Guy’ Tweet
Elon Musk is going on trial Tuesday for his troublesome tweets in a defamation case pitting the billionaire against a British diver he allegedly branded a pedophile.
— Khaosod English

Activist network slams Chao Phraya promenade project
Activists from 35 groups have voiced their strong opposition to the planned Chao Phraya Riverside Promenade project that City Hall claims no-one any longer objects to.
— Bangkok Post

Strong interest of foreign investors in Phuket’s resorts – JLL report
“In the Asia Pacific, Phuket is one of the three hotel investment markets in the region that have been highlighted.”
— The Thaiger

Police shoot and kill major meth trafficker in Nakhon Si Thammarat
A Burmese drug trafficker has been shot dead in a gunfight with police in the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat.
— The Thaiger

Couple realise they’d won the lottery when driving back to hometown in the north-east
A husband and wife were driving back to Yasothon Province in the north-east from Bangkok when they checked Sunday’s draw of the twice-monthly Thai Government lottery.
— The Thaiger

Big Crabs for High Prices at Sri Lankan ‘Ministry of Crab’ in Bangkok
Giant, delectable crabs straight from Sri Lanka have snapped up the attention of swanky foodies citywide – but will size alone be enough to edge them out over local seafood joints?
— Khaosod English


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.


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).



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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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