Thailand morning news for December 6

Thailand morning news for December 6
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Election Commission to decide fate of Future Forward Party leader next Wednesday, could face five years in jail
Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) will decide the fate of Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit next Wednesday, in the case involving money he allegedly lent to the party.
— The Pattaya News

Opposition threatens action against ten rebel MPs for alleged betrayal
The Opposition has threatened to take legal action against 10 of their MPs who were present in the House chamber last night, in defiance of the Opposition bloc’s decision to boycott the meeting.
— Thai PBS News

Thai central bank calms businesses concerns over strong baht
The Bank of Thailand is attempting to quell business concerns over the strong baht, saying the currency will eventually reverse its upward trend and that more two-way movement in relation to the US dollar is expected in 2020.
— The Thaiger

Commerce Ministry pulls out the stops to hike exports
In a last-ditch effort to boost exports in the remainder of this year and early next year, Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit vows to rev up delivery of goods for which purchase contracts have been signed and to promote business matching.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand continues to stay cool, temperatures to plunge further this weekend
Thailand will remain cool at least until Monday, with temperatures plunging further in the North and Northeast as a strong high pressure system from China is blanketing the Kingdom.
— The Pattaya News

Two state agencies appeal against hefty cut in R&D funding
An written appeal was submitted yesterday to the House budget scrutiny committee, by the National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office (NSTIPC) and the Thailand Centre of Excellence for Life Service (TCELS), objecting to a large cut in their research and development funding.
— Thai PBS News

DSI seizes B15.3m assets from Forex-3D suspects
The Department of Special Investigation has seized more assets worth over 15 million baht from Apiruk Kothi, the owner of online broker Forex-3D, and his network members involved in an alleged fraud.
— Bangkok Post

Wanted MP sneaks into Thai parliament for crucial vote
Renegade fugitive MP Waipote Arpornrat escaped the notice of parliamentary police, and government MPs, when he managed to stroll in the Lower House parliamentary chamber undetected during Wednesday’s sitting.
— The Thaiger

Thailand scores high in Unesco’s adult learning rankings
A report on Thailand’s progress on adult learning and education (ALE) says Thailand has spent more than 4% of its education budget on ALE.
— Bangkok Post

Agencies hold memorial activities for King Rama IX
Several agencies today held activities marking the birthday anniversary of the beloved His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great on December 5th.
— Newsline (video)

Prawit asks UNHCR to speed up processing
Thailand has urged the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to speed up the work to transfer refugees and asylum seekers from Thailand to a third country, according to Defence Ministry spokesman Lt Gen Kongcheep Tantravanich.
— Bangkok Post

Pupils below global average
The Office of the Basic Education Commission has vowed to strengthen students’ reading skills after pupils were found to be consistently performing below the international average in core subjects, according to the results of the international 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) examinations.
— Bangkok Post

Future Forward cries foul over loan case deadline
The Election Commission (EC) has brushed off the Future Forward Party’s (FFP) plea to present more evidence in a case involving a large party loan.
— Bangkok Post

Govt calls on volunteers to battle plastic trash crisis
The government has sought help from 230,000 environmental volunteers in its campaign to help reduce the scourge of plastic waste in the country.
— Bangkok Post

Mahidol inks deal to boost cancer fight
Mahidol University and the National Cancer Institute of Thailand (NCIT) on Wednesday signed an MoU to cooperate in the sharing and storing of cancer patients’ tissue and blood samples at the university’s Biobank.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand Launched M-Help Me App to Report Child Sex Abuse
A new smart phone application, M-Help Me app, was launched to allow children or parents to report on child sex abuse via mobile phones.
— Chiang Rai Times

Thai aquaculture to stay soft in 2020: Report
THAILAND’S aquaculture producers could continue to face softness into 2020, as commodity prices stay flattish, a recent report has predicted.
— The Business Times

Richest man in Thailand calls for less time spent at school with a Thai education revolution
Thailand’s richest man and the boss of what is one of the world’s biggest privately-owned conglomerates employing over 300,000 people has advocated a revolution in Thailand’s education system and a radical approach to preparing young adults for the new economy.

Thailand Gets More Tanks, Armored Vehicles from China
Thailand received more battle tanks from China this week, an army official said Thursday, three months after Bangkok took delivery of armored infantry vehicles from the United States.
— Benar News

Caver says ‘shamed, dirtied’ by Musk tweet
A British caver who was labelled “pedo guy” by Tesla co-founder Elon Musk said Wednesday he felt “humiliated” and “dirtied” by the tech billionaire’s accusation, and that it amounted to “a life sentence”.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s first and only female winemaker makes wine using local grapes
Nikki Lohitnavy is Thailand’s first and only female winemaker.
— CNA Luxury

People support No Plastic campaign
A recent survey shows that most people support the government’s No Plastic campaign, which will start on January 1st next year, and changing consumer behavior to promote a clean environment.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand to establish a national EV panel within three months, to drive policies and speed up development
In an attempt to speed up development of its electric vehicle market ahead of its neighbours, Thailand is aiming to establish a National New Generation Vehicle Committee, and this will be accomplished within the next three months, according to the country’s industry ministry.

Musk defamation trial may head to jury after billionaire and diver spar in court
Elon Musk’s defamation trial could be in the hands of jury by the end of Thursday after the billionaire and the diver who is suing him sparred over the meaning and impact of a “pedo guy” tweet at the heart of the case.
— Reuters

Defending champs Thailand knocked out as Vietnam reach semifinals of SEA Games 2019 after 2-2 draw
Defending champions Thailand have crashed out of men’s football in SEA Games 2019 after a 2-2 draw against Vietnam at the Binan Football Stadium in Philippines on Thursday.
— FOX Sports

24 Chinese Nationals Arrested in Bangkok for Running Bitcoin Scam
A Chinese call center scam has been busted in Thailand with 24 Chinese nationals charged for deceiving people to invest in bitcoin.
— Chiang Rai Times

The vicious economic cycle has begun
Do not be surprised to see the government constantly coming out with economic good news such as its claims there are more factories opening than closing and more jobs being created.
— Bangkok Post

UNHCR praises Thailand’s displaced persons protection
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has praised Thailand’s role in providing care and protection to displaced persons based on the principles of compassion and humanity.
— Pattaya Mail

Mastercard ties up with Thailand Tourism Authority
Global payments technology major Mastercard has tied up with the Thailand Tourism Authority (TAT) to tap Indians travelling to the ASEAN country.
— Moneycontrol

Mobile operators face challenge
Thai telecom operators will see increased leverage challenges in 2020, Fitch Ratings says in a new report.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand hails co-operation with Việt Nam, Ambassador says
On December 5 every year, Thai people throughout the Kingdom and around the world come together to celebrate auspicious occasions.
— Viet Nam News

PM asks all sides to help move country forward
The Prime Minister has spoken at the orientation ceremony for this year’s National Defence College (NDC) course, asking all sides to maintain the benefits of the country and the people.
— Newsline (video)

BTS Green Line opens four new stations
The Prime Minister has officiated the Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) Green Line extension, connecting Ha Yaek Lat Phrao Station and Kasetsart University Station, which is undergoing a free public trial until January 2nd next year.
— Newsline (video)

Way to go! It’s high five for Thailand
Thailand picked up five more gold medals while the host nation remained at a distance from their regional rivals in the medals standings after the fifth day of the 30th SEA Games in the Philippines on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

TCEB, THAI offer Mice travel perks
The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has joined forces with Thai Airways International Plc (THAI) and THAI Smile to launch the APAC MaxiMICE campaign offering benefits for Mice travellers in Asia-Pacific.
— Bangkok Post

Famous Thai Jet Ski racer suffers injury scare this afternoon in qualifier at Jet Ski World Cup in Jomtien
The Jet Ski World cup got off to a nervous start this afternoon in Jomtien when famous Thai Jet Ski racer Ple Nakorn, one of the favourites in the Cup, fell off his jet ski and was taken to a local hospital.
— The Pattaya News

Department puts up notice on Pareena’s farm
The Royal Forestry Department has put up a notice on a chicken farm run by Palang Pracharath MP Pareena Kraikupt to announce the seizure of the land found to be on 46 rai of forests in Chom Bung district.
— Bangkok Post

Men’s football team dumped out of SEA Games
Men’s football champions Thailand ended their campaign to defend the title on Thursday after a draw with Vietnam.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Navy rush to contain oil slick in the Gulf – three rescued off sunken vessel
The Royal Thai Navy has sent two ships to prevent a 4 kilometre-long oil slick from advancing toward Thailand’s eastern Gulf coast.
— The Thaiger

Officials carry out spot-checks on silly-season gift baskets
You’re only weeks away from receiving a few of those plastic-wrapped and ribboned baskets of unwanted goodies for the silly season – but do you wonder what’s inside most of them?
— The Thaiger

Chinese man arrested trying to exit Thailand with fake Thai passport and ID
mmigration officials in Sadao, on the souther Thai border with Malaysia, have busted a Chinese man as he attempted to leave the country using a fake Thai passport and ID card.
— The Thaiger

Kind-hearted coffin seller turns a blind eye to repeated theft
The kind-hearted owner of a coffin shop in Buriram, north-east Thailand, has admitted he regularly has to deal with coffins being stolen from his premises, but can’t bring himself to file police reports.
— The Thaiger

Second passenger terminal opens at U-Tapao International Airport
U-Tapao International Airport, serving the cities of Pattaya and Rayong in eastern Thailand, has officially opened a second passenger terminal, with ambitious plans for growth and an increase in passenger capacity from over 2 million a year to 5 million over the next five years.
— The Thaiger

BAM IPO to pay down FIDF debt
Bangkok Commercial Asset Management’s (BAM) initial public offering (IPO) is expected to help lower debt of the Financial Institutions Development Fund (FIDF), its major shareholder, at a quicker pace.
— Bangkok Post

Big C spreading hypermarkets around
Big C Supercenter plans to spend 6.5 billion baht next year for expansion both domestically and abroad.
— Bangkok Post

Pattaya shop owner warns of foreign short change artist
A local shop owner has complained on social media and through a Thai Facebook group, Pattaya Watchdog, about a foreigner who is allegedly a short change artist.
— The Pattaya News

Member of gang stealing safe box with B10m caught
A member of the theft gang who allegedly broke into a house and stole a safe box containing cash and valuables worth about 10 million baht has been arrested in Bangkok after six months on the run.
— Bangkok Post

Lucky racer blames oil slick in Ferrari crash in Samut Prakan
A beverage maker and auto racer, and his actress passenger, have escaped with only minor injuries after his Ferrari crashed in Samut Prakan, just south of the capital.
— The Thaiger

‘Kan Kluay’ art director killed in Bangkok car crash
An art director of animated movie, Kan Kluay was killed when a Honda CRV he was driving crashed into an electric pole on Rama IV road in Klong Toey district early on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

Elon Musk Insists No One Interpreted Tweet to Mean Pedophile
A British cave explorer who helped rescue a dozen boys and their soccer coach from a flooded Thailand cave last year testified Wednesday that Elon Musk branded him a pedophile and sullied his reputation.
— Khaosod English

Jealous boyfriend arrested over triple murder in Chiang Rai – VIDEO
Chiang Rai police have arrested a man for the murder of his girlfriend and her parents, all found shot dead.
— The Thaiger


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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