Thailand morning news for June 6

Thailand morning news for June 6
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Thai lawmakers elect military chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha as PM
Thailand’s new parliament voted in ruling military chief General Prayut Chan-ocha as prime minister on Wednesday (Jun 5), five years after he overthrew an elected government.
— CNA (very annoying popups)

Prawit urges UN to get tough on illegal fishing
Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon on Wednesday called on the United Nations to make Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing an environmental crime.
— Bangkok Post

World Bank tells Thailand investing in people key to achieving 2036 goal (video)
The next Thailand government (whoever that will be) needs to invest in human capital if the country is to achieve its goal of reducing inequality and reaching high income status by 2036, as is its ambition.
— AEC News Today

Thailand raises $311 million for rapid transit system construction
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is to provide funding of 9.9 billion Thai baht ($311 million) for the construction and operation of the Pink and Yellow lines of Bangkok’s mass rapid transit (MRT) system.

Abhisit quits as MP ahead of PM’s election
Declaring that commitment to the people is stronger than a resolution of the party, former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has quit as a member of parliament, effective today.
— Thai PBS News

MOPH warns public about leptospirosis in the rainy season
The Ministry of Public Health has warned members of the public to protect themselves from leptospirosis during the ongoing rainy season by avoiding puddles and mud.
— NBT World (video)

Dead trainer hailed as blast hero
A military trainer who sacrificed his life to save a cadet during a grenade-throwing class conducted at the Infantry Centre in Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Pran Buri district on Tuesday morning is being lauded as a hero.
— Bangkok Post

PM Prayut opens Stop Human Trafficking Day 2019
The Prime Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, has called on all sides to step up their efforts to end human trafficking.

IUU fishing is a crime issue, says Prawit
Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon on Wednesday called on the United Nations to make Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing an environmental crime.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand needs neighbors’ help to crack down on slavery at sea: activist
Thailand’s crackdown on exploitation and slavery in its multi-billion dollar fishing industry will only succeed if its neighbors step up and adopt anti-trafficking laws, said a labor rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee.
— Reuters

ONWR prepares for floods
The Office of National Water Resources (ONWR) is preparing to tackle floods in the rainy season by monitoring the water situation nationwide, notifying people of the water situation across the country and establishing a center to handle water-related disasters that operates based on three levels of severity
— NBT World (video)

Huge drug haul seized in Bangkok suburb
Thai narcotic suppression officials have seized about 1.4 tonnes of Ice and 91kgs of ketamine in what is being touted as one of the country’s largest drug hauls at a…
— Thai PBS News

PM vote turns into blame game
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha won parliamentary votes to reclaim the premiership on Wednesday night after he faced the first test of his political career when MPs from the Pheu Thai-led coalition questioned his qualifications, focusing on his role as a coup-maker.
— Bangkok Post

Grab electric tuk tuks launch in Chiang Mai
Grab, the nemesis of the old taxi and red bus network in Chiang Mai, has signed an agreement with government and private sector partners to establish the Chiang Mai Smart Mobility Alliance Network.
— The Thaiger

Rare Kanyao durian in Thailand sells for S$65,000
A single Kanyao durian has sold for 1.5 million baht (S$65,221). It was auctioned off at the King of Durian festival in Nonthaburi, central Thailand on June 1, 2019.
— Mothership

UN agencies urge stronger efforts to stop illegal fishing
Major United Nations agencies are urging major fishing nations to join efforts to fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing as an activist warns that Thai vessels are being registered overseas to bypass the kingdom’s tough new laws.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand highway development project to connect with neighbours
Thailand is looking to support a major highway project that will connect with its neighbours. A new 138km highway link will improve transport connections between Thailand and Myanmar’s Dawei Special Economic Zone.
— World Highways

Thai coup leader uses ballot box to stay as prime minister
When Prayuth Chan-ocha led a military coup to take over Thailand’s government five years ago, he wore a dowdy officer’s uniform. A five-year makeover transformed him into a politician, now styled in a well-tailored Western suit or an elegant silk “suea phraratchathan,” a Thai spin on the Nehru jacket.
— AP

Plastic reduction efforts ‘a success’
The Pollution Control Department (PCD) says the first year of the country’s effort to reduce plastic waste has been successful and has received cooperation from the business sector.
— Bangkok Post

Thais agree to send back 47 migrants
Thailand’s police force has agreed to transfer 47 Myanmar migrants workers who tried to enter Malaysia via the Thai border with the assistance of people smugglers, the Myanmar Labour Attaché Office in Bangkok said on Tuesday.
— Myanmar Times

Free legal services in English to land at key Phuket police stations
Volunteer lawyers with English-speaking capabilities will turn up to aid Thais and foreigners, including tourists, in trouble with the law at Phuket City Police Station and Patong Police Station – free of charge – starting this Sunday (June 9).
— The Phuket News

GSB seeks nod for mortgage measures
Measures by Government Savings Bank (GSB) to ease mortgage requirements are scheduled to seek board approval on June 18 to comply with the government’s policy to help homebuyers better access financial sources in the wake of the central bank’s tighter regulations.
— Bangkok Post

ASEAN Sustainable Energy Week 2019 kicks off at BITEC
For those interested in energy technology, the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC) in Bang Na district, Bangkok, is holding the ASEAN Sustainable Energy Week 2019 from June 5 to 8.

Cabinet this week approves construction of 5th Thai-Lao friendship bridge
The Cabinet has approved the project to construct the 5th Thai-Lao friendship bridge linking Thailand’s Bueang Kan and Lao’s Bolikhamsai.
— NBT World (video)

Thais outraged by tourist doing yoga poses at historic and sacred sites
Doing yoga poses on famous or sacred sites around Thailand will get you into trouble with the authorities.
— The Thaiger

Private sector calls for stimulus
The private sector wants the new government to introduce economic stimulus packages to support economic expansion in the remainder of the year as growth slows.
— Bangkok Post

Duty-free bidders down to 3
Only three bidders are now vying for the licence to run duty-free shops at three regional airports after Central Department Store (CDS) dropped out.
— Bangkok Post

Cabinet okays plastics tax perks
The cabinet on Tuesday approved measures to promote biodegradable plastic packaging, offering a tax deduction on expenses from corporate income.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand cautiously reopens door to weed
“Would you like to try it?” the young man says when he notices me peering at the cannabis joint held between his fingers. “It’s good for your health.”
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

Mindshare: Smaller cities ready to shop
Brands should not underestimate the purchasing power of secondary cities in Thailand like Lampang and Sakon Nakhon and avoid focusing solely on marketing in Bangkok, according to a report by Mindshare…
— Bangkok Post

NHA to open reservations for Million Housings project in September
The National Housing Authority is accepting reservations for units in phase 2 of the Million Housings project starting from 370,000 baht.
— Thailand Business News

Thailand cave hero opens the world’s first cannabis oil hotel – in Essex
A British diver who took part in an heroic and miraculous Thai cave rescue has opened the world’s first cannabis oil hotel.

junsekino builds a translucent library for community in rural thailand
amidst dense vegetation and rural thai plains, lies the keang krachan library designed by bangkok-based architecture firm junsekino. the library is located among the peaceful nature of the petchaburi province in thailand, with 360 views of its surroundings.
— designboom

Year’s rent waived for burned-out vendors at Bangkok’s Chatuchak Market
The luck of some Chatuchak Weekend Market vendors hopefully turned as corner today with word they will be compensated after a large fire ripped through part of the market.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Thailand hosts IUU Day at Dept Fisheries
The United Nations has declared June 5 as IUU Day. This year, Thailand is hosting an exhibition on IUU Day at the Department of Fisheries to raise the public awareness of measures to combat illegal fishing around the world.

Pantsuit-Gate: Future Forward MP Criticized for Not Wearing All Black
As parliamentary debate over Thailand’s next prime minister dragged into the sixth hour, discussion was derailed into scrutiny of a Future Forward MP’s attire.
— Khaosod English

Netizens Say #DemocratsBetrayedCitizens, Others Rejoice at Pro-Prayuth Stance
Wednesday after a major political party bent the knee to the pro-junta faction. In the aftermath of the decision by Democrat Party elders to join the Phalang Pracharath Party-led coalition, many Thai netizens are reacting with …
— Khaosod English

Lilly, Thailand’s Greta Thunberg, Is Fighting Single-use Plastic
Through the power of petitioning, one 11-year-old girl is doing more to save Thailand’s environment than perhaps most of the country combined.
— Khaosod English

Study: Thais ready for 5G provider jump
Half of smartphone users in Thailand would switch mobile operators within six months to one that offered 5G wireless services if their own provider did not offer the technology, according to a recent report.
— Bangkok Post

Thai investors beam capital into solar power projects in Vietnam
Thai firms are stepping up investment in renewable energy projects in Vietnam, particularly solar power, through merger and acquisition (M&A) deals.
— Vietnam+

Scheduled blackout set for Rawai beachfront
The Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) Thalang branch has announced that the electricity supply will be temporarily shut off in parts of Rawai on Friday (June 7) as work is carried out on high voltage cables.
— The Phuket News

Parliament’s PM Session Descends Into Prayuth Censure Debate
The first seven hours of parliament’s debate on Wednesday turned out to be the first de facto censure debate against junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha’s regime in years.
— Khaosod English

Flashflood, landslide hit Nan
NAN: A sudden flood and landslide cut off a road in Chalerm Phrakiat after three hours of heavy rain in the district.
— Bangkok Post

Push to certify sustainable destinations
The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) has teamed up with the state-run Designated Areas Sustainable Tourism Administration (Dasta) and Mae Fah Luang University to develop experts in sustainable destination assessment.
— Bangkok Post

Exploring Thailand as a vegan: Is it possible?
On our first evening in Bangkok, the street lights glowed yellow over the dusty tangle of electrical cables that garland every roadside. An elderly woman tended the charcoal burner perched on top of her ramshackle barrow, hardly bigger than a tea trolley, pushed to the edge of the pavement.
— Gulf News

RMUTP holds 10th international academic conference
Rajamangala University of Technology Phra Nakhon is organizing the 10th international academic conference entitled Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development, Change Digital Crisis Into Opportunity.

Singapore students contract chikungunya in Ratchaburi
All nine School of the Arts (Sota) students and one teacher who contracted chikungunya fever while on a community service learning trip to a Thai village in Ratchaburi had returned to Singapore by Monday night, school principal Mary Seah said.
— Bangkok Post

Jomtien Beach is the hottest Housing property market in the East according to the Thai Government
The Thai Government Housing Bank said Jomtien Beach is the hottest property market in the East yesterday, June 4th, 2019 in a press release.
— The Pattaya News

Baby dugong ‘Marium’ being cared for in Trang
A baby dugong, which was found lost in Krabi two months ago, has been given the name ‘Marium’ and continues to be cared for at a dugong nursery in Trang.
— The Thaiger


Feature photo John Le Fevre

This week’s Thailand morning news feature photo acknowledges International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUU), June 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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