Thailand morning news for May 6

Thailand morning news for May 6
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Thailand morning newsKing’s royal procession feted by well-wishers in triumph of tradition
His Majesty the King commanded the world’s attention as his royal procession offered the first chance for all Thais to pay their respects since he was crowned on Saturday.
— Bangkok Post

A new era: the coronation of King Vajiralongkorn in photos (gallery)
Thailand has a new king. At 12:10pm on Saturday May 6, 2019 King Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun placed the Great Crown of Victory on his head symbolising he ascension to the throne and title of Phra Vajira Klao Chao Yu Hua, or King Maha Vajiralongkorn, Rama X, heralding a new era for Thailand.
— AEC News Today

Less than 20% expect calm after election results: Suan Dusit Poll
In contrary to high expectations before the March 24 election, people are afraid the official election results – to be announced on May 9 – will bring disappointment, according to an opinion survey by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.
— Bangkok Post

Wissanu urges would-be senators to check shares
Cabinet ministers tipped to become senators are advised to comply with shareholding regulations as the government prepares to submit the list of 250 prospective senators for royal endorsement on Friday.
— Bangkok Post

Prayut tentatively embraces China’s Belt and Road strategy for Thailand
Thai PM’s appearance at the second Belt and Road Initiative forum in Beijing last weekend suggests the luke-warm relations between China and Thailand persist.
— The Thaiger

AoT denies corruption in the premium lanes at Suvarnabhumi immigration
After widespread rumours swept through social media, citing corruption with the distribution of Premium Lane cards at Suvarnabhumi Airport allegedly sold to regular passengers via tour operators or nominees, Airports of Thailand is denying any involvement in such a scheme, confirming it only …
— The Thaiger

SET calls for ‘digital equality’ to help startups
The governor of the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) has urged Thailand to loosen regulations and increase competition to bring about equality to give startup businesses an opportunity to grow.
— Bangkok Post

Army Drops Charges Against Soldiers Who Kill 6 in Temple
Soldiers who killed six people at a temple during a 2010 protest will not stand trial in the military court, a family of one of the slain victims said Friday.
— Khaosod English

Future senators start resigning from current posts
Several cabinet ministers and prospective senators have started resigning from public offices and company boards, and their names will be submitted for royal approval by Friday, according to a deputy prime minister.
— Bangkok Post

BBC Coronation Coverage Censored
Live broadcasts by the BBC was taken off air on Saturday as His Majesty the King’s coronation ceremony began.
— Khaosod English

Commemorative stamps on occasion of the coronation of King Rama X
The commemorative stamps celebrating the coronation of His Majesty King Rama the Tenth were recently become available for purchase.
— NBT World (video)

Sammitr forms JV for electric trucks
Sammitr Group Holding has formed a joint venture with a Chinese company to join the government’s electric vehicle (EV) scheme with a budget of 5.5 billion baht to assemble eco-friendly big trucks.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand Market: A Blend of Growth and Value
The Kingdom of Thailand represents well under 1% of world market capitalization, which makes it an easy market to overlook. This article reviews the country and the opportunities for the iShares MSCI Thailand ETF (ticker: THD).

Six ex-PAD leaders among thousands pardoned by the King
Six former leaders of the People’s Democratic Alliance (PAD), a political group which was active over a decade ago, are among thousands of inmates pardoned by His Majesty the King on the occasion of the Coronation Ceremony scheduled during May 4-6.
— Thai PBS World

EC to announce 95% of seats May 7-8; Pheu Thai loses seat
The Election Commission (EC) is set to announce 95% of the official election results on May 7-8, according to media reports.
— Bangkok Post

Dangerous fake JW Whisky heading for BKK
Excise officials have busted a factory in Thailand’s far south that was mixing up brews of fake Johnny Walker Red and Black label whiskey.
— The Thaiger

Beach Road closed 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday for local coronation ceremonies
Pattaya will close Beach Road and streets connecting it to Second Road all-day Monday for the royal coronation ceremonies.
— Pattaya Mail

Commemorative stamps issued to mark the coronation of King Rama X
Commemorative stamps celebrating the coronation of King Rama X were released on Saturday and members of the public are invited to buy them at post offices nationwide.
— Pattaya Mail

Thailand Pet Food Market 2019 Global Industry Size, Price, Segments, Share and Growth Factor Analysis Research Report 2025
The Thailand Pet Food market report focuses on major leading industry players of Thailand Pet Food market providing information such as company profiles, product picture and specification, capacity, production, price, cost, revenue and contact information.
— The Akis Express

Chinese continue to soak up Thailand’s condo glut
There are man reasons why Thailand is a favourite location for property buyers from Hong Kong and mainland China – the street food and great weather are just a part of the allure.
— The Thaiger

Tafta propels automotive exports
Thailand’s car and car parts exports have surged under free trade privileges, including a 399% gain during the 14 years of a bilateral pact with Australia.
— Bangkok Post

Final details sorted for May 7-12 seafood festival
Pattaya ironed out the final details covering traffic, garbage and security at the upcoming Amazing Seafood Festival.
— Pattaya Mail

Temple thief thwarted in 2nd attempt
The woman wanted for stealing 40,000 baht from Nong Jubtao Temple was thwarted from doing the same at Najomtien Temple. The still-unidentified woman – in her mid-20s woman in shorts and a plaid shirt – masqueraded as a snack seller and entered the rectory at the second temple May 3.
— Pattaya Mail

Upper Southern provinces being warned about dengue spread
Residents of provinces in Thailand’s upper South are being warned that dengue could spread now that the annual monsoon rains have arrived.
— The Thaiger

Fake mews? Confusion over cat at Thai king’s coronation ceremony
Animal lovers in Thailand were thrown into confusion on Sunday over whether a Siamese cat presented to the newly crowned Thai king and his queen was a living feline – or not.
— Reuters

Coronation drone show; barges for the public
The government is inviting the general public to witness a drone show during the coronation ceremonies with 230 drones flying over Sanam Luang, in the vicinity of the elaborate beauty of the royal barge Suphannahong at Ratchaworadit Pier.

Phuket Opinion: Saving the village
The community project to transform the village at Koh Siray into a clean, self-sustaining “ecosystem” is a formidable challenge, but one worthy of taking note.environmentpollution
— The Phuket News

In photos: Thailand crowns its new King
During a three-day celebration, the 66-year-old King Vajiralongkorn will be presented with a gold 7.3-kilogram crown, circle parts of Bangkok via a royal palanquin and will undergo a royal purification ceremony using sacred water gathered from Thailand’s 76 provinces.

Former British Bangkok teacher jailed over aiding and abetting child abuse
A 42 year old British man, who had previously taught at an international school in Bangkok, is now in jail in the UK for facilitating the abuse of young girls in The Philippines.
— The Thaiger

Where in the world is the best cuisine?
A review of the world’s top ten cuisines, not surprisingly, has included Thai food. Some of the other choices might shock (like their number one choice) you but to kick off here is the reviewers thoughts on Thai food… Street eats are a Thai attraction.
— The Thaiger

Cambodian claims huge catfish catch from Sukhumvit ditch
A Cambodian laborer claims he caught a two-kilogram catfish in a closed-off storm-drainage trench in Sattahip.
— Pattaya Mail

Disclosure rule called a ‘win-win’
The Revenue Department is requiring depositors who do not want their interest income information to be submitted to the department to declare their intention to deposit-taking financial institutions between May 7 and 14.
— Bangkok Post


Feature photo Royal Household Bureau/ Thailand Government Public Relations Department/ MFA Thailand

This week’s Thailand morning news feature photo acknowledges the coronation of King Vajiralongkorn, King Rama X, May 6, 2019.


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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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