Thailand morning news for October 23

Thailand morning news for October 23
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TG president warns airline on brink of collapse, staff must work harder
Thai Airways International president Sumeth Damronchaitham has admitted, for the first time, that the national flag carrier is in deep financial crisis, to the extent that it may have to fold unless all staff members unite to work harder.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand to ban glyphosate and other high-profile pesticides
Thailand edged closer on Tuesday (Oct 22) to banning glyphosate and two other controversial pesticides despite protests from farmers in a multi-billion-dollar agriculture industry aiming to be the kitchen of the world.

Water shortage warnings in 22 provinces
People living in 22 Thai provinces are being warned to prepare for shortages of drinking water during the upcoming dry season, due to start on November 1st.
— The Thaiger

Thai cabinet approves additional stimulus, targets 3% growth
Thailand’s cabinet on Tuesday approved an additional stimulus package valued at 5.8 billion baht ($191.36 million) and expects the economy to grow close to its target of 3%, its finance minister said, as it seeks to shore up a flagging economy.
— Reuters

Three controversial farm chemicals to be banned from December 1st
The National Hazardous Substances Committee (NHSC) has agreed, by majority votes, to ban the import, sale and use of paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos in Thailand from December 1st.
— Thai PBS News

Your data isn’t safe in Thailand
ASEAN has a problem as far as personal data protection goes, and at the bottom of this rung sits Thailand.
— The Asean Post

Thai Airways at risk of closure, president says
Thai Airways International (THAI) president Sumeth Damrongchaitham said on Tuesday that staff must cooperate with the airline’s rehabilitation efforts because it is in a crisis and faces possible closure.
— Bangkok Post

DPM Prawit ensures security protection for November Asean summit
A Deputy Prime Minister has instructed security agencies to prepare for the upcoming 35th ASEAN Summit on November 2nd to 4th in Bangkok, focusing on responses in various emergency situations in compliance with international standards.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand Denies Cambodian Opposition VP Mu Sochua Entry Citing ‘Security Concerns’
Authorities in Thailand have refused entry to opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) vice president Mu Sochua citing “security concerns,” she said Tuesday, after she flew to Bangkok to assist in preparations for the return of acting party president Sam Rainsy to Cambodia next month.
— Radio Free Asia

Import duty cut up in the air
The Finance Ministry has not made a decision on whether the import duty on luxury brands will be temporarily cut to 5% from 30% as proposed by the Tourism and Sports Ministry to boost tourism this year.
— Bangkok Post

Paradox belies Thailand-Malaysia ties
This week marks one full year since Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad’s much publicised visit to Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

More info on sodium tax expected by year’s end
The Excise Department is planning to impose sodium tax to encourage people to consume healthy food, in addition to the already-enacted sugar tax.
— Newsline (video)

Thai govt and Cambodian journalists hold talks on combating inaccurate news
Minister attached to the Prime Minister’s Office Tewan Liptapallop welcomed members of the press from the Club Cambodian Journalists and discussed ways to combat inaccurate news.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand, Myanmar agree to use baht, kyat for cross-border payments
Veerathai Santiprabhob, governor of the Bank of Thailand, and his Myanmar counterpart U Kyaw Kyaw Maung, signed two memoranda of understanding (MoU) on October 18 during the IMF-World Bank meeting in the US.
— Eleven

Baht veering to less than 30 against greenback next year
The baht’s strengthening value could breach the band of 30 per US dollar next year, mainly because of Thailand’s huge current account surplus, says Krungthai Asset Management (KTAM).
— Bangkok Post

Healthcare both bother and boon for fickle Prayut
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha’s defence of his position on the universal healthcare scheme during the budget debate last week was a relatively short, less colourful one by his fiery standards. Yet, it was a speech that deserves our attention.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand to consider trial running airport biometric scanning system
The Thai Ministry of Transport said Tuesday that it is considering using biometric technology to face scan flight passengers, in an attempt to nab criminal suspects, blacklisted people and foreigners who have overstayed their visas in Thailand.
— Xinhuanet

Thailand Denies Cambodian Opposition VP Mu Sochua Entry Citing ‘Security Concerns’
Authorities in Thailand have refused entry to opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) vice president Mu Sochua citing “security concerns,” she said Tuesday, after she flew to Bangkok to assist in preparations for the return of acting party president Sam Rainsy to Cambodia next month.
— Radio Free Asia

US-China trade tensions impacted on Thailand’s exports – UOB
UOB Group’s Economist M.Udomkerdmongkol reviewed the recent exports data from Thailand.
— FXstreet

Land transport dept to improve quality of public transport
The Transport Minister has instructed the Department of Land Transport (DLT) to improve the quality of public transport services and launch social media channels for commuters to file complaints.
— Newsline (video)

FDA reassures over asbestos in baby powder
The Thai Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday assured consumers no traces of asbestos have been found in any baby powder products sold in Thailand, saying the FDA began screening for asbestos in these items in 2009.
— Bangkok Post

10 Malaysians nabbed in Thailand over investment scam
Ten Malaysians were arrested in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, last month for allegedly being involved in an investment scam.
— Malay Mail

EEC, Guangdong upgrade cooperation
Guangzhou: Thailand and China have agreed to upgrade economic cooperation between the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) and Guangdong province, focusing more on targeted industries.
— Bangkok Post

Wissanu says coalition govt ‘still stable’
Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam assured members of the public that the Palang Pracharat Party (PPRP)-led coalition government is still stable, even though there are some concerns about a razor-thin margin and possible defeats on future bills.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand lags in cybersecurity stakes
Some 35% of businesses in Thailand said their most significant cyberbreach has cost US$1 million or more in damage, according to Cisco’s 2019 Asia-Pacific Chief Information Security Officer Benchmark study.
— Bangkok Post

Points deduction system for drivers to be introduced mid-December
The point deduction system, for traffic and road infringements, is tentatively scheduled for activation for motorists and motorcyclists in mid-December.
— The Thaiger

Another Thai hotel management dispute flares up – The Peninsula Bangkok Hotel
The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, which operates luxury brand The Peninsula Hotels, says it will “vigorously defend its rights” to manage The Peninsula Bangkok, following a legal win by the hotel’s Thai shareholder that paves the way for the management agreement to be terminated.
— The Thaiger

EC clears Thanathorn over his blind trust remark
The Election Commission (EC) has cleared Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit of any wrongdoing for his announcement, ahead of the March 24th general election, that he would transfer his assets into a blind trust.
— Thai PBS News

Alibaba shakes up Thailand’s $6.6bn logistics market
Bangkok’s streets have been painted yellow and red by delivery trucks and motorcycles from Flash Express and Best Express lately, thanks to booming online trade that has resulted in fierce competition between logistics companies, and has also drawn in global players like Alibaba Group Holding.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

German man on overstay arrested in Pattaya area in connection with German woman found dead in canal
Immigration Police on Tuesday announced the arrest of a German man in connection with the death of a German woman who was found dead in Chonburi province.
— The Pattaya News

Burmese Man Suspected of Stabbing 3 to Death in Chiang Mai
Police on Tuesday implicated a Burmese man in the fatal stabbing of a family of three Tuesday.
— Khaosod English

Thailand’s immigration police catch thousands of overstayers thanks to airport biometrics
The chief of Thailand’s immigration police says the biometrics system in place at sixteen airports across the country has so far netted 1,000 people who are blacklisted or on watch lists, 700 who have arrest warrants out for them, and 45,000 who have overstayed in the country.
— The Thaiger

Thailand’s biggest mutual fund company embraces AI
SCB Asset Management Co, the country’s biggest mutual fund company, will start offering more equity funds using artificial intelligence technology to identify investments as it seeks to lure new customers and retain clients.
— Bangkok Post

Thai women in Japan drug bust
Japanese Police and Customs Officials at Fukuoka Airport reported the arrest of seven Thai women who smuggled in drugs weighing more than a kilogram into Japan.
— The Thaiger

Somkid cosies up to Chinese investors
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak on Monday called on Chinese electrical appliance and air conditioner manufacturer Midea Group to expand investing in Thailand, especially for R&D and human resource development.
— Bangkok Post

HM King Fires Senior Royal Guard
BANGKOK — His Majesty the King on Monday night fired a high-ranking royal guard from his post.
— Khaosod English

One man dies, three in coma, ten injured after drinking bootleg booze mixed with poisonous toad blood in Chonburi
One man has died and over a dozen injured, some seriously, after drinking herbal alcohol, also known as yadong, mixed with poisonous toad blood in Samet yesterd
— The Pattaya News

Bangkok tops travel index for fourth year
TakeMeTour Bangkok was ranked first in the Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index (GDCI) for international overnight visitors for the fourth straight year, and the sixth time in the past decade.
— The Thaiger

Tax on salt content being considered
The Excise Department is considering imposing a tax on the salt content of food to encourage food producers to reduce the sodium content of snacks, instant noodles and seasoning cubes.
— The Thaiger

Cancer in the Thailand workplace
Cancer strikes anxiety and fear in the minds of many. This is especially so in a place like Thailand where more and more people are becoming health conscious and more familiar with the concept that “health is wealth”.
— Bangkok Post

Cops Denies ‘Ripping Off’ Maserati-Driving Celeb Actress
When an actress complained on social media Monday that she was unfairly stopped by a police officer who appeared to be targeting her for a bribe, her grievance went viral in no time, thanks to sympathetic netizens.
— Khaosod English

The dangers of 5G – coming to a mobile phone near you
The Thaiger 5G, the next generation of mobile phone technology is coming, within months here in Thailand. It will continue to roll out over the next few years, replacing the earlier 4G technology. Along with any new technology there’s also valid concerns about potential health risk of this new, more powerful network. There’s also …
— The Thaiger


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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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