Thailand morning news for September 13

Thailand morning news for September 13

Thailand morning news

Thai Belt and Road project bumps into finance and liability issues
Thailand’s government is delaying China’s ambitious high-speed railway project in the country as questions over financing and liabilities of the $9.9 billion infrastructure initiative remain unresolved.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Thai immigration Chief says TM30 law is outdated and needs to change
Thai immigration chief Lt-Gen Sompong Chingduang has told BBC Thai that the 1979 TM 30 law is outdated and needs to change.
— The Pattaya News

Prayuth’s Royal Oath Debate to Go Ahead Despite Court Dismissal
An opposition leader said Wednesday parliamentary debate on PM Prayuth Chan-ocha’s incomplete oath of office will go ahead, despite a top court’s refusal to hear the case on the grounds that it involves the monarchy.
— Khaosod English

EIC expects single rate cut by year-end
The Bank of Thailand is likely to cut the policy rate by 25 basis points a single time during the remainder of the year to prop up the moribund economy amid growing uncertainties, according to the Economic Intelligence Center (EIC), a research house under Siam Commercial Bank (SCB).
— Bangkok Post

Concerns rise over microplastics in stomachs of mackerel caught off southern Thailand
The discovery of microplastics in the stomachs of mackerel caught in the sea off Thailand’s Trang province have raised concerns, but the 3rd Marine National Park Operation Centre urged Thais on Wednesday (Sept 11) to refrain from panicking and shunning mackerel.
— The Straits Times

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Thailand orders garment factories to compensate workers after illegal wages expose
Garment factories in Thailand that supply to global brands such as coffee giant Starbucks and sports gear maker Bauer Hockey were raided by police on Thursday and ordered to compensate hundreds of workers after an expose found illegal underpayments.
— Thomson Reuters Foundation

Poverty makes elderly care ‘difficult’
Experts have raised concerns over the number of young people entering the workforce who will have to support the elderly, but who have poor education and live in poverty.
— Bangkok Post

Thamanat’s PhD in spotlight
Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Thamanat Prompow has shown what he claimed was proof after fresh allegations his PhD might be bogus.
— Bangkok Post

#SaveUbon: Netizens Rally for Drowned Isaan Province
Netizens are pouring their support to a northeastern province, more than half of whose area is under floodwaters as of Thursday.
— Khaosod English

SRT set to seal rail deal this month
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) and Charoen Pokphand Group (CP)-led consortium is expected to sign a contract for the construction of a high-speed railway project linking three major airports this month, SRT acting governor Worawut Mala said on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

Major flood to hit Ubon municipality on Friday
Muang district of Ubon Ratchathani province faces major flooding on Friday as a massive quantity of water moving down the swollen Moon River reaches the municipality.
— Bangkok Post

Court postpones academic’s hearing after editor’s no-show
The Supreme Court has postponed the hearing in the case of Sarinee Achavanuntakul, an academic accused of contempt of court for the publication of an article in the Krungthep Turakit newspaper, after the co-accused news editor did not appear at the hearing on 9 September 2019.
— Prachatai English

Thailand to strengthen status as medical hub of ASEAN
Thai innovators to get the international exposure to build strategic partnerships and flourish in both domestic and the wider regional markets and to explore challenges and opportunities of the next decade.
— Biospectrum

10 mln pirate products crushed, destroyed in Thailand
Thai authorities on Thursday crushed and destroyed 10 million pirate goods and vowed to continue serious suppression against counterfeit products.
— Xinhuanet

Activists receive threats ahead of ASEAN Peoples’ Forum
Sirisak Chaited, an LGBT rights activist, said she has received a threatening email ahead of the ASEAN Peoples’ Forum (APF) on 10 – 12 September, while Siyeed Alam, chair of the Rohingya Association in Thailand, said he has been contacted by Special Branch officers.
— Prachatai English

Thailand, China agree on warship deal
Thailand has agreed to a deal that will see China build a warship for the Thai navy.
— NHK World

Thailand works to speed up RCEP talks
Thailand will hold bilateral negotiations with Japan, New Zealand and India in an attempt to finish talks on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) by November.
— Vietnamplus

Contract rule abused to cut costs: activist
A rights advocacy group is accusing employers in border areas of exploiting Section 64 of the executive decree on migrant workers to cut costs.
— Bangkok Post

Mice held back by Phuket’s regulations
The government’s plan to push Phuket province as a world-class Mice (meetings, incentives, conventions, exhibitions) destination has been obstructed by numerous impediments, especially inefficient town planning and poor transport systems.
— Bangkok Post

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NWRC seeks nod for three water projects
The National Water Resource Committee (NWRC) on Thursday approved three new major water management projects with a combined value of more than 18 billion baht and is now seeking cabinet approval on them, said Somkiat Prajumwong, secretary-general of the NWRC.
— Bangkok Post

Workforce health MoU inked
Seven agencies signed a memorandum of cooperation on Thursday to promote health and well-being in the workplace and prevent occupational risks and work-related diseases.
— Bangkok Post

Baby was not put up for sale, police say
The outcry over a five-month-old baby supposedly put up for sale in an online advert is a misunderstanding, police said on Thursday as Social Development and Human Security Minister Chuti Krairikshas revealed the baby’s mother had been found.
— Bangkok Post

SRT, CP set to seal high-speed rail deal
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) and Charoen Pokphand Group (CP)-led consortium is expected to sign a contract for the high-speed railway project linking three major airports this month, SRT acting governor Worawut Mala said on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

Dengue Fever in Thailand has Already Killed 89 and Infected 81,500
Dengue fever has claimed 89 lives and infected 81,500 people in Thailand, so far this year. The Department of Disease Control declared a dengue fever epidemic in June.
— Chiang Rai Times

Worst yet to come for hard hit Ubon Ratchathani…two districts expecting major flooding Friday, September 13th.
The Provincial Irrigation Office warned today that a massive flood of water moving down the Moon River is expected to hit the Muang and Warin Chamrap districts in Ubon Ratchathani tomorrow, September 13th, 2019.
— The Pattaya News

Thai Excise department announces taxes on sugary drinks to double effective October 1st.
The Excise Department has announced that taxes on sugary drinks will double, starting from 1 October 2019. It will also be doubled every two years.
— The Pattaya News

Thai hardliners demand ‘Ultraman’ Buddha art be destroyed
Hardline Buddhists in Thailand called Thursday for the destruction of paintings depicting Buddha as Japanese superhero Ultraman, provoking fevered debate about using sacred imagery in art.

Seri Ruam leader says he told Sydney Morning Herald to investigate Thammanat Prompao
Seri Ruam Thai party leader Gen Seripisut Temiyavet “The Seri Ruam Thai party leader said that he was not afraid that he might be sued for providing information to the Australian media.”
— The Thaiger

Army takes delivery of first Strykers from US
The Royal Thai Army on Thursday officially received the first batch of US-made Stryker armoured infantry carriers.
— Bangkok Post

Employees abuse seasonal contracts to cut costs
A rights advocacy group is accusing employers in border areas of exploiting Section 64 of the executive decree on migrant workers to cut costs.
— Bangkok Post

Structural reform prioritised for buffers
The government plans to initiate reforms of the rural economy to provide greater buffers against external volatility, says Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak.
— Bangkok Post

Suspect arrested for Pattaya Nightclub shooting
A suspect has been arrested in Surin for the nightclub shooting in Pattaya yesterday morning. One person died while one remains in critical condition in a shootout at a night club in Pattaya. Read more about the previous story HERE. …
— The Pattaya News

BMA revives Grey Line plans
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) plans to revive the Grey Line electric monorail project, with the first phase of construction expected to begin in 2021, deputy Bangkok governor Sakoltee Phattiyakul says.
— Bangkok Post

Amcham conference report in Pattaya on Hotels and hotel/tourism market outlook-much better then expected
The American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand recently held a conference in Pattaya discussing the hotel industry, the current market and the future of the hotel industry in Pattaya.
— The Pattaya News

Read All About It: Bangkok Literature Fest This Nov.
Renowned Thai and international authors will gather in Bangkok for public talks to celebrate the 150th anniversary of a historic library in Silom this Nov.
— Khaosod English

World-beating currency gives Thailand major economic headache
Thailand’s effort to revive economic growth with more than 316 billion baht of stimulus faces an obstacle from its surging currency.
— Bangkok Post

Crackdown on bar closing times following Pattaya shooting
Police in Pattaya have launched a crackdown on bar closing times following a nightclub shooting that has left one man dead and another seriously injured.
— The Thaiger

Outrage on social media over child sitting on roof of moving car in northern Thailand
Photos of a young child sitting on the roof of a moving car have caused outrage on social media. The pictures, posted on Facebook yesterday, show the child in school uniform, sitting on the roof of a car as it travels along a main road in Lamphun province, northern Thailand.
— The Thaiger

B1bn target for farmer support
The Industry Ministry plans to conclude the government’s agriculture development plan in October, expecting to spend 1 billion baht to launch support measures for Thai farmers.
— Bangkok Post

NBTC asks PM for 5G panel
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has written to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, asking him to establish a national 5G strategy committee to ensure adoption nationwide by next year as planned.
— Bangkok Post

Pattaya police hunting for suspects in night robbery
Pattaya Police are hunting for two suspects concerning a night robbery in Pattaya.
— The Pattaya News

Army lieutenant cashiered, accused of raping girl, 14
An army lieutenant accused of raping a fellow soldier’s 14-year-old daughter has been dishonourably discharged from the military.
— Bangkok Post

Vincero! For One Night, ‘Turandot’ Exhibited Grandeur in Bangkok
Puccini enthusiasts gathered in a packed theater Wednesday night to view the first full-scale production of “Turandot” staged in the country in recent years.
— Khaosod English

Vietnam versus Thailand – which is the best for travel or living?
They are both beautiful countries and stand out amongst their south east asian counterparts for their food, culture and scenery. But which one is your choice for travelling or living in?
— 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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