Thailand morning news for September 3

Thailand morning news for September 3
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Thailand promotes five plans for energy development in ASEAN
The Energy Ministry of Thailand is ready to push forward five plans to promote energy sector in ASEAN at the 37th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) that scheduled for Sept 2-6 in Bangkok.
— Vietnamplus

Dual-pricing for foreigners now legal at Thai public hospitals
Dual-pricing isn’t just for national parks, museums and amusement parks anymore.
— Coconuts Bangkok

Still No Law on Enforced Disappearance in Thailand
Once again, the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances on August 30 has come and gone, marking another year Thailand failed to fulfill its pledges to outlaw this heinous practice.
— Human Rights Watch

Calls for open debate on oath bungle
A general debate to grill Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha over an incomplete oath is expected to take place next week amid calls for the session to be held openly instead of behind closed doors.
— Bangkok Post

PM courts S Korean investment
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has urged South Korean investors to ramp up investment and trade with Thailand, pledging to consider offering incentives and privileges for them to invest in the country.
— Bangkok Post

Thanathorn may be charged Oct 1 in Facebook Live case
Prosecutors set Oct 1 for Future Forward Party (FFP) leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit and two executives to hear if they will be indicted for accusing the now-defunct National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) of poaching former MPs ahead of the March 24 election.
— Bangkok Post

FFP to quiz govt on mystery death
The Future Forward Party (FFP) will ask the government to clarify the mystery surrounding the death of insurgent suspect Abdulloh Esormusor when the House meets on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand on high alert for tropical storm’s impacts
The Thai Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation on Monday alerted its offices across all provinces nationwide to prepare swift responses to the impacts of a depression in the South China Sea.
— Xinhuanet

Government urged to issue an executive decree to ban paraquat
A member of the Democrat Party’s policy committee has challenged the government to issue an executive decree to ban the use of the weed killer paraquat immediately.
— Thai PBS News

“No more gang violence and sexy short skirts”
Thailand’s new education minister Nataphol Teepsuwan is attempting to address the behaviour of teenage students – the girls from wearing provocative’y short skirts and the boys from joining student gangs.
— The Thaiger

Thailand to propose $850 million in subsidies for rubber farmers
Thailand will propose up to 26 billion baht ($849.7 million) in subsidies for rubber farmers in a bid to boost their income, a minister said on Monday.
— Reuters

Myanmar calls Thai king to pardon migrant ‘killers’
Myanmar says it will continue to support the process of seeking a royal pardon for two migrant workers whose death sentences were upheld by Thailand’s Supreme Court last week.
— Asean Economist

New rules, new debts: slavery fears rise for migrant workers in Thailand
When Leng Lyda swapped Cambodia for a fishing town in Thailand hoping to find a job in the seafood industry, he was ready for hard work. But he wasn’t prepared for the delay, or the debt.
— The Peninsula Qatar

80 Percent of Thai Wealth Held Onshore
Lombard Odier is bullish about its onshore partnership strategy in Thailand, claiming that 80 percent of high net worth wealth remains onshore with local banks.
— Retail News Asia (media release) (blog)

Showdown at Suvarnabhumi roils retail
The shopping landscape is about to change drastically around Suvarnabhumi airport with the addition of two new premium outlet malls, representing a challenge to the retail throne dominated by the local duty-free kingpin.
— Bangkok Post

NESDC alarmed on housing
The state planning unit is concerned over housing debts, which have increased since mid-2017.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand steps up scientific research to address socio-economic challenges
The Government of Thailand will spend 37 billion baht (1.2 billion USD) financing its ambitious scientific research and innovation development scheme in the next eight years to increase the country’s competitiveness and better brace it for an ageing population and degraded environment.
— Vietnamplus

Thailand expects to produce 2.5 mln vehicles by 2030
The Thailand Automotive Institute said on Monday that it expects the country to produce 2.5 million vehicles by 2030.
— Xinhuanet

Red-light cameras net 538 offenders
More than 500 motorists were caught running red lights at 30 intersections in Bangkok on Sunday, the first day the so-called red-light camera system went into operation, according to police.
— Bangkok Post

Saksayam hurries up rail bids
Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob said on Monday he wants the bidding for the two remaining contracts of the Thai-Chinese high-speed railway that will link Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima to be completed by December.
— Bangkok Post

August headline inflation rises 0.52% y-o-y, below forecast
Thailand’s annual headline consumer price index (CPI) rose 0.52% in August from a year earlier, below a Reuters poll forecast of a 0.85% increase and July’s 0.98% rise, commerce ministry data showed on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Mixed Inflation Data No Deterrent to Southeast Asia Rate Cuts
Inflation data in Southeast Asia’s two biggest economies painted a mixed picture in August, though price pressures were subdued enough to allow central banks to continue cutting interest rates.
— Bloomberg

Film on Thai activist who’s saved 4,000 sea slaves
Singapore is set to become the first nation in Southeast Asia to publicly screen Ghost Fleet, an acclaimed documentary that reveals the full extent of slavery at sea throughout the region.
— Asia Times

Finance to propose retaining 7 percent VAT up to another 2 years
Thailand’s Finance Ministry will propose to the cabinet that the current 7% value-added tax rate be retained for a further one to two years, in line with the current economic situation.
— Thai PBS News

Second Storm to Shower Isaan and Much of Thailand Today
Isaan and Bangkok should expect more heavy rain Monday as a new storm approaches Hainan in China.
— Khaosod English

Thailand’s Beacon VC invests in Singapore’s neo banking platform Aspire
Beacon VC’s parent KBank and Y Combinator-backed Aspire aim to work together to digitise banking to SMEs and online merchants in Thailand.
— e27

Rescuers evacuate residents from Phitsanulok villages in north central Thailand
A village in Phitsanulok’s Wang Thong district in north-central Thailand, has been totally inundated after a river burst its banks early this morning.
— The Thaiger

Police offer 3,000 baht reward for information on street racing and reckless driving
Starting Tuesday, police are offering cash rewards of 3,000 baht a time to individuals who provide information about illegal street racing, reckless driving in a way which disregards public safety, or which may cause a public disturbance, or information about the people who support or promote illegal street racing.
— Thai PBS News

Companies eye cannabis investments
The government has removed cannabis and hemp extracts from its narcotics list, officials said on Monday, the latest effort to promote the development of marijuana products for medical purposes.
— Bangkok Post

New 4K Traffic Cameras to Bust Bangkok’s Red Light Runners
Seeing no cops around doesn’t mean you can get away with running a red light, because a newly upgraded red light camera system went live Sunday.
— Khaosod English

Thailand, South Korea leaders promise closer partnership
Thailand and South Korea have pledged to strengthen their strategic partnership to promote relations between East and Southeast Asia.
— Bangkok Post

The Suvarnabhumi shopping shambles
Retailers want ‘in’ at the world’s 21st busiest airport in the world. With through-traffic of 60 million+ each year, and growing, Thailand’s biggest retailers want a slice of the passenger spend.
— The Thaiger

Tropical storm Podul causes floods in North, Northeast
Tropical storm Podul has made landfall on northern and northeastern Thailand, and many houses, roads and farms and roads have been hit by flash floods and forest runoffs.
— Pattaya Mail

SEC warns of fraudulent Bitcoin page
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has warned of a fraudulent Facebook page claiming to represent Bitcoin Co and to provide digital asset transaction services.
— Bangkok Post

Ministry to propose B26bn in subsidies for rubber farmers
The agriculture ministry will propose up to 26 billion baht in subsidies for rubber farmers in a bid to boost their income.
— Bangkok Post

Swimmers at Surin Beach left without lifesavers as Council removes funding
The President of the Cherng Talay OrBorTor (municipality), Ma Ann Samran, has not renewed the monthly contract for lifeguards protecting Surin Beach on Phuket’s west coast.
— The Thaiger

Chinese man on run after wife found dead at home
Police are seeking Interpol’s assistance in tracking a Chinese man who fled Thailand after allegedly killing his Thai wife at their home in Phitsanulok this week.
— Bangkok Post

Pattaya calls for donations for northeast flood victims
The collection donation for flood victims in Khon Kaen, northeast of Thailand, is underway, with donations accepted at the Sawang Boriboon Thammasathan Rescue Foundation. Donations of items including any useful household items, drinking water, rice as well as packaged, canned and dried food …
— The Pattaya News

Pattaya Police encourage pedestrians to use crosswalks, start enforcement of drivers not stopping
The Pattaya Police have encouraged pedestrians to use crosswalks this morning. Additionally, they warned drivers that if you are caught not stopping it is a 1000 baht fine.
— The Pattaya News

Final member of romance scam gang arrested after being on the run for 4 years
Immigration officials have announced the arrest of a Thai man who had been on the run for nearly four years after being allegedly involved with a romance scam gang.
— The Thaiger

30+ Short Films Pack Festival This Sept.
A PSA for time-pressed cinephiles: an international film festival will screen dozens of short films and animations this month.
— Khaosod English

Sexual harassment is rife in Thailand – survey
“I’ve seen women in Thailand begin to collectively speak out, sharing their stories and pushing back on this victim-blaming which previously has gone completely unchecked here.”
— The Thaiger

DNP to offer safari tour at Huai Kha Khaeng reserve
The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) is planning to launch a safari tour at Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary in Uthai Thani.
— Bangkok Post travel


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This week’s Thailand morning news feature photo focuses on International Day of Charity, September 5.


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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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