Thailand morning news for September 5

Thailand morning news for September 5
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PM speaks out on oath gaffe
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Wednesday defended his oath-taking in the cabinet swearing-in ceremony, saying he acted in compliance with the constitution.
— Bangkok Post

Park chief casts doubt on skull DNA test results
A park official who was among the last people to see the late Porlajee Billy Rakchongcharoen before he disappeared five years ago questioned the result of the mitochondrial DNA test that led authorities to conclude the Karen rights activist was murdered.
— Bangkok Post

Two Thai fishermen admit to illegally killing over 30 dolphins
Royal Thai Police have responded to a video clip showing 30 dolphins caught in a fishing trawl in Malaysian waters, killing many of the mammals in the process.
— The Pattaya News

Thai economic committee warns about stagnant growth in second half of 2019
The Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking says they’re concerned by threats to the performance of the Thai economy in the second half of this year.
— The Thaiger

Karen Activists Demand Justice For Billy
Karen activists are demanding authorities secure justice for the murder of a prominent community rights activist, who went missing for five years until officials confirmed his death yesterday.
— Khaosod English

Economy slowing but not in recession yet – Uttama
The economy is just slowing but not in a recession yet and recently announced government stimulus measures should help lift growth to 3% this year, Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana said on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Insurgent suspect’s wife asks FFP to lead probe
The wife of the recently-deceased insurgent suspect Abdulloh Esormusor, who went into a vegetative state while in military detention, has asked the Future Forward Party (FFP) to help find out the truth about her husband’s mysterious death.
— Bangkok Post

Arrest warrant issued for Norwegian accused of strangling Singapore woman’s husband in Phuket
An arrest warrant has been issued for the Norwegian man accused of killing a British tourist after strangling him during a fight, Thai police said on Wednesday (Sep 4).

Chuan confirms Opposition debate on September 18 for just one day
House Speaker Chuan Leekpai confirmed this morning (Wednesday) that the Opposition’s debate over Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s incomplete oath recital will be held for just one day on September 18th.
— Thai PBS News

Bangkok tops in 2018 for international visitors: Report
NEW YORK: Bangkok ranked first in 2018 for the fourth straight year as the city with the most international visitors, according to an annual report by Mastercard released on Wednesday (Sep 4).

His Majesty The King offers relief to flood victims in North East Thailand
Privy Councillor Ampon Kittiampon and the Rajaprajanugroh Foundation have delivered nearly 3,500 relief kits to residents of flood-affected Khon Kaen in Thailand’s north-east.
— The Pattaya News

Thailand outlines modest growth for 2020 defence budget
Thailand’s cabinet has approved a draft 2020 defence budget of THB233.35 billion (USD7.6 billion).
— IHS Jane’s 360

Thailand must boost Asec presence
During the commemoration of Asean Day earlier last month at the newly inaugurated Asean Secretariat (Asec) building in Jakarta, Indonesia, a poster displaying eye-popping statistics of the organisation’s current staff composition shows that there are only four Thais working there.
— Bangkok Post

Water catchments need boost as floods linger in Sukhothai
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Wednesday instructed provincial authorities to press ahead with a water catchment project touted as an essential tool for comprehensive water management.
— Bangkok Post

ASEAN energy ministers’ meeting kicks off in Bangkok
The 37th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting and Associated Meetings (AMEM 37) officially opened in Bangkok, Thailand on September 4, focusing on “Advancing Energy Transition Through Partnership and Innovation.”
— Vietnamplus

Thailand’s museum houses Indonesia’s oldest Quran in pristine state
The oldest manuscript of Islamic Holy Quran, crafted in Indonesia, is preserved in pristine condition at the Ahmadiyah Islamiyah Museum in Narathiwat Province, Thailand.
— Antara News

Govt eyes Khmer power plans
Thailand will on Thursday discuss with Cambodia the issue involving the energy-rich overlapping marine territory claimed by both countries on the sidelines of the ongoing meeting of Asean energy ministers, Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong says.
— Bangkok Post

NIA aims to draw 3,000 innovative companies by 2030
The National Innovation Agency (NIA) is planning to develop innovation in 10 areas, aiming to promote 3,000 innovation start-up companies by 2030.
— NBT World (video)

Raid nets 58 Chinese for chat-app stock sales scam
Fifty-eight Chinese nationals have been arrested at a Bangkok hotel for defrauding their compatriots through sales of manipulated, worthless shares using a chat-app.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Constitutional Court accepts petition against 32 opposition MPs
Thailand’s Constitutional Court on Wednesday accepted a petition filed against 32 opposition MPs for allegedly holding shares of firms which might run media business, yet their legislative duties have not been suspended, pending court rulings.
— Xinhuanet

Patients to receive prescribed medicine at drugstores from October 1
The committee at the National Health Security Office (NHSO) will prescribe medicine for four groups of chronic patients to purchase at selected 500 pharmacies and 50 local hospitals nationwide starting October 1st, in an effort to address the issue of crowded hospital.
— NBT World (video)

Health ministry legalizes cannabis extracts for medical usage
According to the announcement in the Royal Gazette issued on August 30th, the government has removed extracts from cannabis and hemp from the list of category 5 narcotics.
— NBT World (video)

Security ties top S’pore envoy talks
Thailand and Singapore have agreed to step up security cooperation to deal with cyber security and threats from terrorists and extremists, Defence Ministry spokesman Lt Gen Kongcheep Tantravanich said.
— Bangkok Post

Bhumjaithai calls pot meet
The Bhumjaithai Party is holding a public forum on Saturday to gather public input on a bill that seeks to allow people to grow cannabis plants at home.
— Bangkok Post

Tip offs on speeding motorcyclists accepted with 3,000 baht reward
According to the Royal Thai Police (RTP), the police began to hand out cash rewards of 3,000 baht in exchange for tip-offs about illegal motorcycle races on public roads, in an effort to discourage youth from doing the illicit activity.
— NBT World (video)

PM assigns official to conduct feasibility study on building reservoirs for farming
The Prime Minister has assigned officials to conduct a feasibility study on the project to construct reservoirs for agricultural use in community areas during this week’s Cabinet meeting.
— NBT World (video)

Thai Man Dies After Deadly Combination of Durian and Alcohol
A man from Thailand died last month after mixing durian and wine together despite warnings from his friends.
— NextShark

Skimpy school uniforms now illegal in Thailand
Modifying our school uniform is a rite of passage for almost every Singaporean student.
— Asia One

Flood wall reinforced along Yom River in Sukhothai to prevent flooding
Officials and volunteers in Thailand’s lower northern province of Sukhothai were mobilized Tuesday to install more sand bags to reinforce the flood wall along the Yom River, to prevent the overflowing river from flooding the municipal area.
— Thai PBS News

Toyota prods Somkid for EV base perks
Japan-based Toyota Motor Corporation has urged Thailand to proceed on making the country a production base for electric vehicles (EVs).
— Bangkok Post

BMTA set fare reduction feasibility deadline
Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob has given Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) one month to determine whether air-conditioned bus fares can be reduced.
— Bangkok Post

18 Pro-Hong Kong Protest Students Gather in Downtown Bangkok
A handful of university students gathered to show their support for the Hong Kong protests Wednesday evening in front of a downtown arts space.
— Khaosod English

Immigration police smash alleged Chinese swindle gang
A group of 58 Chinese ‘tourists’ were arrested by Thai immigration officials for allegedly operating an illegal stock trading and foreign exchange scam at a Bangkok hotel, targeting mainly Chinese people living in China.
— Thai PBS News

Bangkok beats Paris, London as most-visited city for fourth year
Bangkok was the world’s most-visited city in 2018 for the fourth consecutive year, ahead of Paris and London, according to a ranking compiled by Mastercard Inc.
— Bangkok Post

Foreigners crying foul over the new dual pricing policy at Thai public hospitals
Thailand’s expat community is reeling after the news of Thai public hospitals given the greenlight to charge foreigners higher rates for foreigners than the locals – a classic dual-pricing policy.
— The Thaiger

Plans to streamline tourism handout
The Comptroller-General’s Department plans to streamline the registration process to attract merchants to participate in the 1,000-baht cash giveaway as well as the 15% rebate for travel to destinations outside home provinces as the participation level is below 50%.
— Bangkok Post travel

Commentary: The tricky challenges of managing Thailand’s soaring baht
BANGKOK: The Thai baht has been the best performing currency in emerging Asia since 2018.

Singaporean Man allegedly attacks Thai wife with scythe in street in Chiang Mai, released by police
Sanook reported that a 38-year-old Singaporean man attacked his 29-year-old Thai wife with a scythe in the street in Chiang Mai this week.
— The Pattaya News

Ex-media mogul Sondhi released from prison after 37 months behind bars
Former media tycoon, and ex-boss of the Manager media group Sondhi Limthongkul was today released from prison after spending three years and one month behind bars after being convicted on charges of violating securities and stock market laws.
— Thai PBS News

Thai freight train derails near the Laos border
Trains running between Bangkok and Nong Khai (the north east province on the Laos border near Vientiane), had to be detoured this morning just after 6am after a freight train became derailed near Bua Yai junction station.
— The Thaiger

‘The Cave’ to Spelunk Thai Theaters Nov. 28
A feature film about the epic rescue of 13 boys and their football coach from a Chiang Rai cave in 2018 will screen in Thai cinemas later this year.
— Khaosod English

Hotel, tourism staff on show at hospitality expo
The Dusit Thani Pattaya resort recently hosted the THA Pattaya Hospitality Show 2019, an annual event which aims to showcase the talents of those involved in the hospitality sector on the Eastern Seaboard.
— Pattaya Mail

From Homeless to Sandwich Entrepreneur: Ton’s Story
Ton Boonmee was begging on the streets for survival when a donation from a Good Samaritan changed his life – by pushing him to start his own sandwich business, “Tonbua Sandwiches.”
— Khaosod English

Online gambling den in Pattaya raided, 19 Chinese arrested
Nineteen Chinese on tourist visas have been rounded up during a raid on two rooms at the ‘CC Condo’ in Pattaya early this morning.
— The Thaiger

Sick child rushed to Bangkok hospital by a passing Grab Food motorcycle rider
A Grab Food motorcycle came to the rescue and helped a frantic mother rush her sick child to hospital yesterday.
— 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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