Thailand morning news for February 12

Thailand morning news for February 12
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Thailand refuses entry to cruise ship amid coronavirus concerns
Thailand has barred passengers from Holland America’s cruise ship MS Westerdam from disembarking, its health minister said on Tuesday (Feb 11), the latest country to turn it away amid fears of the coronavirus despite no confirmed infections on board.

Chinese tourist from Wuhan confirmed Thailand’s 33rd coronavirus case
Chinese tourist from Wuhan confirmed Thailand’s 33rd coronavirus case Thailand’s Disease Control Department (DCD) today announced an additional coronavirus case, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Thailand to 33.
— Thai PBS News

PRISON LOCKDOWN Coronavirus UK: ‘Drug-dealing kingpin’ extradited from Thailand at centre of suspected outbreak at high-security jail
AN alleged drug-dealing kingpin is at the centre of a suspected corona-virus outbreak at a high-security jail.
— The Sun

Thai army chief tearfully apologises for mass shooting by soldier
Thailand’s army chief apologised on Tuesday for a rogue soldier, whose 19-hour shooting rampage killed 29 people and wounded 57 over the weekend, stunning the country.

Prayut government faces first censure debate
The Prayut government has been in office for only seven months but is already facing its biggest political trial. It will be subject to a no-confidence debate by the opposition on Feb 24-26.
— Thai PBS News

Army Chief Vows to Hear Grievances, Refuse to Quit Over Mass Shooting
Following a mass shooting by a disgruntled soldier who killed 30 people, army commander-in-chief Apirat Kongsompong on Tuesday said a communication channel will be set up to hear complaints from troopers who feel they are mistreated.
— Khaosod English

NBTC recommends guidelines for reports on violent crimes
The Secretary-General of the Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has urged broadcasters to observe guidelines on the reporting of violent extremism as outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO), following the mass shooting in Nakhon Ratchasima last weekend.

Pheu Thai party to boycott new debate and vote on budget bill
The opposition Pheu Thai party will not vote or participate in the debate on the budget bill when it is resubmitted to the House of Representatives for deliberation in the second and third readings on Thursday.
— Thai PBS News

Future Forward’s fate to be decided Feb 21
The fate of Future Forward Party will be decided on February 21 when the Constitutional Court rules whether it broke the law by accepting the 190 million baht loans from its leader Thanathorn Jungroongruangkit.
— Thai PBS News

Mitsubishi’s exports down 3.9% in 2019
Mitsubishi Motors Thailand exported 332,700 vehicles last year, a 3.9% drop, the company said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

PM orders all ministries reporting Khorat shooting victims compensation plans
The Prime Minister has ordered all ministries to report their aid compensation plans for victims of the mass shooting in Khorat in the Cabinet meeting tomorrow, while the Department of Mental Health has prepared a four-stage plan for victims.

New Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce head outlines policies
The new President of the Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Narongsak Puttapornmongkol, is promoting a policy supporting joint investment, connecting the Belt and Road Initiative and the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).

Thailand to provide humanitarian aid to stranded Westerdam cruise ship, but will still not allow passengers in country
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that the Government will provide humanitarian aid to Holland America’s Westerdam cruise ship, after it was refused permission to dock at Laem Chabang deep-sea port by Thailand’s Ministry of Transport.
— The Pattaya News

Rural road safety push could slash death toll, says minister
The Interior Ministry has asked local administrators to come up with more effective measures to prevent road accidents during the annual Songkran festival.
— Bangkok Post

21 provinces fall victim to drought
Twenty-one provinces in the North, Northeast and central region have been declared drought-hit areas, Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation director-general, Monton Sudprasert, said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

E-commerce tasked with mask control
Leading e-commerce platforms such as Shopee, JD Central and Lazada are being asked to control overpriced face masks, a move aimed at dealing with the shortage.
— Bangkok Post

MP Pareena must return land Wednesday
The Agricultural Land Reform Office (Alro) on Tuesday ordered Palang Pracharath MP Pareena Kraikupt to hand over her 682-rai chicken farm in Ratchaburi’s Chom Bueng district, which is on Sor Por Kor land, on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Donations top 700,000 USD to assist victims of Thailand’s mass shooting
Cash donations and funds raised to assist victims of Thailand’s weekend mass shooting have reached up to 23 million baht (735,764 U.S. dollars), said Nakhon Ratchasima governor Wichian Chantharanothai, on Tuesday.
— Xinhuanet

Bangkok, northern region air quality remains poor
Residents of the northern and northeastern regions will feel a cooler period, as forecast by the Meteorological Department.
— Newsline (video)

Facebook’s ‘double-edged sword’ in Thai carnage
Facebook celebrity doctor Parkphum Dejhutsadin said his phone suddenly started pinging on Saturday – scores of his two million followers in Thailand were desperate and they needed his help.
— Manila Bulletin

Cambodia’s exports to Thailand increase by 195% in 2019
Latest data from the Ministry of Commerce shows that from January to December last year, Cambodia exported some US$2.27 billion worth of products to Thailand, up 195 percent compared to a year earlier.
— Khmer Times

TAT promotes Thailand as a Sports Tourism destination for the Japanese market
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) held a press conference in Tokyo, Japan, yesterday (Feb 10) to promote Sports Tourism in Thailand as a world-class international sports destination that can be visited all-year round.
— The Phuket News

Motorists urged to fight air pollution by maintaining their vehicles
The Pollution Control Department (PCD) is encouraging motorists — particularly those owning vehicles that are older than 10 years — to perform maintenance regularly, in order to reduce air pollution.
— Newsline (video)

Army chief: Rogue shooter ‘no soldier’
Army chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong has apologised for a soldier’s murderous rampage on Saturday, and said the gunman was no longer a soldier from the moment he first pulled the trigger.
— Bangkok Post

State vows geographical indication for every province
The government is committed to developing and promoting geographical indication (GI) products in every province this year to generate income for communities.
— Bangkok Post

Commerce minister- Coronavirus should not affect Thai fruit export to China
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce Jurin Laksanawisit has indicated that the export of fruit to China has been on hold due to Chinese New Year holidays — not because of the new coronavirus — and speculated that the export should resume as normal starting from today (Feb 10th).
— Newsline (video)

Death penalty upheld for rape-attack schoolgirl killer
The Supreme Court yesterday upheld a death sentence handed down to a village head in Kamalasai district who fatally injured an 18-year-old girl in 2015 while attempting to rape her.
— Bangkok Post

Speedboat deaths spark safety push
The Transport Ministry has ordered the Harbour Department to tighten safety measures after a speedboat collision in a Phuket canal killed two Russian children and injured 19 Russian tourists on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Deliveries from China to Thailand delayed due to coronavirus outbreak
Thai e-commerce and logistics operators said the ongoing coronavirus outbreak has hampered parcel deliveries from China, and they are working to ensure access and rein in the prices of disease-prevention accessories such as face masks and hand sanitiser.
— Vietnamplus

Cabinet gives nod to new anti-dust law
The cabinet has approved a draft ministerial law on construction as it steps up efforts to reduce harmful levels of ultra-fine particles of dust.
— Bangkok Post

FFP can only call 4 witnesses to testify
It is not within the power of the Future Forward Party (FFP) to have all its witnesses defend the party in its loan trial in the Constitutional Court, according to party secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul.
— Bangkok Post

13 Year-old Boy Killed after Being Shot in the Head with Homemade Gun
A 13-year-old boy died after being shot in the head by a 12 year-old boy with a home-made gun in northeastern Thailand.
— Chiang Rai Times

MRC proves Xayaburi Hydroelectric Power Plant is not causing drought in the Mekong
Dr Anoulak Kittikhoun, Chief Strategy and Partership Officer of the Mekong River Commission (MRC), recentlybrought a group of 50 people including representatives of MRC member countries
— Bangkok Post

Cambodian Workers in Thailand Blast Hun Sen Over Stance on EU Trade Status
Cambodian migrant workers in Thailand criticized Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday for not trying to maintain a trade scheme giving the country tariff-free access to European Union markets, a day before an expected decision by the EU on whether it will withdraw the privileges.

SEZ, EEC perks get cabinet nod
The cabinet yesterday approved additional tax measures to boost private investment in 10 special economic zones (SEZs) and the flagship Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).
— Bangkok Post

Mice slump prompts rescue funding
The government has earmarked emergency relief for domestic Mice (meetings, incentives, conferences, exhibitions) after the international segment declined by almost 50% because of the coronavirus outbreak.
— Bangkok Post

International seafood buyers urge Thailand to stand strong on fisheries reforms
Several retailers and buyers sourcing seafood from Thailand have called on the Southeast Asian nation to preserve major regulations in the fisheries sector amidst fears that recently-made reforms may be rolled back.
— SeafoodSource

Obec warns on admission ‘tea money’
The Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec) has vowed to ensure transparency in this year’s admission of students to primary and secondary schools nationwide.
— Bangkok Post

Four new Constitutional Court judges voted in by Senate
Four new Constitutional Court judges were selected by the Senate yesterday, according to a source in the Senate.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand sweeps PH in 2020 Badminton Asia Team Championships opener
Thailand asserted its mastery of the Philippines with a 5-match sweep in the women’s tournament while India completed a rout of Kazakhstan on the men’s side, 4-1, to open the 2020 Badminton Asia Manila Team Championships group phase action, Tuesday, February 11, at Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
— Rappler

TV crisis code in works
A code of conduct for TV channels covering crisis situations will be drafted over the next three weeks, according to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), after coverage of the weekend’s mass shooting in Nakhon Ratchasima was criticised for hampering the police.
— Bangkok Post

Law easing prohibition on kratom tipped for June
Legal amendments to ease the prohibition on kratom leaves are likely to be wrapped up by June, according to a sub-committee studying the issue.
— Bangkok Post

Mass-shooting pranksters face harsher penalties
Digital Economy and Society Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta said harsher penalties will be imposed on online pranksters who exploit events such as Saturday’s mass shooting to spark panic among the public.
— Bangkok Post

Victims to get additional aid
The cabinet has set up a special committee to follow up on additional aid for victims of the recent mass shooting in Nakhon Ratchasima, government spokesperson Narumon Pinyosinwat said.
— Bangkok Post

Aid but no harbour for unwanted liner
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will give humanitarian help to the Dutch-flagged MS Westerdam cruise ship, with over 2,000 passengers and crew aboard, but remains firm in his decision not to allow the ship to dock in Thailand as part of strict measures against novel coronavirus.
— Bangkok Post

Missing CCTVs trigger Pattani alert
Police and military teams are investigating the disappearance of security cameras from four locations in Thung Yang Daeng district of Pattani in the deep South.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s ‘crowdfunding bonds’ startup PeerPower raises pre-Series A funding from InVent, BOL
Bangkok-based PeerPower, a digital financing platform connecting business owners and investors, announced today it has received an undisclosed sum in pre-Series A round from InVent, the venture capital arm of Intouch Holdings.
— e27

Terminal 21 Korat to reopen on February 13 with ceremony and blessing of monks
A Nakhon Ratchasima shopping centre that was the scene of a mass shooting over the last weekend, resulting in 30 deaths and 58 injured, is scheduled to reopen on Thursday (February 13).
— The Pattaya News

Unidentified foreign man found floating in Pattaya Bay with large rock tied to his neck
An unidentified heavyset foreign man was found floating in Pattaya Bay this afternoon with an 8 kilogram rock tied to his neck.
— The Pattaya News

[Updated] Thai travel tech startup Tourkrub to raise US$5M in Series B funding to support regional expansion plan
Thailand-based travel tech startup Tourkrub, which acts as an online travel agent for tour packages, is raising a US$5 million Series B funding round.
— e27

Army chief admits shooting spree reflects poor treatment of army rank-and-file
Army Commander-in-Chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong confirmed this morning that a failed land deal prompted army man Sergeant Major Jakrapanth Thomma to go on a shooting rampage that killed 30 people before he was shot dead by security forces while being holed up in a major shopping mall in Nakhon Ratchasima on Sunday morning.
— Thai PBS News

Warning issued over PTSD risks
Victims of Saturday’s mass shooting in Nakhon Ratchasima must talk through their feelings with professionals as well as other survivors to deal with the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) they are likely to suffer, a seminar was told yesterday.
— Bangkok Post

Free hostel boon for poor visiting relatives
Wat Ammarinthararam Worawihan, a temple next door to Siriraj Hospital, is once again offering free accommodation to poor people whose relatives are undergoing treatment at the hospital.
— Bangkok Post

Social media, health advocates team up
With the spread of the coronavirus comes the parallel spread of misinformation, leaving big social media sites scrambling to keep the fake news off their platforms.
— Bangkok Post

Korat Terminal 21 bomb threat turns out to be bullets
An EOD bomb disposal unit rushed to Terminal 21 in Nakhon Ratchasima, the scene of a recent mass shooting incident, after police were notified that a “bomb” was found on the underground floor today (February 11).
— The Pattaya News

Prisoner due for release flees prison
An investigation has been launched after a prisoner due to be released at the end of this month escaped from Klong Prem Central Prison in Bangkok on Tuesday morning.
— Bangkok Post

Korat Massacre – Did police use a drone to find the gunman?
A story from Germany’s Deutsche Welle news agency today reveals how tactical police were able to use a drone to trackdown the 32 year old gunman to a storage room at the back of a supermarket (scroll through to 1.30 in the YouTube story below to watch the drone footage).
— The Thaiger

Opinion: Thai-Chinese Ties Shine in Battles Against Coronavirus
As a friendly neighbor and a partner of comprehensive strategic cooperation, Thailand has given strong support and sincere assistance to China.
— Khaosod English

Korat gunman owned 5 guns bought under army welfare program
Jakrapanth Thomma, the gunman who shot 30 people dead during a rampage in Nakhon Ratchasima over the weekend, owned five legally-registered guns, including three pistols, one shotgun and a rifle, which were all bought under the Army’s “welfare gun” program, Army Commander-in-Chief General Apirat Kongsompong told a news conference this morning (Tuesday).
— Thai PBS News

Slain policemen honoured in Royal ceremony
The two policemen who died ending the shooting rampage in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima were honourably received in a royally sponsored bathing ceremony in Bangkok yesterday.
— The Thaiger

Investor confidence at 4-year low
Investor confidence for the three months through April plummets into a bearish territory for the first time in four years, dragged by concerns over dejected tourism outlook and geopolitical tensions.
— Bangkok Post

Land mine severs man’s foot in Phrae
A man in the northern province of Phrae had his foot blown off by a land mine yesterday morning while cutting bamboo. Police say the incident occurred at about 8am in a community forest.
— The Thaiger


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This week’s Thailand morning news feature photo focuses on the Nakhon Ratchasima city mass shooting on February 8.


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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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