Thailand morning news for February 24

Thailand morning news for February 24
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Newly banned Thai opposition party says military government helped 1MDB cover-up
A banned Thai opposition party on Sunday accused the former military government of helping cover up Malaysia’s multi-billion-dollar 1MDB scandal, urging Thais to demand the truth ahead of a censure debate against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Number of foreign tourists down sixty percent due to COVID19, calls on domestic Thai tourists to help support country
The Minister of Tourism and Sports says that the COVID-19 outbreak has reduced the number of Chinese tourists by 90 percent and the number of foreign tourists has reduced by over 60 percent.
— The Pattaya News

Thai Health Ministry mulls listing Italy as high risk for COVID-19 infection
Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health is considering listing Italy as one of the high-risk countries for COVID-19 infection, travellers arriving from which will be screened at their port of entry into Thailand, Dr. Thanarak Plipat, deputy director-general of the Disease Control Department, told a media conference today.
— Thai PBS News

Commerce Ministry: face masks export still not allowed
The Ministry of Commerce has implemented stricter measures to prevent exporters to export face masks. Members of the public are only allowed to purchase no more than 30 pieces at a time for personal use.
— Newsline (video)

Government and Opposition ready for tomorrow’s showdown in parliament
Thailand’s Government and Opposition are combat ready for a showdown in the first censure debate in six years, which kicks off tomorrow, with opposition chief whip Suthin Klangsaeng saying Saturday…
— Thai PBS News

Thailand’s Worst-Case Plan for Coronavirus Revealed
Military field hospitals and closure of facilities like schools and prisons will be introduced if the coronavirus epidemic took a turn for the worse, a government source said Thursday.
— Khaosod English

Former deputy commerce minister and police lieutenant arrested for suspected murder
Former deputy commerce minister and police lieutenant colonel Banyin Tangpakorn was arrested this morning, along with two other people, in the central province of Nakhon Sawan.
— The Thaiger

PM orders precautionary plans to cope with Stage 3 spread of COVID-19
Thailand’s Committee for Emerging Infectious Diseases has been instructed, by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, to develop precautionary measures to cope with a Stage 3 spread of COVID-19 in the country. The instruction was issued as he chaired a meeting of the committee at Government House this morning.
— Thai PBS News

Future Forward ruling sparks flash mob at Bangkok’s Thammasat U.
The Student Union of Thailand held a brief rally at the campus of Thammasat University yesterday, to protest the Constitutional Court’s decision to dissolve the Future Forward party, strip its MPs of their status and and ban its executive committee members from politics for ten years.
— The Thaiger

Thailand to designate COVID-19 as a dangerous infectious disease
Thailand is to formally declare COVID-19 as a dangerous infectious disease because there are signs that the situation may get worse in the next two months.
— Thai PBS News

Virus crisis will ease after Songkran: Tourism minister
The Covid-19 corona virus crisis is expected to subside in the second half of the year or earlier, Tourism and Sports Minister Pipat Ratchakitprakan said on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

Airport screening to be boosted
The Ministry of Public Health is closely following the rapid outbreak of Covid-19 in Italy where 14 people were found to be infected in one day.
— Bangkok Post travel

Suspected forest arsonist nabbed with fire-setting devices
An employee of a rock crushing plant, in Mae Tha district of Thailand’s northern province of Lampang, has been taken into police custody on suspicion of starting fires in the Mae Jang forest reserve.
— Thai PBS News

AIS the first operator to launch 5G
Advanced Info Service (AIS) has launched 5G ultra-fast internet service on the 2600-megahertz range it acquired from the recent auction, saying thousands of its cell sites are compatible with the frequency band.
— Bangkok Post

Health minister attempts to allay fears over planned COVID-19 dangerous infectious disease designation
Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has asked members of the public to stay calm over the ministry’s proposal to designate COVID-19 as Thailand’s 14th dangerous infectious disease.
— Thai PBS News

Defiant Thanathorn says party would still take loan if he could turn back time
Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit said today that, if he could turn back the clock, his party would still have taken the loan and would do so openly.
— Thai PBS News

THAI cancels flights due to virus
Thai Airways International will cancel some flights to eight countries this and next months as the coronavirus outbreak has crippled air travel.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s Neighbors Denounce Court’s Opposition Party Ban
Thailand’s neighbors in Southeast Asia are condemning Bangkok for dissolving an opposition party Friday, which critics view as the latest sign democracy is in retreat in the region.

MFA takes care of Thais in COVID 19 hit countries
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has reassured that the Royal Thai Embassies and Consulates General are in touch with Thai nationals abroad, keeping them informed, and make periodic updates regarding the situation in each country back to Thailand.
— Newsline (video)

Thai health boss strongly warns against public protests or political gatherings at this critical time
Thailand’s Deputy Director of the Disease Control Department at the Ministry of Public Health, Dr Thanarak Plipat, on Saturday, warned any political protest organisers in the country off organising events or any activities that may bring large numbers of people together.

Censure debate kicks off Monday
Despite the censure debate against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and five cabinet ministers kicking off today without key speakers from the now-dissolved Future Forward Party, the session will be no less interesting, according to opposition chief whip Sutin Klungsang.
— Bangkok Post

Suphan Buri looking into dealing with sugarcane waste to reduce PM 2.5
The Department of Agriculture has piloted research into using sugarcane refuse to reduce levels of particulate matter of 2.5 microns or less (PM2.5) in Suphan Buri province.
— Newsline (video)

Ruling government party wins by-election for MP in northern Thailand
A ruling government party has won over an opposition party in Sunday’s by-election for MP in northern Thailand.
— Xinhuanet

FFP demise could swell sympathy for opposition
The disbandment of Future Forward Party (FFP), ordered by the Constitutional Court on Friday, could actually help the opposition, analysts say. It may lose a number of votes in the upcoming censure debate, but will likely gain more sympathy and even support from the public in its fight to bring down the coalition government.
— Bangkok Post

MFA gives volunteers medals for helping evacuate Thais from Wuhan
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has held a ceremony to present honorable brooches and certificates to 14 persons involved in the rescue mission of Thai nationals from Wuhan and Hubei province in China, as a token of appreciation for their devotion and personal sacrifice.
— Newsline (video)

ASEAN-Japanese Friendship Association to focus on sustainability
The ASEAN – Japanese Friendship Association for the 21st century or AJAFA-21 held a meeting on “Cooperation for Sustainability,” with the aim of creating the next generation of leaders.
— Newsline (video)

Pattaya City Expats Club presents facts on Coronavirus
The subject of the outbreak of the Coronavirus in China which is also beginning to appear in other countries, especially Thailand, has been a main subject of news media; not only in Thailand, but around the world.
— Pattaya Mail

FTI stressed Thai automotive industry still robust
The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) has reassured the Thai automotive industry is still going strong, with the latest Thai Industries Sentiment Index showing improvement after General Motors (GM) announced a cessation of Chevrolet operations in Thailand.
— Newsline (video)

Burning incense sticks for prayers can be bad for health, say Thai scientists
THE Ministry of Health in Thailand has issued repeated warnings against the burning of incense sticks and papers, because they could release health-threatening chemicals and toxic smoke.
— The Sun Daily

Government mulls strategies to combat drought
Prolonged drought is now affecting water consumption in the capital at times, prompting the government to adjust its strategies to combat the problem. Panod Srisinsuphya has more.
— Newsline (video)

AirAsia Cancels Flights to South Korea Over Covid-19 Coronavirus
Thai AirAsia has cancelled all flights to South Korea from March 6-27 due to the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.
— Chiang Rai Times

Cuba and Thailand joint venture to manufacture cancer drugs
A Cuba and Thailand joint venture will soon start manufacturing cancer drugs, the Cuban media reported this Friday.
— OnCubaNews (media release) (blog)

Commerce Ministry organizes Southern Market Show
The Ministry of Commerce is promoting products from the five southern border provinces to help local communities generate more income.
— Newsline (video)

Thai Immigration scraps TM28 requirement for foreigners to report when away from their residence for 24 hours
Thai immigration have all but scrapped the controversial TM28 change of address reporting requirement for foreigners.
— The Pattaya News

Banyin denies charges on disappearance of judge’s brother
Banyin Tangpakorn has denied two new charges pressed against him by police after the former MP for Nakhon Sawan was arrested at his house on Sunday morning.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Foreign Ministry hopes allies will respect Thai sovereignty
The Thai Foreign Ministry said today that it believes countries friendly to Thailand will respect her sovereignty and support acts which are in compliance with the Thai Constitution, just as Thailand does with members of the international community.
— Thai PBS News

Pre-cadet school saved from fire as blazes rage
Firefighters have saved the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School from a fire but their colleagues are still trying to suppress blazes in two national parks.
— Bangkok Post

Environmental group opposes erosion barrier on Phuket’s Surin Beach
Environmental academics have voiced opposition to a project, by a tambon administration organization in Phuket province, to build a beach erosion barrier on the famous Surin Beach, claiming that the project will increase, not decrease sand erosion.
— Thai PBS News

Crackdown on Claw gaming machines coming as Thai Interior Ministry officially bans them nationwide
Thailand’s Interior Ministry has officially banned arcade “Claw Crane” machines at many shopping malls, deeming them gambling tools.
— The Pattaya News

US ships arrive for Cobra Gold 2020
Ships from the US Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) have arrived in Thailand in preparation for Exercise Cobra Gold 2020.
— The Thaiger

THAI denies sales slump will force pay cuts
National carrier Thai Airways International (THAI) denies it is cutting staff salaries in light of the Covid-19 outbreak which has dented the finances of many airlines.
— Bangkok Post

Ex-NIA deputy chief accuses US embassy of interference in Thailand’s internal affairs
Thailand’s former National Intelligence Agency deputy director Nanthiwat Samart has accused the US embassy in Bangkok of interfering in Thailand’s domestic affairs over the Constitutional Court’s decision on Friday to dissolve the Future Forward party and to ban its executive committee from politics for ten years.
— Thai PBS News

Defiant Thanathorn vows to carry on to reach their unmet objectives
Former Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit has vowed to carry on reaching for the party’s unfinished objectives, to stop the junta from prolonging its stay in power, to reform the military and to amend the current Constitution among others, through the setting up of the Khana Anakhot Mai (Future Forward group).
— Thai PBS News

Shopping mall gold shop robbery suspect pleads guilty to all nine charges
The school director, who shot dead three people, including a 2-year old boy, during a gold shop robbery at the Robinson shopping mall in Lop Buri province on January 9th, has pleaded guilty to all charges filed against him by the public prosecutors.
— Thai PBS News

CRC shares end lower on debut
The share price of SET-listed Central Retail Corporation Plc (CRC) ended in the red on the first day of trading Thailand’s largest-ever market capitalisation equity on Thursday, amid sentiments blighted by the Covid-19 epidemic.
— Bangkok Post

Thai, Chinese Ministers Meet to Discuss Coronavirus Challenges
China and Thailand pledged here on Wednesday to cooperate in their joint fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.
— Khaosod English

2 dead, 18 injured in Nakhon Si Thammarat bus crash
Two people have been killed and 18 more inured in a bus crash today in the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat. Police say the bus overturned after sliding backward while ascending a steep hill in Khanom district, killing two passengers and injuring 18.
— The Thaiger

89 year old grandmother hurt by falling coconut branch
An 89 year old grandmother working as a food vendor at Chon Buri province’s Bangsaen Beach, near Pattaya, was injured around 10:30 this morning by a falling branch from a coconut tree.
— The Thaiger

Top 10 dos and don’ts for the 2020 Songkran festival
Heading to Thailand for the 2020 Songkran festival? Want to know the dates, where to go and the dos and don’ts for this amazing water festival in Thailand?
— The Thaiger

Pregnant woman injured, boy killed as fire-damaged tree collapses on their truck
A boy is dead and a pregnant woman seriously injured after a roadside tree broke and fell on their pickup truck in the western province of Kanchanaburi yesterday.
— The Thaiger

Opinion: Trust Thai Army’s “Reform” at Your Own Peril
When someone wants an organization to be treated as sacred, it’s often because they want it to be above criticism, accepting neither scrutiny nor accountability.
— Khaosod English

Sattahip welcomes US Military as USS Green Bay arrives for Cobra Gold exercises
Sattahip -Sattahip naval base in Chonburi has welcomed 800 soldiers on the USS Green Bay for Cobra Gold military exercises this afternoon.
— The Pattaya News

How media shape Thais’ understanding of Middle East
With limited access to news and information from media in the Arab world, Thai people’s understanding and perception of the situation in the Middle East is often shaped by what they hear from western media.ThaiPBS World talks to Prof. Dr. Jaran Maluleem, a Middle East specialist at the Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University, for his views on the issue.
— Thai PBS News

US embassy, Amnesty International oppose dissolution of Future Forward party
The US embassy in Bangkok has expressed concern that the Constitutional Court’s decision on Friday, to dissolve the Future Forward party, risks disenfranchising more than six million Thai voters who voted for the party in the March 24th 2019 general election.
— Thai PBS News

Opinion: 8 Tips for A Saner Digital Diet in These Viral Times
A virus riding on another virus. That is how the ‘infodemic’ is raging in online spaces around the outbreak of the novel coronavirus called COVID-19, which has been on just about everyone’s radar since late January 2020.
— Khaosod English

FPO: Prime city plot iffy for farm tax rate
An empty plot of prime Bangkok real estate on Ratchadaphisek Road, recently turned into a lime farm to avoid the highest land and buildings tax bracket, is likely subject to the tax rate for vacant land, says the chief of the Fiscal Policy Office (FPO).
— Bangkok Post

Future Forward Dissolution May Backfire on Regime: US Scholar
Thailand’s Constitutional Court on Friday ordered the popular opposition Future Forward Party dissolved, declaring that it violated election law by accepting a loan from its leader.
— Khaosod English

Twitter User Arrested, Jailed for ‘Insulting Monarchy’
Police earlier this week arrested and charged a Twitter user for posting negative content about the monarchy, a rights lawyer group said Friday.
— Khaosod English

Student hurt in fall from mall escalator
A 12-year-old schoolboy was seriously injured when he fell from a third-floor escalator while reaching for his dropped mobile phone at CentralWorld shopping complex in Bangkok’s Ratchaprasong area on Thursday afternoon.
— Bangkok Post

TISI up on virus protection sales
Thai Industries Sentiment Index (TISI) in January increased slightly to 92.2 points from 91.7 in December, thanks to massive sales of products for the virus protection, says the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).
— Bangkok Post

Law Criminalizing Abortion is Unconstitutional, Top Court Rules
Reproductive rights activists on Thursday welcomed a ruling by the Constitutional Court that struck down a decades-old ban on abortion, on the grounds that it contradicts the country’s highest law.
— Khaosod English



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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.

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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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