Thailand morning news for June 2

Thailand morning news for June 2
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11 dead, 14,000 ill as rainy season worsens dengue fever outbreak in northeast
The onset of Thailand’s rainy season has worsened a nationwide outbreak of dengue fever, which has already killed 11 people and sickened some 14,000, the director-general of the Department of Disease Control announced today.
— The Thaiger

Mass resignation of executive committee of ruling Palang Pracharat party
Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana and Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong have lost their posts, as party leader and secretary-general of the ruling Palang Pracharat party respectively, effective today after 18 members of the executive committee quit en masse.
— Thai PBS News

Bank of Thailand ready to curb recent baht strength
The Bank of Thailand said it’s concerned about a recent rapid appreciation in the currency and added it’s ready to take steps to curb a climb that could imperil an already fragile economy.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand announces one new confirmed imported case of the Covid-19 Coronavirus
The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, or CCSA in Bangkok reported one new additional confirmed case of the virus in Thailand this morning at a daily press conference.
— The Pattaya News

July Songkran celebrations a possibility
Thai people may, belatedly, be able to celebrate the traditional Thai New Year, or Songkran, in July if the third phase of the easing of lockdown restrictions this month goes smoothly.
— Thai PBS News

Farmers told to hand back toxic chemicals
Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Mananya Thaiset on Monday warned farmers to return their stocks of herbicide paraquat and pesticide chlorpyrifos within 90 days now that the ban on the two chemicals is in effect.
— Bangkok Post

Pattaya Law Enforcement warns that mandatory mask wearing in public rule in Chonburi remains in effect and not to let guard down
Pattaya City Law Enforcement warned through its social media channels today that the mandatory mask rule passed in April as part of the local orders by the Chonburi Communicable Disease Control Committee remain in effect.
— The Pattaya News

Police Seeking Arrest of Suspects for Quarantine Hotel Bribery
Police on Monday said they will summon a man who allegedly demanded commission fees off the top of state quarantine contracts from hotels selected for the program.
— Khaosod English

Remembrances of Red Trauma (17) – Killings in the capital, impossible to unremember
“It’s no small thing. If you know that people died at the hands of the state, if you know they were shot with bullets paid for with our taxes, it’s quite a different matter than being shot by a common robber,” says Dueanwad Phimwana, author and S.E.A. Write Award winner of 2003. [VIDEO]
— Isaan Record

People head for movies, massage
People took in a movie and enjoyed foot massages in a welcome return on Monday to some pampering and popular pastimes as coronavirus restrictions further eased and new infection numbers remained low.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand races to create coronavirus vaccine, eyes possible medical tourism boost
Momentum is building behind Thailand’s push to create its own coronavirus vaccine, with more manpower and resources dedicated to the effort amid hopes it could boost medical tourism.

1,000 Cambodian traders protest over border closure
SA KAEO: About 1,000 Cambodian traders have picketed at the Thai-Cambodian checkpoint in Ban Khlong Luek in Aranyaprathet district to protest against the prolonged border closure.
— Bangkok Post

Coronavirus Returnees Ordered to Give Up DNA Samples
Civil rights activists on Monday protested the authorities’ collecting of DNA samples from Thai nationals who returned from overseas without their consent.
— Khaosod English

Budget Bureau gives nod to further B100bn in borrowing
The government is able to borrow an additional 100 billion baht to offset a budget deficit if state revenue collection for fiscal 2021 misses its target, says the Budget Bureau.
— Bangkok Post

251 stranded Thais, 20 feverish, fly home from London
A total of 251 Thai citizens stranded in the United Kingdom by Covid-19 arrived home on a flight from London yesterday afternoon.
— Bangkok Post

Bank of Thailand worried as baht continues upward streak, vows ‘extra measures’
The Bank of Thailand (BOT) is concerned about a swift baht appreciation in the past two weeks and promised to impose extra measures to address short-term inflows just as the currency rose again today (June 1).

Petition lodged over acquittal of ‘Oak’ Shinawatra
The New Palangdharma Party on Monday petitioned the Central Administrative Court over the Office of Attorney General’s (OAG) decision not to appeal the lower court’s acquittal of Panthongtae “Oak” Shinawatra, son of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, in connection with a money-laundering case linked with the Krungthai Bank (KTB) loan scandal.
— Bangkok Post

Commerce Ministry confirms growing farm product exports
Welcome back to Newsline. The level of Thai farm product exports during the COVID-19 pandemic has been rising, with sellers now focusing on online platforms to help boost their sales, says the Minister of Commerce; meanwhile Thai durian topped global exports in January to April, generating some 24 billion baht revenue.
— Newsline (video)

COVID-19: Thailand’s Looming Second Wave
Health experts warn that Thailand is vulnerable to a second wave of COVID-19 infections due to neglect of the country’s massive migrant labor sector. Migrant workers often live in squalid, cramped conditions without adequate sanitation and poor access to medical care.
— The Diplomat

Thai Lion Air plans July flights
Thai Lion Air readies to resume international flights during the first week of July when Thailand lifts the ban on airline travel.
— TTR Weekly

Thailand’s Islamic bank doubles branches; Cambodia gets takaful option
Islamic finance is making further foray in non-Muslim countries in Southeast Asia.
— Gulf Times

Prawit tipped to take PPRP helm
All eyes are on Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon who is expected to be nominated to become the new leader of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) following the resignation of 18 members of the party’s executive committee amid speculation of ongoing internal conflict among factions within the party.
— Bangkok Post

As Lockdowns Ease in Thailand Road Accident Deaths Return
As Thailand eases lockdowns country wide from the covid-19 pandemic more people are hitting the roads, which also means accidents.
— Chiang Rai Times

Pandemic exposes flaws in food supply
While anti-Covid-19 measures have been relaxed in Thailand, it is undeniable that many in the country still have to face the grim reality of an unprecedented economic slump brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. One way of preventing the massive layoffs from turning into a disaster is by building networks to bolster food security.
— Bangkok Post

Thais drop guard as fears ease
As the number of new Covid-19 infections in Thailand has fallen and the third phase of lockdown easing begins today, some people have begun to let their guard down by ignoring social-distancing and public-health warnings, experts say.
— Bangkok Post

COVID team denies spammers exploiting ‘Thailand Wins’ tracker
A 60-year-old woman back from Russia became the latest returnee to be diagnosed with COVID-19 as health officials promoted the new smartphone app version of their nationwide (health) surveillance program.
— Coconuts Bangkok

FTI sounds alarm on auto industry
The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) has issued a dire warning to the government, saying the state must provide substantial assistance to the automotive sector and related supply chains or the sector risks collapse.
— Bangkok Post

COVID-19 Side Effects: More pets abandoned at temples
Growing poverty has forced many to abandon their pets at temples in their hundreds, especially during these difficult times amid the pandemic.
— Newsline (video)

Pigs perish in Buri Ram fire
A fire at a large piggery in Nang Rong district on Sunday night killed at least 100 pigs.
— Bangkok Post

Investors see opportunities after good COVID-19 response by Thai government
Effective measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Thailand have raised confidence among investors, who are now looking to expand their investments in Thailand, particularly in high-tech industries.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand’s governors told to monitor curfew breakers, parties at hotels, pool villas
Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda and senior officials of the Interior Ministry had a video conference with all provincial governors to discuss health measures related to the third phase of business and activity resumption.
— Pattaya Mail

Culture of rape
A recent rape case in Mukdahan province shocked the entire nation when it was brought to light that two underage female students were raped by five teachers and two school alumni.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand rises in Cloud Readiness Index
Thailand jumped one spot to ninth in the Cloud Readiness Index (CRI), thanks to improvement in international connectivity, data centre risk and privacy parameters, according to the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA).
— Bangkok Post

Hotels in Thailand advised to offer promotions in June, July to attract customers
Hotels across Thailand are expected to restart this month, though in low numbers, as bookings were not high enough, Thai Hotels Association (THA) president Suphawan Thanomkiatphum said, urging them to offer promotions.

Recruitment for the position of Bank of Thailand Governor
The Selection Committee for Governor of the Bank of Thailand announces the recruitment of candidates to be nominated for the position of Governor of the Bank of Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

No service charge for water payments through CenPay starting 1 June 2020
The Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) is reducing the impact of COVID-19 by launching a no service charge campaign for PWA customers across the country, including when making water payments through CenPay, from 1-30 June 2020.
— Bangkok Post

Quarantine hampers Phuket hotels’ plans
The 14-day quarantine remains an obstacle for hotels in Phuket despite the provincial governor allowing them to resume services this month, while hoteliers in Koh Samui are hopeful for last-minute bookings after lockdown easing reached the third phase.
— Bangkok Post

Thai stocks close highest since March 6
The Stock Exchange of Thailand index and other Southeast Asian markets rose on Monday after US President Donald Trump left the trade deal with China intact despite escalating tensions over Hong Kong’s autonomy, with signs of a gradual recovery in the Chinese economy also helping sentiment.
— Bangkok Post

Black water pours into the Gulf of Thailand right next to Pattaya’s Walking Street – VIDEO
ust when you thought it was safe to go back into the water… some disgusting black water gushing back onto the Pattaya foreshore.
— The Thaiger

Thais seek sun and surf as officials reopen some beaches
People returned to some of Thailand’s famed sandy beaches Monday (Jun 1), keeping well apart but enjoying the outdoors, as authorities eased some COVID-19 restrictions for the first time in more than two months.

Power struggle within Pheu Thai sign of Thaksin’s grip weakening?
On-going moves to form new political parties by key individuals within the Pheu Thai Party and its offshoot, the now-defunct Thai Raksa Chart, only prove one thing – the rifts inside the top opposition party may be too deep to heal.
— Thai PBS News

U turn in Pattaya called dangerous by authorities closed…again…after two teenagers killed over the weekend
The Pattaya City Mayor has ordered to close a local U-turn again after two teenagers were killed in Pattaya over the weekend.
— The Pattaya News

List of businesses still closed in Chonburi under Thai Government orders to help prevent the spread of Covid-19
Bangkok- The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, or CCSA, in Bangkok gave complete guidelines for Phase Three of an estimated four phase process last week, releasing several more businesses and attractions, effective today.
— The Pattaya News

Thais Mock 158,000 Baht Gucci ‘Granny Wear’ Dress
Need to make a trip to the temple to make merit, or a walk down the Gucci runway? One outfit’s got you covered for both – for 158,000 baht.
— Khaosod English

25 arrested after police raid online gambling base in Mae Sot
Police arrested 25 people involved in online gambling after a raid Saturday night at a house in Mae Sot, Northern Thailand, right on the Burmese border. Police also confiscated equipment used for the online gaming
— The Thaiger

Thais Caught in U.S. Unrest Over Police Brutality
A Thai restaurant in the U.S. city of Los Angeles was looted Sunday local time as protests and unrest raged across the country, the owner said.
— Khaosod English

Thailand News Today – Monday, June 1
Sometimes you cross all the T’s and dot all the I’s and it’s still not enough to satisfy the paper-pushers, especially at this disruptive time in Thailand, and everywhere else.
— The Thaiger



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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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