Thailand morning news for May 20

Thailand morning news for May 20
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Thai anger unabated, banned politician says, 10 years after army crackdown
Thailand marked the 10th anniversary of a bloody army crackdown on protesters on Tuesday, with a banned opposition politician saying anger was unabated, especially after last year’s disputed election that kept a coup leader in power.

Final Bailout Plan to Strip Thai Airways of State Enterprise
PM Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday said he approved a final bailout plan for the debt-ridden flag carrier to a bankruptcy court – a process that could see the government relinquishing its majority in Thai Airway shares.
— Khaosod English

Thais Score Highest in Survey for Mask-Wearing
A survey found that Thais are most likely to wear facemasks in public and use hand sanitizer among six ASEAN members.
— Khaosod English

Two new COVID-19 cases reported in Thailand
Thailand recorded two new COVID-19 infections today and no new fatalities. Cumulative cases in the country, to date, are 3,033, with 2,857 recoveries and 56 deaths.
— Thai PBS News

University lecturers suspended over sexual assault allegations
Two Isaan university lecturers have been suspended following sexual assault allegations. The 47 year old male lecturer was accused of sexually abusing his own children – a 9 year old girl and a 7 year old boy, allegedly on several occasions.
— The Thaiger

Commercial banks’ NPLs hit 9-year high at end of March
Local commercial banks’ non-performing loans (NPLs) climbed to a nine-year high at 3.05% of loans outstanding at the end of March, with consumer bad loans outpacing commercial NPLs for the first time in four years.
— Bangkok Post

15 candidate administrators of THAI rehabilitation plan nominated by Transport Ministry
The Transport Ministry has nominated 15 candidates for administrator, of the rehabilitation plan for ailing Thai Airways International, to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha for consideration.
— Thai PBS News

AIA Thailand presents “7th AIA Sharing A Life”
AIA Thailand presents “7th AIA Sharing A Life” giving 12,000 kindness survival bags to 12 provinces for people affected by COVID-19
— Bangkok Post

Bangkok red-shirt protest crackdown May 20, 2010 photo special
Photographs on this page were taken during the Royal Thai Army and Royal Thai Air Force assault on the anti-government red-shirt protest in Bangkok on May 20, 2010.
— photo-journ’s newsblog

Senior Golden Mount monks get suspended jail for B10m fraud
The Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases on Tuesday handed down suspended prison terms for two former assistant abbots of the Temple of the Golden Mount in a 10-million-baht budget embezzlement case.
— Bangkok Post

Competition Commission warns food delivery companies over unfair practices
The Office of Trade Competition Commission says it’s keeping an eye on the practices of food delivery companies to ensure restaurants that are currently unable to serve food on their premises are not being ripped off.
— The Thaiger

2010 Crackdown: Red Leader Says Justice Will Never be Delivered
Redshirt leaders held a religious ceremony at a temple on Tuesday marking the 10th anniversary of a military crackdown against their supporters, which left about 90 people dead.
— Khaosod English

e-learning leaves many students locked out of new school term
Many Thai children, with no smartphone or internet to access online classes, find themselves unable to begin their new school term and participate in the online learning.
— The Thaiger

COVID-19 strands 3 Nigerians at Suvarnabhumi airport for 2 months
Like a rerun of “The Terminal”, a 2004 American comedy-drama film starring Tom Hanks based on the true story of an Iranian refugee stuck at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport.
— Thai PBS News

International flights stay grounded
Thai Airways International on Monday confirmed it will further suspend international routes following the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand’s announcement prolonging its ban on inbound and outbound commercial flights until at least June 30.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand stores anti-viral drugs in case of second wave of COVID-19 outbreak
Thailand’s Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) said in a press briefing on Tuesday that it is currently stockpiling about 400,000 doses of anti-viral drug Favipiravir, in case a second wave of COVID-19 outbreak erupts.
— Xinhuanet

Emergency Decree Depends on Current Situation
The government has reiterated that the emergency decree is being imposed to protect the population from the deadly disease, and not for the government’s benefit.
— Newsline (video)

Storms alert for most of Thailand
The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has issued storm alerts for Bangkok and 62 provinces, warning of heavy rain and strong winds until Thursday triggered by tropical cyclone Amphan in the Bay of Bengal.
— Bangkok Post

Government: business operators need to comply with COVID-19 prevention measures
The Deputy Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has reminded business operators to comply with the regulations imposed by the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
— Newsline (video)

Post-outbreak equity opportunities on the horizon
Although the Covid-19 pandemic has ravaged a lot of businesses, some have reaped gains from the global outbreak, with investment opportunities presenting themselves in the post-outbreak period, says an investment veteran.
— Bangkok Post

Group kicks up fuss over job losses
A group of subcontracted workers on Monday called on the government to intervene over unfair termination of their employment during the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand No 1 exporter of computers, components in Asean
Thai exports of computers and components in the first quarter of 2020 rose to nearly US$4 billion (Bt128 billion), placing it at the top among Asean nations, said Department of Trade Negotiations director-general Auramon Supthaweethum.
— The Star Online

Packaging, technology and water: Three key areas of focus for Thai food firms to survive COVID-19
Food and beverage companies have been advised to concentrate on packaging, technology and water use to help maintain production during and thrive after the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, in the wake of a near 5% drop in exports.
— Foodnavigator-asia

First day of online classes poses some issues for parents
Parents have expressed their concern over the drawback of teaching children via the Distance Learning Television (DLTV) which debuted on Monday (May 18th).
— Newsline (video)

Protesters under lockdown delay hearing on Songkhla mega project
Public hearings on an industrial mega project in the southern province of Songkhla have been postponed after locals and activists – led by a 17-year-old – warned that a nationwide coronavirus lockdown could see the plans approved with little scrutiny.
— Bangkok Post

Customers urged to use “Thai Chana” app
As more businesses reopen following the easing of restrictions in the country, shops and malls see big turnouts of people.
— Newsline (video)

Watchdog urges relief loan scrutiny
The Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand (ACT) has called on the government to set up an independent committee to audit the spending of the 1-trillion-baht relief programme to ensure transparency and prevent graft.
— Bangkok Post

Public continues to offer hope through ‘Pantries of Sharing’
Since the initiation of the ‘Pantries of Sharing’ or food bank project, despite mixed outcomes and opinions, the project continues to grow and has spread to more parts of the country; lets have a look at the details from this report.
— Newsline (video)

BAAC warns of SMS fraud
Meanwhile, the Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) is cautioning farmers against ill-intention people, who are looking to exploit them by citing the government’s assistance scheme that provides farmers with 5,000 baht payments for three months.
— Newsline (video)

Top virologist warns school reopening must not be a political decision
The right timing for the opening of the first school semester of this year should not be a political decision, but should be based on scientific reasoning, with the physical and mental health of the students being taken into consideration, said Thailand’s leading virologist Dr. Yong Poovorawan.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand raises alarm over bogus recruitment as online scams rise
Thailand is struggling to tackle a rise in online recruitment scams promising jobs abroad that never materialise, with many appearing on Facebook, a senior official said on Tuesday (May 19).

Post-Covid teachers wanted
The Education Ministry will offer jobs to 10,000 assistant teachers to man smaller classrooms post-Covid-19 lockdown as classes are to be split.
— Bangkok Post

Thanathorn: Anger unabated 10 years on
Thailand marked the 10th anniversary of a bloody army crackdown on protesters on Tuesday, with a banned opposition politician saying anger was unabated, especially after last year’s disputed election that kept a coup leader in power.
— Bangkok Post

Krispy Kreme Fires Man Who Posts About Rama IX
Thai netizens on Tuesday called for a boycott on an American doughnut chain after one of its employees was reportedly sacked over his critical remarks about the monarchy.
— Khaosod English

A look into Khon Kaen city’s coronavirus shutdown
Barred from returning to the US, photographer Chris Beale found himself in Khon Kaen in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s a look into what the city looked like during the shutdown.
— Isaan Record

Thai GPO to produce anti-viral Favipiravir next year
Thailand is expected to be able to produce the anti-viral drug, Favipiravir, early next year, Mrs. Nanthakarn Suwanpidokkul, a special specialist attached to the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO), said today.
— Thai PBS News

Internal trade boss cleared of face-mask hoarding, back at work
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has signed an order for Whichai Phochanakij to return to work as director-general of the Department of Internal Trade (DTI) after he was cleared of any corrupt practices involving the reported hoarding of face masks during the Covid-19 crisis, an informed source said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Temple Where 6 Killed by Army is Shut on Anniversary
The temple in downtown Bangkok where soldiers gunned down six people was closed on the 10th anniversary of the deadly crackdown.
— Khaosod English

Panel wants 20 rai to commercialise hemp
A House subcommittee on kanchong, or hemp, is moving forward with its proposal to allocate 20 rai of land to farmers nationwide to commercialise the plants.
— Bangkok Post

Thai stocks hit 10-week high amid regional rise on vaccine hopes
Southeast Asian stock markets gained on Tuesday, with Thailand hitting its highest level in more than two months, as investors cheered positive data from an early-stage study testing a coronavirus vaccine.
— Bangkok Post

Phase 4 of relaxations may come sooner according to CCSA
The government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration reported today that pubs, bars and entertainment facilities would be permitted to reopen in the coming weeks if the regular count of new Covid-19 cases remains in single digits.
— The Thaiger

Highway number 7 from Pattaya to Map Ta Phut opens this Friday
According to the Thai Highways Department, the long awaited extended section of the Motorway Number 7 from Pattaya to Map Ta Phut will open up this Friday and will be accessible free of charge to users until the end of August.
— The Thaiger

Mother leaves newborn in north east forest after giving birth
A newborn baby was found in an Isaan forest recently. Thai news reports say that the baby was covered in blood with the umbilical cord still attached.
— The Thaiger

Hotelier Minor plans B25bn funding in pandemic-hit market
Thailand’s Minor International Plc, which operates brands such as Marriott and Four Seasons, plans to raise a total of 25 billion baht through perpetual bonds, a rights issue and 3-year warrants.
— Bangkok Post

Movie Productions Restart, Though Love Scene is Banned
Thailand’s Ministry of Culture said Monday that it has given the go ahead for movie and video producers to start rolling, however all must refrain from fight and love scenes and any physical contacts to stem the COVID-19 outbreak.
— 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.

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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