Thailand morning news for January 3

Thailand morning news for January 3

Thailand morning news

Road toll continues to rise as revellers return to work
The annual New Year holiday is seeing another rise in the number of deaths on the roads, although the number of accidents and injuries is down on last year, so far.
— Bangkok Post

Fewer accidents, but death toll up this year
Though the number of road accidents is lower this year compared to the ‘seven dangerous days’ last year, drunk driving and speeding remain the key contributing factors in crashes and account for most of the arrests, Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda said on Wednesday.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Latest : EC denies delay in election date
The Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday reiterated that there has been no postponement to the election day.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Pabuk due to hit southern Thailand this week
The authorities are on high alert as Tropical Storm Pabuk is on course for southern Thailand.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Prawit’s gold and Prayut’s blues
Last week, the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) in Thailand announced that its eight-person committee voted 5-3 to dismiss a probe into the luxury watch collection of the country’s number two junta leader, Prawit Wongsuwan.
— The Asean Post

Thailand manufacturing PMI improves slightly in December
Thailand’s manufacturing sector improved slightly in December thanks to growth in output and export sales, according to a survey.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

PM says he is studying policies of parties before he deciding which one to join
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today he is studying policy platforms of political parties before deciding which one he would join in the near future.
— Thai PBS World

No change in road map to election, Prayut assures
Premier dismisses suggestions to delay poll till after coronation of king; ‘EC to decide on date’
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Surat Thani ferries cancelled
Surat Thani ferry operators cancelled routes to Koh Pha-Ngan and Koh Samui as downpours and high waves triggered by Tropical Storm Pabuk are expected to hit southern Thailand until Saturday.
— The Nation
(annoying popups)

BoT signals gradual tightening
The Monetary Policy Committee expects any future policy tightening would be gradual after the central bank’s first rate hike since 2011 in December, minutes from its last policy meeting showed on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

How Thailand is using open data and AI in its justice system
In recent times stakeholders from various sectors have started becoming proactively involved in identifying ways to improve justice.
— OpenGov

Thailand: bodies ‘stuffed with concrete’ found in Mekong river
Thai officials believe that two concrete-filled bodies found on the banks of the Mekong river may be those of missing political activists.
— The Week

Authorities face tough test as tropical storm Pabuk expected to cause serious damage
THAILAND’S measures to prepare for and mitigate extreme weather conditions are facing a tough test as tropical storm makes its way toward the country.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Thai Raksa Chart party unveils economic policies
Thai Raksa Chart, a party recently formed to capitalize on young voters, has unveiled its four economic policies that emphasize application of new technology to cut costs, to increase revenues and opportunities, to speed up bureaucratic formalities and to promote creativity and innovation.
— Thai PBS World

Anupong pledges better road safety measures
The number of road fatalities is lower so far during this years New Year holidays, but drunk driving and speeding remain the key contributing factors in crashes, accounting for most of the arrests made, Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda told reporters at Government House on Wednesday.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Thailand’s decentralized national digital ID goes to testing ahead of mid-year launch
Thailand’s national digital ID service is undergoing testing and is expected to be available to the public as soon as three months from now, the Bangkok Post reports a local cybersecurity expert as saying.

Locals fear blasts will harm ecosystem
Public hearings on a project to blast islets to allow large ships to navigate along the Mekong River will be held in this northernmost border province from Thursday through Saturday amid concerns by locals about its impact on the river’s ecology and their livelihoods.
— Bangkok Post

Whale carcass found on Nakhon Si Thammarat beach
The dead whale, believed to be a bruda, the biggest species in the Gulf of Thailand, was found on the beach near the Laem Talumphuk reserve, Amphoe Pak Phanang, Nakhon Si Thammarat Province.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Government uses ˜national security” as cudgel against active citizens
POLITICAL activists and dissidents tend to be the victims of privacy violations as they are targeted by government surveillance due to so-called ‘security concerns’, say experts and right defenders.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Thailand to sell up to US$4.36 bil of govt bonds
Thailand plans to sell up to ฿141 billion (RM18 billion) of government bonds in the January-March quarter as part of debt-restructuring moves, the finance ministry said on Wednesday.

Fears grow as measles running rampant in southern Thailand
Suraiya first noticed something was wrong with her two-year-old son, Atfan Kuning, when he couldn’t eat or keep any food down.
— AlJazeera

Urgent : Angthong National Marine Park off limits for 3 days
The Angthong National Marine Park off the southern province of Surat Thani will close for three days from Thursday as a tropical storm is expected to hit the region, national park chief Piya Noonin said in a statement.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Parks department to appeal court ruling on Similan Islands
AN APPEAL will be filed against a court order suspending the ceiling on the number of tourists to Mu Ko Similan National Park between January 1 and March 31.
— The Nation

Trawler conflicts to be resolved
Labour Minister Adul Sangsingkeo has pledged to end conflicts with commercial trawlers before the country ratifies the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Work in Fishing Convention, or C188, by the end of this month.
— Bangkok Post

Defendants deny charges in bearcat hunting case
ALL DEFENDANTS in the much-publicised binturong (bearcat) hunting case, with the exception of one fugitive, denied all charges at the Kanchanaburi Provincial Court yesterday.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

HM the King sends best wishes to Thais
His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn has offered his best wishes to Thai subjects on the occasion of the New Year.
— NBT World (video)

How Thailand is affected by US-China trade conflict
Amid an escalating trade war marked by tariffs and counter-tariffs on exports, the United States and China are in the midst of a 90-day ceasefire to allow both sides to negotiate.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Coronation Committee to be formed : PM
The prime minister, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, on Wednesday will set up a committee to oversee the coronation ceremony of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn set for early May.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Teen with loaded handgun caught heading to Patong New Year countdown
Police apprehended a 17-year-old boy carrying a loaded handgun in Patong as he was heading to celebrate the New Year countdown on Monday night (Dec 31)
— The Phuket News

Not Everyone is High on Thailand’s Medical Marijuana Law
Thailand has become the first country in Southeast Asia to legalize medical marijuana, but the fine print of the legislation has left advocates of the drug’s healing potential with mixed feelings.

Proactive measures needed to cope with ageing society
THAILAND’S labour market will stagger under the weight of its growing elderly population if it does not come up with practical solutions soon.
— The Nation

Returning holidaymakers crowd Bangkok bus stations
New Year holidaymakers have begun making their way back to Bangkok, resulting in large crowds at three bus terminals in the capital.
— The Nation (annoying popups)


Dramatic rescue frees Thai ladyboy from Pusan sex trade
Authorities and Thais living in South Korea this week rescued a 20-year-old Thai ladyboy who had been lured to Pusan with a promise of work in a cabaret but was instead forced into prostitution.
— The Nation (annoying popups)


Feature photo John Le Fevre

This week’s morning news photo focuses on the death, pain, and loss that typically occurs at this time of year on Asean roads due to drunk driving, speeding, and a failure to wear protective helmets when travelling on motorbikes.


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).

Thailand morning news by AEC News Today is your one stop source for Thailand news on matters of governance and policies affecting Asean business communities. It is published M-F by AEC News Today: Governance, not government; policies not politics.


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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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