Thailand morning news for May 9

Thailand morning news for May 9

Thailand morning news

Prayuth poised to secure another term following Thai election results
An army-backed party needs only a small number of allies to get enough votes to allow coup leader Prayut Chan-o-cha to cling to power, according to final election results released late Wednesday that were immediately challenged by anti-junta..
— Coconuts (paywall)

Court says party-list seat calculation is constitutional
In news unlikely to shock anyone, the Constitutional Court has ruled unanimously that Article 128 of the MP Election Act, regarding the calculation of the 150 party-list seat allocation, is constitutional.
— The Thaiger

Appeals court upholds 50-year jail term for ex-TAT governor Juthamas
Thailand’s Appeals Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases has upheld the 50-year prison term imposed on former Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) governor Mrs. Juthamas Siriwan, who was found guilty…
— Thai PBS News

Thai election results show no clear winner but junta party favored
Long-delayed results of Thailand’s first election since a 2014 military coup released on Wednesday produced no clear winner but gave a pro-army party a clear advantage in its bid to install the current junta leader as an elected prime minister.
— Reuters

Pheu Thai cries foul over EC’s endorsement of 149 party-list MPs
Immediately after the Election Commission (EC) approved a list of 149 party-list MPs today, the pro-Thaksin Pheu Thai party announced that it would explore all possible legal channels to take…
— Thai PBS News

HM King Donates 2.4 Billion Baht to Hospitals
His Majesty the King on Tuesday donated 2.4 billion baht to 27 public hospitals to purchase new medical equipment.
— Khaosod English

Five former PAD leaders to be freed this Friday
Former Bangkok governor Maj-Gen Chamlong Srimuang and four other co-leaders of the now inactive People’s Alliance for Democracy political group will be among the first of 100 prisoners to be…
— Thai PBS News

Poll: Thais show willingness to swap privacy for perks
Thais are more willing to share their personal data in exchange for special privileges like cheaper loans, lower insurance premiums and personalised service relative to their global peers, according to Accenture.
— Bangkok Post

Bank of Thailand holds key rate at 1.75%, as expected
The Bank of Thailand on Wednesday held its benchmark interest rate unchanged for a third straight meeting, as widely expected, saying monetary policy remained accommodative while risks to financial stability remained.
— Bangkok Post

Malaysia respects Thailand’s decision on Kra Canal project
The Malaysian government will respect Thailand’s decision if the kingdom wants to go ahead with the Kra Canal project, the Dewan Negara was told today.
— New Straits Times

Student loan funds to be given to students in 10 targeted industries
The Ministry of Finance and Student Loan Fund are providing loans for students at Bachelor and Vocational levels who graduate in the fields which are most in demand by 10 targeted industries and three major infrastructure developments.
— NNT

Italian men, both 70, still behind bars pending trial for fishing in national park
Two Italian men, both 70 years old, have spent the past three weeks in detention cells at Phang Nga Provincial Court while still waiting for formal charges to be brought against them for fishing in a national park.
— The Phuket News

Jailed Activist ‘Pai Dao Din’ to be Freed Friday
A student activist imprisoned for royal defamation will be released on Friday, May 10, his father said.
— Khaosod English

Maya Bay to remain closed till mid-2021
The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation decided on Wednesday to extend the closure of world-famous Maya Bay for another two years. It is now due to reopen in the middle of 2021.
— Bangkok Post

Ministry: US-China squabbles hurt
Thailand lost an estimated US$780 million worth of export revenue from the ongoing trade spat between the US and China in the 12 months ending on March 31, says the top Commerce Ministry official.
— Bangkok Post

Week of Vietnamese goods in Thailand slated for September
A “Week of Vietnamese Goods in Thailand” will be held in from September 18-22 at Central World, Bangkok’s biggest shopping mall.
— Nhan Dan Online

Undersea trail set to open soon
The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation is nearly ready to open an underwater trail, said to be the first of its kind in the country, at Mu Ko Chumphon National Park in the South.
— Bangkok Post

The Election Commission awards 27 parties with seats in the new parliament
The Thai PM warms up for the next round of musical chairs in the new Parliament “Someone has moved the goal posts and changed the soccer ball to a golf ball.”
— The Thaiger

Debt Clinic ready to cure thousands
The Bank of Thailand expects tens of thousands of debtors who have defaulted to join its Debt Clinic, a scheme that pools unsecured bad loans owed to multiple creditors, covering 19 non-bank companies.
— Bangkok Post

EXIM Thailand seeks representative office in Việt Nam
The Export – Import Bank of Thailand (EXIM Thailand) is seeking the State Bank of Việt Nam (SBV)’s support to establish its first representative office in Việt Nam.
— Viet Nam News

DDC warns of syphilis upswing
The rate of syphilis infection among Thai teens and young adults is rising at an alarming rate, says the Department of Disease Control (DDC).
— Bangkok Post

Warning for boats going to sea off Phuket
The Phuket Marine Office has made another official announcement today for boats that will remain in force until May 10.
— The Thaiger

Taboola hangs shingle in Bangkok
Taboola, a leading startup for connecting users with recommended articles and advertisements, has chosen Bangkok as its hub for Asia-Pacific because of its international talent and government support,…
— Bangkok Post

GITSDA reports on water situation
During the dry season, GISTDA has issued a report on the situation at small water sources and farm areas using satellite images, serving as initial analysis for other agencies related to water management.
— NNT

Pöyry to work in one of the biggest wind farm projects in Thailand
The 260 MW Hanuman Wind Farm Project owned by the Energy Absolute Public Company Limited (EA), the largest renewable energy company in the SET, chose Pöyry as its engineering provider to contribute engineering services for the WTG erection and commissioning of the wind farms.
— Scandasia

Amended Securities Act Paves Way For STOs in Thailand
Under the act amended by Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the coverage scope for scripless transactions – in which only book entries represent the security holding and settlement, and no physical certificate is issued or exchanged – has expanded to cover the primary market for all types of securities
— coinlaw

THAI Smile hopes restructuring will close yawning losses
THAI Smile Airways’ chairman of the board is confident the airline’s performance will improve after a restructuring plan aimed at cutting costs and boosting efficiency.
— Bangkok Post

Maya Bay closed for at least another two years
Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi Ley, closed last June to allow coral restoration and beach recovery, will now remain closed to visitors for at least another two years.
— The Thaiger

Thai banks on 156 billion baht spending spree for recovery
“He hoped the airline could be profitable again in mid-2020.” Thai Airways International is seeking cabinet approval to buy or lease 38 new planes at an estimated cost of 156 billion baht.
— The Thaiger

Thailand adopts carbon tax for motorcycles
A new emissions tax for motorcycles was endorsed by the interim cabinet yesterday.
— Coconuts (paywall)

ICAO Ready To Launch Follow-up Audit of Thailand
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) plans to launch a follow-up safety audit of Thailand next week on a number of previously identified safety concerns, according to a source familiar with the project who spoke with AIN on condition of anonymity.
— AINonline

Medicinal mushroom newly reported from Thailand helps reveal optimum growth conditions
A species of globally recognised medicinal mushroom was recorded for the first time in Thailand.
— Phys.org

Pheu Thai govt hope on ropes
The Pheu Thai-led alliance’s hope of forming a coalition government look dashed after the Election Commission (EC) endorsed 149 party-list MPs yesterday, which effectively reduced the number of seats garnered by the bloc to 245.
— Bangkok Post

Royalists Find Future Forward’s Lack of Coronation Pic Disturbing
Ultra-royalists accused a progressive party on Wednesday of disrespecting the monarchy because it did not change its Facebook cover photo to mark His Majesty the King’s coronation.
— Khaosod English

From coups to crises: where next for Thailand?
After a coup, a new constitution and a controversial election, Thailand’s political future remains as uncertain as ever.
— New Mandala

Ministry speeds up palm oil plan
The Energy Ministry is speeding up a plan to purchase a new block of 200,000 tonnes of crude palm oil after the cabinet acknowledged the measure on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Farmers prepare for Royal Ploughing Ceremony
As the royal plowing ceremony is scheduled for Thursday at Sanam Luang, farmers in the provinces have prepared to sow rice seedlings on this auspicious day.
— NNT

Global Thailand Fixed Broadband Market Oppurtunity Analysis, Competitor Landscape, Growth, Trends & Forecast 2017-2022
Global Thailand Fixed Broadband Market report provides pin-point analysis for changing competitive dynamics through comprehensive Estimation of the key market dynamics.
— TechZiffy

Suchart ready to deal to unruly MPs
Key Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) MP Suchart Tancharoen is ready to deal with possible glitches in a parliamentary session to vote for a new prime minister if he is nominated by his party to become a House speaker.
— Bangkok Post

15 car convoy arrested in Songkhla for petrol smuggling
Soldiers and customs officials have stopped and searched 15 vehicles heading north from Malaysia into Thailand smuggling petrol and diesel.
— The Thaiger

Gaur attack strikes fear into Buri Ram villagers
Residents of a village are living in fear after their colleague was seriously injured by a gaur attack while he was searching for food near a wildlife reserve area.
— Bangkok Post

Cabinet approves 0.01% fees for transfer, mortgage
The cabinet has approved cutting both housing transfer and mortgage fees to 0.01% for 12 months, aiming to spur buying after critics said the previous measure to offer tax deductions of up to 200,000 baht for buyers of homes and condos worth up to 5 million baht would have a minimal impact on the …
— Bangkok Post

Tham Luang caves to be properly explored and mapped
Local and foreign cave experts have been mapping the Tham Luang-Khunnam Nang Non cave, in the Mae Sai district in Chiang Rai, to create the first detailed map of the cave complex.
— The Thaiger

Bus driver fined for quarrel with girlfriend while working
A bus driver has been fined 10,000 baht for leaving his seat to have a few words with his argumentative girlfriend, much to the consternation of his passengers.
— Bangkok Post

Telemedicine, walk-in clinics cloud role of family doctor
Lisa Love hasn’t seen her doctor of 25 years since she discovered telemedicine. Love tried virtual visits last summer for help with a skin irritation and returned for another minor problem.
— Pattaya Mail

Top 3 Locations in Bangkok to invest for a lifetime stay
Considering the fact that Bangkok is a booming hub of business, it is a smart move to invest in a condominium purchase within this city. Though, there are a variety of factors to weigh in before spending your savings into real estate.
— Bangkok Post

 

 

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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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