Thailand morning news for September 9

Thailand morning news for September 9

Thailand morning news

Thailand dangles 50% tax cut for manufacturers fleeing China
Thailand announced a package of incentives Friday, including a 50% tax cut, for companies to relocate production to the slowing Southeast Asian economy from China amid the Sino-American trade war.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Lao activist latest asylum-seeker to go missing in Thailand: right groups
A political activist from Laos who fled to Thailand has gone missing after seeking refugee status with the United Nations, the latest in a series of disappearances of refugees and asylum-seekers in the region, rights groups said on Friday.
— Reuters

Leading Thai retailers to stop handing out plastics
Giant retailers, plastic manufacturing titans, and department stores reached an agreement on Friday (Sept 6) to stop handing out single-use plastic bags to customers starting early next year.
— The Phuket News

Lawmakers state they will introduce draft bill to grow up to six marijuana plants at home this week in Thailand
The Bhumjaithai Party has insisted it would submit a draft bill to the House this week to allow people to grow six marijuana plants at home.
— The Pattaya News

Thailand holds Anti Corruption Day event, Privy Councillor says government and Prime Minister serious about ending corruption
Thailand has held an International Anti-Corruption Day event earlier last week, encouraging all people in Thailand to fight against corruption. The opening ceremony was presided over by by Privy Councillor Gen Paiboon Khumchaya.
— The Pattaya News

Wildfire haze from Indonesia covers lower South
Wildfire haze from Indonesia is covering the lower South of Thailand. Motorists and seafarers have to exercise extra caution because of the reduced visibility.

Royal Rainmakers called in to replenish Phuket reservoirs
The Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation has approved a two month long rainmaking effort to replenish Phuket’s main reservoirs ahead of the coming high – and dry – season.
— The Phuket News

Flooding continues in Northeast Thailand, Roi Et and Ubon Ratchathani hit especially hard
A large number of households and farming areas in the Northeastern Thai province of Roi-et are now flooded after concrete barriers in Nong Hin Village of Panomprai District were torn down by strong currents, the Thai-language daily Thai Rath reported yesterday (Sept 7, 2019).
— The Pattaya News

7 provinces warned of rise in Chao Phraya dam discharge
People in seven provinces in the Chao Phraya river basin have been advised to monitor water levels as more water will be released through the Chao Phraya dam in Chai Nat province, an official said on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

US-China trade war: Supply chains affected in Thailand
For countries like Thailand, its largest export market is China.
— Aljazeera

DPM Prawit visits Khon Kaen to supply necessities to storm victims
Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan today visited the northeastern province of Khon Kaen to hand out necessities to victims of tropical storm Podul, that hit the region last week.

Week-long water outages to affect areas of Patong, Karon
The Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) has announced that the mains water supply will be shut off in parts of Patong and Karon from Monday (Sept 9) to Tuesday (Sept 14) in the following week.
— The Phuket News

Thailand Trailing Far Behind In Company Digitisation: UN Report
Thailand appears as a laggard in company digitization globally despite its widely-announced aim to expand its digital ec9onomy under the Thailand 4.0 campaign, the Digital Economy Report 2019 released by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) shows.
— Investvine

The Red Drum: from the killing of Thanom-era Communist suspects to Billy, and the culture of impunity
On 3 September 2019, the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) held a press conference on the progress in the investigation into the disappearance of Porlajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen, an environmental activist and community rights defender from the Pong Luk Bang Kloy Karen community, who disappeared mysteriously on 17 April 2014.
— Prachatai English

GDP growth seeks port in a storm
With tropical storms bringing downpours across Thailand, many are left wondering if the torrential rains and dark clouds augur forthcoming economic woes, shattering hopes of a rebound.
— Bangkok Post

Dems tout ‘potential’ candidates
Former Bangkok governor, Apirak Kosayodhin, and Muang Thai Insurance’s chief executive and president Nualphan Lamsam have “good potential” to represent the Democrat Party in the race for Bangkok’s governorship, said the party’s deputy leader Ong-art Klampaibul yesterday.
— Bangkok Post

Government downplays fears on economy
The government has moved to ally fears about the state of the economy, insisting the country is not in recession.
— Bangkok Post

Kang calls for TM30 immigration review
In an interview with the Bangkok Post, chairman of the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Thailand (JFCCT) Stanley Kang called for the government to review the enforcement of the draconian TM30 immigration reporting regulation for expatriates, overseas students and foreign retirees, citing a slew of negative impacts not only on those affected but also on investment from abroad and the country’s image.
— Bangkok Post

Mega sales counted on to break lull in spending
Brands are gravitating towards e-commerce platforms to boost sales amid the economic slowdown and capitalising on e-marketplaces as they rev up grand sale events to attract customers.
— Bangkok Post

Ministry postpones levy on foreign visitors
The Tourism and Sports Ministry has decided to delay plans to collect a tourism levy from foreign visitors.
— Bangkok Post

Govt gets tough on plot squatters
The Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry has toughened its stance towards encroachment of Sor Por Kor land, ordering the Agricultural Land Reform Office (Alro) to re-examine to examine the eligibility of the plots’ occupants.
— Bangkok Post

TAT tries to boost weekday trips to counter traffic
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is encouraging Thais to take more trips between Monday and Thursday as a way to boost weekday tourism to make up 14% of all domestic tourism, or 23.8 million trips out of 170 million domestic trips taken this year.
— Bangkok Post

House set to debate Suvarnabhumi T2
The controversial plan to build a second terminal for Suvarnabhumi airport at a location northeast of the existing main terminal is expected to be among the first issues taken up for debate by the House’s standing committee on transport when it meets later this week, according to the New Palang Dharma Party (NPDP).
— Bangkok Post

VAT gradually falling short of 2019 target
The Revenue Department estimates that value-added tax (VAT) collection will fall short of the target for this fiscal year because of waning domestic consumption and the stronger baht, and the shortfall could extend to next year if the situation remains unchanged.
— Bangkok Post

Digital Economy Ministry working to have Thai fake news centre up and running by November 1st
The Thai Minister of the Digital Economy is working to pull together its framework for the operation of the new fake news centre expected to be in place by November 1st.
— Thai

Plan for additional landline digit strays
The government’s plan to add one digit to all nine-digit fixed-line telephone numbers nationwide by 2021 is at risk of faltering as state telecom enterprise TOT struggles to acquire a budget of 1 billion baht to develop a transmission system to facilitate the change.
— Bangkok Post

Narongpan tipped to replace Apirat as army chief
The military reshuffle has been announced, spelling out what is believed to be a line of succession for the top job in the army.
— Bangkok Post

‘191 police’ targets narcotics scourge
Learning from a recent series of drug crackdowns carried out in several communities of Bangkok, the Patrol and Special Operation Division, better known as the 191 police, have realised that demand for narcotics is still high in many places.
— Bangkok Post

Luxury cars on auction road
The Customs Department plans to continue with auctioning 4,000 seized luxury cars next year after the process was halted following the Land Transport Department’s refusal to register the vehicles.
— Bangkok Post

FPT studies oil pipeline into Myanmar
Fuel Pipeline Transportation (FPT) plans to conduct a feasibility study to extend an oil pipeline to Myanmar to capture dynamic oil demand.
— Bangkok Post

Justice Minister to discuss transnational drug trafficking in Vietnam
The Justice Minister, Somsak Thepsuthin, is to attend a meeting in Vietnam to strengthen cooperation on transnational issues, including the disruption of drug smuggling.

TAT to highlight sustainability Best Practices in Amazing Thailand Road Show to Nordic and Baltic Countries
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) highlighted examples of sustainability best practices being undertaken by the tourism industry nationwide at its Amazing Thailand Road Show in Nordic and Baltic countries during 1-5 September, 2019.
— TAT News

Norway’s Telenor and Malaysia’s Axiata pull plug on Asian telecom tie-up
Telenor (TEL.OL) and Malaysia’s Axiata Group (AXIA.KL) have ended talks to create a telecoms joint venture with nearly 300 million customers across South Asia and Southeast Asia in a blow to the Norwegian group’s growth strategy and shares.
— Reuters

Forum on potential groundwater resources
Water reserves like groundwater are important for schools and communities in remote areas. The Department of Groundwater Resources continually organizes development projects and provides information on the development of groundwater resources that have potential for consumption.

Drug route shifts from Thailand to Vietnam: minister
Traffickers are now transporting drugs through Vietnam instead of Thailand, through which it has become more difficult to deliver drugs to third countries, Justice Minister Somsak Thepsutin said on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

School life in Thailand: abuse, torture, hazing, deadly gang wars are rife
Kollawach Doklumjiak was on his way back from school in Bangkok when several teenagers wielding knives set upon him.
— South China Morning Post

2019 National ASEAN Photography Contest
The Public Relations Department of Thailand and the Royal Photographic Society of Thailand have organized a photography exhibition for the winners of the National ASEAN 2019 Photography Contest, which was held this year on the occasion of Thailand assuming the ASEAN Chairmanship for 2019.
— NBT World (video)

Phuket’s Katathani resort land investigated amid The Peaks Residences condo row
Amnuay Pinsuwan of the Phuket Provincial Land Office yesterday (Sept 6) revealed that his office is investigating the land on which the Katathani Phuket Beach Resort is located at Kata Noi, on Phuket’s west coast.
— The Phuket News



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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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