Thailand morning news for July 9

Thailand morning news for July 9

Thailand morning news

DCD says first wave of COVID-19 pandemic in Thailand has ended
The first wave of the COVID-19 outbreak in Thailand has come to an end, after the country has not seen a case of local, or community infection for 44 consecutive…
— Thai PBS News

Volunteer ranger shot dead in Yala
Police report that a volunteer ranger has been shot dead by a gunman on a motorcycle in the Raman district of the southern border province of Yala this morning.
— The Thaiger

Somkid warns of economic storm ahead
Efforts to control the spread of coronavirus disease in the first half of 2020 will result in an economic storm in the second half of the year that the country must survive to ensure a better future, Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Thai cabinet approves $3.2 bln plan for reviving virus-hit economy
Thailand’s cabinet on Wednesday approved a budget of up to 100 billion baht ($3.2 billion) for projects aimed at reviving an economy hit by the coronavirus outbreak, the prime minister said.
— Reuters

AirAsia’s future in doubt due to virus
Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia’s future is in significant doubt due to the collapse in demand for air travel caused by coronavirus, its auditor has warned.
— Bangkok Post

No fear of infection as 9 million people in Thailand use public transport during long weekend
Thailand’s Transport Ministry reported on Wednesday (July 8) that more than 9 million people had taken public transport during the July 4-7 long weekend.
— Inquirer.net

Thai economy has until October to rebound or bad debts will begin to weigh heavily on the banks
A leading Thai bank economist has predicted that October will be a key month of reckoning for Thailand in what he described as a bigger setback to the kingdom’s economy than the 1997 Asian Financial crisis.
— Thaiexaminer.com

BoT minutes: Financial system vulnerable as pandemic hits economy
Thailand’s financial system had become more vulnerable due to a weaker-than-expected economic outlook amid the coronavirus outbreak, minutes from the latest central bank policy meeting showed on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand seals border to block illegal migrant workers in Coronavirus control
The chief of defense forces has ordered subordinates to seal off the border on the concern that illegal migrant workers could bring in the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— Pattaya Mail

Face masks in surplus, ministry says
Thailand has more than enough medical face masks after several factories were set up, a trade official says.
— Bangkok Post

Bank of Thailand Open to More Policy Easing in Pandemic
The Bank of Thailand (BoT) on Monday said that it has not shut the door to further monetary policy easing, after cutting the key rate three times this year to a record low of 0.5 percent to help support the Thai economy impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Khaosod English

Two new COVID-19 infections recorded in Thailand
Thailand recorded two new COVID-19 cases today, both Thais returning from abroad and in state quarantine, but no new fatalities. CCSA assistant spokesperson Dr. Panprapha Yongtrakul said that one is…
— Thai PBS News

Government says they need to buy new weapons for the armed forces
The government said on Wednesday that a budget has to be set aside to buy new weapons for the military because 80 per cent of the existing ones are getting old.
— Thai Enquirer

Thai Cabinet backs Bill allowing same-sex unions
Thailand’s Cabinet approved a civil partnership Bill on Wednesday (Jul 8) that would recognise same-sex unions with almost the same legal rights as married couples, in one of the most liberal moves yet for a largely conservative nation known for its tolerance.
— CNA

New protocol on fruit to China signed
The cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal to sign a protocol on quarantine and inspection of exported and imported fruit via a third country between Thailand and China, aiming to increase bilateral fruit shipments.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand ‘Milo’ Switches to Durable Paper Straws
The manufacturer of popular chocolate malt product “Milo” in Thailand said on Wednesday it ditched plastic straws in favor of a paper-based alternative, which the company said is more eco-friendly.
— Khaosod English

Millions of meth pills, tonnes of marijuana seized in 3 major drug hauls
In what is becoming an increasingly common story, police have announced the seizure of millions of methamphetamine pills (ya ba) and more than 2 tonnes of marijuana, among other types of illicit drugs, in 3 major anti-drug operations last week.
— The Thaiger

Students protest the reinstatement of prostration at a prominent school in Bangkok
High school students from Bodindecha (Sing Singhaseni) School are challenging the act of prostration and are demanding an end its practice, student leaders told Thai Enquirer.
— Thai Enquirer

Thailand Post introducing “smart” technology
Thailand Post says it is switching to “smart” mailboxes in an effort to make the state enterprise more hi-tech.
— The Thaiger

Students gather to protest against emergency decree
In a move to display civil disobedience, members of the Student Union of Thailand gathered outside Bangkok’s Pathumwan Police Station on Wednesday (July 8) to protest against the government-imposed emergency decree.
— The Nation

Push for total Thai ban on wildlife trade
Activists campaigning against wildlife crime say Thailand could be a global leader in stopping pandemics by further cracking down on and ceasing to be a gateway for the illegal wildlife trade.
— Bangkok Post

Govt defends allocation for ordnance in national budget as ‘necessary’
The government has justified the proposed expenditure on ordnance in the national budget, after the opposition criticised the allocation saying it should be utilised for economic purposes.
— The Nation

Thailand: Former Patients Fight Stigma
The number of new daily COVID-19cases in Thailand has mostly been in single digits for over two months now.
— NHK World (video)

Water supply in EEC to be augmented with more reservoirs
Water reservoirs will be built in seven Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) projects to increase rainwater saving capability in the area and help in the desalination process of sea water, the Office of National Water Resource (ONWR) said.
— The Nation

TAT predicts 80% plunge in arrivals
A new forecast by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) says the number of foreign tourists this year may plunge 80% to 8.2 million as revenue slides to 396 billion baht, with international air traffic regaining just 10% of the pre-pandemic schedule.
— Bangkok Post

Thaicom-CAT tie-up for CLMV
SET-listed Thaicom says a joint venture it recently formed with CAT Telecom would serve as a hub for low earth orbit (LEO) satellite service in the Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV) market, catering to demand for high-speed internet via 5G tech and innovative applications.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Deep South: Army Holding Woman for Questioning Over Deadly Raid
A human rights activist in the Thai Deep South called on the military Wednesday to release a woman who has been held for questioning since July 3 because she owns a house where a soldier and a suspected rebel were killed during a raid by security forces last week.
— Benar News

Suthep confident his party will receive labor minister’s post after reshuffle
Founder of the Action Coalition for Thailand (ACT) Party, Suthep Thaugsuban, has expressed confidence that the party will be able to claim the Labor Ministerial post, following the resignation of Mom Ratchawongse Jatumongkol Sonakul.
— Newsline (video)

Bank of Thailand seeks outside picks for chief as deadline nears
Thailand has cast a wider net in its search for a new central bank governor who can lead Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy out of the COVID-19 crisis, with incumbent Veerathai Santiprabhob’s term is set to expire at the end of September.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

June hits 30-month trading high for stocks
Average trading value per day in Thailand’s two stock indices saw a 27.8% year-on-year rise in June, a 30-month high, as retail investors returned to capture capital gains from lower share valuation because of the pandemic.
— Bangkok Post

Otop products to now be sold online
The Department of Industrial Promotion (DIP) has launched a project to put One Tambon One Product (Otop) items online.
— The Nation

Democrat Party plans to meet more people and help address problems
The Democrat party leader has resolved to reach out to more local communities, in order to help them address their burdens, following the local “SUPER POLL” indicated that the party received the most popular vote.
— Newsline (video)

MCOT ‘not insolvent’ as cash shrinks
State-owned broadcaster MCOT is going through a liquidity crunch but is not insolvent, says a source at the Finance Ministry who requested anonymity.
— Bangkok Post

Central Hatyai to shut its doors from August 24
Central Hatyai department store located on Sanehanusorn Road in Songkhla province will be closed from August 24 onwards to modify its business operations, Central Department Store Co Ltd, a subsidiary of Central Retail Corporation Pcl, said on Wednesday (July 8).
— The Nation

Confidence remains stuck in neutral until September
Investor confidence for the three months to September remains in neutral territory as concerns over second-quarter earnings at listed companies offset hopes of an economic recovery.
— Bangkok Post

No US base in Thailand: Apirat
Army chief Apirat Kongsompong has denied the US is looking to set up a military base on Thai soil.
— Bangkok Post

Commerce Ministry to invite EU ambassadors to visit coconut farms
Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit insisted that the country’s industrial sector does not use monkeys to harvest coconuts, in response to supermarkets in Britain and the U.S. removing Thai coconut products from their shelves amid allegations that mistreated monkeys were being used to pick coconuts in Thailand.
— Newsline (video)

All-night rain floods North’s main artery
A key road linking the provinces of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai was flooded early Wednesday (July 8) due to overnight rain, though provincial administration officials insisted they would be able to clear the road by noon.
— The Nation

Dr. Warong cites possibility in forming own party
former MP of the Democrat Party and the Action Coalition for Thailand Party Dr. Warong Dechgitvigrom has revealed that he might establish his own political party, but vowed to continue to work in the political arena.
— Newsline (video)

Applications for new Thai passport to be accepted from today
The new version of the Thai passport will be available from July 8 onwards at passport offices nationwide, the Department of Consular Affairs announced on Tuesday (July 7).
— The Nation

PETA Tries to Cancel Culture Thailand’s Coconut Picking Monkeys
As the cancel culture becomes rampant in the US, animal rights protection group PETA has been accused of double standards and cultural racism.
— Chiang Rai Times

Land sales fall 3.9% while investors away
Land sales at 61 industrial estates nationwide saw a year-on-year decline of 3.9% during the past nine months, mainly due to difficulties foreign investors face entering the country and an economic slowdown amid the pandemic, says the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT).
— Bangkok Post

Thailand focuses tax measures to prevent unemployment, business closures
The COVID-19 pandemic has ground the world economy to a halt, affecting employment, agriculture and exports.
— Pattaya Mail

Govt urged to solve ‘monkey-picked coconuts’ row urgently
Worried about English supermarkets refusing to stock Thai coconut milk, Kriangsak Thepphadungporn, managing director of Ampol Food Processing, a leading agri-product manufacturer and exporter, said the government should clarify the situation before the issue escalates.
— The Nation

Anutin shrugs off public criticism for not wearing mask at US independence day party
Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul laughed off questions from reporters about not wearing a mask while participating in the US independence day party.
— The Nation

Japan to maintain production base in Thailand
The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) assured Japan would not relocate its production from Thailand, said Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak who expected economic recovery after the third quarter of this year.
— Pattaya Mail

Krabi villagers cash in on swept-in trash
Villagers in Krabi province made the most of the plastic trash that was swept into the Ban Koh Kwang Beach by strong waves – they sold it.
— The Nation

Thailand needs to do more to support older people from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
About 12 million people in Thailand, almost 1 in 5, are aged 60 or over, more than half of them are women.
— Reliefweb

Legal kratom edges closer
Proposed legislation that would remove kratom from the list of narcotics has taken a step closer to being tabled before parliament, the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand, New Zealand in bubble talks
The Industry Ministry has discussed working with New Zealand on what it calls an “industry bubble” with the aim to share knowledge, technology and innovations for the agriculture sector in support of farmers from both nations.
— Bangkok Post

Why seat belt law fails to bring safety
Kill This Love, the hit music video by the South Korean girl band BLACKPINK took the world by storm last year, yet it was banned from airing on South Korean television because some of the video images break the country’s seat belt law.
— Bangkok Post

The Thai Government clarifies exact steps to currently enter Thailand for foreigners
The Public Relations Division of the Thai Government released a chart, seen above, that outlined the steps to currently enter the country as of July 8, 2020.
— The Pattaya News

Thanathorn returns to House as advisor to budget committee
Leading opposition figure Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit was selected on Wednesday as one of the advisors to a vetting committee to scrutinise the budget bill before it returns to Parliament.
— Bangkok Post

Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand confirms travel bubble proposal “on hold” until further notice
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, or CAAT, confirmed to associated press today that a plan for “travel bubbles” in which tourists could potentially enter Thailand from low-risk nations without strict quarantines and other measures is “on hold” for the time being.
— The Pattaya News

New-look 10-year passport
A revamped passport was launched on Wednesday, with a plan to increase its validity for up to 10 years from next month.
— Bangkok Post

900 million budget for MotoGP gets Cabinet nod
The Cabinet today gave the green light (pun intended) to the Tourism and Sports Ministry’s proposal to earmark 900 million baht for MotoGP race from 2021-2025.
— The Thaiger

Straight Outta Bangkok: What It’s Like to be a Nigerian Rapper in Thailand
On his way to film a rap music video, Junior was inexplicably stopped by the BTS guard – who did not stop anyone else.
— Khaosod English

House meeting on reform fails for lack of interest
The lower house meeting on national reform came to an abrupt end on Wednesday due to the lack of a quorum of MPs.
— Bangkok Post

Woman found dead by vehicle with a charcoal cooker inside in Banglamung, believed to be death by suicide
A young woman was found dead near a parked vehicle with a charcoal cooker inside of it on Soi Khao Maikaew this morning.
— The Pattaya News

HealthMin Sorry for Flouting His Virus Mask Rule at Party
Health minister Anutin Charnvirakul apologized Wednesday for a photo in which he is seen ignoring his own advice on wearing face masks during the coronavirus pandemic.
— Khaosod English

‘Art Exhibit’ Hits Back at Censorship, Abductions of Dissidents
In “Conflicted Visions Again,” six artists are gathered to give one message: urging the viewers to question the state of freedom in Thailand.
— Khaosod English

First post-Covid flight from China lands in Bangkok
The first charter flight from China to Thailand has landed in Bangkok, after Thailand partially lifted its 3 month ban on foreign arrivals on July 1.
— The Thaiger

Man arrested for repeatedly raping stepdaughter in Nakhon Si Thammarat
Police in southern Thailand have arrested a 38 year old man and charged him with the repeated rape of his young stepdaughter, along with illegal drug use.
— The Thaiger

Holiday exodus sees 1.42 million travel for fun, family over long weekend
Thailand put COVID-19 in the rear-view mirror as millions hit the road over the long weekend to crowd tourist attractions and temples throughout the country.
— Coconuts Thailand

Cabinet signs off on adding adoption, marriage to Thai civil unions
Marriage rights for same-sex couples will be expanded under legal amendments approved by the cabinet today, but would still fall short of full parity with those enjoyed by heterosexual couples.
— Coconuts Thailand

Thai activist cries foul on government over US diplomat skirting quarantine
A transparency campaigner dubbed ” Thailand’s complainer-in-chief ” is accusing the government of negligence for allowing the chief of the US army to enter the country without having to go through a mandatory quarantine upon arriving.
— The Thaiger

Thai Coconut Farmers Deny PETA Animal Cruelty Charge
Coconut farmers in southern Thailand on Wednesday denied the allegation by a U.S.-based animal rights group that monkeys are forced to harvest their crops.
— Khaosod English

Three year old boy rescued after getting stuck in car in Bamglamung
A three year old boy has been rescued after getting stuck in a car in Banglamung yesterday.
— The Pattaya News

 

 

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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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