Thailand morning news for June 1

Thailand morning news for June 1

Thailand morning news

Thailand passes record stimulus package to combat COVID-19 impact
Thailand’s parliament approved on Sunday (May 31) a near-US$60 billion stimulus package, the kingdom’s biggest-ever cash injection, to revive an economy that has been hammered by the coronavirus.
— CNA

DPM Somkid reiterates the need for Thailand to borrow one trillion baht
Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak, told Parliament today of the need to borrow one trillion baht to cushion the economic impacts of COVID-19, because existing funding will dry up in July or August.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand warned to brace for the second wave of COVID-19 infections
The Dean of the Faculty of Medical Science at Siriraj Hospital has warned Thailand to prepare for the second outbreak of COVID-19, which he said is a certainty and, when it happens, the number of fatalities is expected to increase exponentially.
— Thai PBS News

Opposition suggests Government check money it already has before borrowing
Opposition chief whip Suthin Klangsaeng told the Government today to check the money already in its coffers before borrowing the one trillion baht it is seeking under a decree.
— Thai PBS News

11 Thais die in dengue fever outbreak this year
More than 14,000 people have contracted dengue fever and 11 have died so far this year, Disease Control Department director-general Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai said on Sunday, according to a media report.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Government officially bans several toxic farm chemicals effective from June First
The government has confirmed the ban on paraquat and chlorpyrifos starting June 1, 2020.
— The Pattaya News

Thailand reports 4 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths
Thailand reported four new coronavirus cases on Sunday and no new deaths, taking the total number of infections to 3,081 with 57 deaths since January.
— CNA

Government needs alternatives if state of emergency is lifted – DPM Wissanu
An alternative legal mechanism must be put in place, in parallel with the Communicable Disease Act, if the current state of emergency is to be lifted, otherwise there will be no legal instrument available to cope with a possible second wave of COVID-19 infections.
— Thai PBS News

Shark bounty in Satun angers environment minister
A cash reward for the live capture of a shark that bit a boy’s foot has angered Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa, who criticised the local politician behind it.
— Bangkok Post

Gyms, fitness centres to reopen tomorrow nationwide
As tomorrow marks the beginning of Phase 3 of the easing of Covid-19 lockdown measures, many catgories of businesses will be allowed to fully reopen, though health and social distancing restrictions will remain in place.
— The Thaiger

Seventeen businesses and activities can resume in Bangkok on Monday
The Communicable Disease Committee of Bangkok and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) have identified 17 business and leisure activities which can resume tomorrow, in the third phase lockdown easing.
— Thai PBS News

13 return from South Korea with high fever, rushed to quarantine
A Korean Airlines flight arrived at 9:25pm yesterday at Suvarnabhumi Airport bringing 194 Thais from South Korea.
— The Thaiger

Bangkok governor warns of canal pollution
Bangkok’s governor warns that the volume of garbage in Bangkok’s canals is increasing and is beginning to block the sewer system, causing potentially health-threatening floods in many areas.
— The Thaiger

Walls close in on Thailand’s poorest as virus shrivels economy
Shuffling around their tiny slum home which is too small to stand up in, Thanapat Noidee and his wife Papassorn share donated noodles with their sons and worry about bills, as the coronavirus pushes Thailand’s poor deeper into penury.
— CNA

Group demands help for troubled THAI customers
The Foundation for Consumers has demanded authorities protect the rights of customers affected by Thai Airways International (THAI)’s financial woes.
— Bangkok Post

Creditor co-ops join financial firms to negotiate debt settlements with THAI
Eighty-four creditor cooperatives and financial institutions of Thai Airways International have agreed to join forces to increase their bargaining power in talks with the ailing national flag carrier over debt settlements.
— Thai PBS News

Trillion baht loan not needed had there not been a COVID-19 pandemic – PM
Thailand’s Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, responded to Opposition claims today that his government has mismanaged the country’s economy, to the extent that it now must borrow 1.9 trillion baht, approximately US$9.8 billion, to cushion the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Thai PBS News

THAI flights put on hold until July
Thai Airways International (THAI) has decided to halt flights by the airline for another month and maintain salary cuts put in place after the Covid-19 outbreak, according to a THAI source.
— Bangkok Post

Foreigners can apply for work permit into Thailand
Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that on Monday all non-Thai nationals who currently have a valid work permit or have already been granted permission from a Thai government agency can apply for permission to enter the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Wissanu clutches at legal straws
The Communicable Diseases Control Act is likely to be used to battle a second wave of Covid-19 infections, according to Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam.
— Bangkok Post

Pattaya tourism industry appeals for financial aid
Pattaya business owners appealed for more financial aid to survive the coronavirus pandemic.
— Pattaya Mail

Piyabutr says NACC bungled Prawit case
Progressive Movement co-founder Piyabutr Saengkanokkul yesterday accused the National Anti-Corruption Commission of undermining anti-graft mechanisms.
— Bangkok Post

Cambodia, Thailand tighten border control
In Cambodia, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sar Kheng asked the administration in localities that border Thailand to increase professional measures at border checkpoints to prevent Cambodian workers from entering Thailand, which will shut its border until June 30 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
— Khmer Times

PM Prayut proposes ways to recover from COVID-19 to UN
Kicking things off with the latest development of the novel coronavirus, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has presented three ideas for social and economic rehabilitation following the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis to a high-level meeting of the United Nations (UN).
— Newsline (video)

Why futile wars on drugs persist
This month, two international rights advocate groups highlighted “drug war” killings as a result of the brutal campaign initiated in 2016 by Rodrigo Duterte, the maverick president of the Philippines.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand enters third phase for easing COVID-19 restrictions from June 1
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to share the latest details of the Royal Thai Government’s third phase for easing of the business and activity restrictions, effective from Monday, 1 June.
— Pattaya Mail

Party goes to court over ‘Oak’ loans acquittal
The New Palangdharma Party will tomorrow petition the Administrative Court against the Office of Attorney General’s (OAG) decision not to fight the lower court’s acquittal of Panthongtae “Oak” Shinawatra, son of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, for alleged money laundering.
— Bangkok Post

Provinces prepare for third phase of relaxation
Provinces across the nation have prepared for COVID-19 lockdown measures to be further revoked next month, with myriad shops in Nakhon Ratchasima seen reopening.
— Newsline (video)

Storm in a teacup as Thai, Chinese kids clash online
A recent online movement by an alliance of Thai, Hong Kong and Taiwanese youths against their Chinese peers may not change the course of Sino-Thai relations, but it shows that China has not cultivated soft power among the younger generation, a forum was told last week.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand to receive Chinese-built, unmanned train next month
A Chinese-built, unmanned monorail train is scheduled for delivery to Thailand’s Bangkok next month, confirmed an executive official on Sunday.
— Xinhuanet

Dems urge panel to scrutinise govt Covid-19 relief spending
The coalition Democrat Party is submitting an urgent motion calling for a special House committee to monitor the government’s spend-up to revitalise the economy battered by the Covid-19 pandemic, says Democrat MP Trang Sathit Wongnongtoey.
— Bangkok Post

Hospitals receive donations of medical equipment
Various sectors continue to provide medical supplies and equipment to hospitals nationwide, to support health care workers responding to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand inter-provincial bus services to restart with anti Covid-19 measures
Nakhonchai Air Co will resume its inter-provincial bus services on June 1 with measures to control the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— Pattaya Mail

AKSEM drones will monitor M’sia-Thai border
The Malaysian Border Security Agency (AKSEM) will use drones to monitor the situation along the Malaysia-Thailand border, especially to curb the entry of illegal immigrants into the country.
— The Sun Daily

Sansiri To Pioneer UN Global Standards Of Conducts For Business In Thailand
Ahead of Pride month, Sansiri’s top management from every department was represented at a ceremony to sign the UN Global Standards of Conduct for Business in a stance against gender discrimination.
— Thailand Tatler

Thailand’s curfew shortened to 11pm till 3am from Monday
The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has decided to shorten the night curfew by one hour, to 11pm until 3am effective June 1st.
— Thai PBS News

Google Celebrates Thailand’s 1st Woman Doctor
Thailand’s first female doctor was born 122 years ago today, and her legacy is celebrated by a Google Doodle unique to the kingdom.
— Khaosod English

Leaked Video Shows Army Officer Threatening Whistleblower
A video that went viral on Thursday shows a senior military officer reprimanding a soldier who spoke out about alleged corruption in the ranks.
— Khaosod English

Myanmar Workers ‘Unlikely to Come Back for Jobs’ in Thailand
Most Myanmar migrant workers, who have returned home from Thailand, have been found unlikely to come back for jobs in this country, a senior government official said on Thursday.
— Khaosod English

Pattaya launches the “Pattaya is brighter together” campaign, meant to signify the ongoing and gradual re-opening of the city
Pattaya City, led by Mayor Sonthaya Khunpluem and multiple other officials launched the “Pattaya is brighter together” campaign this evening.
— The Pattaya News

Pattaya Beaches go through final check before anticipated re-opening
Pattaya City Mayor Sonthaya Khunpluem, along with his deputy mayors and other city hall officials visited Pattaya and Jomtien beaches this weekend to prepare for the much anticipated re-opening of the area beaches effective from tomorrow morning, Monday, June 1st.
— The Pattaya News

Opinion: Coronavirus Charity As ‘Moral Masturbation’ And Beyond
Last Sunday I walked past an empty ‘sharing pantry’ in front of Chatuchak Park and it got me thinking. The pantry, a new concept introduced earlier this month, was empty.
— Khaosod English

Japan mulls easing entry limits for Thailand, 3 other countries: Yomiuri
Japan is considering easing entry restrictions on people from Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand because of signs that novel coronavirus infections are declining in those countries, the Yomiuri newspaper reported, citing government officials.
— Bangkok Post

Remembrances of Red Trauma (16) – To the Isaan people who died in Bangkok in 2010
The political violence of 2010 claimed the lives of at least 94 people. Out of that number, 36 were confirmed to be from Isaan. Adithep Chanthet takes a look at the lives of five of those killed, what took them to the capital, their economic backgrounds, and their political ideas.
— Isaan Record

Thailand Develops Own Bio-Hazard Suits in Virus Pandemic
Thailand is develop its own bio-hazard suits to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign imports of personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as to create employment and business opportunities to local manufacturers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Khaosod English

Condo market consolidates
Bangkok’s condominium market at the start of 2020 was entering a period of severe change, driven by a fall in buyer demand and by the large amount of unsold inventory that had become a risk for developers.
— Bangkok Post property

Thailand’s cinemas are reopening. But are audiences ready?
Whether major chains perched atop shopping malls, vintage standalone survivors or indie arthouses persisting on passion; one drama is playing in all of Thailand’s theaters: uncertainty.
— Coconuts Thailand

Report Says Facebooker Detained Over Royal Satire Site
A media report on Friday said a man was detained and questioned for his involvement in a popular Facebook page lampooning the monarchy.
— Khaosod English

Queen Celebrations to Go Ahead As Virus Infections Subside
Governors across Thailand were instructed on Friday to hold ceremonies and activities celebrating the upcoming birthday of Her Majesty Queen Suthida.
— Khaosod English

Shoef*cker: Bangkok man confesses to sexual relations with stolen flip-flops
There’s no law against a good foot fetish, nor is getting freaky with some fetching flip-flops a crime – unless you happen to steal hundreds of them to make love to without consent.
— Coconuts Thailand

 

 

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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.

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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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