Thailand morning news for June 5

Thailand morning news for June 5

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Thailand’s economy will contract more than expected this year, with the job outlook deteriorating sharply amid the coronavirus outbreak, minutes from the latest policy meeting showed on Thursday.
— Reuters

Government to decide which “red” businesses can reopen in next phase
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration revealed today that the government is now considering which high-risk or “red” businesses will be allowed to reopen under Phase 4 of lockdown easing.
— The Thaiger

Proposed rehabilitation of THAI will expose a Pandora’s Box of corruption
Former international crime prosecutor, Mr. Wanchai Roujanavong, has likened the proposed rehabilitation of Thai Airways International to the opening of a Pandora’s Box, which will expose extensive corruption in the ailing national flag carrier which has hitherto been hidden from the public.
— Thai PBS News

Headline CPI plummets 3.44%
The headline consumer price index (CPI) declined by 3.44% in May from a year earlier, the biggest contraction in nearly 11 years and more than expected, commerce ministry data showed on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

General Prawit says he is not ready yet to become Palang Pracharat party leader
Breaking his long silence about speculation that he might be elected the new leader of the ruling Palang Pracharat party, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan told the Thai media today that he is not ready to take the job.
— Thai PBS News

17 new Covid-19 cases in Thailand, all repatriated citizens from the Middle East
Today the Centre of Covid-19 Administration reported 17 new cases of Covid-19 infection. All the cases were repatriated Thai personnel returning from the Middle East. Spokesperson Dr Taweesilp reported that most the returnees were asymptomatic and were confirmed as infected after a second test.
— The Thaiger

Thailand’s one million health volunteers hailed as coronavirus heroes
Nearly every day, 77-year-old Surin Makradee goes door-to-door in her village in Thailand, visiting every home to check people’s temperatures in a routine repeated in communities across the country during the coronavirus pandemic.
— Reuters

Army rejects punishment claim
Army spokesman Col Winthai Suvaree has denied reports that a sergeant is facing punishment for exposing alleged graft in an army unit.
— Bangkok Post

More help for Thai Airways
A government panel is stepping up to help debt-ridden Thai Airways International Plc (THAI) pass any regulatory and contractual hurdles ahead of the national carrier’s planned debt rehabilitation, according to Prapas Kong-Ied, director-general of the State Enterprise Policy Office (Sepo).
— Bangkok Post

Public Health Perm-Sec threatened with a malfeasance lawsuit
The Khon Kaen Provincial Hospital Director has threatened to sue Public Health Permanent Secretary, Dr. Sukhum Kanchanapimai, after he was transferred to Chanthaburi province over alleged corruption in connection with donations to the Hospital Development Fund.
— Thai PBS News

Thai schools prepare for nationwide reopening July 1
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration revealed today that the government is now considering which high-risk or “red” businesses will be allowed to reopen under Phase 4 of lockdown easing.
— The Thaiger

Thailand plans to provide domestic tourism stimulus from July
Thailand will draw up a stimulus plan for domestic tourism to be rolled out for four months starting in July, a senior official said on Thursday, as the country seeks to revive a sector hit badly by the global impacts of the coronavirus.
— Reuters

Covid-19 fund bill passes first reading
The House of Representatives on Thursday kicked off a debate on a bill seeking to transfer about 88 billion baht from the fiscal 2020 budgets of each ministry to a central fund to fight the Covid-19 pandemic and rehabilitate the economy.
— Bangkok Post

Security concerns over Thailand’s new COVID-19 tracking app | Video
More than 18 million people in Thailand have used a new app to check in and out of venues, though concerns remain about its effectiveness and level of data protection. Saksith Saiyasombut reports.
— CNA (video)

Thailand’s rubber agency to push for construction of riverside rubber embankments
A large volume of rubber might be used in the construction of riverside rubber embankments throughout Thailand in an effort to promote its domestic use instead of export.
— Xinhuanet

Thailand’s public debt ratio remains within framework
The Deputy Government Spokeswoman, Dr. Ratchada Thanadirek, says the country’s public debt ratio between October 2019 and March 2020 remained within the management framework, while insisting that an executive decree backing loans of 1 trillion baht is not included in this ratio and that the figures are open for public inspection.
— Pattaya Mail

Military conscription pushed back to July August
The Royal Thai Army (RTA) has postponed this year’s military conscription — earlier scheduled from April– to July and August, due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand policy on land and building taxes 90 % reduction will not impact revenues
At the Inner Santi Maitri Building, Government House, following the weekly cabinet meeting, Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha promoted a book written by Dr. Suvit Maesincee, Minister of Higher Education, Sciences, Research and Innovation, and stated that it is in line with the Government’s vision “Security, Prosperity, Sustainability”.
— Pattaya Mail

Thai Army Whistleblower Faces Court Martial
Thailand’s army chief Gen. Apirat Kongsompong has promised repeatedly to crack down on abuse, corruption, and exploitation in the military’s ranks.
— Human Rights Watch (media release)

Social Development Min sends officials to assist people
The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security has dispatched officials to local communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure that government assistance has been provided to everyone.
— Newsline (video)

AirAsia waives flight change fee
AirAsia will waive flight change fees for those booking travel up to 31 December 2020 by waiving flight change fees in a move to regain traveller confidence.
— TTR Weekly

Tourism, FDI to revive EEC property view
The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), the government’s flagship infrastructure project, and a tourism recovery following the pandemic will be the key factors for the property market in the three eastern provinces, according to developers.
— Bangkok Post

Kalasin Prison allows visitation under new measures
Kalasin Prison has allowed visitation from families of inmates, after 2 months of banning due to COVID-19, albeit under strict disease prevention measures.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand developing ‘Family Vaccine’, immunity to mental health illnesses
The Ministry of Public Health is developing a Family Vaccine to provide citizens with immunity to mental health illnesses.
— Pattaya Mail

TCEB urges loosening of restrictions on big gatherings
The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) is asking the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to ease restrictions on meetings and exhibitions to reignite the economy, as the bureau plans to hold job fairs across the nation to reduce unemployment.
— Bangkok Post

Police: Mother killed daughter for land
Police say they have enough evidence to prove a mother killed her daughter so she could get her land.
— Bangkok Post

Commerce Ministry, CPF deliver meals to communities
The Ministry of Commerce and major food manufacturer Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) have delivered freshly cooked meals to the coronavirus-stricken people in Bangkok’s Bang Phlat community.
— Newsline (video)

Thai-Australian ties in the regional mix
Unlike the externally originated coronavirus pandemic, the mass protests in the United States in the aftermath of George Floyd’s wrongful death at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis are internally driven.
— Bangkok Post

Cinemas reopen under New Normal Practices
Under the third phase of lockdown-easing, cinemas are now allowed to operate BUT with restrictions, so this is what ‘going to the cinema’ will be like this month.
— Newsline (video)

Old gas cylinders seized from Islamic school in Songkhla
Authorities have seized 27 old cooking gas cylinders from a religious school in Saba Yoi district, after local residents expressed fears they could be used for making bombs.
— Bangkok Post

Chinese tourist center donates 100,000 baht to CPDC
The Chinese Tourist Assistance Center donated 100,000 baht in supplies to the Child Protection and Development Center.
— Pattaya Mail

Easily check electricity expenses at https://ebill.mea.or.th/discount
“Jerd Ja” shares a quick minute tip. Check your electricity bill discount easily using MEA Smart Life app, as follows:
— Bangkok Post

Consumer mood improves for first time in over a year
Consumer confidence in May picked up for the first time in over a year, helped by government stimulus steps and the easing of coronavirus lockdown measures, a survey showed on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

Doctor Who Founded Rural Health Volunteer Network Dies at 92
The doctor who pioneered a nationwide volunteer network that looks after local communities’s health well-being died on Tuesday at 92.
— Khaosod English

Gov’t to Spend 10 Billion Baht on Virus Testing, Treatment
Public Health Minister Anutin Charnveerakul said a 45 billion baht taken by the government will be used in improving Thailand’s healthcare capabilty, including measures against the coronavirus.
— Khaosod English

Photos show Thai health minister & friends totally ignore their own rules
While the public is implored to remain vigilant about social distancing and be patient with strict rules, it seems Thailand’s top health official and his gang forgot that it applies to them as well.
— Coconuts Thailand

Seven cooperatives face audit for ‘flaws’
Mananya Thaiset, deputy minister of agriculture and cooperatives, has ordered the Cooperative Promotion Department (CPD) to examine the financial status of major member-run organisations suspected of irregularities or flawed management.
— Bangkok Post

Japanese man found homeless on Pattaya Beach, gets assistance to return to Japan from several local groups
A Japanese national was found by Pattaya Tourist Police and Municipal Law Enforcement yesterday on Pattaya Beach, destitute and homeless due to extenuating circumstances involving the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis.
— The Pattaya News

Thai-made thermal face scanning device in development
Thailand’s National Electronics and Computer Technology Centre (NECTEC) and the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) are cooperating in the development of a compact facial thermal scanning device, which will be capable of accurately scanning the temperatures of several people simultaneously.
— Thai PBS News

Thai Ministry partners with Grab to launch online farmers’ market
The Thai Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC) has partnered with delivery provider Grab to open up an online retail space for farm products, allowing farmers to sell produce directly to customers via a mobile app.
— Fresh Plaza

Up to seventy percent of people have let down their guard around Covid-19 measures, according to the Thai Government
The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration reported earlier this week that up to 70 percent of people had let down their guard in regards to personal hygiene, social distancing, mask wearing and other measures meant to help stop the potential spread of Covid-19 in Thailand.
— The Pattaya News

Wealthy businessman conned in ‘gift phone’ hack fraud
A man who studied computer science has been arrested for a complex fraud involving sending a gift phone, supposedly a promotion from a luxury hotel, to a wealthy businessman, and then using it to hack his bank accounts.
— Bangkok Post

Wet massage parlours, concert halls, pubs to reopen
The government is considering measures that would allow the resumption of 12 types of businesses and activities – including pubs and concerts, parlours offering soapy massage, and sports competitions.
— Bangkok Post

With Growing Support, Prawit Tipped to Lead Gov’t Party
Phalang Pracharath Party elders are endorsing deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan as the new leader of their party, replacing the current leader who also holds a post in the Cabinet.
— Khaosod English

Robot dog hounds Thai shoppers to keep hands coronavirus-free
A scurrying robot dog named K9 dispenses hand sanitizer to curious children and wary shoppers — one of the more unexpected measures Thai malls are taking as the kingdom relaxes virus restrictions.
— CNA

Internet scam offers dodgy amulets for lottery wins
Police are warning of new internet scam offering lucky amulets to guarantee lottery success, claiming, falsely, that they’ve had helped celebrities win the lottery multiple times. The announcement from the deputy spokesman for the Royal Thai police yesterday.
— The Thaiger

Palang Pracharath “coup” raises spectre of “military” rule for Thailand
Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan looks set to become leader of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party, which will hold a general assembly to elect a new executive committee by July 15.
— Thai PBS News

Government says Cambodian workers should remain in Thailand during Covid-19
The director general of Thailand’s Employment Department, Suchart Phonchaiwisetkun, says Cambodian labourers should remain in Thailand while the fight against the Covid-19 goes on in the region. He was speaking following a meeting with the the Cambodian Ambassador, Ouk Sorphorn, where they discussed how Thailand would deal with its migrant workforce during the pandemic.
— The Thaiger

Prayut Appeals for Patience Over Further Lockdown Easing
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Wednesday appealed to the public not to pressure the government to hasten the fourth phase of the easing of lockdown restrictions, and not to expect a quick cure to COVID-19 pandemic as Thailand is still in the midst of researching an effective vaccine.
— Khaosod English

Bangkok braces for Black Lives Matter rally
The death of black American George Floyd at the hands of police burgeoned into a storm of protests reaching across the globe; one that will reach Bangkok this weekend.
— The Thaiger

Fleeing drug suspect recaptured on mountain
A drug suspect who escaped from Lan Saka police station on Saturday has been recaptured on a mountain in Nop Phi Tham district of this southern province.
— Bangkok Post

Temple Defies Order to Repaint Meme Picture on Mural
The abbot of a temple in central Thailand said he will not comply with an order to erase a reference to an internet meme on the temple’s religious murals.
— Khaosod English

‘Black Lives Matter’ rally set for Sunday in Bangkok
The death of a black American at police hands which has cascaded into protests around the world will reach Bangkok this weekend.
— Coconuts Thailand

Royal Defamation Trial For Twitter User Postponed
The trial for a 20-year-old man accused of insulting the monarchy was postponed on Thursday, his attorney said.
— Khaosod English

Carpenter killed at migrant workers’ camp
A Burmese carpenter was killed early yesterday morning at a central Thailand workers’ camp which houses hundreds of migrant workers. 32 year old Thein Tun, was stabbed multiple times and was dead by the time police arrived at the Sino-Thai Engineering camp in the Samut Prakan province, just south of Bangkok.
— The Thaiger

Minister Suggests Launching ‘Thaiflix’ to Counter Netflix
The cyber minister said Wednesday that Thailand should have its own streaming platform to bring in revenues, and promote Thai films overseas.
— Khaosod English

No More Scala? Historic Bangkok cinema’s 51-year run said to end
When movie theaters were permitted to reopen this week, the curtains did not rise at Bangkok’s most celebrated movie house.
— Coconuts Thailand

Motorbike driver injured after stray dog allegedly runs across street causing accident in Pattaya
A 44 year old woman has sustained moderate injuries after a dog allegedly ran in front of her motorbike in Banglamung last night just before curfew time.
— The Pattaya News

 

 

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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.

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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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