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The Thai PM: No Walk-In COVID-19 Vaccinations

May 20, 2021

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has halted walk-in services for Covid-19 vaccinations to prevent people flocking to vaccination sites and getting upset, a government source said.
General Prayut said he opposed vaccination walk-ins during a cabinet meeting held via videoconference, arguing that people would show up in droves, causing chaos, especially in Bangkok where a large population lives, the source said.
PM wanted on-site vaccination registration, according to the source.
As per the source, Mor Prom serves as the primary method for booking appointments, and concerned agencies were instructed to work on preventing technical glitches that might make it impossible for the app to operate properly.
The prime minister wants everyone to stop talking about vaccination walk-ins until clear measures have been finalized. You can expect people to When they walk in but are not able to get shots, they should be upset, the prime minister said, according to the source.
Vaccination walk-ins are a sensitive issue and must be handled carefully, according to a source who quoted the prime minister. If enough shots are available, authorities will manage them.
Moreover, the general advised agencies not to confuse information about vaccination walk-ins, stressing that the only agency which should make it available to the public should be the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), a source said.

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The Thai Government Sets The Goals of the Bangkok COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign

May 13, 2021

One of the main focus of the vaccination effort is to get 5 million Bangkok resident within 2 months so that Bangkok can reach herd immunity as soon as possible.
So far, only 5 percent of the Bangkok population have been vaccinated against the pandemic.
Since April 2021, about 20,000 people have been infected by COVID-19.
The goal of the Public Health Ministry is administer 100,00 doas per dfay in Bangkok. The areas around the new Bang Sue Railway Central Station are going to be used as a vaccination hub. Officially, only people 18 and older in Bangkok can get the vaccination. Other resident and migrants who are not registered will still be part of Bangkok’s vaccination campaign, according to deputy director-general of the Disease Control Department.
The AsatraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines will be a part of the mass vaccination campaign, according to the chairperson of the government’s sub-committee on vaccination management, Sopon Mekthon.
In May 2021, the Thai government does expect more vaccine deliveries including 1.7 million doses of the AstraZeneca doses and 2.5 million doses of the Sinovac vaccine.
Recently, the Khlong Toey area of Bangkok has become a hotspot and a mass viccantiona campaign has already started. Hundreds of people have been tested positive. Some of the infected cannot afford to take time off work to self-isolate. The crowded conditions in this poor community have not helped, either.
Prayut Chan-o-cha, the Thai PM, says that so far, the number of people registered to get the vaccine is below what the Thai government.
PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says those who have now registered for a Covid-19 vaccine is below the target set by the government. Approximately 1.6 million people who are over 60, or who have an underlying health condition that puts them at risk of a severe Covid-19 infection, have signed up for the vaccine, of whom only 500,000 are in Bangkok. The Thai PM also said the following:
“We need to vaccinate as many people as possible so that Thailand can move forward… All types of (Covid-19) vaccines imported by the government are extremely safe and effective, as they are certified by the Public Health Ministry. They are used by millions worldwide, including many country leaders.”
Thailand plans to vaccinate 50 million people by the end of the year.

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Thai Bits: Expats In Thailand Can Set Appointment For Vaccine in June, BOI Promotion Working, Thai Holidays in May

May 10, 2021

Foreigners eligible to register for vaccines in June 2021

The Thai government has stated that foreigners living and working in Thailand will receive vaccinations and should be able to sign up in June, but the Mor Phrom app cannot register foreigners and the government is still working on a way of registering foreign residents.
Priority groups include medical workers, the elderly, people with one or more diseases, people living in clusters, people living in the border areas and foreign health volunteers.
As of June 1, foreigners working at embassies, international institutions and foreigners legally residing in Thailand will be eligible for the locally manufactured AstraZeneca vaccine based on their health and willingness to be vaccinated.

BOI promotion rose 143% year-on-year in Quarter 1

In the first quarter of 2021, foreign direct investment projects that applied for special BOI promotion rose 143 percent year on year. South Korea, China and Singapore dominated the top three source countries during the January-March quarter, with combined application value reaching 62 billion baht. Medical services grew the fastest. During April, 75 companies with an investment value of almost 8 billion baht applied for Foreign Business Licenses, focusing mainly on petroleum extraction, logistics services, mass transit services, advertising, and marketing.

Thai Holidays in May

Coronation Day, May 4th,2021
This celebrated the crowning of the current king of Thailand: Rama 10 or Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun.

Royal Ploughing Day, May 10th, 2021`
In one of the Buddhist temples in Bangkok, a buffalo or cow goes around the temple 9 times as 9 is considered lucky in Thailand. After completing his journey, the buffalo or cow is given food. If it likes the food, it will be a good Thia harvest. IF it does not like the food, ti will be a bad harvest.

Visakha Bucha Day, May 26th,2021
The three major events in the life of Buddha are commemorated on Visakha Bucha Day: his birth, his enlightenment, and his death.
During Visakha Bucha Day, the devout visit their local temples to attain merit by giving donations and participating in various rituals. During their stay, they listen to sermons on Buddha’s teachings, meditate, recommit themselves to follow the precepts of Buddhism, and serve food to temple workers. Some also set free birds or fish as a method of eliminating negative karma.
Thai law prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages on Visakha Bucha Day, so many bars close temporarily. Many of Thailand’s celebrations are religious and private, but tourists are allowed to visit the many temples.

Thai Government Gets New Contracts To Get the Thai-Sino Rail Project Done

March 31, 2021

Recently, three cotracts have been signed by the Thai government with the Thai-Sino (Chinese) high-speed rail project from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima, also known as Korat.
These contracts are attached to the construction of a maintenance depot in Chiang Rak Moi, the rail engineering works along the Phra Kaew-Saraburi line, and the civil engineering works on the Nava Nakhon-Ban Pho line.
A letter to start the work will be issued by the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) after these three contracts are signed.
Following the preparation of the documents, three more contracts will be prepared, including the works between Don Muang and Nava Nakhon, the civil engineering works along the Bang Sue-Don Muang section, and the Ban Pho-Phra Kaew section.
The project has already begun. It will be a 235 km rail link between Bangkok and Korat. It is estimated to cost about $5 billion (about 200 billion Thai baht).
Thailand’s military took over the government in 2014. Since then, they have concentrated heavily on infrastructure projects. In 2021, the area around the Northern Bus Terminal will be unrecognizable.
There was an election two years ago in which the party that won the election was led by the leader of the coup in 2014.
Upon completion of the project, this train route will connect Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Don Muang, Saraburi, Pak Chong (in the province of Korat), and Korat, the capital of Korat.
This project will certainly not be completed this year because the winning firms for these six contracts will be announced at the end of this year.
Through a partnership with China, Thailand has agreed to be responsible for the investments and civil works.

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Thai Civil Servant Banned From Thai Civil Service Due To Attack on Karen Village

March 29, 2021

Former Kaeng Krachan National Park head Chaiwat Limlikit-aksorn has been barred from the civil service for his role in the burning of a Karen village ten years ago.
The Permanent Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, Jatuporn Buruspat, recently informed Chaiwat that he will have to resign from his position as Director of Protected Areas Regional Office 9 in Ubon Ratchathani.
The Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission decided that Chaiwat was responsible for burning down Karen villages while they evicted them from the park in 2011.
His career as a civil servant is officially over. Chaiwat can still appeal to the Administration Court or Protection Board.
Since Chaiwat was not officially dismissed, he will be able to collect a pension.
Chaiwat had been implicated in the attack on the Karen village since it occurred. Human rights organizations have condemned the attack since it occurred.
Among the Thai hill tribes, the Karen have their own distinct culture and traditions. They are indigenous to Thailand..

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Sumat Prakan Has Become A New Thai Hotspot

March 22, 2021

As of March 3rd, 2021, the Department of Disease Control (DDC) in Thailand announced that Samut Prakan, a Thai province, has become a flashpoint again because some migrants have been found with the pandemic.
According to Opas Karnkawinpong, the director-general of DDC, 17 workers were diagnosed with the pandemic and then 584 people were placed under close supervision.
A 29-year-old worker from Myanmar is believed to have been the most recent patient zero at Samut Prakan. When she tested positive for the pandemic, the DDC decided to test migrant workers at camps on Sukhumvit 106. The road starts in Bangkok and goes to Cambodia. The road is one of the longest in Thailand. After testing, an additional 16 workers were infected. There were 10 Cambodians, 4 Thais, and two Myanmar people.
The COVID-10 Situation Administration (CCSA) reports that 45 infections were recorded in hospitals on Sunday and 26 were found by mass testing. Most of the infected area is in Samut Sakan, with 81 infected.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 27,594 cases. The total deaths has been 90. 53,842 have been vaccinated. The total Thai population is about 70 million.
Recently, the focus of the CCSA has been to stop the spread of an outbreak that started in Bang Khae. Cases from this outbreak have been detected in Songkhkla and Si Sa Ket.
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) reports 384 people have been infected with COVID-19 in the Bang Khae cluster, including those who visited markets. An additional 16 people were infected after visiting markets in Bang Khae.
Vaccinated from the Bang Khae cluster are approximately 2,600 people.
BMA has set up a second field hospital close to Rajpipattana Hospital in the district of Thawi Wattana. The BAM opened its first field hospital last January near Bang Khunthian Hospital, containing 600 beds.

About 1,200 respondents were surveyed by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University recently regarding the impact of the pandemic on their savings.
Some 47$ of their respondents’ savings have gone down, while about 22% think that their credit card debt is very deep.
Around 43% of respondents had to borrow money from family members. 33% of respondents had to borrow money from a bank while 28% had to borrow money from friends and colleagues. This is according to a Suan Dusit Poll.

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The Ghost of Thaksin

May 22, 2010

One of the problems that the current  prime minister of Thailand, Abhisit, had with the red shirt protest of the last few months is that he is dealing with a ghost. The ghost has a name and it is Thaksin Shinawatra.

            I do want to say that Thaksin is in fact alive. His spirit or ghost still exists in Thailand even though he has been in exile for the last two years. He is too chicken to go to jail for two years. He may not be here, but he is able to haunt Thai politics through good use of his money and through supporters he had in northern and northeastern Thailand.

            When Thaksin was in power from 2001 to 2006, his policies partly helped people in the above-mentioned Thai regions. HE gave them everything that they wanted and he focused on them no other Thai PM had ever done before. He even had a program to give them free cows which meant a lot in the agricultural Northeast or Isaan as it is called in Thai. He literally gave them money There are pictures of him giving 1,000 Baht notes on the streets of Isaan streets in the Bangkok Post and the Nation. As a result, he viewed almost akin to a god in Isaan. Most red shirts come from Isaan and the Thai North.

            Abhisit and the Thai government have to beat a person that is a legend, a spirit and a god. How do you beat such a person? You can’t use reason because he is above reason. You can’t kill him because he has become immortal in the eyes of his followers. You can’t argue with him because he is not here. It is very hard to beat somebody who is not even here.

            Thaksin is like those ghosts in all those horror films. They can’t be touched. They can’t be killed because they are already dead. The protagonists of these movies like Abhisit will have to deal with the villains in the endless sequels of the original movie.

            Thaksin is like Madonna. He has changed his image to suit his purposes. When he was in power, he was the decisive CEO dictator who squash his anybody in his way by using the Thai legal system. When he was out of power, he suddenly became an ardent supported of the democratic concept. He and his supporters said that he was the victim of a mysterious third party that was out to destroy all that he stood for. After his money was confiscated earlier this year by the Thai courts, he is Jesus, a fighter for social justice and a victim of the elites. How do you fight a person who keeps on changing his stand?

            Abhisit is fighting a person who is not here and who keeps on changing like a changeling. It is no wonder that the Thai government can’t deal with such a man.

My Favorite Thai Holiday

May 22, 2010

My favorite Thai holiday usually happens in first or second week of May.  Its date is based on astrology. Its official name is the Royal Plowing Day Ceremony. Early in the morning, people in traditional Thai clothing with some of them holding Thai farmer tools and equipment, stand in a field behind a Buddhist temple in Bangkok. One of them holds a cow. They then walk in a circle at least 9 (a lucky Thai number) times. The cow is then presented with a bowl of food. If he eats the food, it will be a good harvest. If he doesn’t like the food, it will be a bad harvest. All this presided over by the King or the highest-ranking Royal family member available. The Crown Prince was presiding over the ceremony in 2010. The ceremony takes about 2 hours to do.

I am an American and I can say that it reminds me of the silliness of Groundhog Day in the United States. I also don’t think it is possible that animals can predict the weather. Humans can barely predict the weather even with high tech tools at their disposal. I will try to respect the traditions in the future,

Red Shirt Hatred

May 14, 2010

     In the last few months, the red shirts have taken over the World Trade Center and parts of Ratchadamri and Ratchaprasong, roads in downtown Bangkok. The red shirts are officially known as the UDD, an abbreviation that I can never remember what it stands for, no matter how many times the Nation or the Bangkok Post say what it stands for. To me and to most Thai people, they will always be known as the red shirts or Se Dang (the Red in Thai).

            Everybody in Thailand knows that they represent the interests of Thaksin Shinawatra. His primary goal is to make sure that when he comes back to Thailand, he will not serve a day in jail for the conflict of interest case that Thai courts convicted him of. He was only sentenced to two years, but he talks as if he has been sentenced to a hundred years. The Thai courts sentenced him in 2008 and he probably would have been out of prison by now if he actually took responsibility for his actions. He also wants to get back the money that the Thai government confiscated from him and his family. The big rumor is that Thaksin has been using the money that he stashed overseas to pay the red shirts to protest. There are pictures on the Internet of red shirts leaders giving money to some of the protesters if you choose to Google for them.

            The red shirts have made speeches where they say that they are doing the protest for social justices. Whether they really believe in what they are saying is a big questions mark.

            To me, the week of May 3rd proves that the red shirt leaders only care about their own skins. The current Prime Minister, Abhisit, came up with a plan that will end with an election on November 14th. This means that the Thai parliament will have to be dissolved in the last two weeks of September as an election has to take place 90 days after parliament has been dissolved. Even though this seems like a good compromise with the red shirts who have been asking for dissolution of parliament, they refuse to stop this protest. Do you know why they won’t stop? They will not stop unless they get amnesty for what has taken place during the protest. Like their master, they will not take responsibility for their actions and serve a day in jail for their actions. Could you imaging Jesus or Martine Luther King, Jr. taking a position? To me, they are most selfish protesters for social justice ever.

            What have they done? They have:

            -shut down a major part of Bangkok

            -made it almost impossible to go from one part of the city to the other by motorized vehicle

            -disrupted long distance train to keep soldiers from coming to Bangkok

            -had two violent clashes with the Thai military in April of 2010

            -disrupted service on the BTS Sky train by putting tires on the track

            -could be responsible for the grenade attacks that have plagued for the past few months as the targets seem to be places that the red shirts hate


For all these actions, the red shirts want no punishment. It would be a great injustice if the red shirts get amnesty.

            I do also have a personal message for the heads of Thai hospitals. If the red shirts come to your hospital and demand to search, you should tell them to go screw themselves. Chulalongkorn Hospital had to close for a week just because they allowed the red shirts to search the place. They had to send patients to other hospitals. Red shirts are just civilians so they basically have no authority. You should just tell to go to Hell.  I am sure that they will appreciate it.

Thai Online Computer Games

May 14, 2010

If you go into any Internet café in Thailand, you will see that the Thai teenagers will be mostly playing online games, not surfing the Internet. These are the games that you will most likely see them playing:

  1. Kart Rider (racing game)
  2. Audition (a dancing game)
  3. Cabal
  4. Lineage II
  5. World of Warcraft (could be called Warcraft III)
  6.  Fly for Your Life
  7.  Pangya (golf game)
  8.  Maple Story
  9.  Rangnarok
  10.  Three Kingdoms
  11.  Freestyle (basketball)
  12.  FIFA Online (football)
  13.  Ghost Online
  14.  Hip Street (like Audition)
  15.  Fantasy Tennis
  16.  Yulgang
  17.   Gun Alley

These are in no particular order. Someday, if I have the time, I will find out the web addresses.