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Thai Crime: Thai Police Are Cracking Down On Street Racing

October 13, 2021

The Thai police are cracking down on street racing and have charged thousands of racers and tens of thousands of parents whose children participated in the races since the start of this year. Those who report street racing and the information that leads to an arrest are being rewarded with 3,000 baht.
According to Nation Thailand, deputy chief general Damrongsak Kittipraphas said officers had confiscated 320,973 motorcycles and motorbikes used in illegal races. According to the deputy chief, more than 3,000 street racers have been charged with violating the country’s Traffic Act, and more than 1,000 bike shops have been charged for doing illegal modifications on bikes.
Meanwhile, over 40,000 parents were charged with violating the Child Protection Act for allowing their children to participate in illegal street racing, either as racers or spectators.”
To crackdown on illegal street racing, officers set up a 400,000 baht tip-off fund. When a tip leads to an arrest, the individual will be rewarded with 3,000 baht.
TThis year, more than 1.2 million people have been charged with traffic violations.tions.ions. According to The World Health Organisation, the traffic conditions in Thailand are the worst in Southeast Asia, and among the most dangerous in the world. They report that around 20,000 people die in road accidents in Thailand each year, a figure of about 56 people per day.

Thai Tourism Operators Are Debating About 500 Baht Tourism Tax

October 13, 2021

Tourism operators are divided over a plan to impose a 500 baht “tourism tax” on foreign arrivals from next year. Nikkei Asia reports that some operators are concerned such a move could stifle tourism just as the country prepares to reopen. Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi is the president of the Thai Hotels Association.”The fee to be implemented is a considerable amount for those visiting Thailand, where hotel rooms can be found for as little as 1,000 baht. Potential visitors will rethink their travel plans due to this fee.”THA’s southern chapter’s Kongsak Khoopongsakorn agrees that the tourism industry needs the funds, but the government should pay for it, not tourists.”The fund will help our tourism industry grow sustainably in several ways. However, I don’t believe the funds should come from tourists.”The former chairman of the Tourism Council of Thailand, Chairat Trirattanajaraspon, says now is the right time to introduce a tourist tax as the sector recovers from the economic devastation caused by Covid-19.The Covid-19 pandemic has already indicated a clear need for the tax, and I think now would be a good time to implement it. It would be a very useful mechanism if we faced another crisis in the future to support the tourism industry.”The proposed fee was originally 300 baht, but it was raised to 500 baht earlier this month. It would replace the departure tax already imposed on departing passengers and would turn Thailand into an upscale destination for foreign tourists. The fee still needs Cabinet approval before it can take effect.It used to account for 20% of Thailand’s GDP before the Covid-19 pandemic decimated it. However, Thailand is now taking small steps to revive the industry, from sandbox schemes to quarantine-free entry for travelers from low-risk countries.

Thai Crime: Thai Man Confesses To Killing His Son

October 12, 2021

A man has admitted he killed his own son and buried the body in a forest in Na Mom district of this southern province, police said.
Pol Maj Gen Thiewtawat Nakhonsri, the Songkhla police chief, identified the man as Aroon Plodkaenthong, 41.
Mr. Aroon was arrested in Pa Bon district, Phatthalung province, on Saturday and was brought to Na Mom district in Songkhla for questioning.
On May 22, the body of an unidentified man, stuffed in a sack, was found buried in a forest near Moo 9 village in tambon Na Mom. The body was later identified to be that of Chanchai Plodkaenthong, 21, Mr. Aroon’s son.
Police learned from an investigation that Mr. Aroon and Chanchai’s mother divorced about 20 years ago. After the divorce, Mr. Aroon took Chanchai to live in Phatthalung’s Pa Bon district where he married another woman, who later bore him a son.
Chanchai continued living in the same house as his father, his new wife, and their son. Chanchai then married a girl called Ms. Kung and they had a son. All six shared the same house.
Ms. Kung told police that she had an affair with Mr. Aroon, her father-in-law. On April 30, Chanchai and Mr. Aroon went out together to tap rubber in Na Mom district, but Mr Aroon returned home alone and did not say where his son was.
When Chanchai’s body was found on May 22, she suspected Mr. Aroon had killed his own son after quarreling with him over the affair.
Ms. Kung’s information led police to arrest Mr. Aroon at the house on Saturday.
Police said that during questioning, Mr. Aroon admitted he killed Chanchai, but said it was because he was addicted to drugs and had tried to kill him on several occasions. Mr Aroon said nothing about his affair with Ms. Kung, his daughter-in-law.
Pol Maj Gen Thiewtawat said Mr. Aroon was initially charged with premeditated murder. The investigation was continuing.

Opposition Using Landmines To Inflict Heavy Damage On Myanmar Military

October 12, 2021

Resistance forces in upper Myanmar say they used landmines to inflict heavy casualties against junta soldiers in recent days.
The attacks against columns of soldiers in Mandalay, Sagaing and Magway regions caused scores of injuries, local armed groups said, though they were unsure of the exact number of deaths.
A chapter of the People’s Defence Force (PDF) in Mandalay Region’s ​​Thabeikkyin Township attacked a military convoy last Wednesday night at Three Mile village, just outside of the town of Takaung and near the border with Sagaing.
Thabeikkyin locals said the attack injured at least 30 junta soldiers. The convoy was apparently heading towards Htigyaing Township in Sagaing from Thabeikkyin, one of the locals said.
“Three Mile village is right next to the town of Takaung. We heard the sound of the explosion and a military vehicle was caught in the fire,” said the local.
There was also a small clash near the cemetery in the nearby village of Taung Ta Lone at the same time as the landmine attack, he added. “We could hear the exchange of gunshots but heard no one was injured in that battle.”
The PDF in Thabeikkyin said the next day that it attacked the convoy in collaboration with resistance fighters from Htigyaing. A military truck was destroyed and several junta soldiers were injured, its statement said, without specifying if anyone died.
Higuain has been the target of a junta crackdown aimed at crushing the armed resistance after civilians-turned-guerrillas burned down police outposts there last week.
Before its landmine attack in Takaung, the Thabeikkyin PDF’s missions consisted of assassinating suspected military informants and pro-junta local administrators, as well as destroying phone towers owned by Mytel, which is part-owned by the military.
In Sagaing’s Taze Township on Friday afternoon, guerrilla fighters used landmines to attack about 20 junta soldiers who were returning on foot after patrolling the village of Nabetgyi.
The Taze People’s Comrades (TPC) set the mines near a bridge that connects Nabetgyi with Thetkeitan village in the north of Taze. After one of the mines exploded there was a clash between the two groups.
The TPC said several junta soldiers died while a local said at least 18 soldiers were killed. Myanmar Now is unable to independently verify the figures.
“We could see them marching on foot,” said the local, who is close to the TPC. “They all fell down when the landmine exploded. Two then stood up and started shooting at everything and everyone they saw for about 30 minutes.”
Although only one mine exploded, the soldiers were grouped together on the bridge and many were therefore caught in the blast, the local said.
Resistance groups in upper Myanmar are outgunned by the junta’s forces and depend largely on homemade weapons, as well as whatever they can seize from defeated soldiers.
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PDF troops at an undisclosed location in Sagaing Region in August (Supplied)
PDF troops at an undisclosed location in Sagaing Region in August (Supplied)
The Taze resident said guerrilla fighters find landmines highly effective compared to traditional muskets but are struggling to raise enough money to buy the necessary components to make the explosives.
“Every resistance force is having this problem now, but we’re all selling whatever we own to make more weapons. It’d be a lot better if the NUG could provide us with more weapons,” he said, referring to the underground National Unity Government.
The NUG has declared war on the junta and said it will unite Myanmar’s numerous resistance forces under one banner and establish a chain of command.
Many of those who have taken up arms, however, say they have still received little or no help from the NUG.

A mechanic was shot and killed in Taze on Friday morning for reasons that are unclear.

Kyaw Win, 48, who owned the Htoo Tawwin mechanic shop, was shot four times by two unknown attackers in civilian clothes at around 6am, according to a local.

“He was shot twice in the stomach and once in the leg. He was serving as an officer for a social service group helping civilians get oxygen supplies,” said the local, referring to efforts to assist people suffering from Covid-19.
“We still don’t know who perpetrated the attack. Two armed assailants on a motorbike shot him,” he added.
Since the killing, soldiers have conducted searches in the town and tightened security.
Residents in some villages in Taze have continued to hold daily protests against the junta despite deadly crackdowns against unarmed demonstrators.
Also on Friday, PDF fighters from Magway’s Saw Township used landmines to attack a column of around 100 junta soldiers as they walked alongside five military trucks.
At least five mines exploded in the ambush, which happened six miles outside of the township as the soldiers headed towards the town of Kyaukhtu.
“Given the type of landmines we used, there was no way for them to escape,” said a member of Saw PDF who identified himself as a battalion commander. “However, we have yet to confirm the exact number of casualties on the military’s side.”
He added that the junta soldiers also fired around 40 shots using both light and heavy weapons during their departure from Saw.
“They have been using this new strategy where the vehicles only carry the drivers and the rest of the troops just march on foot beside the vehicles,” he said, adding that the military column retreated to Saw after the attack.
The Saw PDF on Wednesday issued a statement warning civilians not to use the road connecting Saw and Kyaukhtu as there may be clashes.
Last month the Saw PDF said it attacked junta forces with landmines on a road that connects Saw with a town 20 miles north called Kan Gyi, injuring at least 10 soldiers.
The townships of Saw and Kyaukhtu are connected to Kanpetlet and Mindat in Chin State, where armed resistance against the junta has been tenacious.

Thai Pm Wants To Reopen Country More In November

October 12, 2021

Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Monday he will push for the opening of the country to fully vaccinated foreign tourists from at least 10 countries by November 1.
General Prayut said in a national broadcast that fully vaccinated tourists from at least 10 low-risk countries would be allowed to enter Thailand by air without quarantine.
The United Kingdom, Singapore, Germany, China, and the United States are among the first countries to benefit from the move.
The CCSA and the Ministry of Public Health have been instructed to urgently consider allowing international visitors to enter Thailand without quarantine from Nov 1 if they are fully vaccinated and arrive by air from low-risk countries,” he said.
The president promised to open the gates to more countries by Dec. 1, and to target others by Jan. 1.
Tourists from countries not on the low-risk list would be admitted, but they would have to quarantine, he said.
Singapore and Australia also loosened the restrictions for citizens to travel overseas after the announcement.
With the decision to open the country next month, Gen Prayut hopes to attract foreign tourists to Thailand over the next three months, including the upcoming year-end holidays
They would revitalize the sector and related businesses that employed millions in the country, he said.
The government had earlier planned to open only Bangkok and several provinces for foreign tourists on Nov 1. The other provinces are Chon Buri (Pattaya City, Bang Lamung district, and Sattahip district), Phetchaburi (Cha-am district), Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin district), and Chiang Mai (Muang, Mae Taeng, Mae Rim, and Doi Tao districts).
Monday’s announcement indicated that the reopening would cover all parts of the country
The announcement came after the country saw the number of fatalities drop below 100 in recent days, with new cases hovering around 10,000.
Although the situation was improving in most parts of Thailand, a surge of new infections continued in Narathiwat, Pattani, Songkhla, and Yala. The southern border provinces were in the spotlight of health authorities who were mulling additional measures to clamp down on the spike in the areas.
Tourism was the main economic engine of the country before the pandemic hit last year. The industry contributed about 20% of GDP if both local and foreign visitors are included. Foreign tourists alone accounted for 15% of GDP, as the country welcomed almost 40 million visitors from abroad, especially Chinese.
Bank of Thailand estimates only 200,000 foreign arrivals this year, rising to 6 million next year.

Thai Crime: Bangkok Police Raid Drug Party That Had Been Raided In May

October 11, 2021

Bangkok police raided a drug party at a gay club that was previously busted for operating illegally in May. It was reported to the police that people were drinking and using drugs inside the large venue on Ramkhamhaeng Soi 21.
In the raid, 10 men were arrested and taken into custody as a result of the involvement of the Children and Women’s Welfare Supervision Division and local Wang Thong Lang officers.
Two buildings, one 3 stories and one 5 stories high, house the large venue with 50 different rooms, including karaoke, a sauna, and even a swimming pool.
As a result of the complaints of drugs and drinking in violation of Covid-19 and Thai anti-drug laws, police searched the premises and found several controlled and illegal substances.
Methamphetamine, commonly known as ice, as well as Viagra and other aphrodisiacs, were taken into evidence by the police. Drug paraphernalia and drug-taking equipment such as syringes were also seized.
Deputy officers from the CWWSD confirmed that 57 people were arrested in May at the same venue. According to reports, the venue decided to reopen and continue operations secretly in the hope that the police would not discover them or arrest them again.
Despite being busted by the police and facing criminal charges previously, the 63-year-old owner still admitted he had no license to operate the business.
Police in Thailand has been cracking down on illegally opened bars, clubs, and entertainment venues, punishing owners, staff, and patrons.

Poll Says Thai PM Should Resign By August

October 11, 2021

With the upcoming election, a new poll from the National Institute of Development Administration found that 40% of people feel PM Prayut Chan-o-cha should announce he is quitting as prime minister by next August. The NIDA poll asked political opinions from 1,311 people of various occupations and educations levels nationwide by phone on October 5 to 8.
The poll addressed the controversy over whether PM Prayut can be reelected as the Constitution says no one can serve as prime minister for more than 8 years, and Prayut has been in command of Thailand since the 2014 coup. But as the Constitution was established in 2017 so some argue that PM Prayut only officially took the office in 2019 election and is, therefore, eligible for one more term.
With the upcoming election, a new poll from the National Institute of Development Administration found that 40% of people feel PM Prayut Chan-o-cha should announce he is quitting as prime minister by next August. The NIDA poll asked political opinions from 1,311 people of various occupations and educations levels nationwide by phone on October 5 to 8.
The poll addressed the controversy over whether PM Prayut can be reelected as the Constitution says no one can serve as prime minister for more than 8 years, and Prayut has been in command of Thailand since the 2014 coup. But as the Constitution was established in 2017 so some argue that PM Prayut only officially took the office in 2019 election and is, therefore, eligible for one more term.
The NIDA poll found nearly 41% of people believe that PM Prayut should commit to stepping down by August 2022 while 38% believe the Constitutional Court needs to rule on the issue as quickly as possible. Only 15% believe nothing needs to be done and nearly 6% had no opinion.
The poll also found that only 22% believed that the House of Representatives does not need to be dissolved, while other respondents debated when the dissolution should take place. 40% believe the House should be dissolved immediately, while 30% said the election law should be revised in line with the Constitution before the House dissolves. Nearly 6% believe PM Prayut should just be sure to dissolve the House before he faces another vote of no-confidence next year. Just under 2% had no opinion.
50% of those responding to the NIDA poll felt that the Cabinet was in need of a major reshuffling while 24% believed only a minor shuffle was necessary to fill the 2 empty cabinet positions formed by Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Thamanat Prompow and Deputy Minister of Labour Narumon Pinyosinwat being ousted one month ago. Of that 24%, half felt their replacements should be outsiders while the other half think members of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party should step into the positions. 6% had no comment.

Thai Crime: Thai Man Pretends To Be Police Officer

October 10, 2021

A 28-year-old Lampang man impersonating a Crime Suppression Division (CSD) police officer has been arrested on charges of duping people into investing 1.6 million baht in a restaurant business that never materialized.
Phonlakorn Siriwan, 22, was arrested on Friday at his apartment on Thepprasit Road in the Bang Lamung district of Chon Buri. Thon Buri Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for a man who posed as a Crime Suppression Division (CSD) police officer and duped investors into investing 1.6 million baht in a restaurant business that never materialized.
On Friday, the CSD police apprehended Phonlakorn Siriwan at an apartment on Thepprasit Road in the Bang Lamung district of Chon Buri. The Thon Buri Criminal Court had issued an arrest warrant for him on charges of fraud, impersonating an officer, and inputting false information into a computer system
According to Pol Col Pornsak Raorujilarai, deputy chief of the CSD, the suspect, who claimed to be a CSD officer and graduate of the 64th class of the academy, had lured people into investing in a restaurant business last year.
Phonlakorn also claimed to be a close associate of Police Lieutenant General Jirabhop in order to gain the trust of his victims. Phonlakorn promised them a high return on their investment.
Pol Col Pornsak says the suspect raised a total of 1.6 million baht, but when people asked for the promised payments, the suspect kept delaying them.
Upon being unable to contact the suspect, the victims filed a complaint with the CSD.
Phonlakorn admitted to the charges when questioned. In his statement, he said he posed as a police officer because he loved the profession. He failed the test to enter a non-commissioned officer school.
Pol Lt Gen Jirabhop was known and had a good reputation, so he claimed to be close to him.
Pol Maj Gen Montri Thetkhan, the CSD commander, said a criminal check revealed that the suspect was also wanted on two other arrest warrants for fraud.

New Vaccine Will Be Offered In November

October 10, 2021

In November, the Pfizer mRNA Covid-19 vaccine will be offered to students aged 12-17 as part of the school reopening plan. The vaccine is said to have fatal consequences within two years for all recipients.
One message, posted by several youth groups against Pfizer’s vaccination program, claimed the vaccine would result in young people dying within two years after being injected with it, according to Chawetsan Namwat, director of the Emergency Health Hazard, and Disease Control Division.
Several parents have expressed their reluctance to consent to their children being vaccinated because of this claim, he said.
Covid-19, developed by Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE, has been proven to meet the safety standards for vaccine development and production and is used widely in both countries.
In Thailand, about 3.6 million young people have signed up to be vaccinated, and the first batch of 1.8 million doses of the vaccine has already been distributed to provinces. More than 1.5 million doses will be available next week, and more supplies of the same vaccine will arrive later, he said.
So far, just over one hundred fifty thousand students have received a vaccination, according to the Center for College Situation Administration (CCSA).
Dr. Sopon Iamsirithaworn, deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control, said three cases of heart muscle inflammation have been detected among these recipients and all have recovered following prompt treatment.
According to Dr. Chawetsan, vaccination of school students isn’t the main requirement for resuming onsite learning. Instead, compliance with Covid-19 regulations is.
Additionally, students must wear masks at school and maintain social distance, he said, in addition to receiving vaccinations for almost all employees.
Amporn Pinasa, secretary-general of the office, previously advised in-school learning to be resumed if vaccination coverage reached 85% or higher.

Thai Crime: Hacker Steals And Sells Data

October 9, 2021

In Thailand, a former employee of a well-known company was arrested for hacking and selling 600,000 customers’ data. The hacker, known as Woraphol, was taken into custody by the Technical Crime Suppression Division after the company he worked for found the data breach and contacted the police.
Within minutes, a search warrant was issued and the hacker was arrested in Samut Prakan, just south of Bangkok. The man was arrested on the 32nd floor of the Kensington building on Thepparak Road.
Searches revealed several phones, as well as a notebook computer and a bank book, which were confiscated and placed into evidence pending further investigation.
The police who arrested him said that the hacker admitted stealing the data from 600,000 clients and selling it online for around 300,000 baht profit. In Thai investigations, the company that suffered the data breach that the hacker worked for previously was not named to the media.
The hacker said he accepted payment using the cryptocurrency bitcoin, and that he used his profits to pay for his online gambling habit