23 Sep 2013
11:04 pm

Deputy Industry Minister Prasert Boonchaisook said today that Saharat Nakhon industrial estate which was badly blooded in 2011 was most vulnerable to flooding due to the fact that the floodwall planned to protect the estate was yet to be completed.

However, he said that he had instructed the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand to closely monitor the water situation and to take necessary steps to prevent the vulnerable industrial estates namely Saharat Nakhon, Bang Pa-in and Ban Wa (Hi-tech), from getting flooded.

It was reported that the IEAT had prepared a 20-kilometre long makeshift floodwall which would be installed to protect the three vulnerable industrial estates in Ayutthaya when needed.

Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasob Suraswadi who is in charge of water management assured that the current flooding would not be as bad as that occurred in 2011 because there has been no threat of northern water runoffs.

The current flooding is scattered in various spots in 15 provinces, he said, adding that the serious flood situation in Kabin Buri district of Prachin Buri was caused by heavy rains in the district for the past two weeks send a huge wall of water gushing down the mountains into the plains below.

He also blamed the serious flooding on a road which has blocked the natural flow of water.

Interior Minister Charupong Ruangsuwan, meanwhile,  the Irrigation Department and the City Hall and governor of provinces around Bangkok to brace for possible flooding of the City and neighbouring provinces.

But Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra said he was not worried about the prospect of Bangkok going under water citing the rainfalls averaging jut about 10 mm and no threat from water runoffs from the North.

However, he said that the City Hall could not afford to lower its guard and was closely monitoring the flood situation.

The Royal Thai Air Force has instructed its air wings in Nakhon Ratchasima, Ubon Ratchathani and Udon Thani to be on the stand by to help flood victims and to fly relief materials to badly-affected areas.

 

20 Sep 2013
3:36 pm

Raman district police station’s duty officer Pol Lt Siripong Thongyang said police reinforcement was rushed to a bridge on Highway 4067 from Kotabaru-Tha Rua after being alerted of the clash with the southern insurgents.

On arrival they found an abandoned pickup truck bearing Bangkok license plate with two front doors open and a motorcycle lying  on the road. A Nokia mobile phone and a pair of slipper and several M16 and  11 m.m. spent  shell casings were also lying on the ground near the truck.

Initial investigation revealed that a group of special task force soldiers spotted a suspected pickup truck and followed it along the road. The truck was earlier reported to be stolen while parking at the Ban Tonsai market in Bacho district. The truck belongs to an ice-cream distributing agent in Pattani.

As the truck parked at the bridge and the driver came out to talk with about 7-8 men arriving on several motorcycles, the following soldiers decided to order all the men to stop for search. But they were fired upon by the  men.

In a brief gun duel, all the men escaped into densely bushes  leaving behind pools of blood indicating at least three of them were shot and wounded.

Police and soldiers are out to hunt down the fleeing insurgents, he said.

The officer said the truck was stolen from Bacho by an insurgent group led by Abdulrohim Daeesor or dubbed Black  Pele who is active in Raman, Ruesor districts. The truck was believed to be used for car bomb attack.

20 Sep 2013
11:29 am

Police said they could not yet confirm either how many protesters were wounded or killed  from the gun attack as protesters still barring the policemen to enter the area for forensic inspection. It was still unknown if the gunmen arrived in a motorcycle or pick-up truck as protesters did not give any cooperation to them.

But the police said that they have ordered checks at all local hospitals to see if they had admitted any injured protesters for treatment or not.

The shooting has enraged the protesting rubber farmers who vowed to insist on their latest 6-point  demands, one is the call for 100 baht for raw sheet rubber and another for the government not to use force against them.

18 Sep 2013
7:01 pm

Nakhon Si Thammarat governor Viroj Chivarangsan said this afternoon that the  extension of the enforcement of the law was necessary as a precautionary measure against untoward incidents which might occur at night.

He said there was a good sign from the protesters after talks between government representatives and the protest leaders.  The protesters have removed some barricades from the road and allowed some vehicles to pass through but further talks would continue, he added.

At the cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra expressed her concern about the falling rubber prices and instructed all governmental agencies concerned to collect information about domestic demands for raw rubber for road construction, surface paving or for the manufacturing of rubber gloves and medical equipments so that the government would be able to unload its rubber stockpile without affecting market prices.

Media calls for understanding

Meanwhile the Thai Journalists Association and the Thai Broadcast Journalists Association today issued a joint statement calling both the police and protesters to understand the role and duty of the media.

“The media is not a conflicting party with any side.  The media has no intention to present one-sided story.  But there are obstacles in getting into the protest site because of intimidation and lack of confidence on safety problem.  These have prevented us from getting the truths from the protesters who are in trouble.  If the protesters allow the reporters and photographers to do their job at the protest site without any pressure and with confidence of their safety free from all forms of intimidation from all sides, the media will be able to do their job in a fair manner to all,” said the statement.

18 Sep 2013
3:47 pm

Atris Hussein, a 48-year-old Swedish citizen of Lebanese origin, is accused of possessing nearly 3,000 kilograms (6,500 pounds) of ammonium nitrate in various forms. Ammonium nitrate is a fertilizer that can be used to make explosives.

He was arrested Jan 12 at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport and later was led to a warehouse packed with more than four tons of fertilizer and other materials that can be used to make bombs. He was later accused of having links to Hezbollah militants. But he strongly denied.

Hussein’s arrest came as the US and Israel warned of a terrorist threat in Bangkok against American and Israelis.

17 Sep 2013
7:54 pm

In Ra-nage district of Narathiwat, a pillion-riding gunman, wielding an AK47 assault rifle strafed a pickup truck, killing a Muslim man and injuring another.

The dead victim was identified as Neema Maruebo-uma, 45, and the other who was injured was identified as Roza Makae, 42.  The driver of the truck, 50-year old Saseng Jehda-or escaped unhurt.

Saseng told police that he persuaded the two friends to join him for a ride to Tanyongmas market for some business.  After finishing with the business, they travelled to Do Song Ngor market using a short-cut route.  But in the middle of the journey, a motorcycle approached them and the pillion rider opened fire with his AK47 rifle into the truck.

Neema who sat on the front seat next to the driver was shot once in the head and believed died instantly.  The other was injured.  The truck itself sustained more than 10 bullet holes.

Police suspected that the attack was perpetrated by insurgents.

Meanwhile in Nong Chik district of Pattani, Veerayuth Thongnopparat, a teacher at Ban Nam Dam school in Tambon Pulo Puyo,  was riding a motorcycle home from school  when he was shot at by a pillion-riding gunman.

The gunman fired one shot which hit the teacher’s cheek but the victim drew out his pistol and fired back at the gunman forcing him and his accomplice to flee the scene.

Veerayuth managed to ride his bike to seek help at a demonstrating farm in Ban Nam Dam.  He was later rushed to Nong Chik district hospital for medical treatment.

17 Sep 2013
6:17 pm

But no ranger was injured in  the bomb attack. The area was immediately sealed off to check for more bombs which might be buried underneath the road.

The explosion was just 200 meters from the rangers’ 4613 field base.

17 Sep 2013
12:01 pm

A village defense volunteer was shot dead last night  in a drive-by shooting in Ruesor district of Narathiwat province.

 Police said that Arwae Sama, 37, a village defense volunteer was riding home in his motorcycle when two men in a motorcycle pulled alongside. The pillion rider drew out a pistol and fired several shots at him.

The volunteer died on the spot with his motorcycle lying near.

Police established personal conflict or insurgency as two motives for the slaying.

17 Sep 2013
9:48 am

Security officials in the trouble-plagued South  now are on high alert watch of the sale of “Pinto” or a common multi-locked food container after the increase in the sale of this common food container in southern retail shops.

During the past several weeks, there was unusual high increase of pinto sale from retail shops and shops that sold goods for use in Buddhism ceremonies. The usual sale prompted fear among security officials pinto might be exploited and turned into high-power home-made bombs similar to the making of old LPG gas tanks to make powerful explosives by southern insurgents.

The Internal Security Operations Command now has advised all local authorities to keep close watch on  retail shops which have pinto on sale if they spotted any purchases of such food containers by shoppers, and alerted relevant security agencies immediately. This is a mean to stop the use of pinto to make bombs, the ISOC said.

16 Sep 2013
5:16 pm

He died of old age and was pronounced dead at 6.20 a.m.

His relatives will perform religious rites for him on Friday.

Chin Peng led the MCP guerrilla insurgency and fought against British and Commonwealth forces to establish an independent Communist state.

Chin Peng was once Malaysia’s most wanted man. Chin Peng whose real name was Ong Boon Hua, would have marked his 90th birthday on October 19.

He had been living in exile mostly in Thailand after he was  barred from returning to the country after his birth despite the terms laid down in the Haadyai’s Agreement 1989 involving the Thai and Malaysian governments.

In accordance with the agreement, MCP members who laid down arms would be allowed to return to their homeland if they so chose.

Chin Peng was routinely described by the previous ruling Barisan Nasional government as a “communist terrorist” and his battle put down as a “bloody insurgency” in the mainstream media.

But Chin Peng saw himself a freedom fighter against colonial British rule instead and had insisted the previous Malay government stop painting him as a bad guy.