2 Dec 2017
1:08 pm

A huge fire broke out at a bicycle manufacturing factory in Bang Pakong district of Chachoengsao province in the early hours of Saturday (Dec 2) causing damages estimated at 30 million baht.

The fire was reported shortly after midnight at Tin Pao Industrial Co’s production and warehouse factory building which is located on a large 2-rai plot of land and quickly raged because of the flammable materials stored inside. Nobody was injured.

Over 40 fire trucks were rushed to the scene but firemen reported difficulties to enter the building to put out the fire because of the toxic smokes.

Meanwhile strong wind also fanned the fire, causing the flames to spread quickly and engulfed the 2-storey building.

The fire raged on for three hours until the whole building was burned and the roof caved in.

A factory guard said the fire started from the ground floor where huge stocks of rubber tyres and foams were stored.

He said he and his 16-year-old son ran to the scene and tried to put out the fire with bucks of water.

However they could not handle it because the fire raged quickly through the second floor where finished  bicycles and other accessories were kept.

They then rang emergency numbers, 1669, 191 and 199 for help.

Initial damages were estimated at over 30 million baht.

Bang Pakong police said the cause of fire is under probe by forensic police.

1 Dec 2017
9:51 pm

A large quantity of counterfeit goods and contraband worth about 20 million baht were seized in a raid on a warehouse in Nonthaburi’s Bang Bua Thong district on Friday (Dec 1).

Nathawut Saratan, director of the Customs Department’s investigation and suppression office, said the raid on Bang Bua Thong Factory 1 on Bang Kruay-Sai Noi road was conducted by customs officials with support from Bang Bua Thong police and administrative officials on a tip-off that the warehouse was where fake goods and contraband were kept.

The officials examined boxes and bags in the warehouse and found counterfeit goods and contraband such as handbags, shoes, cigarettes, Viagra pills and playing cards, worth altogether about 20 million baht.

The warehouse was rented by Ms Chathita Detlertthanakul, 26, but the woman, when contacted on the telephone, said she was on a trip to another province.

Mr Nathawut said the raid was a follow-up action after customs officials on Nov 23 seized a large quantity of contraband smuggled in four containers.

1 Dec 2017
9:37 pm

The Criminal Court on Friday (Dec 1) dismissed a human-trafficking case against Monta Yokrattanakan, alias Ying Kai, citing the lack of evidence.

In this case, prosecutors of the 2nd Human-Trafficking Cases Litigation Office, charged Mrs Monta, 60, with human-trafficking for a forcing a girl aged over 15 but under 18 to work for her.

The lawsuit stated that between May 2008 and May 30, 2010 Mrs Monta lured a 16-year-old girl from Mae Hong Son to work for her in Bangkok, promising to give her a monthly salary of 5,000 baht plus financial support for her to study in a school and to send some money home.   But, at Mrs Monta’s condominium at Pracha Nives in Bangkok, the girl was forced to work as a maid from 5am to 9pm everyday without holidays.  She received no monthly pay except some little amount of money for expenses.

The court found in the trial that the evidence supplied by the prosecutors did not carry enough weight to prove that Mrs Monta, who earlier depicted herself as a high-society woman, had forced the girl into slave-like labour.

The court dismissed the case as there were not sufficient evidence to find Mrs Monta had committed human-trafficking.

The demand for compensation was also dismissed.

In a separate case, on Oct 19, the Criminal Court sentenced Ying Kai to three years in jail for human-trafficking.  She was ordered to pay 590,007 baht compensation to a young woman who she forced to work as her maid.

Earlier in June, the Criminal Court sentenced her to seven years and six months in jail for a violation of Section 112 of the Criminal Code, the lese majeste law.

1 Dec 2017
9:00 pm

A combined government force seized 76 kilogrammes of heroin with a street value of about 100 million baht following a brief shooting in Sang Khom district of Nong Khai province early on Friday (Dec 1), Provincial Police Region 4 deputy commissioner Pol Maj Gen Chalong Pakpinyo said.

Pol Maj Gen Chalong said a team of provincial and narcotic suppression police and soldiers from Surasak Montree Force were deployed on the bank of the Mekong River near Ban Huay Luang Son in Tambon Ban Muang of Nong Khai’s Sang Khon district on receiving a tip-off from informants that a quantity of drug would be smuggled across the river to this spot.

At about 3am, ten men were seen arriving on a boat and went ashore, each carrying a bag.  When the authorities showed up and told them to stop for a search, some of them opened fire briefly at them while fleeing.  The men then abandoned their bags and disappeared into a nearby forest.

The authorities found in the bags 200 bars of heroin, weighing altogether 76.59 kilogrammes.

Pol Maj Gen Chalong said the heroin was believed to have been produced in the Golden Triangle area, delivered through Laos and was being smuggled into Thailand when it was seized.

1 Dec 2017
4:52 pm

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn and members of the royal family have sent floral wreaths to the funeral of Surin Pitsuwan, former secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).

His Majesty also sent royal soil for the burial ceremony of the late Surin.

The royal wreaths were placed at the funeral rite venue at Surin’s home in Nonthaburi where a large number of people came to pay respect to his body.

Surin died from heart failure at 3.07pm on the way to Ramkhamhaeng hospital in Bangkok yesterday. His body was then transport to his home in Pak Kret district, Nonthaburi where muslim religious rite was held throughout the night and in the morning.

Diplomats, politicians, government authorities, relatives and friends gathered at his house since early today morning (Dec 1) and attended the burial ceremony at Tha-it mosque at 2.45pm.

Surin Pitsuwan's funeral

Final farewell to the widely respected Surin Pitsuwan. #SurinPitsuwan #funeral

Posted by Thai PBS English News on Friday, 1 December 2017

 

As news about his death spread, prominent local and international figures and organisations have expressed condolences and paid tribute to the former Asean secretary-general and former foreign minister.

Najib Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia wrote a message on his twitter account, saying the passing of Surin was a great loss for Asean and the world of diplomacy.

United States Ambassador to Thailand H.E. Glyn T. Davies who paid respect to Surin’s body at his home this morning said “America has lost a dear friend.”

The US Department of State also issued a statement on the passing of Surin, whom they praised as”the great Southeast Asian statesman.”

“Dr. Surin was a tireless champion of the Thai people, an eloquent advocate for all of Southeast Asia, and a dear friend of the United States.

“In his many endeavors—as Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Foreign Minister of Thailand, journalist, legislator, educator, and humanitarian—he advanced international understanding and stood staunchly for democratic values. Dr. Surin had a genuine appreciation of the United States, where he obtained advanced degrees from several of our finest universities and served as a Congressional fellow early in his career.

“We extend our condolences to his country, family, and loved ones, while saluting his many contributions to the enduring ties between Thailand and the United States and to the diplomatic integration of Southeast Asia.”

Read: Surin Pitsuwan’s biography from Asean website.

1 Dec 2017
3:02 pm

Mizuno Corporation, a Japanese giant sports equipment and sportswear based in Osaka, today (Dec 1) signed deal with Thai football idol Chanathip Songkrasin or “Messi Jay” to be its brand ambassador for 2018.

The deal wss signed in Singapore, according to a statement released on Mizuno Facebook.

Chanathip will start wearing Mizuno outfits and footwears next year under its Brand Ambassador 2018 programme.

But he will appear for the first time wearing Mizuno soccer shoes in the last J-League match tomorrow (Dec 2) when Consadole Sapporo will play Sagan Tosu.

“We are excited to welcome Chanathip to our family” said president of Mizuno Singapore  Kiyoshi Tatani after the deal.

He praised the Thai international for his strong determination to be a winner in the  game and enthusiasm to achieve both inside and outside the pitch.

“This makes Chanathip a new valuable member of the Mizuno family,” he said.

Chanatip said it was an honour to become part of Mizuno family.

“Can’t wait to create my new history with them,” Chanathip said.

1 Dec 2017
12:11 pm

Prachuap Khiri Khan police yesterday (Nov 30) escorted one of the five suspects to re-enact the murder of a family of four at a rubber plantation in Bang Saphan Noi district of Prachuap Khiri Khan.

The suspect identified only as Daeng, an ethnic Mon worker at the plantation, was arrested two days ago and was charged for murder.

Police said he and four other Mon workers killed a colleague, Nampol Kamkong, and three of his family members included his wife, 5-year-old daughter and his father, after having engaged in heated quarrel over unpaid debt while they were having a drink party at Nampol’s home on Nov 26.

The other four suspects were identified only as Son, Zu, Ouu and Arlon.

Daeng told police that Arlon was angry at Nampol after the latter told Arlon to repay him 1,000 baht debt. A fist fight broke out and Nampol ran into his home.

Arlon allegedly chased the victim into the home and killed him with a machete. His wife was also killed when she tried to help her husband.

The couple’s daughter and Nampol’s father then ran out of the house. The five men chased after them and allegedly killed the two.

Police said another suspect, Son, has asked his Thai relative to approach the police to turn himself in to police yesterday (Nov 30).

He denied any involvement in the murder of the family. Police said they have collected evidence at the scene for proof if the suspect was involved.

Three other suspects are still at large.

30 Nov 2017
10:37 pm

A man who allegedly committed a string of sexual molestation acts against female bus passengers has been arrested by police at his lodging in Pathum Thani province.

The suspect whose name was not disclosed by the police is being held in custody at Bang Sue police station.

The suspect who regularly rides on buses to go to various places to distribute leaflets reportedly told police inquiry officers that he had repeatedly committed between 20-30 molestation acts during September-November by touching the breasts of female passengers usually on bus routes 8, 24, 28, 29, 97 and 510.

None of the victims filed complaint against him until a female student lodged complaint with the police together with a clip of her being allegedly molested by him on a bus, leading to his arrest.

Pol Maj-Gen Sompong Chingduang, deputy commissioner of Metropolitan Police Bureau, meanwhile, urged molestation victims to come forward to the police along with photos or video clips, if there is any.

If the victims chose to stay quiet, the molesters would continue such acts and more people would be abused, he said.

According to a recent study about sexual harassment on public transport in Bangkok by Thammasat University’s Faculty of Public Health, 35 percent of 1,654 respondents admitted that they were sexually harassed on public transport at least once.

Fifty percent of sexual harassment took place in public buses; 11.4 percent on taxi motorcycles; 10.9 percent in taxis; 9.8 percent in public vans; and 9.6 percent on elevated trains.

Thirty-five percent of the respondents said they used to witness sexual harassment on public transportation, but only 28 percent said they alerted the bus conductor about the incidents.

 

30 Nov 2017
9:27 pm

Residents in Muang and Tha Sala districts of Nakhon Si Thammarat have been told by officials to brace for flooding after almost 400mm of rainfalls were dumped into the province, particularly in the mountainous Khao Luang area.

Runoffs from Khao Luang have been gushing downhill with force toward the two districts and the airport.

The level of water in Klong Thadee in Lan Saka district has been rising quickly and steadily that it almost breaks its banks.

In Tambon Thungloong of Hat Yai district, the overflowing Klong U-tapao has inundated the market, over 100 households and many shophouses.  Flood water was measured at about one metre deep.

Irrigation officials opened the sluice gate at Ban Na Kuan and cut a ditch across the bypass road to facilitate the flow of excess water from Klong U-tapao into the Gulf to spare Hat Yai from flooding.

In Pattani, many residents were trapped in their houses because they could not get out as the current is strong and the level of flood water was about 2 metres in some places.

In Yi-ngo district of Narathiwat, para-military rangers were deployed to distribute relief materials and medicines to residents in isolated areas who were trapped in their houses.

The Thai Meteorological Department issued a weather warning at 5pm today (Nov 30) saying that low-pressure cell that covers Malaysia and the lower South of Thailand is expected to move to the Andaman Sea tonight.

Outbreaks of continuous rain are forecast with torrential downpour much of the South. Residents should beware of possible flash flood and inshore surge.

Affected areas are as following:

Nov 30: Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Ranong, Phangnga, Phuket, Krabi, Tang and Satun.

Dec 1: Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Ranong, Phangnga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun.

The wind in the Gulf and the Andaman Sea will get rough seas 2-3 meters high. All ships should proceed with caution, and small boats keep ashore.

30 Nov 2017
7:41 pm

Pol Maj Veerawut Vajjanapukka, former secretary to Boonsong Teriyapirom, a former commerce minister, has been found by the National Anti-Corruption Commission to be 896.5 million baht unusually rich in connection with the bogus government-to-government rice deals, NACC deputy secretary-general Vorawit Sukboon said on Thursday (Nov 30).

Pol Maj Veerawut, was the 3rd defendant in the G-to-G rice case, who escaped when the case was brought to the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions.  A warrant was issued for his arrest.  The lawsuit against him was temporarily shelved.

Boonsong Teriyapirom

The court delivered its ruling on the G-to-G rice case on Aug 25.

Mr Vorawit said the NACC’s finding will be forwarded to the Office of the Attorney General.  The OAG will be asked to request the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions to order the freezing of Pol Maj Veerawut’s assets in line with the NACC Act of 2009.

Pol Maj Veerawut’s assets–of which the acquisition could not be clarified–include:

  • 53 bank accounts of Pol Maj Veerawut, his former spouse, children, relatives and close associates totalling 567.7 million baht
  • 260.1 million baht investments
  • 12 plots of land in Bangkok worth 57 million baht
  • A condominium in Bang Rak worth 6.2 million baht; and four cars worth 6.3 million baht.

The NACC had earlier ordered the freezing of assets worth 99.2 million baht of Pol Maj Veerawut, his former spouse and children.