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Red, yellow, white and green vs multicolored municipality buses

Bus overturns killing two and injuring others

China FTA problems surfacing, but not in the Mekong River

Decentralization discussed in Chiang Mai

Children and youth face difficulties in today’s society

Economy to grow by no more than 6 percent

Doi Tao district residents again protest garbage pits

Christians concerned over Burma organize “Run for Relief”

Municipal buses introduced despite minibus operators protests

Local observatory for Chiang Mai

Successful Thai-Laos cross border cooperation conference in Chiang Mai

Doi Angkhang Royal Project using solar power to overcome high power bills

Musical Chairs in the corridors of power

Out of season tainted longan harvest unwanted

Governor to clamp down on beggars

Strung out Italian hangs himself

New law thrown open to discussion first in Chiang Mai

Army blockades drug gang

Shootout at the Sansai corral

The never-rest Pha Muang Task Force nabs Nepalese drug runner

Red, yellow, white and green vs multicolored municipality buses

4,500 minibuses are revolting!

Nopniwat Krailerg

The red minibuses to which we are so reluctantly accustomed are getting ready for a head to head with the new municipal minibuses.

The president of the Nakorn Lanna Transport Cooperatives (speaking from the Red corner) said that he had never been consulted by the municipality and the study team. He worries that the income of the 2,700 red mini busses will fall as the municipality busses plan to drive on the same routes. He confirms that they will resist all measures to make the life of tourists and residents of Chiang Mai easier and will present a petition jointly with three cooperatives and a company representing 4,500 minibus members.

Singhkham Nunti, the president of the Nakorn Lanna Transport Cooperatives told Chiangmai Mail that the municipality intends to spend almost 60 million baht to release 26 busses to serve Chiang Mai City residents and tourists. There are three routes on which the yellow busses used to cover 15 years ago (all of which are not well remembered by today’s tourists).

However, all the new busses have arrived in Chiang Mai and they are in the process of licensing and painting, ready for service as soon as the paint dries.

Singhkham hopes to present a peaceful petition to the Chiang Mai governor, Chiang Mai transportation office, and the municipality. If the conditions are not met, he is ready to present a petition every day. He has consulted with Nakorn Lanna (red minibus), Nakorn Chiang Mai (yellow minibus), Sankampaeng (white minibus) Transport Cooperatives, and Romluang Co., Ltd. (green minibus) to resist the new busses.

Singhkham also said, “There has never been any discussion among us to permit these interloping busses to run. The municipally does as it likes, including the study team, comprised teachers of Chiang Mai University who study transportation, and never confer with me. During the recent mobile cabinet in Lamphun, the cabinet approved 145 million baht to construct an electric tram transport system for Chiang Mai Municipality. A part of the funds is for renewing the red minibus routes but I never knew about it. It seems that they are on their own, although red minibuses are important.”

He raged on saying, “I presented a petition to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra about the new busses and a document was sent to Chiang Mai office to pursue these events, but nothing happened. I confirm that if the busses start to run, be warned, all members and I are going to do something, surely.”


Bus overturns killing two and injuring others

Saksit Meesubkwang

A notorious curve in the road at the Palaad slope near Doi Saket claimed more victims on March 3 with a bus overturning and falling around 40 meters into the ravine. The bus was carrying 39 university students and two teachers from Rajabhat Phuket University on a field trip to the North.

A tour bus carrying university students from Phuket overturned at the Palaad slope near Doi Saket, killing two.

In the accident, two students Talabpetch Bumra, 23, and Aseena Tora, 23 were killed, and the bus driver, Seksan Tatsuwan, seriously injured. The remaining passengers were transferred to Doi Saket and other Chiang Mai hospitals.

The cause of the accident is presumed to be excess speed for the conditions and the topography.


China FTA problems surfacing, but not in the Mekong River

Saksit Meesubkwang

Severely affected by the drying out of the Mekong River, Thai exports have decreased drastically. The import-export trading at Chiang Saen port in Chiang Rai has also decreased.

The once busy port at Chiang Saen is now drying up, both figuratively (commercially) and literally.

The president of the Chiang Rai chamber of commerce, Sermchai Kittiratanapaiboon, explained that it is not a lack of variety of Thai goods, but the low water level in the river is causing businesses to move to Laem Chabang and Klong Toei ports.

He said that after the Thai government signed the FTA, or “Free Trade Area”, with China, the border in Chiang Saen district gained an initial advantage from the trade balance. More Chinese goods, such as electrical appliances and fruit, were imported.

Although the Mekong River has been affected by drought, there is no real danger to national trade figures because there are alternative ports such as Klong Toei port in Bangkok, and Laem Chabang in Chonburi. However, Chiang Rai commerce should be supported, otherwise local businesses would be in trouble, he said.


Decentralization discussed in Chiang Mai

Saksit Meesubkwang

A training workshop was organized in Chiang Mai for 200 administrators from local administration organizations and political science students to instruct them in the roles and duties of providing basic services to people and about necessary services that people deserve to receive from local government.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Phong-In Rak-ariyatham presides over the workshop at Chiang Mai Hills Hotel.

The Office of the Commission for Decentralization of Power to Local Administration joined with the Faculty of Political Science of Chiang Mai University to organize the workshop on February 18, 2005, at the Chiang Mai Hills Hotel. The workshop was presided over by Asst. Prof. Dr. Phong-In Rak-ariyatham, vice rector for Academic Affairs, Chiang Mai University.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Phong-In Rak-ariyatham said that public sector reform and the decentralization of power to local administration by the Commission would be for people who lived in rural and upcountry areas. Some work would be taken from the Central Administration and given to local organizations. Because of these additional tasks, local organizations would have more responsibility, but if the work passed from the Central Administration was too excessive, inefficiency and dissatisfaction would result. The transfer of functions, human resources and budgets from the central administration and provincial administrations to local administrations was important, as local administration organizations knew better about the daily life-style of people and about the problems faced by local communities.

What local administration organizations had to do at the initial stage was to provide basic services necessary to meet the needs of the people. For example, collecting garbage, providing water utility services, installing streetlights, conserving traditions, culture, natural resources and environment.

However, he opined that even after five years of decentralization of power we still face many obstacles. Local administrators did not have a lot of experience in management and did not understand their new roles and functions. All universities should be more concerned about this and provide more technical services to communities, especially more education for administrators of local administration organizations. After education, these administrators would be able to provide better service.


Children and youth face difficulties in today’s society

Saksit Meesubkwang

The difficulties faced by the young, in a new society lacking the traditions of the old, is being brought out by Dr. Amornwit Nakhornthap, from Chulalongkorn University and manager of the Network of Researches on Children, Youth and Education of the Thailand Research Fund.

The seminar is well-attended.

At a seminar on February 18 organized jointly with the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, at Chiang Mai Hills Hotel, Dr. Amornwit said that the seriousness of the problems of the young in Thai society became more and more aggravating and the causes of the problems could be summarized as:

Dr. Amornwit Nakhornthap, from Chulalongkorn University, addresses problems faced you today’s youth.

(1) Lack of attention from the society at family level. Busy parents left children alone more and lacking guidance the children become involved earlier in sexual activity and other unwholesome activities. (2) The influence of ‘consumerism’. Youths from wealthy families would associate with peers and gangs playing cards and racing cars on public roads. The youths in this group usually resided in urban areas. (3) Media influence on sexual matters. (4) Free availability of alcohol. After drinking, youths became sexually aroused. Research worldwide by Durex concluded that Thai children rated number one in sexual precocity. (5) Gambling. Based on research, Thai youths, especially males, were more and more involved in gambling, losing 50,000-60,000 million baht per year.

Dr. Amornwit said, “Solving social problems is also important. When Thai people become wealthier but youth lack knowledge related to ethics and virtues, then the development of the country is meaningless. To become a country that is secure enough to compete with others at an international level, the population of the country must be qualified. There are several other issues that the government should oversee, such as the media that misleads the youth and the sale of cigarettes and alcohol. Education at university level does not train students in behavior. A great number of university students have passed examinations with high scores but failed at developing human relationship and socializing with others. I would like these things to be the issues for the government to oversee and pay more attention to,” he concluded.


Economy to grow by no more than 6 percent

CMU economist predicts lower than expected results

Saksit Meesubkwang

The dean of the Faculty of Economics at Chiang Mai University, Dr. Songsak Sriboonjit, expects Thai economy growth throughout 2005 to be 6 percent maximum due to the tsunami in the six southern Thai provinces, as well as the rising cost of fuel.

Dr. Songwit told Chiangmai Mail that the government increased the cost of diesel and benzene last week. The government had fixed the prices for several months, though normally they would let the price fluctuate according to the world market because Thailand could not produce its own gasoline. When the government fixed the prices, this affected every aspect of economy, immovable property, tourism, transit and passengers. Businesses needed to increase their capital and some could not afford to compete with others and were therefore forced to pay more interest for loans from commercial banks. Many businesses were facing bankruptcy or closure after commercial banks increased interest. However, this was needed to follow the US interest rate.

He also said that the interest adjustment would influence agriculture due to agricultural products this year being more expensive than the previous year, but the demand is equal, so agriculture would earn more income. The tsunami last year brought economic growth from 20 percent down to 10 percent but it is now expected that growth would not be more than 6 percent.


Doi Tao district residents again protest garbage pits

Saksit Meesubkwang

On March 2, 800 villagers from several villages in Tambon Bongtan, Doi Tao district, led by Boonsom Matha, chief of Tambon Bongtan, protested in front of Doi Tao District office about a garbage pit. The villagers presented a petition to the Chiang Mai governor to close the garbage pit as it is malodorous.

Pol. Col. Somchai Intharasothi, superintendent of Doi Tao Police station was assigned to check the scene but, before he could do so, word came that there were holes being dug for garbage nearby; incensed villagers immediately rushed to the scene and there learned that permission had been received from the Department of Industrial works on January 31.

Boonsom Matha said that a businessman had purchased 173 rai of land from villagers and this purchase had been approved by Bongtan Tambon Administration Organization on February 27. However, Inpha Mainuan, president of the Bongtan Administration Organization, said that he was not informed about this but a three year old permit from 2002, authorizing the transfer of garbage to this area, did exist.

He said that the garbage had a definite affect on the people and may be very serious as the area was located above Doi Tao Lake and Bhumibol dam. Rain could wash residue down to Doi Tao Lake and cause widespread pollution.

District officers, headmen, villager representatives and administration organization officers consulted to find a solution but, failing to do so, passed the muck to the Chiang Mai governor to satisfy the villagers.


Christians concerned over Burma organize “Run for Relief”

Watcharapong Jingkaujai

The participants in the fun run had a fun day out whilst raising money for a good cause.

Entire families participated happily.

Presently there are many Burmese families on the run from the Burmese army hiding in the wild. Their possessions have been destroyed and they cannot live a normal life for fear of guns, bombs and reprisals.

The Run for Relief was organized on March 5 to raise funds for the refugees on the border with Burma. There were dozens of participants in the five kilometer fun run, Thai and foreigners. It brought much happiness and joy to the participants who were, however, relieved when the run in the sun ended. Souvenir shirts were given to the refugees.


Municipal buses introduced despite minibus operators protests

Chiang Mai mayor to negotiate with red mini bus drivers

Nopniwat Krailerg

Mayor Boonlert Buranupakorn invited the local mass media to take a trip on the buses that would serve the people in Chiang Mai City and to survey the three main routes. Currently, there are two busses running on permanent routes, but this number is palpably not sufficient.

Boonlert Buranupakorn, Chiang Mai mayor, invited the local mass media to ride the new buses.

The two routes covered have been used for the past 15 years. The first leads from Nongpratheep intersection to the foot of Doi Suthep (behind CMU), around 20 km. The second leads from Chiang Mai Airport to Saikaew market, also a distance of about 20 km. Tickets are 5-10 baht and buses will start from the station every five minutes during rush hours, and every 10 minutes at all other times. It is expected that the municipality will turnover 20,000 baht per day.

New bus surveys the route

The buses are funded by a 62 million baht fund from the Local Department of Provincial Administration, Ministry of Interior. The fund is earmarked for the development of Chiang Mai’s mass transport to match local needs. It is hoped that it will reduce the use of private vehicles, thus improving the city’s environment, and increase tourism.

The municipality is being resisted by the red mini bus cooperative led by Singhkham Nunti, the president of the Nakorn Lanna Transport Cooperatives, who said he has the support of three Cooperatives plus the transport company in Chiang Mai. There are about 4,500 minibuses countering the new buses, because all will run on the same routes and this will obviously decrease the income of the minibus drivers. Petitions will be presented to Chiang Mai governor, Chiang Mai’s mass transport organization, and to the municipality, to review and amend their plan. If needed, he said with menace, they would protest, as it is their right to do.

The mayor responded, “Protest is not needed, but simply negotiation. We will design bus routes and invite the representatives from the minibus cooperative to consult, because we hope that these routes can complement each other, such as getting a red mini bus to take you to the municipal bus station. We think, furthermore, that not all people are red minibus passengers, and our main purpose is to change the attitude of people who have private vehicles to travel on the municipal buses instead.”

Autsathai Rattanadilok na Phuket, head of Chiang Mai provincial land transport office said, “The municipality has petitioned for temporary routes but it needs to apply for registration by submitting documents, have the busses checked, and pay tax to the local provincial land transport office. To transfer the temporary to a permanent route requires a separate application but the municipality has not yet applied for permanent routes.”


Local observatory for Chiang Mai

Watcharapong Jingkaujai

The Science Center at Rajabhat Chiang Mai University has established a local observatory with the objective of astrological studies and for local people to observe the sun, planets, and natural phenomena. The observatory is supported by the University with 386,000 baht, and a loan from World Bank of 415,000 baht, to buy an astrological telescope.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Ruangdech Wonglah, president of Rajabhat Chiang Mai University (2nd left) presides over the opening ceremony of a local observatory.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Ruangdech Wonglah, president of Rajabhat Chiang Mai University, named the observatory “80 year anniversary of Rajabhat Chiang Mai”. Both faculty and alumni and others joined the ceremony on February 12 on the deck of the Science Center building in Rajabhat Chiang Mai University to celebrate.


Successful Thai-Laos cross border cooperation conference in Chiang Mai

Nopniwat Krailerg

High level delegates recently met for a cross-border transportation seminar at the Empress Hotel in Chiang Mai.

Piyapunt Champasut, director-general of the Land Transportation Department and Latanamanee Khuniwong, president of Laos Transportation.

Piyapunt Champasut, director-general of the Land Transportation Department and the representatives of Ministry of Communication met with Latanamanee Khuniwong, president of Laos Transportation and representatives of Ministry of Communication, concerning transport by land between Thai and Laos PDR.

The conference attendants consulted, exchanged opinions and reviewed the results of the previous year’s plan, held in February in Luang Phrabang, Laos. Both parties were satisfied with concrete results towards goods and vehicle transportation.

A route between Thai and Laos PDR was opened March 1, 2004, and has been successful for goods transport. Dealers are able to select convenient transportation, and expenses decreased by 20-30 percent. International transport increased by 96 percent due to easier checking systems for the parties involved. The border crossing opening times were amended from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. until 10 p.m.

At the end of April 2004, successful, permanent transport border posts between Thailand and Laos opened up on two main routes, Nongkhai–Viangchan and Udonthani–Viangchan. The number of passengers increased, and indications were that people wanted to open other border posts. The conference discussed how to facilitate the increasing number of passengers and it was agreed to open three additional routes, Ubonratchathani–Champasak, Mukdaharn–Suwanaket and Nan–Luang Phrabang.

Latanamanee Khuniwong, president of Laos Transportation said, “We are satisfied, as the previous year’s results have been a success. Minor issues or conflicts were quickly solved by both countries. We are really satisfied with the changes made by Thailand since Laos, lacking a seaport, has difficulty in transporting goods to other countries. The support by the Thai government is excellent.”


Doi Angkhang Royal Project using solar power to overcome high power bills

Nopniwat Krailerg

Faced by high power bills for pumping water to high lying fields at the Royal Agricultural Project Station at Doi Angkhang in Fang district of Chiang Mai, HSH Prince Bhisadej Rajani, the manager of Royal Project Foundation is now using solar cells to power the pumps.

Paichit Thienpaitoon, the governor of Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) engaged Solartron Co., Ltd. to install the pumping system using power from 64 solar cell panels (120 Watts each) plus ancillary equipment. This system was installed at the pump station of a reservoir to pump, in two stages, up to a storage tower of 30 cubic meters capacity. The water is then gravity fed to irrigate the orchards, vegetables and flowers of Doi Angkhang Royal Project.

This solar-power pumping system is able to supply about 90 cubic meters of water each day. The cost of the solar cell panels was 2 million baht, which came from the interest earned from the money deposited with applications for power utility services. It is very cost effective as the maintenance cost is only 2,000 baht per year and the solar cell system could function for up to 25 years. After installing the system, the Project would save 40,000 baht per year and, as the solar cell system does not have any affect on the environment, PEA would also support other projects to use this system.


Musical Chairs in the corridors of power

Chiang Mai municipality installs four deputy mayors

Nopniwat Krailerg

Chiang Mai Mayor Boonlert Buranupakorn last week appointed four new deputy mayors. Bureaucratic Musical Chairs was played with former secretaries to the mayor now becoming deputy mayors and former deputy mayors becoming secretaries. Each position will be occupied for one year, and the mayor expects the move to revitalize the municipality. He did not reveal what was intended after they had all occupied each other’s posts for another year.

The only woman in the game, Wipawan Worawuttipong, one of four Chiang Mai Municipality deputy mayors.

Pornchai Jitnawasatian now has responsibility for the education department, Pitak Tantisak for general sanitation and environment, Wipawan Worawuttipong administration and Thai Rojanajinda public works. The old deputy mayors, Manus Sirimaharach, Chatree Cheumanochan, Poonsawas Worawan and Soonthorn Yamsiri become secretaries to the mayor effective March 1, 2005.

Boonlert said that there would be an assessment of the four deputy mayors every three months and the positions would be changed, if necessary. Shall we start the music now?


Out of season tainted longan harvest unwanted

300 farmers demanding the government buy their produce

Saksit Meesubkwang

On March 1, Prateung Kongrod, president of the Northern Export Development Group, along with 300 longan farmers gathered at Chiang Mai City Hall to demand that the government tackle non seasonal longan purchasing problems in Chiang Mai and Lamphun.

300 Chiang Mai and Lamphun longan farmers gather at Chiang Mai City Hall

Prateung said, “We are suffering losses of 7.32 million baht per day. Every day, not less than 15 containers of fresh longan need to be sold. Total damage has reached 74 million baht, and if the purchasing problem is not solved quickly, the farmers will be in trouble. We request PM Thaksin Shinawatra inform the minister concerned to solve the longan problems for both Chiang Mai and Lamphun.”

Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat promises to present the issue to the minister concerned.

Having received the petition, the governor promised to present the issue to the minister concerned, and to try to resolve the problem. Chiang Mai MP Surapol Kiartchaiyakorn said that the cause of the problem was that the longans were found to have food additives. However, purchasing was expected if no harmful substances were found.


Governor to clamp down on beggars

Saksit Meesubkwang

City police swept through Chiang Mai on March 2, with officers from the Social Development and Human Security Office, to clear the municipal area of alien beggars. Twenty alien beggars of various ages were arrested and sent to a residence operated by the Social Development and Human Security Office.

30 city police and the officers from the Social Development and Human Security office round up alien beggars in the Chiang Mai municipality area.

The clean up was needed because beggars are perceived troublesome to residents and tourists, both Thai and foreign. It also gives Chiang Mai a poor image.

The beggars, who come from different countries, often operated as a team; being dropped off at various points in the morning and picked up in the evening. Most of them were children who had the mournful and pitiful facial expressions down pat (when anyone was looking). Some women also held a baby while begging.

The interesting item will be the nationality and identity of the ring-leaders.


Strung out Italian hangs himself

Nopniwat Krailerg

An Italian expatriate resident, allegedly worried about his health, appeared to have committed suicide last week. Dominic Cossutta’s friendly ex wife, Pornapa Somsuk, 37, though no longer married to or living with him, still took care of him and called to ask if he wanted breakfast. When she received no reply she visited the building where the 76 year old was staying and found him stretched out with black pantyhose around his neck tied to the door knob of the room next to the bedroom.

Ex-wife Pornapa Somsuk, who found the corpse, informs the police.

Pol. Sub. Lt. Askorn Rakdee, sub-inspector of Changpuek police station determined that it was suicide and that the old Italian had been dead no longer than 10 hours.

Pornapa said that she had been married to the deceased and they had a son, but had been divorced for five years. Dominic then married another Thai lady but they divorced last year. She said that she had been concerned about his illness, pains in his bones and a recent heart attack, so she helped him to cook a meal every day but without cohabiting. During her last visit, Dominic had told her that he intended to travel to Europe.

The police sent the corpse to medical jurisprudence department of Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai hospital for an autopsy.


New law thrown open to discussion first in Chiang Mai

An attempt at democracy

Watcharapong Jingkaujai

The Department of Special Investigation held a seminar titled “Special Investigation Law Searching and Developing” to inform the public about the “Special Case Investigation Act B.E. 2004”. Chiang Mai is the first province where it has been introduced.

Tharit Pengdit (left), Department of Special Investigation deputy director general at the seminar.

The new law entitles authorities to utilize hi-tech equipment in order to pursue, investigate and survey criminals and/or suspects. They may, for example, hack into a computer, or use surveillance equipment.

Tharit Pengdit, Department of Special Investigation deputy director general said, “The seminar is to inform the public about the new law and receive opinions from government and private sectors concerning putting the act into force. This information, opinions and advice will then be applied to develop the law. Thus will increase efficiency and bring justice to the people. The department selected Chiang Mai as the first area to hold the seminar, and it will be staged in other provinces later.”

Prinya Panthong, the vice governor of Chiang Mai who presided over the opening ceremony on February 21 at the Central Duangtawan Chiang Mai Hotel said, “The changing world situation and technology, communication and transportation evolution results in more complicated crimes. Crime networks thrive both at home and abroad. The criminals are clever and perpetrate crimes by using loopholes in the law, so it is difficult to collect evidence or to arrest them. The government has realized this problem so the Department of Special Investigation has been established to control and suppress crime. It can be said that several expert persons from several disciplines will quell clever crime.”


Army blockades drug gang

Two deaths result and 15 kg of heroin recovered

Nopniwat Krailerg

A drug gang attempting to import heroin into Thailand clashed with the army on March 5. After a 20 minute exchange of gunfire, two dealers lay dead and two rucksacks containing 40 packs of heroin of about 15 kg each, two AK-47 machine guns, 153 bullets, three Chinese grenades and 29 ya ba pills were recovered.

Lt. Gen. Picharnmeth Muangmanee, Third Army Region commander said that soldiers from the Seventh Infantry reinforced troops and blocked the border in Pang Ma Pha district, Mae Hong Son, to prevent the thugs from escaping into Burma.

It was assumed that the dealers were from a Tai tribe who lived in Mae Hong Son. The heroin that was found was a new type produced in neighboring countries without any of the usual identification stamps.

The producers could be an independent group cooperating with minorities of neighboring countries and imported into Mae Hong Son in preparation for transferring to other countries. The heroin was valued at around 80 million baht in Mae Hong Son, and much more outside of Thailand.


Shootout at the Sansai corral

Four Red Wa traffickers killed

Nopniwat Krailerg

Mounting a sting operation, the Narcotics Suppression Division led by Pol. Lt. Col Jitpisut Imsa-nguan pretended to purchase 100,000 ya ba pills for 2 million baht from a gang of avaricious dealers. However, at the scene of the exchange (Third Ring Road in Tambon Sansai Noi, Chiang Mai), the six drug dealers, noting that their clients had previously been seen in shiny patent leather boots, opened fire, which was then returned by police.

After the smoke settled it was found that four had been killed, but two had escaped in a pick-up truck. It was then found that they were Red Wa, employed as drug mules.

The dead drug transporters were all around 30-40 years of age. Two sawn off shotguns, a shotgun, a grenade and 100,000 ya ba pills were found at the scene. A motorcycle was also recovered from the scene.


The never-rest Pha Muang Task Force nabs Nepalese drug runner

Sherpa takes wrong turning

Staff Reporters

On February 27, informed by one of the ubiquitous pigeons, a heavy force of police, border rangers and the cavalry set up a checkpoint at Baan Tampla in Mae Sai district. After searching an air conditioned bus, a suspicious Nepalese, Ngima Sherpa, 25, was noticed and found to be apparently very well endowed.

Further examination of the faithful family retainer revealed a strange lump of something wrapped in white paper in his underwear, a favorite place for concealing jewels and other substances. Deciding not to examine the man by using a test tickle, they unwrapped his solitary lump. Inside the white lump were five smaller balls wrapped in plastic, leading the police to believe that parthenogenesis had taken place encouraged by the organs of generation. However, 70 ya ba pills were found in each ball.

After this, the crafty Sherpa began tensing his stomach and admitted he had swallowed another 11 smaller balls. He was later admitted to Mae Sai district hospital to be X-rayed and laxatives force-fed. A total of 16 packs of ya ba containing 1,120 pills were successfully delivered anally. Prosecution awaits him as recompense for his Nepaling stupidity.