Tenants flee Wiang Ping Mansion blaze
Fire engines rushed to the scene of a reported fire on
the 12th floor, Wiang Ping Mansion on Chiang Mai-Lampang Super Highway, May
7. Residents were fleeing the building in panic as smoke billowed out the
top floor, but the doughty fire fighters, hoisted to the top floor with
their advanced equipment, soon extinguished the blaze.
Police officers learned that the fire apparently started
in room number 1212, belonging to Rob Low, 27, a British national, and
rented by a Nick, an Australian who was out on that day. The cause of the
fire was not immediately known. No deaths or injuries resulted and damage
was estimated at around 250,000 baht.
Eye witness Saijai Khamsan, manager of Wiang Ping Mansion, said that she
first saw smoke on the 12th floor when she walked out of the building and
she and her staff tried to extinguish the fire before calling the police.
Invasion of the insects
34 fly larvae in one nasal cavity
and a leech in a windpipe
A 39 year old woman, feeling a pain in her cheek went
to see Dr. Thawee Thanu-paprangsan at Nakornping Hospital, Chiang Mai.
When the doctor zoomed in with an otoscope, he found fly worms in her
A medical team removed 34 worms from her nose under
anesthesia. It was later learned that she had been feeding pigs,
surrounded by many flies, and it is assumed that a fly flew into her nose
and left eggs there. Doctors say the surrogate mother has totally
Earlier this year, a patient was found to have a
leech, 8 cm in length, in his trachea. Dr. Ladawan Harnpairoj said the 19
year old had a dark brown moving object on his vocal cords, and it was
later discovered to be a blood-sucking leech. Apparently, the patient
drank water from a creek, resulting in the opportunistic leech leaping
into his throat, while looking for the lost chord.
Hell hath no fury like a ripped off beauty queen
Following their glittering wins in yet another beauty
contest, Miss Songkran and her runner-up tried to cash their checks but were
shocked to have them returned by Thai Farmer Bank. The ladies informed the
police and it soon became the talk of the town. The company, challenged by
the police, finally agreed to pay up despite claiming heavy losses.
Dokfah Puangtin, 20, Miss Songkran, and Maliwan Teuksiri,
19, the runner-up, said they had tried to get payment from the company
without success. Finally the police were informed by Sunee Inthatpian,
representing A.R. Entertainment Co., Ltd., Bangkok, that they had agreed to
pay the ladies — she also told them that the company was facing a loss of
more than 15 million baht.
Few companies find it worth organizing activities in
Chiang Mai, as they always lose large sums unless they are well connected,
is the rumor.
Burmese forests logged
to supply Thailand
Supoj Laowansiri, Mae Hong Son governor, recently spoke
about the government and the private sector supporting the import of timber
from Myanmar through Mae Hong Son, as the province is next to Shan State,
Burma and the Burmese government wishes to export timber to Thailand.
imported from Myanmar.
To import wood from Myanmar requires permission from the
National Security Council and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to prevent
conflicts, and Mae Hong Son province had approved the import of wood from
Burma, but required it all to be in order and legal according to Thai law.
Supoj added that Baan Nam Piang Din in Muang, Huay Ton
Noon in Khun Yuam district and Doi Hang Lee in Mae La Noi district, Mae Hong
Son, might be the areas for timber imports. However the province would
consider if the forests in those areas were in any way negatively affected
by the logging, even though Burma seemed unconcerned about exporting timber
There are still concerns about smuggling logs from
Thailand to Burma, then re-importing it as Burmese lumber, as happened
before in 1997. Mae Hong Son would attempt to prevent this by using the
Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to control transfers from Burmese mills to
Pathumthani or Ayuthaya.
Burma had approved the sale of five thousands logs in Mae
Ja districrt, Loi Kaw province, Burma, located opposite Baan Huay Ton Noon
in Khun Yuam, Mae Hong Son to Polpana Co., Ltd. Tripana Co., Ltd. had
already set up a go-down at Baan Pang Moo in Muang Mae Hong Son to store
imported timber from Burma.
Poonsak Soonthornpanichakit, president of the Mae Hong Son Chamber of
Commerce, said that the government should approve importation of timber from
Burma as the province’s economy was poor and, subject to all permits and
authorizations, it would certainly boost the economy. He expediently
believes that there would no affect on Mae Hong Son or Burma if officials
acted according to their duties.
Chiang Mai hotels reach fire protection standard
Chiang Mai governor Suwat Tantipat presented
certificates and fire protection flags to the 47 attending out of 65 hotels
reaching the standard at an event organized by the Department of Labor
Protection and Welfare, and in cooperation with the Thai Hotel Association
The governor repeated that hotel businesses and tourism
are the mainstays of the province and improving standards will attract
tourists to visit Chiang Mai, resulting in additional income for the city.
The governor stressed that hotel business owners must
protect the lives and wealth of visitors, especially against fire and
disasters such as earthquakes. The province already has teams prepared to
deal with these situations in every area, and hotels can call on their
400 Khun Sa soldiers surrender to the
Security officers of Mae Hong Son stated that on April
30, 400 Tai tribesmen (former Khun Sa troop militia) surrendered to the
Myanmar government in Rangoon. The Tai tribesmen said that after the
government had seriously oppressed the minority groups they had considered
giving up rather than die or live as fugitives.
A series of meetings were held between April 29 to May 5,
2005 among 13 minority group militias who had not surrendered to the
government. It was organized at Kolaheng base, Myanmar, located opposite
Baan Mae Salid in Song Yang district, Tak, led by Pado Patin, the president
of Karen National Union (KNU). Burmese opposition members also attended the
The main points discussed at the conference were the
conflict between the government and minority groups; how to deal with the
conflicts and to select an assembly to negotiate with the government.
The government had persuaded minority groups who
surrendered to attack others that had not given up the struggle, especially
Tai Yai and Karen Ka Ya who were attacked by tribal militias supported by
the government. The conference, therefore, also discussed means of
protection from attack by other tribesmen.
Chiang Mai gets into shape
fitness freaks attended the First Aerobic Marathon on May 1 at Chiang Mai
Municipality stadium, organized by the Platinum Fitness Center, and presided
over by Udornpan Chantarawirot.
270 million baht to
encourage different crops
1,500 garlic farmers in seven districts in Mae Hong Son
presented a petition at Mae Hong Son City Hall on April 26 to request the
government to deal with the decreasing price of garlic, by purchasing their
dry garlic at 30 baht per kilogram, as per the PM’s promise.
Supoj Laowansiri, Mae Hong Son governor, informed the
farmers on May 4 that the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives had
approved 270 million baht to purchase dry garlic from Mae Hong Son garlic
farmers who had registered.
“As a policy of the cooperatives, it will purchase
garlic, not over 15,000 tons, at 18 baht per kilogram, and purchase garlic
from each farmer not over 350,000 baht,” the governor said. He added that
these farmers had to grow other products instead of garlic, such as red
onion, onion, lychee and longan or oranges, as requested by the ministry.
Garlic purchasing at a price well below the requested 30
baht starts from May until the farmers run out of garlic.
Dog slaughter provokes outrage
Thai Animal Guardians drafting laws
Dogs living in Don Chan Temple, under the protection of
the monks, have been allegedly abducted, killed and eaten by alien laborers
living nearby. Learning of this, Sanya Sookrasorn, legal consultant of the
Thai Animal Guardians Association, took Chiangmai Mail reporters to
see the remains of five brutally slain dogs at Don Chan Temple in Muang,
Chiang Mai. The remains were thrown in a grove behind the temple. An
eyewitness said that he saw alien construction laborers doing the cruel
Sookrasorn, Thai Animal Guardians Association law consultant, showing
skewers of dog meat.
Volunteers of the Lanna Dog Rescue excavated the dogs’
remains, and found a dog’s head and skinned body, but could find no
entrails. The remains with legs of the dog and other skewered meat were
found by two nearby bonfires.
Sanya said that there were almost 40 dogs left living in
Don Chan Temple. The temple takes care of them in cooperation with Lanna Dog
Rescue, an organization responsible for dog birth control.
remains at the scene.
“In my capacity as the representative of the Thai
Animal Guardians Association, I initially informed the police at Mae Ping
Police Station, Chiang Mai, to pursue those heinous and savage killers,”
Sanya said. He added that laws protecting animals are not very strong;
therefore, in cooperation with the Dr. Parnthep Rattakorn Faculty of
Veterinary Science at Mahidol University, he was drafting documents and
regulations concerned with animal protection and maltreatment, hoping that
this could help establish a law with teeth.
Wilaiwan Pechsoponsakul, coordinator of Lanna Dog Rescue
criticized this savage act in a civilized world. However, the Lanna Dog
Rescue team would take more action to rescue vagabond dogs in several
temples in Chiang Mai such as Chedi Luang Temple, Suan Dok Temple and Don
The following day, Sanya Sookrasorn, from the Thai Animal
Guardians Association, gave more details on the savage dog killing at Don
Chan Temple. There were apparently two more dogs killed, with eyewitnesses
saying that this was done on temple grounds. So far, police officers have
not pursued the killers; therefore he would report to the Commissioner
General in Bangkok that there was no movement of provincial police.
Normally, Don Chan Temple is a residence available for
300 hill tribe students, and there is a construction site beside the temple
with mostly Tai Yai and Burmese labors, being the persons suspected of
killing the dogs.
Sanya and other volunteers of Lanna Dog Rescue team have
now asked for permission from the temple abbot to move 40 dogs out of the
temple. He moved ten dogs to Thai Animal Guardians Association, Chiang Mai
office, covering 7 rai of land in San Sai district, and the other dogs were
taken on by other volunteers.
“Not only dogs stay at the Don Chan Temple, but there are also10 wild
pigs. If they are not moved from the temple I’m afraid that they will be
killed as well,” said Sanya.
Pawnshops stock up with funds before new school semester
Hocking to cover the high costs of education
Se-nee Wilaijit, manager of Chiang Mai’s first
pawn-shop and region 7 inspector, in charge of 17 pawnshops in the upper
north, said that three pawnshops in Chiang Mai municipality area had
prepared funds of 70 million baht to support parents before the new school
semester. There were 200 customers a day in April giving the three pawnshops
an increase of 10 percent over the same period last year.
Possessions brought to the shops were mostly gold
ornaments and electrical appliances. However, the shops had offered lower
interest rates from April 18 to August 15; 75 satangs interest per month is
charged for amounts not over 3,000 baht, one baht interest for 3,000-50,000
baht, and 1.25 baht interest for 50,000-100,000 baht.
Some goods were rejected by the pawnshops such as VDO
tape players and cars, but film cameras were allowed. The total amount lent
may not exceed 100,000 baht.
“As the new school semester approaches, parents face
additional expenses for their children and pawnshops may be a choice for
those parents with insufficient income,” said Prapat Poojareun, Lamphun
He added that Lamphun municipality had borrowed 20
million baht, personally guaranteed by the mayor and a deputy mayor, from an
individual and the manager of a pawnshop expected that this amount would be
adequate for resident’s needs. Many more parents are taking advantage of
pawnshops this year, probably because of higher costs for student uniforms
and education supplies.
Jirasak Inbang, pawnshop manager in Phayao revealed that
the government requested pawnshops to reduce interest rates during the new
term from now to August 15, 2005, to help residents who receive only limited
Pipat Wiriyawongroj, a manager, said that pawnshops in
Chiang Rai had set aside 25 million baht to serve residents, especially from
April 18 to August 10 and he also expected an increase in customers. About
500,000 to 600,000 baht were spent per day, which is expected to increase to
a million baht per day as the time of the new term draws closer.
Chiang Mai Y’s Men’s Club prepares for regional conference
Committee members of Chiang Mai Y’s Men’s
Club held a Rod Nam Dum Hua presentation for all their past presidents. They
are currently engaged in preparations for the South East Asia regional
conference May 13-16 at the Empress Hotel Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai Night
Safari lacks animals
It only needs an additional 300 million baht
In order to actually display animals at the Night Safari,
three things need to be realized: some animals need to be acquired; experts
made available to manage and administer the animals; and to plan to develop
the Night Safari to become a self-sustaining business.
To achieve this, Sopon Damnui, director of Thailand
National Zoo (under HM The King’s patronage) a sub-committee responsible
for the animals of the Chiang Mai Night Safari project, said that the Night
Safari’s previous administrative areas have been transferred to the
Organization for Tourism Development, Office of the Prime Minister.
The Chiang Mai Night Safari was initially established in
2003 with an opening planned for April 13, 2005, but it was delayed even
though the construction was 90 percent completed. The lack of animals that
were supposed to be imported from foreign countries was cited as the cause
of the delay.
There were a few protests in Kenya and other countries
including Australia about the export of the animals to Thailand.
Initially, a fund for providing animals was set at 37
million baht, but the sub-committee later found that it needed to spend
about 160 million baht and it recently requested the cabinet for another 300
million baht to provide some animals to display.
More hail storms
cause damage in North
Another heavy storm swept over three northern provinces
on May 3, causing damage to farmland and houses. Lime-sized hailstones hit
Fang, resulting in 180 houses at Baan Khoom, Tambon Monfin and Baan Luang
being destroyed and other property, including vehicles, lychee and orange
orchards severely damaged.
Food and blankets were handed out to residents affected
by the hail storm and more support has been requested.
In Chiang Rai a heavy storm blew over Tambon Pangae and
rain and hail damaged 1,200 houses and crops. Fifteen houses were destroyed
at Toong-gua in Muang, Lampang, and many trees were destroyed in Mamaw
district, Lampang. Schools houses and crops at Tambon Nasak and Tambon
Sobpad were destroyed by the heavy hail.
The meteorology center in the northern region has
informed locals to beware of more rain and hail storms.
Quis custodiet custodies?
Pirates raid pirated music customers
Led by Prasert Srikitrat (Guitar Mag), 40 musicians,
restaurant owners and residents who were charged copyright fees gathered to
request justice at Lok Moree Temple on May 3.
unhappy musicians, restaurant owners and residents.
Prasert revealed that there were persons claiming to be
representatives of a music company collecting song copyright fees, but were
unable to present proper identification and documentation or warrants that
could confirm their claim. They cooperated with some policemen to collect
fees, which appeared to be extortion.
Restaurant owner Poramat Matjit said, “This group of people first act
like other general visitors and ask to listen to music but later claim that
the music has been pirated, threatening a criminal court case. We suspect
that this group is cooperating with some policemen as we saw them with the
Chiang Mai Zoo presents Masai tribe performances
Proud Masai tribesmen from Kenya join the animals at
Chiang Mai Zoo in culture and lifestyle performances during the month of
warriors interacting with the audiences.
Thanapat Pongpamorn, director of Chiang Mai Zoo, said
that performances would include hunting, day-to-day life, and traditional
Masai dance performances and rituals, seldom seen outside Kenya.
The Masai live in Africa, mainly in Kenya and Tanzania.
They are tall and well built and are hunters, warriors and cattle herders
by tradition. Masai warriors drink milk mixed with cow’s blood, as they
believe this makes them strong and healthy. The Masai are nomadic, moving
with their herds from place to place. Usually their semi-naked bodies are
draped in a leather cloak made from the skin of their own cattle. Masai
value their cattle above their wives and still maintain their culture and
lifestyle in a changing world.
Show time is three times per day at 11 a.m., 2.30 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. at
the courtyard stage, Chiang Mai Zoo.
The Thai National Bank in Chiang Mai declares growth in first quarter
Somsak Wongpanyathaworn, academy administrator of the
Thai National Bank, northern region, said that the northern region economy
is growing, despite deceleration due to fuel oil costs and drought, while
border trade leaps to USD 140 million and is predicted to continue to expand
in the second quarter.
Even though farmers earned more, spending on consumer
products decreased and services decelerated, probably affected by the
disaster in the southern provinces.
Export value stood at USD 161 million, increasing from
the previous year by 69 percent whilst import value stood at USD 20 million,
increasing from the previous year by only 13 percent.
It is predicted that in the second quarter border trade
will increase even more and the overall Thai economy is expected to grow by
4.5–5.5 percent. The main factors fuelling the growth of the economy are
services and tourism.
Office 1 introducing
mobile chemical safety
In today’s industrialized world, there are many
accidents, and some of them take place because of the use of dangerous
chemicals. The lack of a direct approach to this issue results in damaged
property and even the loss of lives, endangering our health and environment.
mobile unit has been fitted out with measuring tools and protection
equipment, coming to almost three million baht.
Apiwat Kunarak, director of Regional Environment Office
1, said that chemical substance accidents occur because of ignorance and
apprehension on using protective materials and tools that would stop
The minister of natural resources and environment of the
Pollution Control Department has now established a “chemical substance
accident stop network”, by providing appropriate tools and materials to
Regional Environment Office 1, and organized a workshop to train the
A mobile unit has been approved fitted out with tools
such as chemical substance protectors, oxygen measuring devices and
measurers of chemical substance evaporation, plus many other measuring tools
and protection equipment, coming to almost three million baht. There were
also five experts staying at Chiang Mai City Hall to take care of chemical
substance accidents in the northern region.
Regional Environment Office 1 will advise how to be ready for and deal
with chemical substances, to provide workshop training for sectors that are
responsible for chemical substance safety. The office also cooperates with
other sectors to protect the environment from different chemical substances
to protect natural resources and environment.
Community radio wave conflict
Government initiated community radio stations are,
apparently, interfering with other radio stations and making reception
Jaruenpong Khamsawang, DJ of Radio Thailand Chiang Rai FM
95.75 MHz, responsible for Chiang Rai community radio, said that normally a
radio antenna is not supposed to exceed 30 meters in height, with a maximum
30 Watt amplifier distribution. The audible distance should not be further
than 15 kilometers and frequencies of individual antennas must not conflict.
However, the government had planned to raise the standard
of transmission of radio stations in Thailand and if it appeared that
stations would not meet certain requirements, e.g. no news program, no
permits for DJs, or no recording of the programs, the stations could be shut
down. He added that there should only be one community radio station per
At present, radio stations in Chiang Rai were much
bothered by a radio station in Phan district, which also interferes with a
radio station in Wiang Chai district, including television reception. There
were 30 radio stations in Chiang Rai according to the records of Radio
Thailand Chiang Rai, and most stations were broadcasting in Muang and Mae
Sai districts, resulting in interference.
Sampan Changthong, head of local news office of TV
channel 11 in Chiang Mai said that there were almost 60 radio stations in
Chiang Mai facing similar problem as in Chiang Rai, because of close
frequencies of each stations such as 100.200 and 100.250 MHz.
One DJ of a radio station said that many radio stations
in each province reached the government’s target, and some stations
charged a spot fee of only 300–1,000 baht per advertisement, cheaper than
the main radio stations which charged 2,500 baht per advertisement. This
causes many clients of the main stations to cancel their advertising.
Furthermore, government radio stations were always scrutinized, and if only
a few listeners were found, their staff got into trouble and had to work
harder to compete with others.
Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-Ngam said that there
was no rule concerning the set-up of a community radio stations, but these
stations should be transferred to the Public Relations Department, and if it
appeared that any station did not follow the guidelines and standards, it
would be prosecuted and shut-down.
Disaster Relief Workshop closes
Lance Cpl. Cathryn D.
Chiang Mai - The Indian Ocean Tsunami Disaster Relief
Workshop held at the Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel here during exercise Cobra
Gold 2005 officially came to a close May 6.
The four-day workshop allowed leaders from more than 20
participating militaries from around the world to openly discuss how they
contributed to the tsunami relief effort and what could have been done to
help more people.
“The workshop was very useful,” said Australian
Brigadier Dave H. Chalmers, the commander of the 7th Army Brigade. “The
workshop helped us be more prepared in two ways; it gave exposure to all the
issues and reinforced (military) relationships.
“Disasters of (the tsunami’s) magnitude can’t be
handled alone,” said Chalmers, who was also the commander of Combined Task
Force-629 in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, during the tsunami relief efforts.
“Together we can be more effective in saving lives.”
120,000 tablets and three Hmong apprehended
Saksit Meesubkwang and
Gen. Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, commissioner of the Provincial Police
Bureau Region 5 holds a press conference to announce the capture of drug
dealers and 120,000 ya ba pills.
On May 8, Chiang Rai Provincial Police in cooperation
with Phayao Provincial Police and drug suppression division officers
arrested Banya Saeyang, 46, from Sanian, Nan, and Pranee aka Mai Saeyang,
45, and Neng Saesong, 43 from Romyen in Phayao, at the car park of Chiang
Kham Hospital in Phayao. The three Hmong tribesmen had 120,000 ya ba pills,
an automatic pistol and three cell phones. Having not challenged the police
to a pistol duel, they escaped with their lives, but were arrested and
charged with possessing drugs and guns without permission.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Wutti Wittitanon, deputy commissioner of Provincial Police
Bureau Region 5 with Chiang Rai and Nan police had learned that in November
2004, Banya cooperated with other Hmong tribesmen in Phayao and Laos to
smuggle drugs along the border in Chiang Rai and Nan. Consequently, the
officers set up a sting operation to purchase ya ba from them at the parking
lot, resulting in their arrest.
120, 000 ya ba pills.
Police seize property and drugs
Finger of suspicion pointed at bail bondsmen
Police found 20,000 ya ba pills in a car abandoned by
Sakchai Muangmala at Huay Luek Royal Project, but since he had disappeared,
police confiscated his property, including a house, three cars, title deeds
of land in Lampang and Lamphun, all with at an estimated value of 10 million
Sakchai Muangmala operates as a bail bondsman at Chiang
Mai City Hall while allegedly secretly dealing drugs in cooperation with Lao
Ta San Lee, a known drug dealer in the Northern region. He allegedly
smuggles drugs over the Burmese border into Chiang Mai and distributes them
to clients in the northern provinces. He was the guarantor for Lao Ta when
he was being charged. A manhunt for the malefactor is underway.
The police commissioner said that not only Sakchai, but
also other guarantors are concerned in drug dealings and are on the police
black list, as they guarantee bail for hill tribe drug dealers but also
involve themselves in the dealings.
War III and the extra-judicial killings are on again
Pha Muang Task Force kills two and finds 20 kg of raw opium
On May 1, the special task force of 31st Ranger Regiment,
Pha Muang Task Force, was patrolling the area at Doi Sam Sao, Chiang Rai,
and found four men in civilian clothes passing around sacks.
The officers requested a search, resulting in the
putative civilians throwing a grenade at the officers. This led to a 20
minute fusillade from the officers.
When the area was cleared the day after the event, they
found thousands of empty cartridges, two unidentified bodies and 20 kg of
The condition and whereabouts of the other two men who
escaped the extra-judicial punishment is not known.
Illegal aliens nabbed
A search by the highway police of a suspicious looking
pick-up truck on the Mae Malai-Pai Road from Mae Hong Son, apparently fully
loaded with cardboard boxes, exposed nine men, six women and two children.
This did not come as a complete surprise, as they had been tipped off that
illegal alien construction workers were to be transferred to a new site in
Suwan Surin, the driver, was arrested and after a little
gentle persuasion, admitted that he was employed by an agent in Pang Ma Pha
district, Mae Hong Son, to transport these laborers to San Sai, Chiang Mai
for 800 baht. He admitted that he had done this several times in his
specially modified truck without being caught.
The police, whilst saying the driver would be prosecuted
for harboring and transporting illegal aliens, did not reveal what they
intended to do with these unfortunates nor with the agent employing them,
and the fate of the now empty cardboard boxes is likely to be the local
Border patrol police kill two black Lahu tribesmen during drug ambush
Two black Lahu tribesmen were killed in a shoot-out with
border patrol police during the crackdown on drug transfers. Border patrol
police were led by Pol. Lt. Col. Sipanun Sornkhunkaew, head of border patrol
police troop 334 and Pol. Capt. Niran Chairat, deputy head of patrol police
The police had learned there would be a drug transfer in
Mae Ai district, Chiang Mai, on the Fang-Mae Salak Road. Both policemen and
the troops assembled on the road and stopped a motorcycle with two
passengers. When they were told they would be searched, they ran away. The
police followed them but the two men shot at the officers, resulting in a
gunfight which lasted 20 minutes.
After the confusion, the two men were found to have been
killed by the superior marksmanship and firepower of the police. The two men
were identified as Adisak Pinij, 37, and Supap (last name unknown), 40,
living at Tambon Thaton in Mae Ai, Chiang Mai. Both were black Lahu
A shotgun and 10,000 ya ba pills were found and later
sent to Pol. Lt. Col. Kobjeud Deenamjeud, duty inspector at the Mae Ai
Photo-copied bank note pays for beer
Wanting a bottle of beer but not wishing to pay for it,
Kamon Kaewpriang, 28, of Hot district, Chiang Mai simply color-copied a 100
baht note and used that to buy the beer from Buajin Itti, 40, owner of a
small wayside business.
Buajin was a bit suspicious of the color of the note, so
called in the police. The wily counterfeiter, who admitted that he had done
this successfully several times before, was duly arrested and will be
prosecuted to the full extent of the law, unless he can persuade some
friendly people in high places to accept the copious copied notes he has
Taiwanese arrested with heroin
Tipped off that there would be a drug gang from Taiwan
collecting heroin at Mae Sai border, Chiang Rai, Pol. Col. Kitti-sin
Khongthawipan assigned police officers to be on the alert at all
Alerted police at Kew Thap Yang checkpoint in Mae Chan
searched a suspicious van carrying four Taiwanese passengers. Heroin bars
broken into small pieces were found around their stomachs, held in place by
ladies knickers. The two men were Chan Yee Chen, 32, and Tai Choon Woon, 31,
each holding two bags of heroin, totaling 1.5 kilograms. The police arrested
them together with Huang Ter Chee, 42, and Chee Yeun Hua, 51, who traveled
After the usual gentle questioning, Chan Yee Chen and Tai
Choon Woon admitted that they worked for Huang Ter Chee to transfer
narcotics from Thailand to Taiwan. 1.5 kilograms of heroin, four cell
phones, 11,000 baht, 1,700 US dollars and 6,000 New Taiwan Dollars ($NT)
Video conference equipment stolen from Chiang Mai City Hall
Inside job suspected
Chanachai Plewpimai, 32, a technician from a network
installation company, reported that video conference equipment valued at
600,000 baht was missing from a conference room on the 3rd floor of Chiang
Mai City Hall.
Chanachai told police that the company for which he
worked had been approved by the Ministry of Interior to install video
conference equipment at city halls throughout the country. He was the head
of the installation team to install the equipment in the conference room at
city hall and, after the installation finished on April 7, there was one
more step left before transferring to the government service.
Having installed the equipment, he locked the door and
left a key with a city hall officer. He and the team later went to check the
equipment to prepare it for the hand-over, but found nothing. Naturally,
nobody knew anything at city hall, so he informed the police as, after deep
consideration, he predicted that it was stolen.
Suwat Tantipat, Chiang Mai governor, said that it was not
clear what actually had happened to the equipment and it did not actually
belong to the government service because the hand-over process had not been
done. It should be the responsibility of the officer who was taking care of
the conference room in which property disappeared, being in a government
service place. However, he assigned the officers concerned to check risky
points of ingress to prevent further losses.
Later, an officer of Chiang Mai Provincial Office went to
Chang Puek Police Station to see Pol. Lt. Pipat Naladech, duty
sub-inspector, to protest his innocence after a rumor had it that he was
involved with the robbery. He allowed police officers to search in his house
at Tambon Chang Puek in Muang, Chiang Mai, but surprisingly they found