Slow progress on flyovers draws complaints
Traffic jams and inconvenience to continue to April 2006
Chiangmai Mail has heard from
many readers that no one appears to be responsible for construction at Kuang
Singh and San Dek intersections on the superhighway, but much heavy
equipment litters the scenes, causing traffic holdups. The situation has
worsened since the new school term started, causing long queues at the
Chiangmai Mail tried many times to enquire of Chiang
Mai Highway District 1, responsible for highways in Chiang Mai, and
supervising contractors at both points, but were given a brush off until
finally, with the cooperation of the Bureau of Highways, Bangkok, we learned
that Jirasak Mekwichian was responsible for the construction at Kuang Singh
intersection and Chalerm Lerdkul the San Dek intersection.
Jirasak Mekwichian said that the agent company ran out of
money in January because metal and cement prices had increased, resulting in
the company being unable to afford the materials. The company is now
negotiating with a metal and cement supplier and construction was expected
to re-start in June. The construction at Kuang Singh intersection is 40
percent complete and San Dek 35 percent; and both flyovers are allegedly on
schedule to be completed by April 2006, as agreed in the contract.
He requested the residents to be patient and said he was
monitoring the company who would not default on the contract and would be
able to complete the projects as planned.
A representative from the company told Chiangmai Mail
that they bid a low price for the project while spending much capital on
reinforcing steel and cement and thus caused them cash flow difficulties.
The equipment used for construction, they said, was cheap second hand
junk from China. We can only hope that the supervising engineers ensure that
the new supplier will supply steel and cement to the correct specification.
700,000 ya ba pills found
in Lanna Hospital parking lot
Nopniwat Krailerg and
A hoard of 700,000 ya ba pills were found in the car
parking lot in front of Lanna Hospital on Chiang Mai-Lampang Superhighway
on May 30.
Samart Chot-arayaporn, 28, and Thaworn
Khongthambaworn, 20, both of Mae Hong Son, were arrested. The officers
found 700,000 pills of WY ya ba hidden in the van roof. They were charged
with drug possession.
Lt. Gen. Wongkot Maneerin, assistant commissioner-general with Pol. Lt.
Gen. Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, commissioner of the Provincial Police
Bureau Region 5 and Suwat Tantipat, Chiang Mai governor at a press
conference to show off the 700,000 ya ba pills confiscated from a van
parked at the Lanna Hospital parking lot.
This haul was the result of previous investigations
after Cherdsak Yindee was found with only two ya ba pills on May 14, and
Soonthorn Lapsopha with five accomplices with 14,000 ya ba pills found on
May 17. Police learned that all these dealers dealt mainly in the central
parts and in Bangkok.
The police also learnt that the drugs were received
from the northern region, from a gang led by Phitsanu Laoree, aka
Thanapong, aka Surachai Kirihansap, aka Yai, wanted by the narcotic
division for importing drugs from neighboring countries. He was arrested
twice with almost 1,500,000 ya ba pills in 2004. It was not revealed why,
in 2005, he was not in jail and instead out dealing in more drugs. The
two drug dealers caught this time were paid 300,000 baht to transfer ya
ba from the north to Bangkok, and were captured while parking at Lanna
The roof hiding the drugs was modified and an opening
was fitted on the outside. The two criminals confessed that the all the
ya ba belonged to Phitsanu who had now fled to a neighboring country. The
police would cooperate with that country (from where the drugs
originated) to pursue him for prosecution processes.
Pol. Lt. Gen. Wongkot Maneerin said that it was necessary to cooperate
with neighboring countries to suppress drug dealing in every region, and
this arrest was successful only because of the cooperation among officers
in Ayuthaya, Nonthaburi and Chiang Mai.
Talk fest continues on mass transportation in Chiang Mai
There’s still a long queue at the bus stop
Cooperating private sector committees, the Chiang Mai
Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Chiang Mai Industries and Chiang Mai
Bank Club invited organizations, universities and schools in Chiang Mai and
other concerned persons to meet on May 25 at the Park Hotel, Chiang Mai. The
objective being to talk about mass transportation in Chiang Mai, focusing
especially on the municipality busses that are facing some difficulties,
needing to be dealt with quickly. The conference would present the results
to Suwat Tantipat, Chiang Mai governor, as he was the CEO who could consider
the issue and speed up the process.
Tananuwat, president of the Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce.
In the meeting, several parties agreed on the set up of
mass transportation to reduce traffic jams and pollution and to meet
consumer requirements, reiterating that all conflicts must be solved.
Moreover, PAO and TAO outside the municipality area, earning high revenue
such as Tambon Suthep and Nong Pa Krang Administration Organizations, should
also be part of the busses’ management team, as the municipality area
covered only 40.2 square kilometers, but bus services would go beyond that
area, since the PAO and TAO in Chiang Mai could collect 400 million baht tax
per year. It was also felt that new routes should not interfere with the red
mini busses routes.
Narong Tananuwat, president of the Chiang Mai Chamber of
Commerce, said that the private sectors committees reached consensus on four
issues to be presented to the governor: 1. The governor should be the leader
solving the mass transportation obstructions by organizing main routes
passing schools in the city. 2. Promote the campaign for residents and
students taking public vehicles to decrease number of private vehicles on
the road. 3. Link mass transportation systemically allowing parking at pick
up points and fixing permanent schedules and 4. Release the busses as soon
Narong accepted that there had been a business conflict for 10 years over
Chiang Mai’s mass transportation system. However let us see if the impasse
can be broken.
transit system conference.
Bureaucrats squabble over budgets
While Chiang Mai sinks under a haze of vehicle pollution
Although a budget of 145 million baht had been approved
by the cabinet in 2004 to study mass transport system in Chiang Mai,
academics at Chiang Mai University said that there was confusion between two
organizations, resulting in a one year postponement.
Saowaphon, from the Chiang Mai mass transport study team.
Chaithawat Saowaphon, director of Communication
Technology Center of Chiang Mai University, said that as he was the
representative of the mass transport system in Chiang Mai study team, being
assigned by the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning (OTP),
Minister of Transport, to study the system within ten months. The study
started in December 2004, when the cooperation contract was signed. The goal
was to plan the transport system, combining red mini busses, other busses
and electric trains with the support of OTP, Chiang Mai Municipality and
Chiang Mai University. However, the study team had not received the funds to
He added that he had contacted OTP on May 20, as the 145
million baht had not yet been transferred. The budget had been approved by
the cabinet, and now it was at the Bureau of the Budget Thailand, but OTP
thought that it was at the National Economic and Social Development Board,
while that board proclaimed that it was the duty of OTP. If the funds are
not transferred within this year, it might be postponed to next year causing
a great waste of time. The government agreed to develop Chiang Mai’s mass
transit to encompass an electric train system, and requested it to be
realized quickly, not just studied.
“The conflict at the moment clogging the mass transport
in Chiang Mai is that unbalanced organizations involved in the process has
caused the release of the 26 busses to be deferred. In fact, the process
should be under the responsibility of the private sector,” he suggested.
He added, “The government fears that the mass transport system in
Chiang Mai will fall into the same trap as in Bangkok, and that the
government is not able to solve the problem. In my opinion it doesn’t need
a budget from the government but the expenditure of local funds, such as
municipality supporting 75 percent and 25 percent coming from PAO, as the
PAO collects taxes amounting to 400 million baht per year. It will be good
to see cooperation between the municipality and PAO or TAO, because the
busses need to run out of the area of the municipality to PAO and TAO
Chiang Mai asks for half billion development fund
Management of current projects criticized
Prinya Panthong, deputy governor of Chiang Mai, chaired a
meeting of administrative committees of Chiang Mai development departments
to inform them about a petition asking for 527 million baht fund from the
government to manage 77 projects as the new target strategy.
Chiang Mai MPs such as Boonsong Teriyapirom, Phanintra
Pakasame and Pornchai Arthapriyakoon all agreed to ask for the budget to
solve the garbage, natural resources and environment problems, especially
garbage which was a great problem in Chiang Mai at present that requires a
quick solution. Although some basic systems to manage the garbage are in
place, they are insufficient, resulting in garbage piled up and affecting
residents, plus creating a poor image of Chiang Mai.
The Chiang Mai CEO was criticized by MPs who claimed the
province of Chiang Mai was not even able to manage the budget allocated for
the current 11 development projects. These projects were reviewed in the
conference and all agreed that other projects need to be clarified and
verified, and documents had to be provided to report to the government if
The body of policeman slain in the south returned to grieving relatives
The body of Pol. Sen. Sgt. Maj. Chitchai Prasart, 44,
subordinate of Phayao Provincial Police special Task Force was transferred
to Wing 41 in Chiang Mai on May 25, to be claimed by his grieving relatives.
He had clashed with terrorists in Sai Buri district, Pattani, and had been
killed on May 24.
Sen. Sgt. Maj. Chitchai Prasart returns home to a full salute.
Pol. Lt. Gen. Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, commissioner
of the Provincial Police Bureau Region 5, led police to hand over the body
to his grief-stricken relatives in his hometown, Dok Khamtai district,
The commissioner said that Pol. Sen. Sgt. Maj. Chitchai
Prasart would be posthumously promoted five ranks of police and seven
classes of salary, becoming Police Lieutenant Colonel and his daughter would
be supported until her graduation from university and she would be accepted
as a government official with the rank of Policewoman Sub-Lieutenant.
Pol. Sen. Sgt. Maj. Chitchai Prasart was a Lampang Police Constable
Student, having a daughter, 17, and a son, 8. He had been on duty in the
southern region for four months before his untimely death.
Seal calf born at Chiang Mai Zoo
Chiang Mai Zoo hands out the cigars
Chiang Mai Zoo announced the birth of the first baby seal
born at the zoo on May 27, the result of breeding African seals. Both mother
and baby were well and healthy.
and the new zoo member, baby seal in Chiang Mai Zoo.
Thanapat Pongpamorn, Chiang Mai Zoo director, said that
there were 80,000 animals in the zoo, winged animals, marine animals, land
animals and amphibians. Seals are in the last category and there are five
seals in Chiang Mai Zoo. An 80 kg 7 year old female named Yak gave birth to
a baby seal weighing in at 5 kg. The baby opened its eyes and pushed to take
milk from the mother while officers watched anxious mid-wives to ensure the
success of the birth.
The seals are Cape Fur Seals from South Africa, and there
are only two zoos in Thailand displaying this kind, Chiang Mai and Nakhon
Ratchasima zoos. The seals first arrived in Chiang Mai in March 2000. It is
considered a noteworthy accomplishment for Chiang Mai Zoo to breed this kind
The public is invited to see the new baby everyday from 8.30-15.00. The
zoo is offering an opportunity for children to name the baby seal, and more
information can be obtained at the public relations office at Chiang Mai
Navy and Royal Project fight fires and make rain
Royal Thai Naval Air Force demonstrates forest fire extinguishing and informs about royal artificial rain making
Wing 41 Chiang Mai staged a forest fire fighting
demonstration with BT 67 and C 130 aircraft. The demonstration took place at
Huay Tung Thao Lake in Mae Rim, Chiang Mai, only 50 meters away from the
aircraft demonstrates fighting forest fires, spraying, at Huay Tung Thao
Lake, Chiang Mai.
Eighteen aircraft belonging to the Royal Thai Naval Air
Force are on call for extinguishing forest fires, with 365 officers, 1,047
flights and 1,167 flying hours since February, 2005. The aircraft have been
fitted electronic homing devices to extinguish fires in cooperation with
ground officers, thus enabling them to quickly move to the location of the
For the royal artificial rain making project, Wing 41 Chiang Mai provided
6 pilots and 22 officers undertook artificial rain sorties between March 1
to May 19, 2005, with 286 flights, and discharged 199 tons of chemical
substance, increasing the rain by 55 percent in 15 days. This helped to
increase the water in Bhumibol Dam, Tak, Mae Guang and Mae Ngad Dam, Chiang
Mai and Kewlome dam in Lampang by 146 million cubic meters.
Vender stands by Chiang Mai zoo moved on
Vender stands, previously in front of Chiang Mai Zoo,
have been moved to a soi beside Rukhachad Public Park, by order of Chiang
Mai’s deputy governor. The new area is a busy one, with many visitors
passing by on their way to several tourist venues such as Chiang Mai Zoo,
Kru Ba Sriwichai monument and Phra Thad Doi Suthep.
Kaew Road, renewed and re-colored.
The deputy governor added that there would be flowers
planted to beautify the scenery, and that the footpath would also be
colored. Red mini busses would be requested to park at a new parking area
that was safer, adding to the local color.
The vendor stands had been there for almost 30 years but none have
upgraded in that time, giving the area a run-down grey look.
ONCB invites those concerned to confer about ways to put the law into practice
Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB regions 5 and
6) organized a meeting on May 26 at Novotel Hotel, Chiang Mai, and invited
governors and provincial commanders and concerned sectors from 17 Northern
provinces to participate in a session transferring authority to each
province to deal with drug problems in their respective area, and
automatically report the results, and according to law.
Chanthawaro, director Legal Affairs Division, ONCB.
Kopkul Chanthawaro, director Legal Affairs Division,
ONCB, said that the conference aimed to disseminate information about
maintaining drug suppression and pursuit laws, as the government required.
There were different places at risk for drug dealings, therefore the ONCB
believes in sharing the responsibility with each province to deal with the
Cities rather than villages and rural areas are at risk. The officers
should pay special attention in cities because they are centers for dealing
drugs, but the officers had also to realize citizens’ rights, as some may
not be involved themselves in the dealings but might be wrongfully accused
or framed by drug dealers who cooperated with the officers in order to
reduce their own punishment.
Bus conflict continues unabated
Red minibuses to petition PM
A meeting of the Nakorn Lanna Transport Cooperatives to
conclude balance sheets and present the results of the year 2004, was
attended by 2,800 members, led by their president Singhkham Nunti.
of Chiang Mai’s red minibuses are worried about how the new bus system
will affect their livelihood.
One of the more important points of the conference was
how red minibuses would be affected by the proposed 26 municipality busses
that would run on three main routes; from behind Chiang Mai University to
the city along Suthep Rd. passing the canal on Chang Moi Rd. to superhighway
near Payap University then return; the second routes starting from the train
station to Thapae Gate up to Chiang Mai Gate and then returning; and the
last route beginning from Nong Hoi to the airport and to the city along
It was still uncertain whether these busses would be
released in June, but these routes were interconnected with the red minibus
routes. The cooperative said that it had never consulted with the sector
concerning the bus service, even Chiang Mai University had studied and
planned public transportation system to support all kinds of public
vehicles, but the municipality still went on its own sweet way to serve
residents with those busses, helping them, but causing problems for the
The conference agreed to resist the busses if they went into service on
June 10, and the cooperative members would present a petition to PM Thaksin
Shinawatra on his trip to Chiang Mai in June. However, the members agreed
not to trouble residents so they would not obstruct any routes and would
keep within rules of resistance.
Fuel hikes not depressing motorcycle sales
Motorcycle registrations are up in Q1
Even though fuel oil, benzene and diesel prices have been
increasing and the government has campaigned to reduce private vehicle usage
and promoting public transportation (albeit currently still-born), Chiang
Mai residents purchased many cars and motorcycles in the first four months
of this year, thus seriously increasing Chiang Mai’s traffic jams.
Autsathai Rattanadilok Na Phuket, head of Chiang Mai
provincial transportation office, said that there were over 1,000 new
vehicle registrations each month, while motorcycles registration stood at
almost 20,000 in the same period. These figures reflect an increase of 900
cars and 1,297 motorcycles over the previous year.
ICT training project provided
for staff and residents
Chiang Mai is to be a pilot province for “ICT City”
and a center of knowledge, training and technology information resources in
the northern region - but unfortunately - only in the city, therefore the
province has planned to educate those people living outside the cities with
technology information for both residents and government officials.
Chiang Mai’s governor has approved 2 million baht and
assigned the Technology Information Service Center, Chiang Mai University to
provide an ICT training project for staff and residents, by sending mobile
teams to install high speed internet and notebook computers in 22 districts
and two sub-districts, and carry out mobile training for two days in each
district. The training is about general computer use, technology information
and internet networking. Organizers expect 1,000 people to attend training
in each district.
This project also provides e-learning or long distance
remote learning to coach residents and government officials both in cities
and districts. 13 aspects of technology information have been prepared for
the training, such as computer basics, how to take care of computers,
security systems, virus, internet, network processes, typing, presentation,
information base, e-commerce website creating, multimedia and graphic MIS
and GIS. This information will be recorded in 1,500 CDs with e-learning
information, to be given to interested people. Furthermore, the computers
are able to link with a server, searching for information through the
internet and it is predicted residents and government officials could reach
e-learning from anywhere and any moment - except the many places in the
provinces where, though educated residents abound, no land lines have yet
been laid and such places are being ignored. It is expected that 200,000
persons will join the project this year.
Deputy minister of interior personally checks Mandalay pub
500 urine tests nets 14 miscreants
Sermsak Pongpanit, deputy minister of interior, and Suwat
Tantipat, Chiang Mai governor, led almost one hundred personnel, including
suppression officers and Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office
employees to check the Mandalay on Saturday, May 28, on Moonmuang Road,
Chiang Mai. They had been tipped off that it was full of youngsters and
others drinking and dancing.
Panic ensued when the night-owls saw the 100 strong
enforcers arrive, but the exit doors were already closed and they were able
to check each ID card, finding one teenager younger than 18 years old, as
well as 14 persons with a positive urine drug sample after checking almost
500 visitors over three hours. Those who proved positive said that that they
just took medicine, not drugs, but the officers took the culprits for
further medical checks. They would be prosecuted if the results still
appeared positive, while the owner of the venue would be prosecuted for
allowed a teenager younger than 18 years old to enter.
Sermsak said that since he had traveled to Chiang Mai he
felt it incumbent on a government minister to personally supervise the urine
testing and survey the increase of drug use among teenagers. The checking
process also looked into safety, drugs, weapons and noise pollution.
Tai Tribe National Day
On May 21, at Tai Lang general headquarters, the largest
base of the Shan State Armies (SSA) on the Thai-Burmese border and opposite
Baan Pang Kham in Mae Hong Son, celebrated the 47th anniversary of the Tai
Tribe National Day, joined by SSA residents, soldiers and 300 guests from
Thailand, but the mood was not very lively. There was no military parade
because most soldiers were on duty.
Col. Yodsuek spoke of the cooperation between the SSA
and SSNA to battle against Burmese government army, saying that the leader
of the SSNA, Col. Jaiyi, led a troop who had deserted from the Burmese army
join the SSA instead, to combat the Burmese government army to fight for
the independence of the Shan State.
He said that this cooperation would certainly help the
SSA become stronger and able to fight the Burmese government army. The SSA
leader appealed to the world to pay attention and to support the SSA troops
to suppress drugs in Shan State, because it could be successful.
Furthermore, human rights were another problem in Shan State which needed
to be resolved, and he requested international countries to deal with the
As for the conflict between Red Wah and SSA, it was
because of a misunderstanding that a SSA leader led a troop to attack a
heroin producing factory owed by the Red Wah at Baan Huay Ha. The SSA
argued that it was not them and said that Red Wah wanted to cooperate with
the Burmese government army to suppress the SSA, resulting in the SSA
losing much of its military force.
Dams to be built in Ping River basin in Chiang Dao
Pha Muang Task Force rolls up its sleeves
One thousand dams are expected to be built in the Ping
River basin in Chiang Dao, Chiang Mai, to honor HM the King on the occasion
of the 60th anniversary of his reign. The project is entitled “To Develop
Ping River Basin in Chiang Dao District” to collect and reserve natural
resources, soil and water at Baan Muang Na, Tambon Muang Na in Chiang Dao.
Dr. Charan Trinwuttipong, assistant minister of agriculture and
cooperatives, presided over the opening ceremony.
One dam currently being constructed is at Baan San Klang,
established in 2000, a village of 130 persons who emigrated from Burma. It
is located on the foot of Doi Tuay hill, three kilometers away from Muang Na
border at Mae Ping’s headwater.
The dam construction is under the responsibility of Pha
Muang Task Force, therefore Maj. Gen. Pairat Thongjaktu, Pha Muang Task
Force commissioner, is cooperating with dam construction campaigners as it
is a Royally-initiated Project. Thirty dams have already been built since
November 27, 2004, at Baan Lak Tang, Tambon Piang Luang in Wiang Haeng,
Chiang Mai, and construction will continue until all dams have been
completed. Local residents will be encouraged to pay attention to natural
resources and headwaters in order to preserve them.
Provincial police commissioner presides over a royally sponsored cremation
Mae Hong Son policeman honored posthumously
Pol. Cpl. Jamlong Janthiboon, 37, head of the
investigation department at Khun Yuam Police Station, Mae Hong Son, who was
shot and killed on duty, had a royally sponsored cremation on May 24 at Mae
Hong Son municipality crematorium. Pol. Maj. Gen. Thong-in Harnpajonsuek,
Mae Hong Son Provincial Police, was present as was Pol. Lt. Gen. Panupong
Singhara Na Ayuthaya, commissioner of the Provincial Police Bureau Region 5.
Gen. Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, commissioner of the Provincial Police
Bureau Region 5 at the funeral of Pol. Cpl. Jamlong Janthiboon, who was shot
in the course of duty.
Pol. Cpl. Jamlong had led 50 policemen to arrest
Pongsathorn Baramikitkul at a hut in the forest in Khun Yuam district, Mae
Hong Son. The officers surrounded the hut and Pol. Cpl. Jamlong walked
towards the hut and was shot. Although the officers returned fire, the
Pol. Maj. Gen. Thong-in said after the funeral ceremony that he had
assigned one hundred police officers to catch the fugitive with a deadline
for arrest of seven days. Pol. Cpl. Jamlong Janthiboon would be promoted to
Police Lieutenant, with seven orders of salary adjustment, and the family of
the deceased would be supported so that his children can continue to study
until they receive their bachelor degrees.
Young spray painter suicides after lover’s quarrel
On May 22, it was reported to Pol, Lt. Col. Chadchapol
Ongsiriporn, duty inspector of Mae Ping Police Station in Muang, Chiang Mai,
that a man died after jumping from a condominium in Muang, Chiang Mai.
Police and rescue teams found the man’s body, lying
face down and wearing only jeans. After checking, it appeared that his neck
and left leg were broken. He was identified as Suwit Inthajak, 25, living at
Tambon Chaisatan in Saraphi, Chiang Mai, working as a spray painter in a
garage in Saraphi, Chiang Mai.
Ratchanee Wongsraluang, 39, living on Sri Mala Rd. in
Muang, Phichit, the dead man’s girlfriend, informed the police that they
had known each other for two months and before the tragedy happening, she
and the dead man had argued, because her boyfriend had drunk too much
alcohol. She asked him to go back home and instead of doing so, he went to
the veranda and jumped.
The police officers checked the room on the fourth floor
but found nothing indicating a fight, only cigarettes, food and beer on a
table in the room. The body was sent to Maharaj Hospital to check the blood
alcohol level, and the officers would contact his relatives to take
possession of the body.
More obscene VCDs discovered
Now being supplied by mail order!
On May 28, police searched VCD shops at Computer Plaza on
Maninoparat Road in Chiang Mai, after having learned that those shops sold
obscene VCDs to the public by mail.
The search found 255 obscene VCDs of both Thai and
overseas origins, and the 18 year old shopkeeper was arrested. This offence
could earn him a prison sentence of three years or a fine of not over 6,000
baht. The seller bailed himself out with 10,000 baht.
The police said that most VCD shops smuggled in obscene
movies as they brought in a good income, and the owner would hire a junior
to take care of the shop to avoid personal arrest. There were still several
shops in computer centers in Chiang Mai doing this trade but they, possibly
having been warned by an insider, were always able to flee with their
salacious videos before the search.
Pha Muang Task Force clashes
with drug smugglers, two die
Having learnt that a drug transfer would take place in
Chiang Rai, a checkpoint was set up to catch and arrest the dealers.
On May 27, officers patrolled the Thai-Burmese border up
to Kao Lang. A kilometer away from the village they found four men with
weapons entering Thailand and accosted them but the four men fled and threw
Both sides exchanged fire for ten minutes and when it
died down, two hill tribesmen’s bodies were found. They also discovered
blood stains and a bag containing 4,200 ya ba pills, 200 grams of raw opium
and 150 grams of heroin. The soldiers pursued the gang but could not catch
It was suspected that this troop was an advance-guard for
a following caravan of drug smugglers. There were more drug transfers into
Thailand passing Baan Pang Mahan and Baan Hmong Kao Lang. These villages
were high risk points for drug enforcers due to their location near the
Thai-Burmese border and opposite Muang Mai, an area apparently belonging to
the Red Wah, a Burmese government supported tribal army producing the drugs.
to stop student sex trade
On May 24 at Thammaraj Seuksa Chiang Mai School (monk
school), Tambon Phra Singh in Muang, Chiang Mai, and the Social Development
and Human Security Office Chiang Mai set up a workshop for managing basic
information for preventing young ladies entering the sex trade. Supported by
the international organizations ILO/IPEC, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Phayao
were encouraged to be pilot provinces during the years 2005-2006. It was to
determine the basis for a standard of human trade information to solve and
prevent the problem.
Mongkol Danwilaipitikul, head of Social Development and
Human Security Office Chiang Mai, said that to manage a data information
system for young ladies in the sex trade could prevent and solve the
problem, and it would indicate groups that were at risk, by planning
procedures and budgets on human trade, including choosing target areas.
Target groups in Chiang Mai were underage children and ladies working in the
city, as well as alien communities in six provinces; Mae Ai, Fang, Chai
Prakan, Chiang Dao, Phrao and Wiang Haeng. In addition, the problem of young
beggars and flower sellers needs to be solved quickly.
Pol. Lt. Col. Somsong Monthakoon, inspector of Provincial
Police Bureau Region 5, said that human trade in nine Northern provinces was
similar to that in the past, but it was not serious in Chiang Mai. However,
he was concerned about children enjoying playing questionable games and more
young students involved in the sex trade by leaving their phone numbers with
agents. These youngsters were willing to perform sexual services even
without any pressure, only for materialistic reasons, and some were involved
in the process because friends persuaded them. Nowadays, he said, the sex
trade has changed. If men wanted the service they would contact Tuk Tuk
drivers or hotel staff, and some of those men were government officials.
However, the police officers were paying a lot of attention to the sex
Bopit Wittawirote, director of Chiang Mai Provincial
Culture Office, believed that the sex trade in Chiang Mai was spreading and
needed to be solved urgently by cooperation between every sector. He
accepted that the city society influenced youngsters to becoming
materialistic, for example through expensive cell phones and brand name
To solve the problem, young people should be taught more
morals; therefore all sectors concerned organized a seminar held June 2-4,
with teaching undertaken by 102 monks at Chiang Mai Buddhist Place, before
being sent to teach in various locations.
Gullible students lose possessions
to putative cyber lovers
A master degree student from a government university
informed the police she lost several personal items, including a motorcycle,
a cell phone, a private document folder and a thesis, in a motel at Tambon
Chang Puek in Muang Chiang Mai. The victim said that she knew the villain
was probably 25 years old, and had met him via ‘cyber-chat’ three days
They arranged to meet each other at the motel. She rode
her motorcycle to the scene and when she ventured into the rest room, the
man stole her jeans, cell phones, money and used the motorcycle to flee the
scene. He was about 170 cm tall, thin and had thick eyebrows. She begged to
have her thesis back.
Another university student, studying at the same
institute, lost items in the same way in the same place — but this time
the phantom e-snatcher was a 25 year old woman. They met over the internet,
and the victim drove a car picking her up to take her to the motel and,
while she was in the toilet, the cyber-snatcher stole her possessions. The
police believed that they were operating together and warned teenagers not
to trust strangers they might meet over the internet, as they may come to
much more serious harm than losing a thesis and a motorcycle. (Perhaps the
thesis was on gullibility?)