Continued rain in Chiang Mai floods San Sai and Sam Kamphaeng
Several days of rain swelled Mae Fak Creek and flooded
nine villages in San Sai, Chiang Mai, on the night of September 11 and
almost 100 houses were damaged and 10 destroyed, while areas of Sam
Kamphaeng were 50 cm under water.
Rivers overflowed and rice farms and longan orchards were
damaged and three bridges were under water, cutting off three villages.
Normally Mae Fak Creek is 10-12 meters wide but after flooding it spread to
20 meters. No death or injury reports were received.
Mae Fak TAO piled sandbags along the creek to prevent
more flooding whilst food and water were given to flood victims.
Later, on September 12, the Aon River in San Kamphaeng
flooded households at Baan San Tai where the houses were flooded to a depth
of 50 cm, damaging 40 houses and blocking roads. Sam Kamphaeng municipality
provided sandbags to prevent more flooding.
Water level in the Mae Ping River remained at controllable levels but
water passing Nawarat Bridge was reported to be rising by seven cm per hour,
caused anxiety for people living on the Mae Ping riverbanks who were
previously flooded out in August. Potential water level that could cause
flooding was limited to 3.70 meters whereas the big flood on August 14 - 16
was at 4.90 meters.
Villages in Mae Maw, Mae Tha and Lampang flooded
Rail link damaged
Chiangmai Mail Reporters
The Office of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation,
Lampang revealed that continued rain caused floods in Mae Maw; Baan Sop
Pad, Baan Sop Maw, Baan Hang Hoong and Baan Huayped. 180 households were
partly destroyed and one completely washed away. The Office of Disaster
Prevention and Mitigation in Mae Maw district provided boats, doctors and
other necessities to help residents in the area affected by flood.
Households in Mae Tha village, Tambon Hua Sua were
also flooded. Amornthad Niratisayakul, Lampang governor and other
government organizations surveyed damaged areas and gave basic aid to the
victims of the floods.
On September 11, the railway line at Tambon Wiangtan,
Hang Chat district, Lampang was flooded and immersed in sand and stones
and a train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok had to stop until Lampang railway
officers repaired the line. Passengers in the Chiang Mai-Bangkok Sprinter
were delayed for four hours.
Water volume in the Wang River and its branch flowing
into the center of Lampang was high, causing flooding on two riverbanks,
routes and households in Kor Kha municipality and areas near the river.
However, Lampang highway district office had prepared officers, vehicles
and equipment to help or rescue residents and pump water out from
Chiang Mai municipality planning to ban cars in the city
Will the songtaews see red?
Chiang Mai municipality is to celebrate international Car
Free Day on September 22. The campaign is to reduce the number vehicles on
the road, save energy and decrease pollution in Chiang Mai. This activity
will kick off at Thapae Gate courtyard at 8 a.m. and finish at 2 p.m. There
will be an exhibition on environment conservation.
It was also announced that the municipality will add
routes for bicycles in city areas to reduce the ever-increasing traffic
After the first Car Free Day, the municipality will
continue to campaign during weekdays as Car Free Week or on Sundays as Car
Free Sundays and on some routes such as Rachadamnern Rd. and Phra Poklao
Road in the morning until the afternoon. No cars will be allowed on any
routes around the canal on Sunday. If these plans are approved, they could
become rules of the Chiang Mai municipality.
However, opinions from several sectors and residents are
needed as it may it may inconvenience some people seriously - but the
municipality is determined to see people using mass transport more. The next
question, of course, is there any mass transport to use?
Horticultural exposition 2006 “To Express the Love for Humanity”
Nopniwat Krailerg and
On September 7, the International Horticultural
Exposition invited the media to view construction and scenery of the
project, now 40 percent complete.
This project is budgeted at 1,500 million baht for 79 new
buildings, while two million, both Thai and foreign visitors are expected to
visit this project in the three months that it is open.
It is predicted that Chiang Mai will earn 9 billion baht
from visitors to the International Horticultural Exposition in those three
months and it will be a new tourist attraction in Chiang Mai.
“Hor Kham Luang” building is already in progress.
The International Horticultural Exposition for His
Majesty the King; Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2006, is to be held from November
1, 2006 to January 31, 2007. It covers 470 rai of the royal agriculture
research center, Chiang Mai at Tambon Mae Hia in Muang, Chiang Mai supported
by The Association Internationale Des Producteurs de l’Horticulture, AIPH.
It will be the first A1 fair in Asia in 10 years and is to celebrate the
60th anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej ascension to the
throne and his 80 year birthday anniversary in 2007.
This fair will present agriculture progress, displaying
2.5 million tropical plants and flowers of almost 2,200 types from 30
countries worldwide. An international academic conference will invite
experts around the world to present modern and experimental agricultural
technology works. It is hoped that this will benefit Thailand’s
A building “Hor Kham Luang” set up in the center
symbolizes the king as the center of all Thai citizens’ hearts. It has
been built in applied Lanna style and Ratchaphruek trees planted as an
avenue. The upper storey will display Lanna mural paintings recording the
work of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej in various development aspects
and the lower floor will present the king’s private projects e.g. the
Preecha Sananwattananon, head of administrative department of the
International Horticultural Exposition said that it was a good chance for
Chiang Mai to earn nine billion baht from two million people in three months
and after this fair closed it would be a beautiful garden in the city of
Chiang Mai and would attract more visitors.
Swedish government funds 53 million baht sewage treatment pilot project
Swedish expertise in sewage treatment for
municipalities and small communities is being deployed in a cooperation
between the Thai and Swedish governments, with a pilot project now
underway in Chiang Mai.
left) Ake Nilsson, representative of Carl Bro International, Chiang Mai
Deputy Mayor Pornchai Jitnavasathien, and representatives from the
Pollution Control Department.
A press conference was held on September 7 to review
progress, the meeting being led by Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat
and Deputy Mayor Pornchai Jitnavasathien, with representatives of the
Swedish government also attending.
The Swedish government is financing this 53 million
baht pilot project through the Swedish International Development
Cooperation Agency (SIDA). The program is in two parts, namely in-sewer
treatment and air pollution control, with Thailand’s Ministry of
Natural Resources and Environment monitoring progress.
Carl Bro International of Sweden is providing the
consulting and technical services. Company representative Ake Nilsson
said that Carl Bro has more than 30 years experience in sewage
treatment and has operated in 25 countries. The company has a track
record of at least 6,000 projects, he added.
Nilsson said that Chiang Mai was a promising start for the
company’s first venture into Thailand, as the environmental staff are
well trained and able to handle the technology. Several other provinces
in Thailand are showing interest in this project.
CMU offers residents new oil for old
The Energy Management and Conservation Department, Chiang
Mai University is producing bio diesel made from vegetable oil. To promote
bio-diesel made from used vegetable oil, CMU offers to exchange a liter of
used vegetable oil for a liter of bio-diesel up to 20 liters a time at the
Faculty of Engineering, Chiang Mai University on weekdays from 9 - 12 p.m.
and 4.30 - 5 p.m. 2,000 liters are available for this pilot project.
Assoc. Prof. Prasert Rergkriangkrai, director of the
Energy Management and Conservation Department of CMU said that a survey
revealed that there were 74.5 million liters of used vegetable oil
throughout the country each year and this, converted to bio-diesel, could
save diesel oil import costs of 1,570 million baht per year. Furthermore, to
use old oil for cooking was generally harmful to health. Consequently,
bio-diesel produced from used vegetable oil was studied and a production
machine for bio-diesel able to produce 100-150 liter at a time was invented.
He added that this machine had been tested for four years
and it could produce the desired amount. It costs 120,000 baht per machine
while an imported model would cost 890,000 baht.
Governors play musical chairs
Mai Vice Governor Prinya Panthong is being promoted to governor of Nan.
The cabinet has approved the promotion of Prinya
Panthong, Chiang Mai vice governor, to Nan province, while the Lampang vice
governor was promoted to be governor of Phrae. The Mae Hong Son governor
will be transferred to Nong Khai and the Phrae governor was promoted to
On September 6, a mobile cabinet resolution in Phang-Nga
debated the Ministry of Interior request to promote and transfer government
officials and this permit will be presented to His Majesty King Bhumibol for
approval. Promotions for the northern government officials are as following:
Mae Hong Son Governor Supoj Laowansiri to Nong Khai; Phrae Governor
Santhad Jattuchai to Srisaket, Phitsanulok Vice Governor Direk Konkleep to
Mae Hong Son governor; Chiang Mai Vice Governor Prinya Panthong to Nan
governor; Kamphaengphet Vice Governor Phinit Pichayakan to Phichit governor;
Lampang Vice Governor Athikhom Supanpong to Phrae governor and Nonthaburi
Vice Governor Lt. Uparit Srichan to Uttaradit governor.
Academic conference on suicides in Chiang Mai
Anutin Charnvirakul, Deputy Minister of Public Health
disclosed that suicide was one of the top ten causes of death worldwide and
a WHO report says 2,739 persons commit suicide around the world each day,
while in Thailand nearly seven in every 100,000 citizens die by their own
This represents a very slight decrease from the peak of
eight per 100,000 between 1997-2000.
The suicide rate in Chiang Mai and Lamphun is found to be
higher than surrounding provinces so every sector concerned must try to
solve this problem, he said. Anutin added that the Department of Mental
Health had organized seminars to inform the media that publicizing suicide
news encouraged copycat acts and less publicity could result in a lower
Unfortunately, Thai people regard needing psychiatric
help as somehow shameful, indicating that someone has mental problems and is
inferior. He said that often the reasons for suicidal depression were a
result of chemical imbalance and can be cured; therefore no shame is
attached to needing psychiatric assistance. Someone who has mental problems
does not always need medication but a doctor’s advice may be sufficient to
alleviate the problem.
Lampang and Chiang Rai deprived of community radio
The National Telecommunication Commission of Thailand
(NTC) instructed Lampang and Chiang Rai community radios to close after it
was found that their signals interfered with aircraft communication. Others
will be cautioned after impolite words were broadcast.
Manus Songsang, deputy secretary-general of NTC revealed
that from a report of the radio frequency checking center, Lampang area 3,
the commission learned that broadcasts from community radio “Sieng Muan
Chon” at 88.50 MHz from Lampang and 89.50 MHz in Chiang Rai, interfered
with communication of over-flying aircraft and that could cause accidents.
He added that to prevent this, the NTC would enforce the
radio communication law on both community radios to stop broadcasting
immediately. If they ignored this instruction, the station could be fined
40,000 baht and the owners imprisoned for two years.
Somboon Wongsom, head of the public relations office of
Lampang said that there were more community radio stations whose signals
also interfered with the aircraft communications and these were now being
Some puritanical people complained that some community
radios broadcasts used impolite words. This is also against the law and they
may be shut down for letting inopportune words go to air.
Have aliens landed in Chiang Rai?
The new wave of tourists?
People living in Mae Chan, Chiang Rai revealed that they
had seen a weird creature on the farm of Thi Khidkhangbonon August 31, 2005
at about 6.30 a.m. It was like a door one meter in height and had a yellow
body, big eyes and ears and small legs. Residents at first thought it was
just a scarecrow. Later, at around 10 a.m. it flew into the sky and suddenly
disappeared - frightening people who now conjecture that it was an alien,
but they had no video camera to record it. From their sketches, it looks
like an idealized alien or the Casper ghost character.
One eye witness, Sawang Boonratchasak, 51, said that he
has good eyesight and saw it clearly standing in a field before flying into
to the sky. Khamma Pinsaimoon, 56, said she thought it was a scarecrow until
it moved and, at 10 a.m. it flew into the sky and disappeared. Other
residents in the area have similar stories.
Wisit Sitthisombat, Mae Chan chief district officer
checked the area and said that he had no idea what the thing might have
been, but he believed that the eyewitnesses did not lie. He would look into
the matter as the villagers were all very excited about it.
Pol. Col. Kittisin Khongthaweepan, superintendent of Mae
Chan Police Station, Chiang Rai said that there was no clue left on the farm
as to the identity of the being.
Chiang Mai International Airport development delayed
are ongoing at Chiang Mai International Airport.
Flying Officer Suthara Huangsuwan, vice president and
general manager of Chiang Mai International Airport, surprised no one when
he announced that the runway expansion of more than 300 meters to the north
would be delayed.
National environment committees passed a resolution in
July to delay the runway expansion plan and assign the Airports Authority of
Thailand to conduct a study with Chiang Mai University (CMU).
The committees had previously assigned C-Tech Company to
check the effect on nearby areas such as Chiang Mai University and Maharaj
Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital. CMU academics pointed out that the university
would be much affected by the runway expansion, with the loud noise of
airplanes interfering with studies, radio signals affecting medical
instruments damaging research results, buildings and ancient places shaken
and many other effects.
Chiang Mai International Airport’s development for
2004-2005 was planned to cost 1,808 million baht and recently, on August 1,
the airport signed a contract with a company to construct an international
passenger building on a 10 month completion program. In the meantime, the
old international passenger building is to be improved for domestic
After environmental agencies conducted the study, they
said that the runway should not be expanded as it could support the
passenger load effectively and sufficiently as is. Moreover, CMU disagreed
with the expansion of the runway in a northerly direction and suggested that
the airport should be relocated outside the city.
The Ministry of Transport now believes that Chiang Mai
International Airport is able to support the passenger load for another 10
years and should only widen the runway in the north to follow through on the
government’s policy to make Chiang Mai International Airport a regional
air transport center. However, the Airports Authority of Thailand had to
consult with CMU to resolve the matter before once again presenting the plan
to national environment committees. In the meantime, Chiang Mai Airport’s
development plan is to be delayed.
No statement was made about the chronic parking shortage at the airport,
but perhaps they can use the runway extension.
Mae Ai residents jubilant as they regain Thai nationality
1,243 Mae Ai residents thank Administrative Court
On February 5, 2002, Mae Ai district office announced
that 1,243 residents had been illegally added to the citizen registration;
therefore their names were being withdrawn. As a result, these people could
not carry on their normal lives. Some had to quit work as government
officials; they were not allowed to travel to other areas even for study,
medical reasons or to visit relatives.
Several organizations such as National Human Rights
committees, Rights and Freedom Protection Department, Forensic Science
Institute of the Ministry of Justice, the Lawyers Council of Thailand and
academics took up the case on their behalf.
cheer after learning the ruling.
Originally, Baan Tha Ton residents in Mae Ai holding Thai
nationality and having ID cards traveled to trade in Muang Sop Yon City (now
Muang Yon of Burma) when it was still disputed territory. After returning to
Mae Ai to renew their ID cards, they were rejected because Mae Ai
sub-district office (now a district) and all documents concerned were lost
in a fire in 1977. The Thai government soon after ordered that those not
holding Thai nationality or who were not in the citizen register were to
leave the kingdom, therefore these people requested the sub-district office
to authorize them to have ID cards but the office provided only pink cards
(a card identifying them as lost Burmese). Since then it has been a national
human rights problem.
Later, from 1998-2001, these people requested the Mae Ai
district chief officer give them Thai nationality and add their names to the
citizens register. After the chief officer had considered and decided they
were really Thai, conceded to their request by adopting the 7th measure of
the first nationality act, 1965 and 10th measure of the second nationality
The Ministry of Interior then received a petition
claiming that some might be cheating by authorizing ID cards for these
people, so the Department of Provincial Administration was assigned to set
up a group of committees to investigate the case. It was decided that 1,243
citizens previously held alien cards and did not hold Thai nationality
before, therefore these people were deleted from the citizens register on
February 5, 2002 by Mae Ai’s district chief officer. Later, with the help
of several associations, they presented their case to the Administrative
Court that the withdrawal of their Thai nationality by Mae Ai’s district
chief officer was illegal.
The Administrative Court has now ruled that the Mae Ai
district chief officer’s withdrawal of Thai nationality was wrong as it
was a unilateral decision without informing the people concerned. To act
correctly, the chief officer would have had to inform the persons concerned
of his decision so that they could prove their case or even check DNA to
contradict his ruling before making a final ruling.
On September 8, the Administrative Court ruled that the
chief officer’s decision in 2002 was illegal and all 1,243 persons
affected by that ruling were allowed to re-gain Thai nationality.
Having learned the result, the entire anxious crowd was
overjoyed and cried and embraced one another, performing “Wai” with
happiness and holding up a banner reading “Long Live His & Her
Majesties”, the Thai flag and pictures of the king and queen. They all
sang the Thai national and the king’s anthems.
Winit Lamlua, president of human right sub-committees,
lawyer council of Thailand said that even though only 864 persons presented
the case to the court, the ruling covered all 1,243 residents affected by
the decision of the chief officer.
Phatchara Kando, 40, Mae Ai villager whose Thai nationality was
previously withdrawn, said that she and her family had waited for a long
time to hold a hundred percent Thai nationality. She said life was difficult
when they had been unable to do anything normally and legally and to travel
anywhere but now she feels proud to be a Thai citizen once again.
Marine Center being built at Chiang Mai Zoo
300 million baht to establish center to be opened in 2007
drive piles to set up a marine display center.
Chiang Mai Zoo announced that the government has budgeted
300 million baht to set up a marine display center at the zoo. This center
would be the largest in South East Asia, covering 17 rai of land.
This center will combine all kinds of marine animals,
both fresh and seawater. They will include fresh water fish from Mekong
River basin, Asian fresh water and fish from the Amazon River basin. There
will be zones displaying caves, muddy forest shores and seashore scenery
including coral, allowing visitors to study them closely.
This center will not only be a new tourism site at Chiang Mai Zoo but
will also be a center for students, teachers and scholars to study marine
animals, and a source of research for academics.
Time for a tiger
Sriracha Tiger Zoo donates cubs and crocs to Chiang Mai Night Safari
Sriracha Tiger Zoo has presented tigers and freshwater
crocodiles to the government-organized Chiang Mai Night Safari. The new
intake will be available for the public and zoological students to view in
left) Maitree Temsiripong, chairman of Sriracha Tiger Zoo Co Ltd, Plodprasop
Suratsawadee, deputy minister for resources and the environment, donate
Bengal Tigers and freshwater crocodiles to Chiang Mai Night Safari Zoo.
The announcement was made at a press conference led by
Maitree Temsiripong, chairman of Sriracha Tiger Zoo Co Ltd, and the zoo’s
legal advisor Watcharin Duangdara. Also present were Plodprasop
Suratsawadee, deputy minister for resources and the environment, and Vijit
Kessamma, administrative director of Conservation Area Department Section 2.
Plodprasop said Sriracha Tiger Zoo breeds a significant
quantity of Bengal Tigers each year and that the government has a project to
open the Chiang Mai Night Safari, which still needs a lot of animals,
including tigers and crocodiles.
The zoo presented 100 tigers and 20 freshwater
crocodiles, to be collected in three stages. November 16 will see a
handing-over of tiger cubs, giving an opportunity for children to hold the
baby tigers and have their photographs taken.
Maitree said that Sriracha Tiger Zoo is happy to cooperate with the
government so that students and the public will have a better understanding
of wildlife. The zoo has a breeding program for Bengal Tigers and every year
breeds more than 30,000 crocodiles.
New crackdown on polluting vehicles
Red minibuses scarce Mondays to Wednesdays
Chiang Mai vice governor, and soon to be Nan governor,
Prinya Panthong is the leader of a team checking vehicles emitting black
smoke in Chiang Mai, arresting drivers and impounding the vehicles. He
repeated the old tale about Chiang Mai being a big and important city, vital
to the economy and tourism, and said that the many vehicles emitting black
smoke not only cause air pollution but spoil the image.
Since 1997, the Pollution Control Department has found
that air pollution is over recommended levels and is increasing. One reason
given is incomplete burning of diesel causing black smoke that has micro
particles able to get into the respiratory system and affect one’s health.
A survey result from the Pollution Control Department
from December 2004 to January 2005 found that there were 492 black smoke
emitting vehicles in Chiang Mai. This was made up of 208 pickups, 6 vans and
After several previous warnings, the officers have been
on the warpath since September 5. Checking and arrest measures are being
applied to vehicles emitting black smoke in Chiang Mai and in the pilot
period, three checkpoints have been set up in front of Chang Puek Police
Station on Chiang Mai - Mae Rim Road, at Ruam Choke Market on Chiang Mai -
San Sai Road and Don Chan intersection on Chiang Mai - Lampang Road. These
checkpoints will operate from 10 a.m. - 12 a.m. Monday to Wednesday, so it
may be difficult to find a red minibus on those days.
If any vehicle is found to emit black smoke above the
permitted level, the driver will be fined and the vehicle impounded until it
has been repaired and checked. There are service points for such vehicles at
the 1st and 2nd Chiang Mai Provincial Transport offices.
The vice governor said that this plan will not only
reduce air pollution problems but also save energy because incomplete
combustion wastes fuel oil.
It is believed pedicabs will be exempted from exhaust
Air pollution seminars continue
As does the pollution
A seminar on air pollution for 500 Chiang Mai and Lamphun
local administrators was organized by the Ministry of Natural Resources and
Environment on September 11, at Chiang Mai Hills Hotel, presided by Somchai
Piansathaporn, Deputy Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Natural Resources
Piansathaporn, Deputy Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Natural Resources
Somchai said that the high level of air pollution was
found in these two provinces and that the seminar was for local
administrators to discuss how to solve and prevent air pollution as they
were close to communities and it may be easier for them to deal with the
Most air pollution in Chiang Mai was in the areas near
Yuparaj Wittayalai School and Chiang Mai City Hall, while in Lamphun, most
was in the area near industrial development. The ministry of natural
resources and environment will provide equipment, academic techniques and
staff as required.
Air pollution this year was less than the previous year,
giving hope that the Regional Environmental Office work was successful.
Nevertheless, solving air pollution was not only the Regional Environmental
Office’s responsibility but of every sector and the ministry would like
all to reduce air pollution urgently before it becomes calamitous.
Wichai Lamwilai, director-general of Department of
Environmental Quality Promotion said that the main sources of air pollution
in Chiang Mai and Lamphun were farms burning off, industrial factories and
vehicle exhaust smoke.
Apiwat Kunarak, director of Regional Environmental Office 1 who was
responsible for Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son, revealed
that the office had received a budget from the government of 57 million baht
and distributed it to each provinces and four educational institutes, Chiang
Mai University, Chiang Mai Rajabhat University, Maejo University and
Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna to study and research the
Heavy rain again in Mae Hong Son floods 50 households
Chiangmai Mail Reporters
Promises by the government and authorities count for
naught when heavy rains again on September 7 caused 50 households in three
districts to be flooded. Mae La Noi, Mae Sariang and Sop Moei in Mae Hong
Son province were affected, as were Baan Sri Don Chai and Baan Pong
A bridge was destroyed when the Yuam and Mae La Noi
rivers burst their banks and many rice and soybean farms were flooded.
The Defense Volunteer Force and Civil Defense Volunteers
of Mae Sariang have already cleared the obstructed waterway and rescued
Pisit Puangsuwan, head of Mae Hong Son meteorological
center once again warned residents living in risky areas to get ready to
flee from floods and sudden mountain torrents.
Citizens complain about polluted water untreated by Chiang Mai municipality
But flies love it
Polluted water was pumped by Chiang Mai municipality on
to abandoned private land causing a disgusting smell and affecting fish in a
canal. It also affected the health of residents nearby, some with
respiratory complaints and some children with skin rashes. Many house flies
swarmed over the area causing another threat to health.
On September 9, Baan Mae Khing villagers on Wiang Ping
Rd., both adults and children, protested to Chiang Mai municipality and
demanded that an environmental organization or the Chiang Mai governor deal
with the problem.
Mariam Dadoopen, Baan Mae Khing villager, revealed that
Chiang Mai municipality had left the polluted water in the area for 20 days
and residents had complained to the municipality several times but were
ignored or were given the answer that the municipality had no time to deal
with it. She said that she had to eat under mosquito nets because the
disgusting smell attracted many flies to that area.
Ya ba abuse declines as heroin and ICE on the rise
Jinawat, director of ONCB Northern region.
Pithaya Jinawat, director of ONCB Northern office
disclosed the disquieting fact that drug dealers were smuggling more heroin
and methamphetamine hydrochloride (ice) instead of only ‘speed’ pills.
Most destinations were Japan, Korea, Taiwan but also Europe and America.
Since 2002, heroin and ice have been on the increase.
There are two kinds of ice, base powder that is able to produce ya ba and
transparent crystals that looked like ice, popular amongst youngsters and
The source of these two kinds of drug were initially in
Southern China but lately has moved to Burma after the Chinese government
cracked down. It is worrying to learn that factories producing these drugs
are located near Thailand borders, said Pithaya.
Pithaya added that Chiang Rai was mostly a conduit for drug transfers to
provinces near the border. One of suspected drug dealer gangs were Hmong
tribesmen emigrating from Laos to Thailand. Drug dealing gangs were powerful
and they could spread a network quickly - but police and ONCB officers would
cooperate to suppress and eliminate this illegal process.
Thirty-four illegal alien workers arrestedr
On September 6, officers of Chiang Mai Employment Office
and Pha Muang Task Force, border patrol police, Chiang Mai public security
police and Chiang Mai immigration officers searched a building in
construction registered to Siam Global House at Baan Chang Kham, Tambon Tha
Wangtan in Saraphi, Chiang Mai. In the raid, they found 34 Tai tribesmen
Some of these menial construction employees held work
permits, but these did not match the job they were doing, while some had no
work permit at all. Those who had documents were questioned and sent back to
renew their work permits and those who did not have documents were told to
return their country.
The employer will be charged and could be fined 60,000
baht or sent to jail for three years or both.
Monument for brave policemen
Pol. Lt. Gen. Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, commissioner
of the Provincial Police Bureau Region 5 gathered with present and former
officers at the Provincial Police Bureau Region 5 office to attend the
opening ceremony of the police remembrance monument, presided over by Pol.
Gen. Kowit Watthana, Commissioner-General. Relatives of brave dead policemen
joined the opening and Pol. Lt. Gen. Panupong presented 20 scholarships of
2,000 baht for these daring policemen’s dependents.
ranking police in front of the remembrance monument.
Pol. Gen. Kowit Watthana said that this monument was to
remember the policemen who had died for their country and their families
could be proud of them. He told the gathered police officers that to choose
being a policeman meant that one was brave and ready to sacrifice life for
country and the welfare of citizens.
Gen. Kowit Watthana, commissioner-general pays respect.
Ninety policemen of the Provincial Police Bureau Region 5 from Chiang
Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang, Phrae, Nan, Phayao and Mae Hong Son have
died in the course of duty, some while fighting criminals and some battling
the communist network.
Police hold seminar on suppressing human trafficking
Suppression of human trafficking was the subject of a
seminar to deal with human trafficking and to improve cooperation among
courts, attorneys and the Royal Thai Police to suppress this illegal trade
that involved local, national and international networks. Pol. Lt. Gen.
Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, commissioner of the Provincial Police Bureau
Region 5 presided over the seminar concerning law enforcement and penal
associations at Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel, Chiang Mai, joining with
officers of the court and social workers in 8 Northern provinces. Attendees
were told influential people who used violence to achieve their ends were
responsible for much bribery and corruption, also impinging on the lives of
children and women who became the victims.
The commissioner said that human trafficking in Thailand
was one of the eight international crimes affecting the country’s security
and that Thailand was both a destination and source of human trafficking.
From information provided by the UN, it appeared 700,000
people were victims of this illegal trade every year and 90 percent of these
victims were children and women. There were eight human trafficking gangs in
northern provinces and police were monitoring them closely to pursue these
gangs and collect sufficient evidence to arrest them. These gangs were
involved with both Thai and foreign businessmen and were associated with
minor groups in neighboring countries.
Telecoms official abducts former lover and demands 500,000 baht ransom
A telecommunications official, spurned by his former
lover, abducted her and demanded 500,000 baht ransom from her family before
police tracked him down via his cellphone signal.
On September 3, police received a call from Mon (an
alias), the 18 year old daughter of a woman named only as Siriluck, 34, to
say that her mother had disappeared. The following day, the family received
a message from a man saying that Siriluck, owner of a Chiang Mai mini mart,
was being held at an undisclosed address. The man demanded a ransom of
500,000 baht, to be transferred into a Bank of Asia account, held at the
Nong Pratheep intersection branch.
Police told Mon to say that she would initially transfer
100,000 baht, and that the rest would follow. Officers surrounded the branch
but no one turned up to withdraw the money.
The police then contacted the cellphone service center to
check where the offender’s phone signal was coming from. They discovered
it was from the airport intersection area, so a police squad began a
At the Good Inn Hotel, in Tambon Padad, the officers
learned that a man and a woman had taken a room but had not been seen for
Police entered the room where they found Siriluck, with
apparent wounds to her face and wrists, and a man known as Wiroj, or Som
Yamfak, 35, a former telephone company employee living in Doi Saket. Wiroj
was arrested, and Siriluck was transferred to hospital.
Wiroj told police that he and Siriluck used to be lovers
until she had married a Singaporean. On September 2, Siriluck had called
Wiroj and asked him to pick her up from Ayuthaya. He had asked for a
reconciliation but she refused, so he took her to the hotel and detained her
there, asking her family for ransom money.
Soccer gamblers arrested
Pongpan Thaweenitisit, 22, the banker in a soccer
gambling game and 11 clients were arrested by Mae Ping Police Station
Police searched the Goal Club shop located in front of a
private university at Tambon Nongpakrang in Muang, Chiang Mai on September
10, while students and adults were watching a football match. More than ten
thousand baht and soccer gambling documents were seized as evidences.
The police had learnt from parents that there was soccer
gambling game operating in the area. Flyers were distributed to students to
join the gambling and many students and adults answered the call.
The owner received up to a hundred thousand baht each
night, especially on nights when a big match between famous teams. The
police took their time and joined the fun for a while before announcing
their presence and arresting gamblers and the banker.
Muang Chiang Mai Police Station the best
Muang Chiang Mai Police Station was chosen as the best
station in a citizens contest in eight Northern provinces. However, the
station is awaiting officers of Royal Thai Police and Political Affairs
Student Organization to check the station’s operations. If it receives
approval, the station will receive a larger budget for administration and it
would be a source of pride for all officers of the station.