HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn celebrates 20th anniversary
of Prostheses Foundation
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn visited the Prostheses Foundation on the
occasion of their 20th anniversary in her role as President of the
HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presided over the
20th Anniversary celebrations of the Prostheses Foundation under HRH
Srinagarindra Boromarajajonani, the Princess Mother. The ceremony was held
at the Prostheses Foundation Don Kaew in Mae Rim District on August 16,
Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Chuchart Keelapaeng and the
Board Secretary with Prostheses Foundation officers were on hand to join the
ceremony. Her Royal Highness viewed the prosthetics on display including a
demonstration of their construction. She presented a gift to the Board and
then joined them in the Board meeting.
The Prostheses Foundation was founded under the patronage
of HRH Srinagarindra Boromarajajonani, the Princess Mother, in 1992 when she
was informed that Assoc. Prof. Dr. Thedchai Chevaket can produce lightweight
prostheses from plastic waste that were cheaper to manufacture than the
imported ones. The Foundation provides poor, underprivileged people
prosthetic limbs free of charge. The foundation was registered on August 17,
1992 when HRH Srinagarindra Boromarajajonani, Princess Mother of Thailand
was made Honorary President and HRH Galyani Vadhana the President.
HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn now holds the position as President
of theProstheses Foundation of Thailand when she took over in January 26,
Formula 1 proposed for Chiang Mai
picture of Nigel Mansell was taken during practice for the 1990 British
Grand Prix. (Copyright Row17 and licensed for reuse under this Creative
Sombat Kuruphan, the Assistant Minister for Tourism and Sports came to
Chiang Mai to meet with the Board of the Royal Rajapruek Park to discuss the
possibility of bringing Formula 1 racing to Chiang Mai.
In a meeting held on August 21 at the Park, the Assistant Minister and
members of the Board and related agencies met to discuss the proposal to
build a Formula 1 racetrack by 2014. The total construction area would
require 500 rai of land. The Assistant Minister said that while the Royal
Park Rajapruek was in a beautiful location and was set up to handle large
number of tourists, the meeting was being held to see if there were other,
better locations. He mentioned Mae Kuang Udom Tara Dam in Doi Saket, Huay
Tung Tao in Mae Rim and the Chom Thong district as well. Proposals would be
considered in the next 1-2 months.
Dr. Siriphong Hangsaphuek, the Director of Highland Research and Development
said that although the Park has 468 rai of land it was set up for botany,
the study of native plants and agriculture, as well as Lanna culture. The
government had invested a large amount of money to develop it as an
ecofriendly destination with environmentally friendly activities. He added
that he felt it was not the appropriate place for a Formula 1 racetrack as
it would be incompatible with the objectives of the park.
Kuruphan, the Assistant Minister for Tourism and Sports is joined by Royal
Park Rajapruek officials and others involved in the proposition for a
Formula 1 racetrack and stadium. (Photo by Nopniwat Krailerg)
Death Railway train re-discovered
Japanese Kawasaki steam train sits undercover on private property some 35km
from Chiang Mai city. (Photos courtesy of Phil Gibbins)
An antique Japanese train that was used on the infamous Death Railway in
Kanchanaburi and made its way to Chiang Mai only to disappear from train
enthusiasts’ radar 20 years ago was found 25 kilometers south west of Chiang
Mai on Highway 1269 by Phil Gibbins of Rider’s Corner sitting under a small
roofed in area with four carriages nearby.
A quick contact with some Thailand based train enthusiasts yields the
results that this 1936 Kawasaki steam engine was shipped over to Thailand by
the Japanese for use during World War II, ferrying troops and munitions to
Burma. These steam engines were quite durable and in use until the 1980’s.
Two locomotives remain in Kanchanaburi and are pulled out for operation
during River Kwai Festival in December. This particular engine was renamed
the 744 after the Japanese left Thailand and was used for a further 25 years
by the State Railway of Thailand.
Last seen in 1992-93 on the Mae Jo road outside a now defunct property
development, or rather one that never quite got off the ground called Lanna
Hill View, the engine was on display complete with carriages and a purpose
built “station cover”. Mike Pass of Rail Asia said that train enthusiasts
have been wondering about the disappearance of this mighty engine for many
years and indeed Robert Tilley of the Writer’s Club even covered this steam
engine in an article in Guidelines last year.
According to Mike Pass, nine of these locomotives remain preserved in
Thailand while two of them were sent back to Japan one of which is still in
use on the Oigawa tourist line from Tokyo to Nagoya and the other, the first
locomotive to run on the Siam Burma railway, is set at Yasukuni shrine in
Tokyo. The 744 was built in 1936 and is believed to be the only remaining
survivor of Kawasaki production in South East Asia.
“It’s very ‘Alice in Wonderland’, this decaying resort and the carriages
look as though they are lived in,” Phil said. He noted that the steam engine
remains under a roof but grass and vines are growing up and around the old
He added that it was too bad to see such an important piece of Thailand’s
history decaying out in the jungle.
The Japanese Consulate General is currently investigating the old train and
will issue a release when more information is uncovered.
Phil Gibbins is a dedicated motorcyclist who started RideAsia forum, a non
–commercial motorcycle enthusiasts community based forum. It was here that
he posted the photos of his find and here that fellow motorcyclists help him
contact the train buffs. Phil, an affable Londoner, has been living in
Chiang Mai for 3 years and with his wife has Rider’s Corner, which can’t be
missed right on the North East corner inside the moat.
Convention Center scheduled to open next April
Convention Center is projected to be completed fully by April, 2013.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism and Sport Chumpon Silpa-archa
was assured that the Convention Center would be completed by April, 2013 in
a recent visit to Chiang Mai to assess construction of the new building.
Banharn Silpa-archa, Chairman and advisor on the project, said that he has
visited the project 17 times since its beginning and has found problems in
many parts of the project but it is expected that it the main building will
be fully finished by October. However, he noted that the outbuildings
including a Royal pavilion, the Administrative offices, laborers residences
and maintenance buildings will begin construction in November, 2012.
Landscaping would also begin at that time.
The Convention Center covers 335 rai of land and has been budgd at more than
3 billion baht. When construction is fully finished the Tourism Authority of
Thailand will manage the center for about 8 months while a permanent
administrator is considered.
Chinese Consul wishes Lin Ping a Happy Birthday
On his role
as the new Consul General for the People’s Republic of China H.E. Zhang
Weicai and his wife paid a visit to Lin Ping, Chiang Mai Zoo’s most famous
resident on August 27, 2012 on the occasion of the 3rd month and 3 year
anniversary of Lin Ping’s birth. Mr. Zhang presented a birthday card to Lin
Ping and wished her a happy birthday, noting his thanks to the Zoo for
taking such good care of the Giant Panda. He concluded that he understands
the Thai people’s love for Lin Ping and will be sure and inform the Chinese
government of their desire to take care of Lin Ping at the next opportunity.
(Photo by Nopniwat Krailerg)
JJ Market joins in project to clamp down on underage drinking
bar owners met with Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul and pledged to clean up the
popular nighttime district, making it a safer place by prohibiting drugs and
weapons as well as following noise and closing times regulations.
Club and bar owners in the JJ Market area met with Chiang Mai
Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul to join in the pledge to crack down on underage
drinking in the clubs, enforce closing times, and prohibit the use of drugs
and weapons in the popular nighttime entertainment district.
The owners of 15 bars joined the meeting and signed the agreement to join
the “White Night” project proposed by the Muang District Office to reduce
the crime and problems that are occurring due to the sale of alcohol to
those under the age of 20, as well as noise and closing times.
The project seeks to get all bar and nightclub owners to pledge to enforce
the drinking laws strictly, to check for weapons and drugs as well as
respect the communities around them by controlling noise levels and
enforcing closing times.
Chiang Mai moves
on illegal workers problem
Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul is joined by Col. Akarawat Wutchot–Phokin of
the Internal Security Operations Command in inspecting the Adsadathorn Road
Chiang Mai Governor M.L Panadda Diskul visited the Adsadathorn Road area
which is well-known as a meeting point for illegal migrant workers to find
work in Chiang Mai. The area has a high crime rate and the government wants
to clean up the area within the next three months.
Col. Akarawat Wutchot–Phokin from the Internal Security Operations Command
(ISOC) Chiang Mai said that a joint meeting was held on March 2012 with the
Municipality and community leaders from the city. The major areas of trouble
are Papheng Community in Chang Moi and Sri Mongkol in Patan.
More than 30 illegal houses in the two communities will be demolished and
the residents will need to find legal housing to move to in the Patan area.
The Heritage of Highland Hemp
Bhisadej Rajani, the President of the Royal Project Foundation,
viewed the exhibitions at the event held at the Royal Rajapruek Park.
By Nopniwat Krailerg
His Serene Highness Prince Bhisadej Rajani, the President of the Royal
Project Foundation, presided over the opening ceremony of the exhibition
titled, “Inspiration of Fiber: The Heritage of Highland Hemp” at the Royal
Rajapruek Park on August 17, 2012. Deputy Governor of Chiang Mai Worakarn
Yokying and Consuls attended the event as well.
Hosted by the Highland Research and Development Institute from August 17-19,
2012 at the Exhibition Building, the event was held to honor Her Majesty
Queen Sirikit and her dedication to natural fibers and textiles.
A seminar on the production and processing of hemp was held to help
brainstorm ways to promote the popular and environmentally friendly product.
Additionally there were exhibitions of the textiles that can be woven from
The event was held in cooperation with the Royal Project Foundation, the
Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board, Food and Drug
Administration Council, ONCB, Small and Medium Enterprises Development
Institute. Additionally the Chiang Mai Health Sciences Center, Department of
Medical Science and Academic and Folk Textiles Department at Chiang Mai
University were involved. Chinese organizations that are heavily involved in
the production and use of hemp as a natural fiber also attended.
ONCB reports on drugs in the North
Drug seizure numbers downs
Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul chaired a press conference on the
state of drug suppression and prevention in the North on August 14, 2012. He
was joined by Wichai Chaimongkol, Director of the Office of Narcotics
Control Board (ONCB) Region 5, Chiang Mai Provincial Police Deputy Commander
Pol. Col. Veerawuth Niemnoi and Deputy Director of the Anti-Drugs in
Northern Regional Borders Center Col. Chatree Setthakorn who reported on the
progress in the past ten months.
Wichai Chaimongkol, Director of ONCB Region 5, said that the ASEAN community
was working together to combat the smuggling of pseudoephedrine, a core
component in the making methamphetamine as well the smuggling of drugs over
the borders from Laos and Myanmar.
Myanmar police are coordinating with Thai police to find and extradite known
wanted criminals back to Thailand, however if the person has dual
citizenship then there has been difficulties in obtaining extradition such
as the Thai/Myanmar citizen accused of smuggling pseudoephedrine in San
Kamphaeng some months ago. The government is currently in discussions to
find ways to bring the offenders to prosecution under Thai law.
Col. Chatree Setthakorn said that drug problems are also evident in the
country of origin and that many drugs are brought over the borders opposite
Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son and opposite Laos.
He noted that the seizure of drugs has been dramatically reduced as
smugglers are more cautious in bringing over large amounts and now have
switched tactics to transporting small amounts over the border. The worst
locations for drug smuggling are in Fang, Chaiprakan, Mae Ai and Pang Mapha.
The past few years has seen arrests yielding 15 million amphetamines pills,
51 Kg of heroin and 44 kg of crystal methamphetamines. Pol. Col. Veerawuth
Niemnoi added that 6,981 had been arrested for drug trafficking or for
having been involved in the production of illegal drugs.
“Hong Kong Food Festival” with celebrity chef Peter Lai
Peter Lai has always known he wanted to
be a chef. He can even date it precisely to May 10 1969. But all his other
family members were in the same profession, but it was an easy decision for
him to make. “If I hadn’t been a chef, I’d have chosen to be a jockey,” he
beams, “but it was never a close race.”
sum will be featured in the upcoming Hong Kong Food Festival.
Tune in to channel 7 every Wednesday night at 11.00 p.m. to enjoy the Thai
chapter of this popular cookery show!!
Peter was born in Guangzhou, China, but moved to Hong Kong with his family
when still a youngster. At the age of 17 he found himself as a cook helper
in a Chinese restaurant but he quickly moved on and, in 1982, was appointed
the assistant Chinese chef in the Lei Garden Restaurant, one of Hong Kong’s
In 1985 he joined the Hyatt Central Plaza in Bangkok as Chinese chef,
followed by the top post at the then Hyatt Regency in Seoul, South Korea.
After a successful spell in Australia, he returned to Bangkok in 1992 then
the Hotel Intercontinental in Phnom Penh before returning to the Chaophaya
He has long been an active member of the Thai Chefs’ Association, where he
has been vice-president as well as the chair of the culinary competition
committee. His wide experience has meant he’s very creative in Chinese
cuisine and his Sunday Dim Sum lunches are legendary in the City of the
From 23rd September – 2nd October 2012, Peter Lai will be the visiting
lunchtime guest chef creating mouth-watering Dim Sum lunches and in the
evening he will be cooking a la carte menus at Sunflower Restaurant at
CENTARA Duangtawan Hotel.
Peter says that his favorite food and signature dishes are almost always
seafood, although in 2003 he did win a second-place trophy for the Super
Champs Vegetarian Cuisine. He keeps updated because of his overseas tours
and his participation in food exhibitions. Indeed, his international awards
read like a catalogue of real success. In 1988 he won a gold medal in the
Hong Kong Food Festival to be followed by 20 or so other honors from all
over Asia. He’s also widely respected as a judge and has won several
certificates of gastronomique appreciation from several countries in South
East Asia. He says his proudest award was the international food judge
certification and international Lion Club appreciation certificate with the
specially minted coin from His Majesty the King. At the Centara Duangtawan
Sunflower Restaurant, 24th floor. 053 905000 Ext. 3227. (PR)
Under the Spotlight
Commander of Wing 41
By Shana Kongmun
The roar of fighter engines taking off over Chiang Mai is a familiar sound
to local residents and one that gets many wondering what exactly goes on at
Wing 41. A fortunate meeting with the Commander of Wing 41 at the Inthakin
Festival earlier in the year offered me the opportunity for an interview
with the charming Khorat native. Group Captain Prayoon Thammathiwat has been
in command of Wing 41 and its 800 personnel for a little over a year, prior
to that he was stationed in Don Mueang and before that he was Deputy
Commander of Wing 23 in UdonThani.
Captain Prayoon Thammathiwat, current Commander of Wing 41 sits underneath
photos of all the past commanders dating back to the establishment of Wing
41 in 1977. He noted that only the current commander’s photo is in color,
when he is promoted his photo will be replaced with a black and white one as
The Group Captain noted that the main purpose of Wing 41 is as a training
base for pilots and Air Force personnel, to ensure their readiness in case
there is ever a crisis. He noted that the pilots we hear taking off over
Chiang Mai do not fly near the Burma border, “We do not fly near the border,
it might cause some conflict. The pilots fly in a specially designated
training area only.”
Grp. Cpt. Prayoon added that another main task of Wing 41 is to support the
Royal Rainmaking aircraft which are deployed to the North from Phitsanulok
when they are needed. Additionally they operate the water tankers that are
used not only to put out forest fires but to spray water in the skies over
Chiang Mai when the smog and haze season strikes in February and March. He
added that they sent out tankers regularly this past smog season to try and
bring the haze down to safe levels.
However, he does not allow the trainee pilots to fly when the smog and haze
are that thick. “I look out my window and if I can’t see Doi Suthep they
don’t fly because landing is dangerous. When visibility is low the pilots
must land on instruments and that is difficult for our new pilots. It is not
a problem for our instructor pilots as they are experienced. I worry about
the young pilots in these conditions however.”
The Group Captain added that next year will see another Cobra Gold exercise
and the Air Force side will be headquartered in Chiang Mai, Wing 41 will
provide the support aircraft for the 3rd Region of the Army. He noted that
every branch joins Cobra Gold with the next exercises taking place in
February next year.
The Air Museum is a favorite of the Commander; he added that the Museum is
open to the general public every day except public holidays. “Just check in
with the officer at the gate and leave your ID card. Groups should contact
us ahead of time; we get school children in every week. I order in ice cream
for the little ones, they really love the museum.”
Children’s Day is another big hit at Wing 41 although a central committee in
Bangkok actually coordinates the aircraft. Chiang Mai will send some of
their aircraft to other bases while others will send theirs to Chiang Mai,
for example, he notes, the F-16s come from all over Thailand. Despite this
past year’s tragedy, the day is a still a huge draw for the children of
Chiang Mai who get to clamber over and in the aircraft. His Deputy Commander
added that it takes well over a month for Children’s Day preparations.
This father of two met his wife, a nurse in the Air Force 20 years ago, she
is now stationed in Bangkok as a Commander herself and “she is the most
beautiful woman,” he said with a broad smile. He plans to retire at the
mandatory retirement age of 60, noting that while it is possible to retire
early he has no intentions of doing so. He hopes to be an orchid farmer,
perhaps in Udon Thani, a town he grew to love.
Although, he added that Chiang Mai was interesting, “I love the great
variety of food, the culture and that there are so many people from many
different countries here to talk with.”
K. Prayoon was raised on a farm in Nakhon Ratchasima and said when he was a
small boy in the rice fields with the buffalo he would look up at the
passing airplanes and dream of flying. Unfortunately, his very busy schedule
doesn’t give him the time for the flying he loves, “I miss flying but my
time is limited,” he said wistfully.
Chiang Mai Crime round up
Two songthaew drivers arrested for drugs
resident Rong Thama-Aksorn has been charged with stealing from Wat Jet Yod.
A police tipoff led to the arrest of two red car or songthaews drivers in
Chiang Mai on August 18, 2012. Police were told that a songthaew driver was
selling drugs around the city. The police set up an undercover sting
operation and met with Yutthana Somsuk age 28 at the Big C Hang Dong
intersection to purchase drugs. They arrested him with 25 Yaba or
methamphetamine pills hidden in his truck. He confessed to police that he
had gotten them from another songthaew driver and police then arrested
Preeda Boontha age 42, with18 Yaba pills hidden in his songthaew.
The police announced the arrest of 5 Cambodian nationals on August 20, 2012
who were wantedfor picking pockets and handbags on the Sunday Walking Street
Market, Wualai Walking Street Market and at Central Airport Plaza. The
police had asked people to report any suspicious people as it was known a
gang of pickpockets was targeting shoppers. The Cambodian gang was reported
by the guesthouse owner and when police came to search found iPhones,
Blackberrys and HTC phones, wallets, and currencies from the U.S., the
Philippines, the EU and Indonesia. The gang had fled the province but an
arrest warrant for them resulted in their arrest in Bangkok.
Several instances of petty theft in the past few months saw monks at Wat Jet
Yod calling in police to capture a thief who had been jimmying the donation
box and stealing donations. CCTV captured the image of Rong Thama-Aksorn,
34, of Mae Rim district in the temple prying open the donation box with a
screwdriver. Assistant Abbot Phrakru Worrawuth Jirawuththo said that over
the last 5 months many donated items had been stolen and the temple was
forced to install CCTV cameras to catch the culprit. Police were called in
to view the tape and arrested the man on August 22, 2012 charging him with
Case of 93 year old Australian accused of rape postponed
Kraus, age 93, is carried from the prison van to a wheelchair before going
to court on August 20, 2012. The 93 year old has been charged with the rape
of 4 underage girls.
93 year old Australian Karl Joseph Kraus was brought to court on August 20
to face trial on charges that he raped four young Thai girls in Tarn Ingdoi
village in Doi Saket in June of 2010.
Mr. Kraus was extradited back to Thailand after fleeing to Myanmar several
months ago. He was brought to court on August 9, but the case was postponed
until August 20 due to the defendant’s poor health.
He arrived at court in the prison van and required support to get in the
wheelchair as he appeared tired and unable to walk. His lawyer informed
Judge Apichart Chimruang that the defendant suffers from Alzheimer’s and was
unable to contribute to his own defense as he has memory loss.
The judge, however, refused to dismiss the case and ordered the prosecution
to prepare the witnesses by October 5, 2012. He also ordered that Mr. Kraus
be examined by doctors at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital to see if he is
fit enough to stand trial.
Karl Kraus, a former electrical engineer from Australia retired to live in
Chiang Mai and was charged with the rape of 4 girls under the age of 15 in
2010. He fled to Myanmar while on bail and was re-arrested there and
returned to Thailand on August 3, 2012.
Schizophrenic woman murders and dismembers her children
The Deputy Minister of Health, Dr. Surawit Khonsomboon and his team
visited Suanprung Psychiatric Hospital on August 21, 2012 to review the
progress of the case of murder that shocked the nation.
On August 4, 2012 a Lahu hilltribe woman, Namai Jakoo, was found with the
dismembered bodies of her two daughters, ages 5 years old and 1 year and 6
months. Shocked family members had come to visit the woman after her husband
was away working to find the bodies and some body parts in a pot boiling on
the stove. There was no evidence that she had eaten them however.
Ms. Namai was admitted to Suanprung Hospital in 2007 and was treated for
mental illness there. She was given medication and released to be treated by
doctors at Fang Hospital. She told authorities that she had been working at
a job in Lamphun and had not replaced her medicine for 2 months which caused
the break with reality that led to the murder of her children.
The woman told the psychiatrists that she heard the voice of her recently
deceased father telling her to kill her two children. She expressed terrible
regret and remorse, stating that she loved her children very much but
without the medicine she could not distinguish what was a hallucination and
what was real.
The Deputy Minister said the lack of psychiatric treatment and of access to
medicines led to this shocking tragedy. He added that it was imperative that
measures be taken to prevent incidents happening again. He said that all
hospitals nationwide need to join together to provide public mental health
Thai couple found strangled to death in Hang Dong
Police believe murder-suicide
Hang Dong police were called to a home in Roong Arun village in Hang
Dong at 5.30 p.m. where they found the bodies of Tippawan Kamphum, age 30,
employed at Chiang Mai University and Kanit Boontham, age 25 and a mechanic
at the Honda center. Relatives of the married couple were there when police
arrived, and were distraught over finding the bodies of the couple.
Ms. Tippawan had been strangled with a belt while Mr. Kanit was found
hanging from electrical wires tied to a steel beam in the roof. Police
believe that jealousy caused Mr. Kanit to strangle his wife and then hang
himself. The police will continue the investigation to ascertain if it was a
Southern drug gang caught in Chiang Rai
150 million baht in drugs seized
Acting on a tip off that drug gangs from the South were trafficking
drugs through Mae Chan, Chiang Rai, a police checkpoint was set up and two
men from were found with crystal methamphetamine (Ya Ice) and heroin hidden
in a black Ford at 2:30 a.m. on August 27, 2012.
Police announced the arrest of Abdul Rorning age 40 from Pattani province
and Maming Hayee-Manahae age 31 from Narathiwat province at Police Bureau
Region 5 on August 28, 2012 with 15 kg of crystal methamphetamine and 21 kg
of heroin valued at more than 150 million Baht hidden under the car. The two
men were planning on transporting the drugs to Hat Yai to be smuggled into
Malaysia for sale.
The two men confessed to police that they had been paid 100,000 Baht each to
transport the drugs down to Hat Yai for onward sale in Malaysia.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Region 5 Pol. Maj. Gen. Chamnan Ruwdrew said
that reports had been received of vehicles modified to transport drugs so
that they were hidden from a basic inspection. He added that they were
working in close cooperation with Region 9 Police in the South and Malaysia
police to hunt down the ringleaders.
3 dead in school bus accident
2 students among the dead
clamber over the double decker tour bus rescuing school children trapped
inside the bus that flipped over on impact.
Police and rescue teams were called to the scene of a horrific
accident on August 15, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. in Doi Saket when a school bus
carrying 58 people. The double decker bus, carrying students and teachers
from Tambon 2 Municipal School in Taphanhin district in Phichit Province was
coming from a visit to Chiang Rai along the Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai road
when it swerved into an oncoming vehicle.
More than 20 rescuers were on hand to cut the bus open and rescue the
students as well as the passengers in the car. The injured students were
rushed to Doi Saket Hospital. Jirayutch Rabprakhathum, a Mathayom grade six
student, Chakaphan Nakket, a Mathayom grade three student and the passenger
of the pickup truck that was hit by the bus, Mrs Bongkhot Jaipin all died at
The driver reported that the brakes on the bus had failed causing the
accident. This is the second such accident to occur in the same area, in
January of 2007 a tour bus carrying teachers from Chanthaburi crashed and
twenty one teachers were killed.
ONCB seize property valued at more than 15 million Baht
Chiang Rai district office investigated for issuing fake ID
In two separate cases the Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB)
seized the property of a man accused of smuggling pseudoephedrine to be used
in the manufacture of methamphetamine in Doi Saket and a Chiang Dao couple
accused of drug smuggling after police found 95 methamphetamine pills in
On August 15, 2012 police searched the home of Somchai Rakyodying in Doi
Saket after the accused failed to appear for an arrest warrant issued in
February. It is believed that the accused, who was charged with smuggling
pseudoephedrine to use in the manufacture of methamphetamine, fled to
Myanmar to escape prosecution. Thai authorities are working with the Myanmar
police to locate and extradite the accused.
Also found in his home were both Thai and Burmese ID cards, the Thai ID card
was issued in Mae Suai in Chiang Rai in 1996 and the police are
investigating the official who issued the ID card as it was reported that
the suspect paid for the Thai ID card.
Police seized three homes owned by the accused under the Money Laundering
Act of 1999 which allows for the seizure of property gained from the
proceeds of illegal drug sales.
A Chiang Dao couple also saw their property seized under the Act after
police arrested them with 95 methamphetamine pills. Police seized three
vehicles, two motorcycles, ten bank accounts, a collection of Buddhist
amulets, and two automatic weapons in the possession of Anong and Rujee
Tibnoi of Chiang Dao. The value of the property seized is believed to be
around 5 million Baht.
Road traffic safety campaign launched
take part in the traffic safety course that the municipality will hold at
schools around the city in a bid to reduce accidents and fatalities and
promote the use of helmets and safe driving. (Photo courtesy of Chiang Mai
The Chiang Mai Municipality is
launching an awareness and education campaign to try and reduce the number
of road accidents and fatalities from accidents in Chiang Mai.
In 2538 (1995) the average daily national death toll was 45 people killed
and 140 people injured. In 2552 (2009) the number of accidents reached 5598
with 285 killed and 30,332 injured only in Chiang Mai Province. An average
daily death of .78 with 83 injured per day.
The government plans to target high accident areas and what causes accidents
in these particular areas, redouble law enforcement efforts, begin education
programs and start teaching children in school regarding traffic safety and
facilitate the use of crosswalks and pedestrian lights.
Reduce underage drinking
students took part in a rally to reduce the problem of underage drinking.
They pledged to stop drinking and to encourage their friends to do the same
at the parade that started in front of the Chiang Mai Municipality and ended
up in Waroros Market. The government is working to reduce the problem of
underage drinking around the city and many bars and clubs have agreed to
enforce drinking ages and to check ID’s of customers.