Government proposes controversial
cable car to Doi Pui again
The project has always met with strong local resistance
The Hat Yai Cable Car in Muang municipality area
of Songkla province is one of the cable cars that is used as an example for
the project. (File photo by Nopniwat Krailerg)
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
A project long opposed by Chiang Mai people because the planned
route cuts through sacred sites has been proposed again by the Pinkanakorn
Development Agency; a cable car from the Night Safari to the peak of Doi Pui
and Doi Pha Dam. The planned route would cut through Wat Phra That Doi Kham,
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and Phuping Palace, considered significant
religious and cultural places for Thai people.
The meeting was held on November 26, 2013 at the Holiday Inn Hotel Chiang
Mai and saw Deputy Governor Adisorn Kamnerdsiri preside over the opening.
The project would cover about 10 kilometers, cutting through National parks.
A study and analysis on the environmental impact was started in August 2013
by experts from Department of Environmental Science, Kasetsart University
and Tesco Company Limited and are expected to be completed by June 2014.
Adisorn Kamnerdsiri Chiang Mai Deputy Governor said that while tourism must
be developed the development must study the various effects before being
implemented. He added that while it is necessary to compete with other
countries by adding value to what we have but we must not compromise on the
environment and culture.
Cable car companies such as Hatyai Cable Car, Singapore Cable Car, Ngong
Ping Cable Car, Vietnamese Cable Car, Langkawi Cable Car and Genting
Highlands in Malaysia took part in the meeting. The cable car project was
supported by the Member of Parliament in the area, and is under the control
of Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi, the supervisor the
Pinkanakorn Development Agency.
The project has been proposed before but has met with heavy local
Foreigners & hill tribes honor HM the King in 3rd Chiang Mai Multicultural Festival
December 3 at Tha Pae Gate
Ruchuchai Potha, President of the We Love the
King Club (International) and organizers for the press conference to
announce the event.
Everyone in Chiang Mai is welcome to join the 3rd Chiang Mai
Multicultural Festival in Honor of HM the King on December 3, not just
foreigners but everyone, according to Ruchuchai Potha, President of the We
Love the King Club (International). The event was first organized by K.
Ruchuchai because he had so many foreigners ask him how they too could join
in the festivities honoring HM the King. He realized there was a need among
the foreign community to show their love and respect for HM King Bhumibol
The event, which features a parade of all nationalities, organizations and
groups in Chiang Mai will begin from JJ Market at 3 p.m. The parade will
depart at 4 p.m. and reach Tha Pae Gate at 5:30 p.m. There incoming Mayor
Tussanai Buranupakorn will give a speech and a candlelight ceremony for HM
the King with Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo, will be held at 6:19 p.m. on
December 3, 2013.
The event, organized by the We Love the King Club (International) and the
Chiang Mai Employment Office will feature a parade by organizations and
tribal groups in Chiang Mai and an elephant from Mae Taman Elephant Camp
will join the merit making to honor HM the King and send him best wishes for
The candlelight ceremony will be followed by hill tribe cultural and music
performances, Northern Thai and International music shows at Tha Pae Gate
form 7 p.m. to midnight. All are welcome to join in the event, K. Ruchuchai
said and reminded people to wear either their national costume or pink or
yellow to honor HM the King.
HM the King to grant public audience on his birthday, December 5
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej will grant a grand public audience on
his birthday, December 5, at Klai Kangwon Palace in Hua Hin, according to
Deputy Prime Minister/Commerce Minister Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan.
Mr Niwatthamrong said he was informed by the Royal Household Bureau that the
monarch has granted permission for a grand public audience to be held for
the public to pay tribute to the King in celebration of his 86th birthday.
The auspicious event will take place at Klai Kangwon Palace in Hua Hin
district of Prachuap Khiri Khan province, southwest of Bangkok at 10.30am.
The royal guards of honour will also give an oath of allegiance to HM the
Permanent Secretary to the Office of the Prime Minister Tongthong Chandransu
said that the event would be broadcast on national television. The
government will conduct many celebratory activities between December 1 and
10 to commemorate the auspicious occasion, he said.
A candle-lit ceremony offering good wishes to HM the King will be held at
Sanam Luang at 7.25pm in tandem with ceremonies at designated places
nationwide, he said. (MCOT online news)
Cancer patients taken to heart
Fundraisers to assist people with cancer
Cancer patients are receiving assistance from the public through
donations to the Mind Clinic at Wat Jed Yod in conjunction with Chiang Mai
City Hall and the Chiang Mai Public Health Office. The activity was
announced at City Hall on November 19, 2013 and began on November 24 with
the Cycling for Health, Eating Safe Food” which saw people cycle from Wat
Jed Yod to JJ Market to raise awareness of the needs of cancer patients.
to assist cancer patients are being held at JJ Market and around town
beginning December 1, 2013.
Other activities will take place on December 1, the“1 Warm Up Street Fighter
Doi Suthep Challenge” route cycling from Huay Kaew Arboretum-Doi Suthep-
Huay Kaew Arboretum from 7.30 a.m. to noon and the project “Be Good for Our
King by Taking Your Heart to The Wheel” from December 4 to 6 at JJ Market
from 10.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. The official opening ceremony will be on
December 4 and include discussion on cancer, instructions on how to care for
patients after chemotherapy and to understand the guidelines for the
treatment of cancer, booths to educate about the care of cancer patients and
live withcancer, organic vegetables shops, volunteer booths, products for
cancer patients and special activities such as Vespa rally around the city
moat from 8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. on December 5 and a candlelight ceremony
for His Majesty the King.
Anthika Chaowakiratipong or DJ Andy, a cancer patient receiving treatment,
said that while most Phase 2 cancer patients receive chemotherapy and
radiation treatment that is covered by Social Welfare Health Care patients
still have problems coping with the cost of travel and accommodation during
treatment. The project organized these activities to assist cancer patients
with the costs of travel and accommodation during treatment.
Father of the Royal Rainmaking Day honors HM the King
November 14 honors HM the King’s work on rainmaking
HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej is honored for his
tireless efforts in rainmaking and scientific water management for Thailand
on November 14, Father of the Royal Rainmaking Day.
Chiang Mai officials joined Thailand in honoring HM the King’s work
in rainmaking on Father of the Royal Rainmaking Day on November 14, 2013.
Father of the Royal Rainmaking Day honors that day that HM the King donated
his funds to launch the Royal Rainmaking Project in 1955. He had seen the
cycle of drought that farmers faced and had researched ways to combat that
drought through rainmaking and scientific water management.
At Chiang Mai City Hall on November 14, 2013 Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo
presided over the Ceremony in Honor of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej
on Royal Rainmaking Day. The ceremony was held by Chiang Mai Agricultural
Office representing the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives for the day
that was established by Cabinet resolution on August 2002.
Diabetes in focus
on World Diabetes Day
City offers free tests and checkups
According to a report by the World Health Organization one in 13
Thais suffers from diabetes and it is a growing problem for Thailand as
lifestyles change. Diabetes increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes
at an early age and can lead to premature death. Over time, diabetes can
damage the heart blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, and nerves.
To highlight this issue and offer education and checkups the Chiang Mai
Municipality took part in World Diabetes Day on November 14, 2013. The
opening ceremony was presided over by Acting City Clerk Sruamchai
Meesomsakdi, Deputy Chiang Mai Municipal Clerk.
K. Sruamchai noted that diabetes is a growing public health challenge for
Chiang Mai and Thailand with the age of affected people getting lower and
lower. He noted that people need to change their diets and lifestyle to
avoid diabetes through exercise, avoiding smoking and drinking alcohol.
Many local people joined the event to learn more about diabetes and its
prevention and to take part in checkups that included preliminary screening,
blood pressure checks and blood sugar tests for free. There were exhibitions
on the effects of diabetes to educate people to its dangers and to teach
ways to combat and avoid diabetes.
Chiang Mai’s own Princess to be
honored on Princess Dara Rasamee Day
December 8 & 9
The magnificent Dara Prirom Palace, the home of
Princess Dara Rasamee and now a museum, will host the celebrations honoring
Princess Dara Rasamee on December 8 and 9, 2013.
Chiang Mai’s beloved Princess Dara Rasamee is honored every year at
the Dara Pirom Palace in Mae Rim for her love and devotion to King Rama V
and her tireless efforts to help local farmers, as well as promote local
arts and culture. She was a strong supporter of the local handicrafts and
was a major influence in promoting local handicrafts. She founded an
experimental plantation named “Suan Jao Sabai” that grew from her interest
in agriculture and her wish to help Northern Thai farmers. She grew several
new rose breeds which she had received from the English Rose Institute. Her
favorite was the big pink rose which was later named “Chulalongkorn” in
honor of her husband.
Princess Dara Rasamee Day will begin with the launch of an exhibition at
Dara Prirom Palace on December 8 at 5:30 p.m. The exhibition, titled “The
80th anniversary of the passing of Princess Dara Rasamee” will also have
traditional Thai dances and a welcoming party in the Northern style. On
December 9 at 6:30 a.m. Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo will lay a wreath in
front of the Dara Rasamee Monument and will also attend the Mae Rim Festival
Fair which will include an elephant parade, tribute procession, parade of
dancers and people costumed in Lanna clothes. There will also be concerts,
local products for sale and handicraft making exhibitions.
Chulalongkorn University cooperated with Chiang Mai Province, Mae Rim
District, the Border Patrol Police Bureau, Chulalongkorn University Alumni
Association Northern, institutions in Chiang Mai, and Chiang Mai people to
hold the ceremony honoring the daughter of King Inthawichayanon, the 7th
Ruler of Chiang Mai. She was one of the favorite princess consorts of
Chulalongkorn, King Rama V of Siam, and their relationship cemented the ties
between the Lanna Kingdom and Siam. Dara Pirom Palace was built after King
Rama VI gave his permission to Princess Dara Rasamee to return to her
childhood home of Chiang Mai after King Rama V passed away. Princess Dara
Rasamee is revered in Chiang Mai for her work in promoting local handicrafts
and assisting farmers.
“Pathway to the King”
Inspired by His Majesty’s work in the North
The Faculty of Mass Communications at Chiang Mai University launched
the project “Pathway of the King” featuring photos video clips and radio
documentaries on the HM the King’s work in the North. The event, launched at
CMU in cooperation with alumni of the faculty on November 20, 2013, features
various contests celebrating the work of HM the King.
Dr. Jiraporn Witayasakpun, the Dean of the Faculty of Mass Communication,
Chiang Mai University said that the project “Pathway of the King” was held
to celebrate the occasion of His Majesty the King’s 86th Birthday 86 on
December 5, 2013 as well as the 50th anniversary of HM the King’s work in
the North and also celebrate 50th Anniversary of Chiang Mai University.
There was a photography workshop on November 20 and a photo contest. There
is a video clip contest on the “300 second story of the King”, a photography
book in honor of HM the King, also an exhibition whic shows the work and the
projects of HM the King, as well as aTV documentary, and radio documentary
contest. People who want to take part in the contest can ask for information
at www.facebook.com/YangPhrabathThiYatra or contact Public Relations
Red shirts submit letter
supporting Constitutional changes
Phichit Tamoon, a UDD leader in Chiang Mai,
submitted a letter to the government calling for a push to pass amendments
to the Constitution.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Around twenty members of the red shirt group the United Front of
Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) Chiang Mai gathered at City Hall on
November 22, 2013 to submit a letter to Chiang Mai Governor Wichien
Puthiwinyoo to submit to the President of Parliament on their behalf.
The letter, which was received by Thanakorn Pramoonphol, Assistant Chief of
Security Affairs Group of Chiang Mai, informs the legislature of their
support for amendments to the Constitution B.E. 2550, Section 291, in
rotation 3 which is awaiting a vote in the House of Representatives.
Phichit Tamoon, a UDD leader in Chiang Mai, said that the group wants the
rule of the country to be the rule of people; that people should have the
right to create rules for living together. Rights and obligations should be
together, should not be use one for personal profit but should be in the
public interest and called on the government to rush amending the
constitution to meet these goals.
Anti-government demonstrators call on members of Parliament to resign
Nimmanhaemin area demonstration
organized via Facebook
Around 300 people marched from the CMU Health
Park down Nimmanhaemin Road on November 24, 2013 calling on the government
to dissolve Parliament and have new elections.
Chiang Mai Mail Reporters
Nearly 300 people from a Facebook group and other Chiang Mai
residents gathered at CMU Health Park on November 24, 2013 to demand that
the Prime Minister drop a draft law amendment proposed by a Senator and
called on the Member of Parliament and the Senator who proposed the bill to
resign in responsibility for the proposal.
They called on the government to not ask for a royal pardon for former Prime
Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, and want the Members of Parliament and the 312
Senators who refused to accept the judgment of the Constitutional Court to
apologize to the Court and vow to never do so again. They also want the same
group and the President of Parliament and the President of the Senate to
resign for causing offense to the Courts. They called on the government to
dissolve Parliament and call for new elections for their role in causing the
difficult situation in Thailand now.
Throughout the rally, protestor whistled and yelled out to drive out the
government. As they moved peacefully from CMU Health Park to the Rincome
intersection, they sang the Thai National Anthem and then dispersed.
CMU promotes social
responsibility in the community
CMU is working to develop programs for community
development and integration for the areas around the university.
Chiang Mai University has developed a policy to support and promote
social responsibility in the neighborhoods around the University under its
new University Social Responsibility program (USR). The school recognizes
that it is a part of the city and uses the resources from its surrounding
Professor Pongruk Sribanditmongkol, Vice President for Planning and
Development of Chiang Mai University said that the University was working to
establish cooperation with the community surrounding the university in areas
such as Suthep sub district, Chang Phuak sub district, Nimmanhaemin area and
Klong Mae Kha. They plan on researching the needs of the local community and
help solve social problems by focusing on how various segments of the
university can be a part of the community.
Dr.Pongruk pointed out that community should be involved in the
co-development of the area, starting from building a common understanding
through dialogue between Chiang Mai University and Suthep municipality and
Chang Phuak municipality, joint research to uncover the problems of the
community and created sustainable development for the area in collaboration.
The University also plans to establish agencies; the Institute for Social
Research will work on community development, the Faculty of Mass
Communications promote tourism, , promoting eco-tourism by Faculty of Mass
Communication, the Faculty of Medical Technology will be responsible for
Children in community development projects and Faculty of Architecture will
tackle city planning and community responsibility.
Environment Day activities to combat smoky season
JJ Market hosts green event
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Thai Environment Day will be celebrated at JJ Market from December 1
– 3, 2013 and will work to combat fire and smoke, promote a green economy
under the sufficiency economy principles, green eating and other important
environmental issues. Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo will preside over the
opening ceremony to be held on December 2. Thai Environment Day is held
nationwide on December 4 after a Cabinet resolution.
Prayad Ananpradit, head of the Environment Section, acting chief of The
Natural Resources and Environment, Chiang Mai office said that many years
ago, Chiang Mai had held an event fpr Thai Environment Day that was joined
by about 20 agencies such as The Natural Resources and Environment Chiang
Mai office, private agencies, public network, and people. This year, the
event will be held from December 1 – 3, 2013 at Jing Jai Market (JJ Market).
There are many activities in the event such as the sale of agricultural
products, OTOP products, products from 13 tribes in Chiang Mai, organic
vegetables for sale, drawing contests, Quiz Competitions, exhibitions by the
“The government is aware of the air pollution and smoke problem and has
commanded that we work quickly to solve the problem. This year it will start
from December, 2013 to March, 2014. Smoke from burning in the forests,
farming land, and plains are the main problems according to information from
the last 7 years. Chiang Mai province has prepared for the situation
already. During the earlier part of 2013, Chiang Mai had particulate measure
point over the standard 212 mg/cubic meter, lower than year 2007, which
reached a record high at 382 mg/cubic meter. Wind pushes smoke from fires in
farms and forests into Chiang Mai, said Prayad.
CMU has big plans for 2014
New hospital for elderly patients, Science Park
The President of Chiang Mai University Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nivet
Nantajit talked about the goals and plans for the university next year,
on the 50th anniversary of its founding.
The President of Chiang Mai University
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nivet Nantajit reviewed the goals for the university on
the occasion of its 50th anniversary next year.
He said that CMU had always produced quality students that use their
knowledge to help develop the country. Dr. Nivet said that the main
missions of CMU were providing a quality education, developing research
and innovation, meeting community needs, and preserving religion,
culture and the environment.
CMU has worked to develop the quality of its syllabus to follow the
Ministry of Education. All undergraduate courses have been fully
developed and a few graduate courses still remain to be developed. He
noted that the university emphasizes the quality of the students; with
each student graduating with a notion of social justice and morality.
CMU plans to go fully wireless in 2014 with WIFI expected to be
installed to cover all areas of the university.
CMU supports research scholarships for instructors who graduated from
the doctorate program at the cost of 100,000 -150,000 baht per each
project. There is a total of 100 scholarships with a budget around 10
CMU plans to be a part of the development of areas around the university
including the Nimmahaemin area Chang Puak, and Suthep. Also more far
flung areas such as Phrao and Om Koi Districts, the Haripunchai Campus
in Lamphun and the Samut Sakhon campus.
This year they have built a Science Park and plan to build a medical hub
offsite after the Cabinet approved the agreement in 2012. CMU plans to
build a hospital for elder care in 2014 to meet the growing needs of an
CMU established the Lanna Study Center to be the center of knowledge of
Lanna society and history. The university also developed 36
international courses to help prepare students for the upcoming AEC and
also plan to build the CMU ASEAN center.
Juvenile and Family Court Judges take their vows
Preecha Puangsombat, Deputy Chief Justice of
Mae Hong Son Juvenile and Family Court led associate judges of the Court
in a ceremony to take their vows as Judges of the Juvenile and Family
Court Region 5. Judges from Chiang Mai, Phayao, and Mae Hong Son took
part in the ceremony that was presided over by Supat Yuutanom, Chief
Judge of the Central Juvenile and Family Court on November 22, 2013 at
Tharathong Ballroom, Holiday Inn Hotel in Chiang Mai.
Alternative energy eco car
promoted at Motor Show
Charoenrit Sa-nguansat, Vice Governor of
Chiang Mai is joined by Chairat Yapanya, President of Chiang Mai
Automobile Club, at the grand opening of the 23d annual Chiang Mai Motor
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Chiang Mai Automobile Club hosted the 23rd annual Chiang Mai
Motor Show at Big C Don Chan from November 22 – December 1, 2013 under
the theme “Alternative Energy Cars” as part of the government drive for
Chairat Yapanya, the President of Chiang Mai Automobile Club said that
in the last 2-3 years Thailand has faced an economic crisis with an
impact on energy security. The government recognizes the importance of
alternative energy sources to that the country can be as self-reliant as
possible. The Ministry of Energy has established a 15-year renewable
energy development plan to promote and encourage the development and use
of renewable energy in four main groups including natural energy,
Bioenergetics, Natural gas (NGV) and biofuels, soas to reduce energy
imports from abroad that currently cost the country over 400,000 million
baht per year.
Charoenrit Sa-nguansat, Vice Governor of Chiang Mai presided over the
opening ceremony of Chiang Mai Motor Show on November 22, 2013. The
event showcased leading auto manufacturers as well as motorbikes and
motocross. Activities included the Nimseeseng Ban Lookpong Enduro Cross
Championship annual 2013 & Cycle Cross, a country song singing and
dancing contest, the Chiang Mai Governor Cup and Chiang Mai Motor Show
Vintage MX 2013which featured vintage motocross racing, a classic
motorbike contest and a classic car show.
Huge Challenges Facing Relief Efforts for Philippines Typhoon Survivors
A truck lies on its side beside the main
road in Borbon Town, Northern Cebu in eastern Philippines an hour after
Typhoon Haiyan made a landfall. (Photo: C. Baldicantos)
Jofelle Tesorio and Ariel Carlos
Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda, was one of the
strongest typhoons to ever hit the country. Nationwide, the death toll
has reached nearly 4,000 people with more than one thousand missing. The
coastal areas of Tacloban, Leyte, the hardest hit province, has been
left in ruins, with flattened houses and streets littered with debris.
Typhoon survivors gather in an open area to receive much needed food,
water and other aid.
The Philippine’s Red Cross was among the first relief organizations to
land on Leyte after the airport and roads had been cleared. But the
group’s director, Richard Gordon, says it’s still difficult to reach the
more remote areas.
“We’ve not been able to provide food adequately… It’s very hard to reach
everybody… The challenge is bringing them all between Cebu by air or by
boat to get to Tacloban and to the peripheral areas. The areas that are
facing the Pacific Ocean which have been badly damaged.”
Tacloban was one of the cities hit hardest by the typhoon. No building
has been left untouched.
President Benigno Aquino III is now in Leyte Province overseeing relief
and recovery operations.
“Am I satisfied with the pace of the relief operations? I’m never
satisfied when it comes to addressing the needs of our people. Whatever
is achieved now I always try to increase the efficiencies of all systems
of government. But again, this was in a sense a typhoon of such
magnitude and such strength that it really overwhelmed the systems that
were already in place.”
Several days before the typhoon hit the central Philippines, he
broadcast a warning on national television.
“The waves could reach as high as 5 to 6 feet in the affected areas.
Defence secretary Volt Gazmin and Interior secretary Mar Roxas are
already in Leyte to lead the preparations for the landfall of Yolanda.
All our disaster coordinating councils, local and national are also
But many thought it would be just another typhoon. The country normally
experiences around 20 a year. Preparations were scant and not all the
would-be-affected residents were evacuated to safer ground. As a result,
the province of Leyte and its neighboring islands suffered the most
damage. More than 3,000 people were killed and almost an entire coastal
community was wiped out. Relief groups are facing enormous challenges to
help the victims, says Philippines Red Cross director, Richard Gordon.
“Initially it was the fact that we had no information. Second, there is
no telephones, no cell phones, there is no communication…Third, there
are a lot of debris on the streets…electric posts, trees, even houses in
the middle of the streets that have been blown away. It was quite hard
to get in.”
Because of the country’s topography, its many scattered islands, getting
relief to the affected areas will take time.
President Aquino says he’s thankful for international aid.
“One of the first countries that helped was the United States of
America. We have three C130s in our Airforce and they provided massive
lift capability...They actually sent a carrier battle group together
with all components that enable us to reach in more timely manner all of
these isolated island villages and municipalities.”
In Palawan province, the artists’ community is also doing its bit by
organising a benefit concert that will help areas that have not been the
focus of attention. “We thought we would do an art fair where we would
sale art works at a lower price but the proceeds would go to calamity
fund,” says one of the organizers, Dinggot Conde-Prieto. Musician Pat
Marquez has composed a song for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. “The
title of the song is ‘This is the Time’,” he says.
“I have noticed that the government has been very slow in its response,
in reaching the affected areas. So I thought of composing a song about
the devastation in other areas like Coron so people can be inspired to
help the victims.”
With a typhoon of this magnitude, it will take time to rebuild lives and
homes but there is hope. For the moment, however, they need all the help
they can get.
This article was first broadcast on Asia Calling, a regional current
affairs radio program produced by Indonesia’s independent radio news
agency KBR68H and broadcast in local languages in 10 countries across
Asia. It is published in conjunction with the Faculty of Mass
Communications, Chiang Mai University. You can find more stories from
Asia Calling at www.portalkbr.com/asiacalling.
Korean gang arrested in
100 million baht gambling ring
Five men were arrested for working without a
work permit and providing opportunities for gambling without permission
after coordinating with South Korean police to arrest the gambling ring.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Police announced the arrest of a gang of South Koreans who ran an
online gambling ring out of their rented home in Palm Spring Country Home in
Chiang Mai after the police received information from the Korean Consulate
in Thailand that South Korean criminal gangs were operating online gambling
rings out of Chiang Mai.
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) worked with CAT Telecom to
track down the gang. Police arrested 5 men; Jang Hyungkyu, Lee Panho, Jung
Kwanghoon, Han Sunggyu and Seo Minsung on suspicion of online gambling, as
well as with an arrest warrant from the South Korean police.
Pol. Col. Songsak Raksaksakul, Commander of Foreign Affairs and
International Crime Office of the DSI said after they arrested the gang they
found 5 computers, mobile phones, an ATM card from a Korean bank and many
electronic devices. The gang used Thailand as a base to service customers
and saw a daily turnover of 700,000 baht. Police believe they may have taken
many hundred million baht. The gang members were arrested for providing
gambling without permission and as foreigners working without permission.
DSI officer said that addition to checking the house police also have to
check two other locations. The police will gather all evidence and
coordinate with South Korea to prosecute.
Black money con lures gullible buyers
Cameroon man arrested on 7 year old warrant
Evariste Segnou of Cameroon was arrested by
police on a warrant from 2006 for fraud.
Region 5 Police announced the arrest of a Cameroonian man,
Evariste Segnou, age 36, on suspicion of fraud on November 22, 2013. Mr.
Segnou was arrested based on a warrant issued by the Chiang Mai District
Court in March, 2006 for fraud allegedly committed in 2006.
On February 27 and 28, 2006 Mae Ping Police received a report from a
victim who said he had been defrauded by a man from Cameroon to purchase
chemicals that would “clean” counterfeit U.S. dollar bills or so called
“black money”. The victim transferred money to buy the cleaner but the
suspect disappeared with the money. Police arrested him at Suvarnabhumi
Airport checkpoint and returned him to Chiang Mai for prosecution.
In a similar case Frank T. Williams of Liberia was arrested after
victims reported to the police that they had been tricked into
purchasing chemicals to clean “black money”. Police set up a sting
operation and made an appointment with Mr. Williams to purchase the
cleaner for 15,000 baht. The suspect went to what he thought was the
victim’s home to demonstrate how to use the cleaner and was arrested by
Pol. Maj. Gen. Prachuab Wongsuk warned that this con was common in the
North and that many victims had been deceived in the same way. Another
con was for the person to pretend to be an English person on social
networks and befriend people. He would then “purchase” a gift to send to
the victim but ask the victim for airport transfer fees and other taxes
and ask the victim to transfer the money to his account. Police warned
people to beware this kind of fraud on online from foreign criminals.
Late night fried chicken craving leads to mayhem
Owner of Midnight Chicken Tee Saeung told
police he had to shoot the customer after the man went on a rampage when
he arrived too early to order fried chicken.
Late night munchies took a dangerous turn on Thursday, November
21, 2013 when a customer who arrived before opening time went on a
destructive rampage after being denied his favorite fried chicken.
Midnight Fried Chicken is famed for its late night service, opening at
midnight. However, Teerapong Hiranyosspol, age 41 of Bangkok, could not
wait the half an hour before opening time. When he was refused his
favorite fried chicken and sticky rice at 11:30 p.m. flew into a rage
and began to destroy the restaurant. The owner, Tee Saeung, age 65, shot
the customer as he rampaged through the restaurant.
Police and rescue personnel were called to the famed chicken restaurant
at 12:15 a.m. on Friday, November 22, where they found Teerapong shot in
the stomach and food and plates scattered widely on the floor.
The owner surrendered himself to the police with his gun and told police
that the man had set to destroy his restaurant after being refused
Midnight Chicken is located on Kamphaeng Din Road and is famous for
selling fried chicken and sticky rice, but only after midnight!
Army destroys opium poppy plantations in Om Koi
Opium production expected to rise no more than 10%
Army Region 5 soldiers flew to remote Om Koi
sub district Na Kian to destroy opium poppy fields.
Pha Muang Task Force troops led by Lt. Gen. Niwatchai
Thanomtham, Advisor Commander of the 3rd Army destroyed fields under
opium poppy cultivation in Na Kian sub-district in Om Koi in Chiang Mai.
The troops flew into the remote area by helicopter on November 22, 2013
to destroy the crops.
Last year, the 3rd Army destroyed 1,600 acres under opium cultivation.
This year they found 305 plots in 2 provinces and 5 districts, most in
Om Koi district. They believe the area will see an increase in opium
cultivation because of the climatic conditions are ideal, the area has
the cool temperatures and correct level of humidity for growing opium
According to information from the Narcotic Crops Survey and Monitoring
Institute opium cultivation is likely to increase no more than 10%. A
division of the National Command Centre for Drugs Elimination in Chiang
Mai will set up supervisory board to coordinate with all agencies
involved at 7th Battalion of Artillery in Mae Rim district. The Narcotic
Crops Survey and Monitoring Institute will survey the area and delivery
information to the division to destroy opium poppy crops.
SAO officer arrested in Pai for trafficking
Five men arrested smuggling drugs from Mae Sai
Six men, three from Tak and 3 from
Uttaradit, were arrested trafficking 94,000 yaba tablets in Phrae.
Police Region 5 arrested a Sub-District Administration Officer from Pai
after receiving a tip-off that drug traffickers belonging to Lt. Col. Yi
Sae’s gang were smuggling drugs from the border in Pai, Mae Hong Son
through Samoeng District in Chiang Mai. Police intercepted three men,
including SAO officer Singkhum Saksrisereekul with 2,000 methamphetamine
tablets hidden in a pickup truck. The suspect confessed that he had
joined the trafficking gang to smuggle drugs and that he had done so
Three men from Tak were arrested on November 18 in Phrae with 94,000
methamphetamine tablets after police received a report that traffickers
would be smuggling drugs from Mae Sai in Chiang Rai to Phrae via 4
motorcycles. Police intercepted the four motorcycles but one driver
managed to escape. The 3 men confessed that they had been paid 100,000
baht to smuggle drugs to Phitsanulok. The police caught three men from
Uttaradit on November 19 with information from the first arrest.
In another case, police seized the property of Weerakorn
Sakulkitnanukul. He was implicated in the case of Supadech Buncharoen
and 3 Taiwanese men arrested with 233.8kg of heroin at a hotel in
Bangkok. The suspects implicated Weerakorn Sakulkitnanukul age 34 of
Chiang Rai, as one of the gang. Although he is still at large, police
confiscated his property including a house in Doi Saket, 3 pieces of
property in Wiang Pa Po, 2 cars, a motorcycle, gold, 30,000 baht in cash
and other properties totaling 10 million baht in value.
On November 22, 2013, Provincial Police Region 5, Pol. Maj. Gen.
Prachuab Wongsuk announced the arrest of Burmese drug trafficker Mr.
Saiawl Sein Ta age 23 with 10,380 amphetamine pills. Police were able to
find the man after investigating retail drug sales in the San Sai area,
they learned that the trafficker would be delivering drugs to the area
in the evening of November 21. They arrested him at the roadside in Baan
Maejo in San Sai district, while he was riding a Honda motorcycle; he
was arrested carrying 10,000 methamphetamine pills. Police then went to
his house in Tha Sala sub district, Muang district in Chiang Mai and
found 380 amphetamine pills. The suspect confessed that he had been
trafficking drugs for a long time.