TrueVisions ordered to air Euro 2012
BANGKOK, 8 June 2012 (NNT) –The National Broadcasting and
Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has allowed free television to air the
European Football Championship 2012 and ordered TrueVisions to let its
subscribers watch the football matches on free TV channels on its cable boxes.
Cable operator, True Visions, earlier filed a complaint with the NBTC after
having been blocked from broadcasting the Euro 2012 on its boxes. Currently GMM
Grammy holds the official broadcast rights to the European football matches. It
has also allotted the football airtime to some free TV channels. Under the UEFA
broadcast agreement, all cable boxes that do not hold broadcast rights cannot
air the football games.
Head of the NBTC, Natee Sukonrat, has just announced that TrueVisions must have
programs on air on the free TV channels during the football matches. He said
TrueVisions must comply with its service conditions.
Mr Natee explained that if the cable operator cannot comply with the 2008
Broadcasting and Television Business Act, the NBTC will fine TrueVisions from
50,000 to 5 million baht per day.
The European Football Championship 2012 is kicking off on June 8th and running
until July 1st.
Parliament President: Several days needed to decide on charter rewrite bill vote
BANGKOK, June 8 - Parliament President Somsak Kiatsuranont
told a joint House-Senate meeting on Friday that he needed two or three more
days to decide on the voting for the third and final reading of reconciliation
Mr Somsak stated that today's joint sitting of Parliament
sitting will not entail a vote on the bill as it was not on the agenda. Members
of parliament are allowed, however, time to discuss the issue if they request
Parliament will only debate the proposed frameworks for negotiations with other
countries prior to the signing of any international agreements under Article 190
of the Constitution.
"Be assured that there will be no vote on the third reading of the
reconciliation bill," the president of parliament reiterated.
To call the next joint parliament sitting needs at least three days, he said.
Once a decision is made, it could proceed immediately.
"I've heeded differing views of all parties concerned and will take them into
account together with political situation for a final decision, whatever way, it
is the same tough decision," Mr Somsak said.
The opposition Democrats threatened walking out of the chamber if today's
meeting calls for a vote on the bill.
Mr Somsak delayed the third reading of the charter amendment bills in a move to
avoid a showdown with the Constitution Court which ordered Parliament to suspend
the deliberation pending the court ruling on the constitutionality of the bills
as petitioned by some MPs and senators.
The Court's decision sparked heavy criticism from those who opposed it and
argued that the court had no authority to do so. They urged the parliament to
defy the court order.
Government chief whip Udomdej Rattanasathien said the vote on the reconciliation
bills is expected next week but that is up to the parliament president's
Before the joint session began, ruling Pheu Thai party spokesperson Prompong
Nopparit petitioned ethics House committee chair via deputy house speaker
Charoen Chankomol to probe the ethical conduct of five Democrat MPs--Apichart
Supapang, Pongvej Vejjajiva, Rangsima Rodrassami Varong Dejkitvikrom and Thani
Thaugsuban--for what was described as "inappropriate behaviour" during the House
session. The petition seeks their removal, if the probe finds them having
breached Parliament’s ethical code of conduct.
Last week, the opposition MPs stirred chaotic scenes in the chamber to disrupt
the house session debating the charter rewrite bill, which they said benefited
fugitive ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. (MCOT online news)
Flash flood cuts railway, roads in North
PHRAE, June 8 - Flash floods have hit several areas in Phrae,
cutting a rail line, while train service to the north have been suspended in
A number of local roads in Phrae's Den Chai district were cut
off and soil on mountainsides slid down, blocking roads. Flooding is as deep as
two metres in some spots. Ban Huay Rai school was forced to close.
A section of the rail track in Denchai district was swept away by floodwaters
after become loosened, prompting a Bangkok-Chiang Mai special express train to
stop at Sila-ard station in Uttaradit. Passengers were transported to their
destination by buses. Continued heavy rains interfered with railway repairs.
In Phichit, a week-long heavy downpour caused the Yom River to become swollen,
and it overflowed its banks in Sam Ngam district, flooding homes. Local
residents moved their belongings and pets to higher ground as their homes are
under one metre of water. Floodwaters continue to rise due to continuing
rainfall. (MCOT online news)
Disaster warning agencies issue more warnings for North and South
BANGKOK, 8 June 2012 (NNT) - Two of the nation’s
disaster-related agencies are issuing further flash flood warnings for the
northern and the southern regions.
Director-General of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM),
Wiboon Sanguanpong, said the department is coordinating with provincial
administrative organizations in extending their assistance to five flood-hit
southern provinces which include Krabi, Phuket, Ranong, Chumphon and Surat Thani
Mr Wiboon elaborated that the DDPM is dispatching flat-bottom boats, trucks,
patrolling vehicles and other necessary items to flood-affected areas. The
department is accelerating assistance to victims by sending in emergency rescue
teams and damage inspection teams.
Meanwhile, the National Disaster Warning Centre (NDWC) issued a severe weather
warning saying that flash floods, forest runoffs and mudslides are expected in
Denchai district in Phrae province. The NDWC urges residents in the area to
closely monitor weather alerts and updates from the NDWC.
Members of the public are advised to contact the DDPM hotline at 1784 for
Court jails ex-financier 10 years for embezzlement
BANGKOK, June 8 - Thailand's South Bangkok Criminal Court on
Friday handed down a 10-year jail term and a fine of one million baht to a
former commercial bank adviser for embezzlement.
Wheelchair-bound Rakesh Saxena, 60, arrived in an
orange-coloured prison uniform to hear the verdict.
The court ordered him, and several accomplices, to jointly pay Bt1.132 billion
restitution to damaged parties in the saga of the failed Bangkok Bank of
The Indian-born financier served as adviser to Krirkkiat Jalichandra, former BBC
with two other bank executives was sentenced to 20 years in jail for embezzling
Bt1.22 billion from the bank.
Mr Saxena was found guilty in violating the Securities and Exchange Act in 1995.
The defendant, his former boss Mr Krirkkiat, and two other bank executives were
prosecuted for jointly applying for a two billion baht loan from the bank via a
nominee company. Mr Saxena presented the loan papers for his boss' approval with
land as collateral. The land's real value was Bt26.9 million but was then
falsely expanded to Bt1.350 billion by Mr Saxena and his accomplices.
The court found the act to be an embezzlement of bank assets.
The prosecutors then asked the court to order the defendants to return the
embezzled money in the amount of Bt1.657 billion for the damaged parties.
It is the first case for which ailing Mr Saxena has been prosecuted since his
extradition from Canada in 2009. He was never granted bail since being
extradited, but was put behind bars at the maximum-security Bangkok Remand
Prison. (MCOT online news)
Police to follow international standard in protest response
BANGKOK, June 7 -- Deputy National Police Chief Adul
Saengsingkaew on Thursday urged the police to oversee the ongoing political
rallies in the capital in line with international security standards.
Pol Gen Adul visited officers providing security and maintaining law and order
at the protest venues in front of Parliament and at the Royal Plaza.
He instructed the police to handle the situation in line with
international security standards and that their performance must be accepted by
Currently, the pro-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship
(UDD), the Red Shirts, are gathering near Parliament on U-Thong Nai Road to seek
the impeachment of seven Constitution Court judges who issued an injunction for
the House of Representatives to suspend voting on the third reading of the
charter amendment bill. Meanwhile, the Peoples’ Alliance for Democracy (PAD),
the yellow shirts, and the Santi Asoke Buddhist sect are rallying against the
debate and vote on the proposed reconciliation bills at the nearby Royal Plaza.
Three companies of police have been deployed at the protest sites, and the
connecting roadway, the deputy national police chief explained, saying that
about 10 companies of police are on standby as reinforcements within three hours
of being requested.
Although the rallies have been running smoothly and peacefully, Gen Adul
explained that the authorities must assess the overall situation frequently.
In addition, Gen Adul said that Pol Maj-Gen Kamronwit Thoopkrachang, acting city
police chief, has full authority to manage and control the overall situation
with stringent anti-riot measures under the so-called Korakot 52 Operation Plan.
He believed that Gen Kamronwit will be able to deal with the situation and was
not worried about the confrontation between the red shirt supporters and the
Santi Asoke movement. (MCOT online news)
Red shirts seek to impeach 7 Constitution Court judges
BANGKOK, June 7 - The United Front for Democracy against
Dictatorship (UDD) on Thursday petitioned the president of the senate stating
their intention to impeach seven constitution court judges who voted to consider
the legality of the draft constitutional amendment and issued an injunction to
suspend the parliamentary process until court makes its ruling.
The red shirt movement, led by chair Thida Thavornsreth,
submitted the petition attached signatures to senate president Theeradej Meepian
via his deputy Pornthip Lohveera Chanrattanapreeda.
The petition said the judges' act was deemed a violation of the Constitution as
Article 68 did not give the right to any particular person to directly petition
the court regarding acts they might consider as being a threat to topple the
constitutional monarchy, but must petition the attorney-general to investigate
if there are sufficient legal grounds before forwarding it for the court's
The seven judges to be impeached by the UDD were court president Wasan Wasan
Soypisudh, Jaran Pukditanakul, Charoon Intachan, Chalermpon Ake-uru, Nurak
Marpraneet, Boonsong Kulbupar and Suphot Khaimook.
Ms Thida said the UDD initially planned to submit a one million signature
petition seeking the impeachment of the judges and the name collecting process
will take about one month.
The UDD chair however said the movement will first present a petition endorsed
by about 30,000 persons to the senate president within two days.
Ms Thida reasserted the UDD latest move is not being done for the benefit of any
particular person or group, but for the public interest.
The red shirts on Thursday also encamped at Parliament ahead of Friday's joint
House-Senate meeting amid a public dispute over the court's authority.
House Speaker Somsak Kiatsuranont has put the court order on the agenda for
discussion. (MCOT online news)
Science Minister discusses water management with Chinese experts
BANGKOK, 8 June 2012 (NNT) – Science and Technology Minister
Plodprasop Suraswadi held a meeting with Chinese experts to discuss water
The Science Minister along with Thai experts discussed water management plans
with experts from the Chinese Ministry of Water Resources. Mr. Plodprasop
expressed hopes that the cooperation will further strengthen the ties between
Thailand and China while stating that the governments and the peoples of both
nations hope to see a fruitful result from this collaboration.
He went on to explain that the Chinese government realizes the extent of impacts
of the flood crisis in Thailand and has, therefore, sent a team of experts to
examine, analyze and plan flood prevention in Thailand for a period of one
month. Meanwhile, the visiting Chinese experts have expressed their full support
to help Thailand in efficiently managing its water resources, believing that the
exchange of knowledge and expertise between both countries will lead to a
The Chinese delegates have carried out an analysis of the situation of the Chao
Phraya river, using the data earlier provided by Thailand. They have also
advised Thailand on the structure of a long-term disaster prevention plan.
On this occasion, the Chinese experts will be surveying Thailand and its water
resources, commencing in Chiang Mai, during 11-14 June, which will coincide with
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s and the national water management team’s
trip to follow up on water management projects.
Youths urged govt to strictly enforce alcohol bans in university dorms
BANGKOK, 8 June 2012 (NNT) – Networks of youths and social
activists have asked the government to strictly enforce alcohol bans in
university dorms, saying many dormitories are registered as mansions or
apartments in order to be able to sell alcohol freely.
Over 30 students and activists yesterday submitted an open letter to the Office
of Welfare Promotion, Protection and Empowerment of Vulnerable Groups (OPP),
under the Social Development and Human Security Ministry, asking for stricter
law enforcement on the dormitory registration.
The group said out of 60,000 dormitories in Thailand, only 18,000 are registered
as dormitories, the rest use the legal loopholes and registered as mansions or
apartments. Not being classified as dormitories, grocery shops under the
buildings are permitted to sell alcoholic beverages.
The OPP responded by saying it will discuss with the Excise Department and
related agencies about the laws concerning the matter. It promised to also
campaign against the sale of alcoholic beverages around academic institutions
and in apartments near them.
Public Health brings in latest technology in preventing drug allergy
BANGKOK, 8 June 2012 (NNT) – The Public Health Ministry has
brought in new Pharmacogenomics technology or genetic testing, which will be
used to prevent drug allergy among Stevens Johnson Syndrome patients.
Deputy Public Health Minister Surawit Khonsomboon said the new technology in
genetic testing will help prevent patients with allergies to carbamazepine,
allopurinol, and abacavir from the drugs. He stated that this technique will
prevent those patients from severe drug reactions or Stevens Johnson Syndrome.
Most patients with the syndrome develop severe skin burn, painful red or
purplish rash that spreads and blisters, which are the result of drug allergy.
Some eventually die from this severe drug reaction.
The technique is conducted by testing blood or buccal mucosaof of a patient. The
analysis takes five days. The test costs 1,000 baht each. The service is now
Flashfloods in Ranong eased off
RANONG, 7 June 2012 (NNT) – The flooding situations in four
districts of Ranong Province have eased off. Kapoe is the only district under
The Ranong Governor said that five districts in the province had earlier been
declared disaster emergency zones, after heavy rain poured in, causing
flashfloods and mudslides. Over 4,400 households or 20,000 people were affected
but there was no death or injury reported.
The governor added that four out of the five districts have returned to
normalcy, leaving only Kapoe District under watch. It is speculated that the
four districts will completely dry up in a couple of days if there is no more
Several agencies: military, police, volunteers, and local administrative
officers, have been assisting the residents, while the water in the Kapoe Canal
is still running wild as a result of incessant rain.
Red shirts gathering outside Parliament
BANGKOK, June 7 - Red shirts from the pro-government United
Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) began gathering Thursday morning
at Parliament seeking the impeachment of Constitution Court judges who issued an
injunction for Parliament’s lower to suspend the vote on the third reading of
the charter amendment bill.
The red shirt move came the day before Friday's joint
House-Senate meeting amid a public dispute over the court's authority after it
accepted consideration of the legality of the draft constitutional amendment and
issued an injunction to suspend the parliamentary process until a court ruling.
As of today neither a vote nor consideration of the amendment for its third
reading has been put on tomorrow's agenda.
Security has been tightened around Parliament to avoid possible confrontations
as a rival movement, the yellow-shirted People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD),
which oppose any move to amend the charter and any deliberation of national
reconciliation bills, are gathering at the Royal Plaza, not far from Parliament.
The authorities have set up two-tiers of concrete barricades
and 400 police officers have been deployed to maintain law and order.
The UDD claims nearly 10,000 names have been collected for the petition to
impeach the court judges, while an additional 12,000 names will be sent from
upcountry by noon today.
The Secretariat of Senate reported that Pheu Thai party-list MP Weng Tojirakarn,
also a key Red shirt leader, will hand in the impeachment petition against the
Constitution Court judges to Senate Speaker Theeradej Meepian at 2pm, giving it
to his deputy Pornthip Lohveera Chanrattanapreeda. (MCOT online news)
Mother, child, die in flood, storm havoc in South
TRANG, June 7 -- Strong winds and three-metre waves caused
seawater to surge into more than 80 fishing village households in Kantang
district of southern Trang province on Thursday.
The waves, hitting the villages for three days, damaged one
home and a community rest shelter, with high tides forecast to continue at least
A 32-year-old woman and her three-year-old daughter were killed yesterday as
gusty winds uprooted half-a-century old Siamese rosewood tree which fell onto
As many as 50 homes in the provincial seat were damaged by the strong winds.
Days of continuous strong winds and storms whipping the region felled trees on
homes and facilities worth about Bt15 million.
In Surat Thani, the flooding was gradually improving and
returning to normal after the rains stopped since Wednesday night.
Surat Thani's six districts - Chaiya, Tha Chana,Vibhavadi, Phanom, Ban Ta Khun
and Tha Chang--were flooded from runoff from Kang Krung National Park after
several days of continuous downpours.
The water level this morning at Ban Pak Lang in Vibhavadi district receded by
2.5 metres but lower areas are still under water, with some villagers beginning
to clean up their homes.
Takuktai sub-district chief Withaya Somakerd said that if there was no more
rain, the situation would return to normal by this evening.
He said there were 300 households in the sub-district
affected by the flood, impacting some 1,500 villagers and damaged 3,000 rai of
Meanwhile, the Surat Thani Provincial Administration Organisation sent heavy
construction equipment to repair a damaged bridge across Khlong Jae on the
Khlong Wai-Vibhavadi Road. The route has reopened for normal traffic.
Landslides blocked the entrance of a Takuk Nua subdistrict community, cutting
off more than 20 households.
Surat Thani Governor Cherdsak Chusri warned residents in at-risk areas to be on
high alert for possible flash flood and to closely monitor official
The Meteorological Department announced that the strong southwest monsoon
remained across the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand.
Rains are likely across the country while heavy in many areas of the southern
region, meaning that residents of risk areas along foothills and near waterways
should be alert to possible flooding in the next few days.
This included Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Nakhon Si Thammarat,
Ranong, Phang-nga, Phuket, Krabi and Trang.
Strong winds and high waves are likely to reach 2-4 metre levels in the Andaman
Sea and the Gulf of Thailand.
All ships should proceed with caution, and small boats should keep ashore. (MCOT
Two killed, five injured in Narathiwat shooting
NARATHIWAT, June 7 - Two villagers were killed and five were
wounded in a shooting in a home in violence-plagued Narathiwat province
Suchart Chaisuwan, a security guard at Sungai Padi secondary
school, and Jarunee Sukpin were killed when six gunmen on three motorcycles
fired AK-47 assault rifles at the group sitting outside a house of Paiboon
Five people, including Mr Paiboon and three defence voluteers were wounded in
A defence volunteer shot back at the gunmen, who fled the scene, but it is not
known if any of the assailants were hit. Local authorities are investigating.
(MCOT online news)
Court president adamant: decision within court authority
BANGKOK, June 6 - Thailand's Constitution Court president on
Wednesday reasserted that the court decision to suspend the parliamentary
process on a vote on the charter amendment draft is in the public interest and
that the decision was made within the court's authority.
Presiding judge Wasan Soipisut and a team of court
spokespersons held a news conference on the public dispute over the court's
authority after it agreed to consider the legality of the draft constitutional
amendment and issued an injunction to suspend the process until a court ruling,
as it accepted five petitions lodged by a group of senators and Democrat MPs
questioning the legality of the draft.
Court president Wasan stood by the panel’s decision, saying the court has the
authority to accept complaints under Article 68, considered as a preventive
measure as the petitioners claimed the charter amendment will lead to a new form
Investigation of the accusation must be carried out as the draft amendment
allows the whole rewriting of the new constitution.
Mr Wasan explained that if the vote on the draft proceeds, the possible damage
incurred could not be later corrected.
The president however noted, at this stage, the court only accepted the
complaints and notified the House Speaker of its decision via the
secretary-general of Parliament.
Mr Wasan stated if the House Speaker decides to continue the vote on the third
reading of the charter amendment draft, it is the responsibility of the
Concerning the move to impeach the court judges, Mr Wasan said he was
unperturbed by the threat as the people have the right to do so, but he asserted
that previous court deliberations were carried out in a discreet manner with
precaution in order not to infringe on legislative power.
The court spokesperson said the delayed vote on the draft may interrupt
parliamentary work, but it will restore confidence abroad that the exercise of
power was legally right in accordance with checks and balances.
The spokesperson said if the hearing begins July 5-6, it will take about one
week for the judges to rule on the case.
Hours earlier, Chainarin Kularb-am led members of the Democracy Network Working
Group and red shirt supporters rallying outside the Constitution Court.
The group presented a complaint letter to court president Wasan via court
officials, urging the court to review its order. The demonstrators booed and
jeered, and draped black cloth around the court nameplate in protest against the
During the rally, all judges reportedly continued their work, amid security
provided by the police.
Meanwhile, government chief whip Udomdej Ratanasathien said the parliament
president did not put consideration or a vote on the amendment for its third
reading on the agenda for Friday's joint House-Senate meeting. The president
will only notify lawmakers about the Constitution Court order which accepted
petitions against the bill.
In addition, the Friday joint session of Parliament will also consider proposed
frameworks for negotiations with other countries under Section 190 of the
Mr Udomdej however said MPs could ask for a vote on the bill in its third
reading but that it is at the president's discretion.
The government chief whip said he personally viewed that the president's
decision to put the
bill off the agenda indicated that he might not want to put it for a vote as
there are differing views on the issue.
Panthep Puapongpan, spokesperson for the yellow shirt People's Alliance for
Democracy (PAD) movement, announced that the group will rally again if the
amendment leads to a structural change in the country's revered monarchy and
grants amnesty to ousted ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra and his associates.
If the two mentioned conditions are present, the PAD spokesperson asserted, the
yellow shirts will mobilise immediately in a mass protest.
Regarding deliberation of the reconciliation bills, key PAD leader Sondhi
Limthongkul said the movement is waiting to see the stance of the government and
Pheu Thai Party first, but the group will gather immediately once the bills are
put on the House agenda. (MCOT online news)
PM Yingluck to follow up on state water management plans
BANGKOK, 7 June 2012 (NNT) – The prime minister will take
another trip to get firsthand update on the state-initiated water management
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said that she will work in coordination with
31 Cabinet ministers who will soon each visit 31 provinces at risk of serious
inundation in order to follow up on the progress of the post-flood
rehabilitation and the water management policies.
The PM stated that one of the priorities during the upcoming trip is to check on
how flood-hit villagers have been compensated.
At the same time, the visit will look at the progress of both urgent and
long-term water resource management, which will take place from upstream to
midstream and downstream areas.
The Premier conceded that while the inspection trip is intended to make sure
that the government’s preventive works in all flood-prone provinces will be
implemented seamlessly, more time and efforts will be needed before all measures
are in place in time.
Public Health Ministry steps up preparation in 16 disaster-prone provinces
BANGKOK, 7 June 2012 (NNT) – The Public Health Ministry is
speeding up preparations for the natural disasters in 16 at-risk provinces.
Public Health Minister Wittaya Busanasiri on Wednesday held a teleconference
meeting with the provincial health offices in 16 provinces at risk of flash
floods and mudslides.
Mr. Wittaya has instructed all related health offices to dispatch mobile medical
teams to perform a check-up on residents and assess the need for all medicines,
particularly among chronic patients, who cannot travel to pick up supplies from
The Public Health Minister has urged all offices to send their daily updates to
the central office in order to allow for a more accurate assessment of the
situation in 5 provinces, including Chumporn, Ranong, Phang Nga, Surat Thani and
Phuket, where heavy rain has continued.
At the meeting, all 16 provincial health offices have confirmed that they have
been able to handle the current situation, although it was agreed that Chumporn
Province should remain vigilant and stay alert against the high possibility of
flash floods and mudslides.
Thai parliament celebrates 80th anniversary
BANGKOK, 7 June 2012 (NNT) – The Secretariat of the House of
Representatives is holding an exhibition on the 80th year anniversary of Thai
Senate Speaker Teeradej Meepien presided over the opening ceremony of the 80th
anniversary of Thai parliament exhibition, under the theme “looking at Thai
parliament through national achieves”.
The exhibition gives information on democracy and the parliamentary system in
Thailand through documents and achieves. Visitors will understand the roles and
authority of parliament. The event takes place at the parliament from June 6th-
Wat Traimit Wittayaram and surrounding residential zone form first ASEAN Community in Thailand
BANGKOK, 7 June 2012 (NNT) – Maha Wiranuwat School in Traimit
Wittayaram Monastery has opened an ASEAN studies classroom, making it an
integral part of the first ASEAN Community in Thailand.
An opening ceremony of the ASEAN studies classroom was launched on Wednesday.
The classroom was set up to give knowledge on ASEAN for students to prepare for
the upcoming ASEAN Community, which is targeted to be established in 2015.
Venerable Phra Dhamma Bhaovana Vikrom, abbot of Wat Traimit Wittaya said at the
opening ceremony that the temple, the school and the community of the Yaowarat
area have cooperated in improving the community’s landscape to the concept of
ASEAN. Street signs will be put up in four languages: Thai, Chinese, English,
and Burmese. The ASEAN studies classroom will also provide Burmese language
courses to small entrepreneurs and youths in the community in preparation for
the ASEAN integration.
ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan, who was also present at the ceremony,
said this pilot project is launched at Traimit Wittayaram because the community
is actively prepared for changes in the world. He praised the project as a great
step for Thais.
Thai Cooperative Education Day event held at IMPACT
BANGKOK, 7 June 2012 (NNT) – The Education Ministry on
Wednesday marked the Thai Cooperative Education Day with a seminar, preparing
Thai students for employment opportunity in the future.
Education Minister Suchart Thada-Thamrongvech yesterday presided over the Thai
Cooperative Education Day seminar at IMPACT Muang Thong Thani. Federation of
Thai Industries Chairman Payungsak Chartsutthipol, Thai Chamber of Commerce
chairman Pongsak Assakul, and President of the Association of University
Presidents Somkid Lertpaitoon also participated in a discussion with the
cooperative education members.
Mr Suchart said he is glad industry representatives and related organizations
are placing an emphasis on factory-in-school and school-in-factory projects. He
said the ministry is willing to support entrepreneurs and the industrial sector
to take part in improving Thai students for better job opportunity.
The projects allow students to serve internships and work in real workplace
before finishing school. The minister urged students to commit to their jobs,
love their companies or industries, and be good colleagues. He also asked
education institutions to teach students to be honest and punish those who are
dishonest or corrupt.