SRT adds more South-bound carriages for Hari Raya holidaymakers
YALA, 15 July 2015 (NNT) The State Railway of
Thailand (SRT) has boosted South-bound train services to cater to the
demand of Muslim Thais planning to celebrate Hari Raya in their home
The SRT has added two more carriages to the trains heading towards
southern provinces. More than 2,000 holidaymakers reportedly caught a
train to the South yesterday.
Aside from increasing services, SRT authorities stepped up security
measures to ensure the safety of passengers. All luggage must be checked
to prevent possession of weapons. Passengers were also warned not to
attend to the luggage or belongings of unknown people.
Hari Raya Aidilfitri or the fast breaking festival is one of the most
important holidays for Muslims. The Sheikhul Islamd Office calls on
Muslims to observe the moon on Thursday to designate this year’s Hari
Raya. The festival falls on either Friday or Saturday.
Meeting held to push forward Narathiwat Special Economic Zone
NARATHIWAT, 15 July 2015 (NNT) The Governor of
Narathiwat, Mr. Nattapong Sirichana called a meeting of provincial
authorities as well as local investors and entrepreneurs to discuss
progress of the establishment of a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in the
The meeting was held at Narathiwat Chamber of Commerce in Su-ngai Golok
District, where a "Free Zone or Outlet" is to be located. The meeting
however was unable to reach a consensus on the best location in Su-ngai
Kolok to set up the Free Zone. Mr.Nattapong said that the meeting agreed
to acquire good consultancy from business and investment experts for use
in their decision making.
The meeting also considered investment strategies for the government
which would also bring highest benefits to local economy and tourism.
PM insists protest bill to be enforced equally
BANGKOK, 15 July 2015 (NNT) The Prime Minster has
affirmed the new Public Gathering Act will be equally enforced on all
population groups without restricting the public's democratic
principles, insisting that the law will yield benefits in the future.
The Prime Minster Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has said that all groups will
have to comply to the Public Gathering Act, which will come into effect
in the next 30 days to ensure all gatherings are held within democratic
principles and ensure the absence of violence. In other countries there
are also laws similar to this one, the Prime Minister says.
He said that the public should not be alarmed about this law's
enforcement, as it will ensure that all future demonstrations will be
peaceful and be held within their designated areas. Demonstration
organizers must also clarify the number of participating protesters with
authorities as well.
Regarding the invitation from the United Nations, the Prime Minister
stated that he will express his vision on Thailand’s cooperation with
the global communities, as invited in September, adding that he will not
make remarks on the current administration or the subject of democracy.
He has also addressed the claim from a National Reform Council (NRC)
member Gen Thawatchai Samutsakorn, that suggested two political parties
were involved in the anti-government movement, saying that the followup
and monitoring of this situation was the NRC and its related agencies'
WHO applauds Thailand for great success in Mers control
BANGKOK, 15 July 2015 (NNT) Dr. Margaret Chan,
Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), has sent a
letter to Thailand’s Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha to express her
appreciation with the country’s success in Mers control, from national
to local levels.
Public Health Minister Rajata Rajatanavin said Dr. Margaret Chan termed
the success in the prevention of new Mers case in Thailand as a great
victory of the region and the world.
The minister cited the world organization as saying that the success
reflected the strength of public health services in Thailand in terms of
management and disease surveillance. It means Thailand has high-calibre
medical teams which are the result of continuous personnel development
during the past thirty years and good cooperation between the public and
According to the minister, Thailand also has highly effective National
Health Security System which provides high quality health care with low
expense compared to its GDP. The system becomes an exemplary low-cost
health care service which facilitates the Mers control in the country.
Despite the world-recognized success, Minister Ratjata said the Public
Health Ministry would maintain the highest level of Mers control
measures until the virus outbreak is confirmed terminated across the
East, South warned to brace for floods until July 20
BANGKOK, 15 July 2015 (NNT) Fifteen provinces in the
eastern and southern regions of Thailand have been urged to watch out
for natural disasters that could be triggered by heavy rains during July
Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paochinda said he has assigned the
Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) to coordinate
with the governors of 15 provinces in the East and the South in making
preparations for possible flooding and landslides between July 16 and
The provinces at risk consist of Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi, Trat,
Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla,
Satun, Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi and Trang.
Sewers, especially in urban areas, are to be cleaned by officials as a
way to increase drainage capacity. The conditions of reservoirs and
buildings will also be inspected to ensure their structural integrity
while weather surveillance teams and rapid response units will be on
standby around the clock.
Meanwhile, DDPM Chief Chatchai Promlert advised local residents in the
15 provinces to stay up-to-date with weather forecasts and disaster
warnings. Small boats should also be kept ashore during this period.
Uttaradit reclaims trespassed forest land
UTTARADIT, 15 July 2015 (NNT) Authorities in
Uttaradit Province today dispatched a team of officials to reclaim
trespassed land being used for rubber tree cultivation in a national
The Deputy Governor of Uttaradit Suchart Teerawongpitak, along with
officials from related agencies, forest officials, and forest guard
volunteers, on Wednesday launched the operation to reclaim the forest
land in the national forest reserve on the right bank of the Nan River.
In today’s operation, rubber trees illegally grown in the area were cut
down, while the general public joined in a forest regeneration activity
also held today.
According to the Director of the Protected Area Regional Office 11 Amorn
Tojarern, despite the small size of the land that was trespassed on, a
lack of legal enforcement now would allow the trespassing activities to
extend even further. In addition, the area has to be conserved and kept
in good condition, as this forest is the main natural source of water
flowing into the Sirikit Dam.
An area of 19 rai is involved in the operation to reclaim the land
currently being used without lawful permission for rubber cultivation,
while 15,000 rai out of the entire 600,000 rai of land in the national
forest reserve was determined by the government in 1998 as an area set
aside for the use of the public.
Military instructed to help mitigate drought
BANGKOK, 15 July 2015 (NNT) Minister of Interior
Anupong Paochinda has instructed the military to do the utmost in
helping the drought-affected people by providing support for government
units and distributing water.
The minister also told provincial governors nationwide to urgently make
the local people understand the Cabinet’s resolution to stop allocating
water for agriculture and discharging less water from major dams. The
drought preventive measures were imposed to ensure that people across
the country would have sufficient water for consumption until mid
August, said the minister.
According to a survey conducted with more than 60,000 villages
nationwide, only 5,000 of them may have water for use until the end of
July. Groundwater wells have been drilled for public supply.
NACC and 248 former MPs facing impeachment to attend hearing before NLA on Aug 6
BANGKOK, 16 July 2015 (NNT) The National Legislative
Assembly has scheduled a date for the National Anti-Corruption
Commission and 248 former members of parliament who face an impeachment
motion, to be present together for a further hearing of the case.
The NLA meeting on Wednesday deliberated an urgent agenda matter related
to the impeachment of 248 former MPs for their alleged involvement in an
illegal amendment of the previous Constitution.
The meeting started with an opening statement according to the report
and the opinions presented by the NACC, and a statement to protest
against the motion by the accused.
The NACC has alleged that all 248 former MPS deliberately abused their
power when they signed an endorsement of the charter amendment, while 12
of the 248 accused who were responsible for the delivery of the
statement, have insisted that they followed every provision of the
After seven hours of deliberations on the case, NLA President Pornpetch
Wichitcholchai informed all members of the legislature to file their
questions related to the motion until July 20, and ordered the setting
up of a 7-member committee to work on the points to be raised at the
next hearing, which is set for August 6.
Satun still gripped by floods
SATUN, 15 July 2015 (NNT) Some schools in the
southern province of Satun remain closed as a result of the ongoing
floods. Meanwhile, the provincial governor has warned parents to keep
their children away from water.
The worst flood-hit areas include the districts of Kuan Done, Thapae,
Langu and Muang. Although water levels have begun to recede, some
communities remain under water. In Langu district, water overflowing
from the local canal has made the road leading to the downtown
In Muang District, disaster prevention and mitigation officials have
installed danger warning signs in flood-damaged zones, and are closely
monitoring the situation. Three schools have been forced to suspend
their classes temporarily due to the inundation.
The Satun governor has called on parents to keep a close watch on their
children as flooding could lead to drowning.
GSB allocates 500 million baht for mortgage refinancing
HBANGKOK, 15 July 2015, (NNT) The Government Saving
Bank (GSB) has set aside 500 million baht to help its customers
refinance mortgage loans.
GSB President Chartchai Payuhanawichai said the bank would discuss the
program at length on July 21. He explained that the campaign is designed
to help those who rely on informal loan providers to mortgage their
The bank admitted that this program is high risk, which is why GSB has
imposed strict requirements for the loan. Each customer can borrow no
more than 500,000 baht. The loan also cannot exceed half the value of
the customer's collateral assets. For example, the full 500,000-baht
loan will be granted to those who can present a million baht's worth of
The payment period is ten years. Once approved by the board,
mortgage-payers can apply for the loan immediately until the end of
The project is in line with the Prayut Chan-o-cha administration's
policy to curb the use of informal loan providers.
Thais in Turkey told to remain vigilant at this time
BANGKOK, 15 July 2015 (NNT) Thai nationals living in
Turkey have been told to remain vigilant as anger towards Thailand’s
deportations of ethnic Uighurs has not subsided.
The Thai embassy has advised Thai citizens in Turkey to take precautions
when leaving their homes. They should avoid revealing their nationality
They have also been told not to panic and return to their daily lives as
usual. While some Turkish people may continue to feel anger towards
Thailand, many others have expressed their empathy to the Thai consulate
in Istanbul following the attack on July 8th.
Thai citizens seeking consular services are advised to make an
arrangement in advance by calling (90-312) 437 4318.
Good rainfall likely at the end of the month
BANGKOK, 15 July 2015, (NNT) The Geo-Informatics and Space
Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) has indicated that more
rainfall is likely to occur at the end of the month, which would
greatly help the agricultural sector.
GISTDA Director Dr Anon Sanitwong na Ayutthaya told the media
that from now to the end of July scattered thundershowers will
be more common in several areas, however the amount of rainwater
would not be enough to replenish dams. He said the period
bringing enough water to fill dams would likely start in the
middle of August, when the monsoon season begins in China. The
director expects at least 3.5 billion cubic meters of rainwater
will be stored during the period in the Kingdom's four major
El Nino is expected to intensify again in November, which may
result in a premature end to the rainy season. Such a
development would negatively affect the agricultural sector. The
phenomenon would likely continue from November right up to next
year's drought season. Director Anon strongly recommended rice
farmers refrain from off-season farming, due to the risk
People in drought affected areas are advised to store water, for
consumption over both the short and long term.
Private entities express intention to have stake in industrial waste management complexes
BANGKOK, 15 July 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Industry
is making progress in finding sites to accommodate industrial waste,
with a few private entities having already expressed their intention to
offer land for the sites.
Department of Industrial Works director-general Pasu Loharjun(พสุ
โลหารชุน) spoke of the progress in finding a total of six sites to
accommodate industrial waste, in line with the government policy to
encourage appropriate waste management within each locality and mitigate
the problem of illegal dumping of waste.
Mr. Pasu indicated that the joint study between the Ministry of Industry
and Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development
Organization (NEDO) has determined that the waste management sites will
likely be situated in the North, Northeast and East. There are now 2-3
private entities that have expressed their intention of providing the
sites to be developed into industrial waste treatment complexes.
Using state land for the sites would mean the sites will be located in
more remote areas, said Mr.Pasu
EU-Thai relations remain strong
BANGKOK, 15 July 2015, (NNT) The European Union (EU)
has dismissed rumors floated in social media outlets that it has imposed
sanctions on Thailand.
According to the Permanent Secretary to the Prime Minister's Office,
M.L. Panadda Diskul, the EU has officially informed Thailand to
disregard the claims, saying the information on various social networks
is not true.
The EU and Thailand have a long history together. They have built strong
ties in trade, tourism, investment, cultural cooperation, and public
Posting such incorrect and misleading information not only creates
misunderstanding among the public, but also jeopardizes the good
relations between Thailand and the EU, M.L. Panadda said.
Deputy Prime Minister expects export sector growth to resume by 2017
BANGKOK, 15 July 2015 (NNT) Export growth is expected
to return to positive by the year 2017m after the restructuring of
Thailand's industries, according to Deputy Prime Minister M.R.
Speaking during a training program for advanced level economic
reporters, M.R. Pridiyathorn said that amidst the global slowdown, the
government was stimulating the economy by focusing on the weak spots. He
explained further that initiatives such as aid measures for rice growers
and rubber planters would prevent people from incurring additional
debts. He also noted that populist policies would not be employed
because they never worked and were a waste of budget.
The deputy prime minister indicated that there was a tendency for the
global economy to decline further. As such, close monitoring of China
was needed as the country was experiencing a deceleration in economic
According to M.R. Pridiyathorn, the Thai government would restructure
the industrial sector by focusing on higher-value products, by means of
having the Board of Investment (BOI) place emphasis on providing
incentives to high-technology industries such as the food industry,
medical industry, hybrid vehicles industry, nano-materials industry and
aircraft maintenance industry. He expressed the belief that the said
restructuring would allow the growth of the export sector to return to
positive territory within two years or by the year 2017.
Thailand aims to boost trade with Vietnam to $20Bln by 2020
BANGKOK, 15 July 2015 (NNT) Thailand is aiming to
actively boost trade with Vietnam over the next five years.
According to Deputy government spokesman Maj Gen Werachon
Sukondhapatipak, the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday resolved to approve in
principle the push to make the Thailand-Vietnam trade an important
Maj Gen Werachon stated that the Cabinet agreed that such an idea would
lead to further cooperation between the two countries and to boost
bilateral trade value to 20 billion dollars by 2020.
There was also a discussion on the farm products, the development of the
quality of life and the creation of added value for agricultural
products as well as the transportation connectivity between Thailand,
Laos and Vietnam, the cooperation in the banking sector and the
intellectual property issue.
CDC making changes to process to impeach politicians
BANGKOK, 15 July 2015 (NNT) The Constitution Drafting
Committee has reached an initial agreement to make changes to the
process of impeachment of politicians, under the new charter.
The CDC meeting has agreed in principle to make the changes and has
already started the drafting of new wording which will be applied to the
section related to the impeachment of political office holders.
It is reported that the CDC will deal with the situation based on the
type of wrongdoing.
For a prime minister, members of the cabinet, members of parliament and
senators, the case will be submitted to the Parliament for consideration
and a guilty verdict would mean the issue would be passed on to the
National Anti-Corruption Commission for further work, before the result
is sent back for an impeachment vote.
But if the wrongdoing involves any ethical code, the case will be
presented to an investigative committee which will be comprised of noted
individuals from all organisations set up by the Constitution, before
the case is sent back to the Parliament to be voted on.
PM orders Cabinet to make nationwide visits to fix people’s problems
BANGKOK, 14 July 2015 (NNT) Prime Minister Prayut
Chan-o-cha has instructed all ministries to visit residents in all
provinces in an effort to bring solutions to problems cited earlier in
Deputy Government Spokesperson Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd revealed that
government officials were previously dispatched to all parts of the
country to gather people’s feedback on the work of the government and
the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and gauge their
Due to complaints over unsolved problems in many localities, Prime
Minister Prayut tasked all attendants at this week’s Cabinet meeting
with revisiting each area so as to investigate and stamp out those
problems. Different responsibilities were assigned to the ministers in
accordance with their expertise. The premier insisted that the ministers
can make their visits immediately, without the need to wait for his
Meanwhile, according to Maj Gen Sansern, Prime Minister Prayut also
inquired about the fight against corruption in state agencies after a
number of civil servants of various ranks were reported to have engaged
in such misconduct.
The premier has enforced Section 44 of the interim charter to transfer
high-ranking officials to inactive posts, pending investigations by
anti-graft agencies. As for those of lower ranks, he instructed
commanding authorities in the respective ministries to look into the
issue before reporting to him.
Cabinet sets 911 as central emergency number
BANGKOK, 14 July 2015 (NNT) The Cabinet has agreed to
designate the number 911 as the new national emergency hotline in a bid
to prevent confusion caused by the many numbers in use.
Following the Cabinet meeting, Deputy Government Spokesperson Maj Gen
Sansern Kaewkamnerd stated that the draft law related to the national
emergency number has been given the green light. As a result, the main
channel to accept emergency calls from people will be changed to 911 as
stipulated by the bill when it is enacted into law in the future.
On this occasion, a committee was set up to oversee the emergency
hotline. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was appointed the chairman
while other committee members include the National Police Chief, the
Minister of Information and Communication Technology and the Chairman of
the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission.
Nonetheless, the old emergency number 191 as well as other existing
numbers will remain open as they will redirect callers to the 911
Charter establishes new justice departments to combat corruption
BANGKOK, 14 July 2015 (NNT) The Constitution Drafting
Committee (CDC) claims the new constitution will allow the public to
directly submit cases to the Office of the Ombudsman or the National
CDC Vice Chairman Chuchai Supawong said the move is part of the new
constitution’s efforts to address corruption, by encouraging those who
have reason to believe government officials are committing acts of
corruption to speak up by filing case requests to the two anti
corruption bodies which would then investigate the matter and forward
the case to the administrative court.
Mr Chuhcai revealed that the new constitution will establish a
department within the administrative court for cases relating to
financial and budgetary abuse and a department within the criminal court
for cases relating to corruption and malpractice by government
He said the introduction of the two departments, as well as allowing the
public to directly file case requests would serve as key mechanisms in
combating corruption in the country.
NRC approves 3 agendas of political reform plans
BANGKOK, 15 July 2015 (NNT) The National Reform
Council has approved the political reform plans proposed by one of its
The NRC meeting chaired by President Thienchay Kiranandana on Tuesday,
resolved to approve three reports from the Public Administration Reform
Committee which is led by Thirayuth Lorlertratna.
The proposals include the restructuring of central, regional and local
authorities, reform of the budget system and the enhancement of the
efficiency and the quality of public administration.
Under the proposed budget system reform, the committee suggested the use
of the national strategy to draw a framework for all budget allocation
decisions, and budgeting that is based on the conditions of each
locality alongside the normal process.
For the restructuring of all authorities, the committee has suggested
seeking the creation of missions and the setting of a limit on
responsibilities for all of them, in a way that is interconnected and
related to the national strategies.
Concerning the enhancement of efficiency, there were suggestions that
new laws should be enacted while existing laws should be amended and
that all state organisations should lift their levels of performance and
genuinely try to meet public demand, while also tackling the problem of
Assurances of no Hijab restriction on healthcare staff
NONTHABURI, 14 July 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Public
Health is not prohibiting Muslim healthcare workers from wearing Hijabs
at work, in keeping with the ministry’s announcements, the MOPH Deputy
Mr. Surachet clarified that the ministry has never prohibited any staff
from wearing Hijabs at work, as such an order would violate the
principle of freedom of religion.
The statement comes after the Prime Minister’s order to investigate
cases of female healthcare staff who are allegedly prohibited from
wearing Hijabs, when working at Hat Yai and Krabi hospitals.
The Deputy Permanent-Secretary says that all female Muslim staff can
choose to wear clothing according to their religious beliefs which
includes the wearing of Hijabs, in accordance with the ministry’s dress
However, hospital directors are in charge of deciding the
appropriateness of the operating staff's attire, which may have an
effect on patient care, such as the prevention of infection, as well as
the appropriateness of attire in terms of religious beliefs.
The MOPH Deputy Permanent-Secretary added that all hospitals have been
urged to comply with the ministry’s announcement and the Prime
Minister’s Office regulations on civil servants' uniforms, which
includes guidelines on female Muslim civil servants' dress code.
Government to decrease amount of water released from four major dams
BANGKOK, 14 July 2015 (NNT) The Cabinet has agreed to adjust the amount
of water coming from four major dams and has given an assurance that the
country will have enough water for consumption until the August monsoon.
Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paochinda said the amount of water
released from the four major dams in the Chao Phraya River basin will
gradually be reduced from 28 million cubic meters to 18 cubic meters
which would make the water in the reserves last until the upcoming
August monsoon season. Gen Anupong has called on the public to cooperate
by being conservative with water consumption.
Agricultural and Cooperatives Minister Pittipong Phungboon Na Ayutthaya
added that the government has readied assistance measures for farmers
during the period of water conservation by focusing on alternative
sources of income, and has implored the public to understand the
government’s recent decision to tighten the belt on water distribution.
Disbursement delays due to incomplete projects
BANGKOK, 14 July 2015 (NNT) The government's
budgetary disbursement will proceed accordingly to each project, says
the Prime Minister, adding that the overall delays are due to each
The Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has said that the government is
now pushing forward budgetary disbursement on all planned government
The overall process has been experiencing delays as some projects are
yet to be fully completed, causing the disbursement process to be
disqualified in some cases. He said that the details of this issue must
also be scrutinized by the government's private counterparts.
Government agencies have rushed the processes of budget disbursements,
while in actuality the process can only be done as soon as each project
reaches full completion, the Prime Minister says.
PM orders officials to urgently solve farmers’ debts
BANGKOK, 14 July 2015 (NNT) Interior Minister Gen
Anupong Paochinda has instructed governors of all provinces to urgently
look into farmers’ debts which have accumulated to 388 billion baht
nationwide, in response to Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha’s policy
to prevent farmers from losing rights over their agricultural lands to
capitalists or creditors.
The Interior Minister's order followed his meeting last week with
officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, the
Ministry of Justice, and the Ministry of Finance during which they
discussed approaches to relieve farmers’ debts.
According to a Ministry of Interior survey, a total of 1.63 million
farmers are indebted with a combined debt value of 388 billion baht
currently. The meeting agreed that the Ministry of Finance will look
into farmers’ debts raised through a conventional lending system whereas
the Ministry of Justice will tackle unconventional loans.
Provincial authorities under the Interior Ministry have been ordered to
begin negotiating process with creditors involved for all debtors based
on the level of urgency. Both debtors and creditors in all cases will be
treated with fairness, the Minister vowed.
It is expected that the officials involved will complete action plans
involving debt negotiations for all indebted farmers by the end of 31st
Rainmaking operations suceed in bringing water to Bhumibol and Sirikit Dams
CHIANG MAI, 14 July 2015 (NNT) The Director of the
Northern Royal Rainmaking Operation Center, Miss Nuengruethai
Tantiplubthong has announced that 86 per cent of the 800 rainmaking
flights during the last three months were conducted successfully. The
operations were launched on 125 days, 90% of which had successfully
brought artificial rain to Bhumibol Dam and Sirikit Dam.
According to the director, this year the rainmaking operations faced
greater obstacles because of the changing environmental conditions which
nurture cloud seeding.
This year, the temperature in the region has increased by an average of
one degree Celsius while relative humidity had also declined, resulting
in less rainfall. Moreover, daylight hours are longer than usual. On
some days the sun set after 7.30 p.m.
This has prompted the five rainmaking centers in the northern region to
delay their flights to evening time which usually provides more suitable
relative humidity -- the main factor needed for successful artificial
The Director of the Northern Royal Rainmaking Operation Center has
called for economical use of water, and promotion of environmental
conservation. She advised farmers to follow the New Theory Farming
technique conceived by His Majesty the King as part of his philosophy of
a sufficiency economy to help the country overcome the water crisis.
Chulalongkorn University's Transportation Institute holds seminar on logistics competitiveness in Tak
TAK, 14 July 2015 (NNT) Chulalongkorn University's
Transportation Institute has organized a seminar on increasing
Thailand's logistics competitiveness in Tak province.
Dr. Chackrit Duangphastra, Director of Chulalongkorn University's
Transportation Institute, presented research findings to both public and
private sector attendees in Tak province. The research dealt with ways
to boost competitiveness via regulatory measures concerning trade,
logistics, and basic trade foundations.
Two projects would be developed to cater to economic integration,
logistics agreements and international trade. The first project involves
studying trade and logistics regulations; agricultural and industrial
practices that impede border trade; and goods that make up border trade.
The second project involves studying the establishment of Special
Economic Zones (SEZ). In the past, Thailand and ASEAN member nations
have neglected trade and logistics regulations, which affect
transportation costs for SEZs, industrial estates, tax-free zones, and
border trade zones.
Dr. Chackrit claimed that improving logistics remains one of the major
national agendas that must be constantly pursued if Thai businesses are
to maintain their competitive edge. He added that logistics development
should be focused on adding value and making the most of basic
Through this strategy, Thailand could penetrate more foreign markets and
be included as part of the Regional Supply Chain. To achieve such a
goal, environmental factors that support businesses or lower risks for
them are vital to determining Thailand's competitiveness in the regional
Cloud seeding operations ongoing in North, Northeast to replenish reservoirs
PHITSANULOK, 14 July 2015 (NNT) Royal rainmaking
centers in the North and Northeast continue to carry out cloud seeding
operations to replenish the amount of water in major reservoirs.
Officials at Phitsanulok royal rainmaking center on Monday conducted
cloud seeding operations in Uttaradit and Kamphaengphet provinces to
replenish the amount of water in Sirikit Dam and Kwae Noi Bamrung Dan
Dam, as well as to force rain to fall over the water-deprived
agriculture areas in the lower part of the North. The cloud seeding
efforts over the lower North will be expanded today after two aircraft
have been brought in from the royal rainmaking center in Chiang Mai.
In Sakon Nakhon, the Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural
Aviation's temporary royal rainmaking center has been conducting cloud
seeding operations to replenish reservoirs in 20 provinces of the
Northeast. Officials at the center expect the cloud seeding operations
to continue into September.
Health ministry forging ahead with family doctor teams to boost care & reduce congestion
BURIRAM, 14 July 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Public
Health is forging ahead with its 'family doctor teams' in hopes of
allowing people to better care for their own health and reduce
congestion at central hospitals.
Dr. Somsak Chunharas, the deputy minister of public health, on Monday
inspected the operation of Buriram Central Hospital, which serves an
average of 1,600 patients per day and is currently having difficulty
coping with the number of inpatients.
The hospital's new 9-storey building for accident victims and heart
disease patients, as well as its new building for male surgery and
monks, will increase the patient capacity once they are completed.
However, Dr. Somsak said increasing the number of beds or hospital
building was only one of the methods for accommodating patients. He
indicated that the ministry was placing emphasis on the 'family doctor
teams' that involve the use of health personnel from community hospitals
and sub-district hospitals to provide local residents with healthcare
knowledge and to pro-actively diagnose and treat illnesses by making
visits to villages and communities. According to Dr. Somsak, this method
would spare slightly ill people the effort of having to travel to large
hospitals and would also reduce congestion at the establishments.
Conservation and local fishery agencies in favor of current drive against IUU fishing
BANGKOK, 14 July 2015 (NNT) Conservation and local
fishery agencies have expressed support for the government's drive
against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing; however, the
National Fisheries Association of Thailand has expressed the view that
the current drive would not result in more sustainable fishing
The comments were made at a discussion forum on the topic of banning
illegal fishing, jointly arranged by the Thai Journalists Association
and other agencies. Thai Sea Watch Association representative Wichoksak
Ronnarongphairi expressed the view that the government was in the right
direction in banning illegal fishing, as the majority of current fishing
activities were destructive practices. According to him, as much as
200,000 tons of the 1.2 million tons of catch made annually comprised
juvenile fish that had no commercial value. Once destructive fishing
practices such as trawling nets and the likes have been completely
banned and only adult fish is caught, the value of commercially viable
fish in the Thai waters is expected to increase by at least 20 million
tons ,worth 2 trillion baht, within one year.
Suphaphon Anuchirachiwa, manager of the local fishery and aquatic fauna
program at Earth Net Foundation, also expressed support for the banning
of illegal and destructive fishing, while also giving her view that
making a compromise by expanding the mesh size of trawl nets was not a
Nitiwat Thirananthakun, adviser to the National Fisheries Association of
Thailand, however, expressed the view that banning illegal fishing would
not help nature conservation efforts. He also viewed that the laws being
enforced were too strict and needed to be toned down to garner voluntary
cooperation from fishermen. He suggested expanding the mesh size of
trawl nets, designating time periods for making catch, allocating catch
quotas based on the kind of tool used, and promoting deep water fishing.
NSC member to visit China to observe how repatriated Uyghurs are treated
BANGKOK, 14 July 2015, (NNT) National Security
Council (NSC) Secretary-General Anusit Kunakorn is scheduled to visit
China from July 15 - 17, in order to observe the way the recently
repatriated 109 Uyghurs from Thailand are being treated.
The Secretary-General is to meet with officials from China’s Ministry of
State Security regarding the matter, in his bid to prevent further
misunderstanding about Thailand’s decision to repatriate the migrants.
He will seek Chinese authority’s permission to personally observe the
treatment of these individuals who are now under the supervision of
Earlier Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha had said Thai
authorities would strictly follow the international humanitarian
guidelines when dealing with illegal migrants in the country.
Meanwhile, the Thai embassy in Ankara, Turkey has issued a warning on
its Facebook page to all Thais residing in the country to be extra
careful when traveling. According to the warning, Turkish locals are
still hostile towards Thai as they resent the Thai government's decision
to repatriate the 109 Uyghurs to China.
NLA accepts petition against amendment of Cooperatives Act
BANGKOK, 14 July 2015 (NNT) The National Legislative
Assembly has accepted a petition from employees of Thai Airways
International who are opposing the planned amendment of Cooperatives
NLA’s First Vice President Surachai Liengboonlertchai on Monday met with
representatives from the Thai Airway’s cooperatives who objected to the
amendment of Cooperative Act, which was proposed by the Agriculture and
Agricultural Cooperatives Ministry.
Thai Airway’s cooperatives deputy chairman Chart-fah Prakasit said that
the objection was particularly against six out of 13 proposed amendments
because they would allow state officials to be able to interfere more
into the Thai Airway’s co-op.
The opposed points included additional authority for the registrar, the
loose appointment of a committee to review all appeals, and the unclear
stipulation of the retention of net profits as a fund to stabilise the
Silk made product competition held to promote Thai silk
BANGKOK, 13 July 2015 (NNT) Deputy Minister of the
Ministry Agriculture and Cooperatives Amnuay Patise has chaired the
opening ceremony of the silk competition held by the Department of
The Deputy Minister said that Thai silk is a famous Thai product that is
both beautiful and has its own distinctive identity. The art of making
Thai silk has been passed down from generation to generation since
The competition is being held to preserve this traditional knowledge and
increase global awareness of Thai silk. The market for Thai silk has
grown over the years, as more people are wearing clothes made of silk.
As a result, silk farmers are earning more and enjoying better living
standards. According to Sericulture Department Director-General Veena
Pongpattananon, the event will be held until tomorrow at the Government
Complex with the competition divided into five categories.
They include fabrics made of local silk and peacock-branded silk,
silk-based clothes and products, and those made from mulberry leaves.
The winning products and apparel will be on display at the silk
exhibition in August.
Ministry of Transport approves construction of major underpass in Uttaradit
BANGKOK, 13 July 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Transport
has approved a 400-million-baht budget to construct an underpass at Wang
Sisub intersection in Mueang district of Uttaradit province, saying the
project will reduce road accidents.
Second Vice President of the National Legislative Assembly Peerasak
Porchit revealed that public hearings have garnered approval by the
locals, and the intersection will be developed into an aesthetically
pleasing entrance into the province for tourists. An exhibition hall
will be constructed at the intersection to showcase the history of
Uttaradit as well as provide a rest stop for motorists.
The project is scheduled to be completed in three years and aspires to
be Thailand’s most beautiful intersection.
4 provinces declared drought disaster zones
BANGKOK, 13 July 2015 (NNT) The national disaster
warning centre has declared parts of four provinces disaster zones as
the drought crisis is set to be exacerbated by below-normal rainfall
The four provinces are Prae, Chonburi, Sukhothai and Pathum Thani. Areas
severely affected by the drought and declared disaster zones include 15
districts and 79 sub-districts. Six other provinces that are also badly
hit by the drought include Tak, Nakhon Ratchasima and Khon Kaen.
Water levels in major dams in most regions are increasingly low. The
southern region is the only area where dams hold high amount of water
for supplies. Despite recent scattered rains, many provinces continue to
be at risk of water shortage.
It has been forecast that the amount of rainfall will also be low in
July. Rainstorms are expected in August and September. The Irrigation
Department has already adjusted the amount of water diverted to canals
and water sources from 33 million cubic meters to 28 million, in a bid
to continually ration water.
Ministry of Energy set to raise NGV price to reflect its cost
BANGKOK, 13 July 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Energy is
set to make adjustments to the gas price structure to better reflect the
true costs. Meanwhile the Minister of Transport will clarify the
taxi-meter fare hike, says the Energy Minister.
The Minister of Energy Narongchai Akrasanee, has discussed the
ministry’s achievements in the past 10 months saying that the Ministry
of Energy has been managing energy resources with an emphasis on
national energy security, especially with the adjustment of oil and
natural gas pricing to reflect the true cost, a process that is now near
its completion. Fuel prices will be kept at an appropriate level using a
mechanism that will allow swift changes depending on the situation.
On the pricing structure of NGV, the Ministry of Energy is set to
proceed with further pricing adjustments in the future. Meantime, the
ministry is waiting for a clarification of an adjustment of taxi-meter
fares by the Ministry of Transport, as taxis are the main consumers of
NGV. The adjustment of the NGV price will have to be considered further
with the related agencies.
The Energy Minister said that the NGV price is expected to be adjusted
to 15 baht per kilogram to better reflect the allocation cost, while the
ministry will encourage the use of NGV in big trucks, as NGV is cheaper
than oil, and is considered safe to operate with pre-installed factory
Regarding raising the tax on LPG in the transport sector, the ministry
is now in the process of considering an amendment to the Ministry of
Commerce law, the Energy Minister advised.
He also mentioned that the ministry will aid imports of liquid natural
gas (LNG) through the construction of a 3 million ton LNG storage
facility in Dawei, Myanmar in order to mix the stored gas with natural
gas from three sources in Myanmar to create the proper gas temperature.
Another 5 million ton facility is planned for construction in the
southern region of Thailand, with the plan to make Thailand capable of
storing 18 million tons of LPG to accommodate the growing demand for
Deputy Police Chief follows up Rohingya trafficking case in Songkhla
SONGKHLA, 13 July 2015 (NNT) The Deputy
Commissioner-General of Royal Thai Police has joined the meeting on the
prosecution process of the Rohingya trafficking case in Songkhla
Province, while accusations are scheduled to be filed in August.
The Royal Thai Police Deputy Commissioner-General Pol Gen Aek
Angsananont today joined an investigators meeting in Songkhla Province,
to follow up on the Rohingya trafficking case at the Provincial Police
Region 9 Forward Command Center at Hat Yai Police Station.
After the meeting he revealed that the investigation process is now
pending consideration from the Office of the Court Ruling and the
Department of Investigation. Once it has been approved the case will
then be submitted to the Attorney-General within this month.
After the Attorney-General passes consideration, the Office of
Provincial Public Prosecution of Nathawee will be required to draft the
accusations for the 72 suspects to the Nathawee Provincial Court.
Investigation charges and witness hearings are expected to commence from
August, while the overall prosecution process may take some time.
On the 47 suspects that are yet to be arrested, the investigation team
is now working to arrest all of the suspects, while 17 people in this
group are considered as key suspects. An investigation team on the money
laundering issue will also be established, while witnesses who have
provided testimonies are now being protected and are currently residing
outside of Thailand for safety reasons.
The Police Deputy Commissioner-General has further stated that there are
still other cases related to human trafficking which will have to be
expedited, and all suspects will have to be investigated to determine
the degree of their involvement.
Labour Ministry to relieve Thai employers and migrant workers of IUU fishing impacts
BANGKOK, 13 July 2015 (NNT) The Labour Ministry has
approved measures to help migrant fishermen whose Thai employers could
not bring boats out to the sea as they fail to meet requirements of IUU
fishing control, Labour Minister Surasak Kanjanarat revealed on Monday.
According to the measures proposed by the Employment Department,
registered migrant fishermen can file a request to work with one or two
additional employers while their original employers are unable to carry
out normal fishing operation.
In such a case, migrant workers can work for one or two more employers
on a borrowing basis. Original employers must give consent to the
lending of their workers to other fishing operators while the migrants
remain subordinates of them.
The measures came after some migrant workers escaped from employers who
have no license for operation and looked for new employers.
The Employment Department has informed its branches in twenty two
coastal provinces where fisheries are main businesses of the new
assistance measure which is expected come into force soon. Meanwhile,
Gen Surasak advised employers who encountered such a problem to ask for
help from the Labour Ministry which would consider assistance on a case
by case basis.
He said that the ministry has no plans to reopen the registration for
illegal migrant workers as it was not the way to solve the problem at
the root cause.
In the recently-ended registration, he added, more than 80,000 migrant
workers were registered. The Labour Ministry will, from now, put
priority on legal import of the workers as they are easier to be
NECTEC holds Digital Media Workshop as part of Mae Hong Son IT Valley campaign
MAE HONG SON, 13 July 2015 (NNT) The National
Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC) has joined hands
with Sripatum University to hold the Digital Media Workshop as part of
the Mae Hong Son IT Valley campaign.
35 Mattayom five students from participating schools in the Mae Hong Son
IT Valley campaign attended the Digital Media Workshop on 10-13 July
2015 at Mae Hong Son College, Chiang Mai Rajabhat University.
The workshop was held under the topic ‘The Development of Skills and
Creation of Digital Arts Project’, aimed to promote creativity and
specific skills through the competing concept: ‘My home; visit-able all
The workshop also encourages participating students to merge
developmental projects that would provide benefits to themselves and
their communities, by using their projects to maximize the sustainable
development of Mae Hong Son Province.
PM Prayut orders National Security Council to step up intelligence operations
BANGKOK, 14 July 2015 (NNT) The Prime Minister has
ordered the National Security Council to step up its intelligence
operations to fully cover all areas.
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said that the National Security
Council meeting on Monday focused on an intelligence strategy which must
help support the country’s security and extend it to include all aspects
Gen Prayut stated that national security endeavors must be the main
pillar in helping Thailand achieve stability, while he also told the
meeting that focus must be placed on economic conditions in the border
All in all, the PM said that he told the meeting that intelligence
operations must continue to have close ties with Thailand’s strategies
over the next two decades.
Meanwhile, the National Security Council Secretary-General Anusit
Kunakorn said that the government has also instructed the NSC to prepare
an administrative plan for border areas in order to prepare for the
development of the special economic zones and to find solutions to any
problems in those areas.
CDC spokesmen claim draft charter will be ready by July 18
BANGKOK, 14 July 2015 (NNT) The spokesmen of the Constitution Drafting
Committee have given an assurance that the draft charter will be
completed on time.
CDC spokesmen Gen Lertrat Ratanavanich and Kamnoon Sidhisamarn said on
Monday that the floating of an idea by the national government is
perfectly normal when everyone is invited to share their opinion on any
The two confirmed that the CDC has not chosen such an idea to debate nor
put the suspending clause in the draft charter.
They also denied that the charter drafters have already opted for the
mixed-member proportional representation system for the new
Constitution, or have supported the idea of a national government
because that will be the responsibility of the House of Representatives.
The CDC spokesmen added that the charter drafters’ mobile meeting will
take four to five days to review Articles 217 to 315 and some suspended
clauses before the entire draft is reviewed — a process that should be
wrapped up by July 18.
PM Chairs anti-corruption report
BANGKOK, 13 July 2015 (NNT) Gen Anantaporn
Kanchanarat, Chairman of the committee on the inspection of budget
disbursements by the state, has delivered a committee report before the
National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC).
The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha who
stressed the importance of a comprehensive and long-term commitment to
Gen Anantaporn reported that his agency will expedite the process of
examining civil servants accused of corruption, in order for necessary
reshuffling or acquittals be carried out.
In the meeting, the Public Anti-Corruption Center (PACC) proposed
methods of raising the standards of enforcement by tasking the head of
the associated bureau to investigate any corruption accusations within
its management as reported by the PACC. Should the head of the bureau
fail to investigate, the PACC would call on the Prime Minister to take
The Electronic Government Authority has been tasked with publicizing
information on government projects to the public via its website
www.info.go.th to help create transparency.
The Prime Minister also proposed that ethics should be included as a
subject in the school curriculum.
NRC approves of electoral reform proposal by political reform committee
BANGKOK, 13 July 2015 (NNT) The National Reform
Council (NRC) has approved a report by its committee on political reform
which proposes a reformation of the process by which political parties
come to power.
The Chairman of the NRC’s political reform committee says political
parties must hold to heart the interests of the people, and not just the
financial contributors. He said party members as well as the public
should have greater entitlement in nominating candidates, which would
also encourage public participation in politics. He proposed that the
country adopt a system of primary elections as a way of screening
politicians and encouraging public participation in the process of
He went on to propose that encouraging public participation in politics
should be included in the country’s national reform agenda as it is one
of the principles of citizen empowerment.
NRC members expressed their support for the committee and proposed that
local administration play a larger role in scrutinizing the government
which would in turn encourage the participation of communities. They
also regarded the proposal for primary elections as progressive, and one
that would serve as a way of connecting the public with the political
The NRC then approved the report with 200 votes in favor and 2 votes
against. The committee will incorporate the feedback from the main NRC
assembly before submitting it to the Constitution Drafting Committee and
the Cabinet for further consideration.
Foreign minister Tanasak to officially visit Russia on Jul 14
BANGKOK, 13 July 2015 (NNT) Deputy Prime
Minister and Foreign Minister Gen Tanasak
Patimapragorn begins his official visit to the
Russian Federation on Tuesday in order to extend
the Thai-Russian cooperation in all aspects.
His six-day visit will end on July 19 after
various meetings with numerous high-profile
officials of the Russian government.
Gen Tanasak will pay a courtesy call on Deputy
Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Rogozin to
discuss ways to expand bilateral cooperation.
Thereafter, Gen Tanasak will meet with his
Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov. Their
discussion is expected to cover preparations for
the celebration of the 120th anniversary of the
Thai-Russian diplomatic relations in 2017. The
two sides will sign an action plan on the
Consultations between Thai and Russian Foreign
Ministries for the next three years, 2016-2018.
During his visit, Gen Tanasak is also scheduled
to participate in the sixth meeting of the Joint
Commission on Bilateral Cooperation between
Thailand and Russia, during which he will meet
with Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov
to discus trade cooperation.
Army keeps up its supporting role in the drought relief mission
BANGKOK, 13 July 2015 (NNT) The Royal Thai Army is
maintaining its supporting role in the search for a comprehensive
solution to the drought disaster in Thailand in line with policies of
the government and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), the
Deputy Army spokesperson Sirichan Ngathong disclosed on Monday.
Army chief Gen Udomdej Sitabutr has ordered military personnel to
maintain a focus on measures to lessen the harsh effects of drought, in
support of other government units.
Efforts are focused on the urgent supply and distribution of water for
consumption and agricultural purposes, the drilling of eight groundwater
wells in Ang Thong Province, and the sustainable development of water
sources and delivery of assistance to people affected by the disaster.
The Peace and Order Maintaining Command (POMC) has been assigned by the
NCPO to survey the extent of public hardship as a result of the
disaster, so that assistance in the next stage is designed in response
to real need.
Raising awareness of the proper use of water is a mission Gen Udomdej
has emphasized. The spokesperson said the military is now educating
farmers on how to adjust their planting practices to match land
conditions and the amount of water available in their areas. In
parallel, the military personnel are encouraging members of the public
to use water economically and to share the use of the existing resources
Commerce Minister:Drought could push up prices of certain items
BANGKOK, 13 July 2015 (NNT) Minister of Commerce Gen
Chatchai Sarikalya has admitted that the drought situation might have an
impact on product prices, insisting that internal trade officials are
monitoring against unfair pricing.
As a consequence of the prolonged shortage of water across the country,
Gen Chatchai pointed out that the prices of some types of agricultural
produce will probably increase slightly. However, he affirmed the
ministry will not adopt a price intervention measure.
Instead, the Department of Internal Trade has initially been instructed
to send its officials into markets in a bid to inspect product prices.
If any vendors are found to be overpricing their goods or taking
advantage of customers, the minister said legal action will be enforced
Gen Chatchai also voiced belief that the drought situation will begin to
ease off soon, citing the Meteorological Department’s forecast
suggesting that continuous rainfall will occur nationwide from mid-July
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NRCT strikes deal on haze reduction in northern region
PHITSANULOK, 13 July 2015 (NNT) The National
Research Council of Thailand (NRCT) has made an
agreement with the 3rd Army Area on a
cooperative effort to reduce haze disasters
caused by burnings in the northern region.
The NRCT Secretary-General Soottiporn
Chittmittrapap has revealed that the NRCT has
joined hands with the 3rd Army Area to solve the
air pollution issue, caused by burnings at
farmlands and wildfires in the northern region
of Thailand. These fire incidents have been
causing increasingly severe pollution issues in
He has said that both parties will work to
utilize their combined knowledge in agriculture
to the areas in the 17 provinces in the northern
region, where there have been numerous haze
disasters. Farmers will be encouraged to
cultivate their combined farms to help reduce
The two agencies will also act as a cooperative
entity with the government, private, and local
agencies through the Internal Security
Operations Command, and act to support farmers
in terms of tools and the application of
innovative research findings.
The NRCT Secretary-General added that this
campaign also aims to help solve respiratory
health problems the local people are
experiencing, and to further stimulate tourism
in the area.
Over 60% of groundwater well drilling completed, the rest expected to finish by Jul 20
BANGKOK, 13 July 2015 (NNT) The government has
completed more than 60% of the urgent
maintenance and drilling of 880 groundwater
wells nationwide. 547 wells have already been in
use with nearly 182,000 cubic meters of water
are pumped up everyday for agricultural
purposes, according to Director-General of the
Groundwater Resources Department Praneet
Out of the wells already in use, 511 are located
in fifteen drought-hit provinces in Chao Phraya
River Basin in the Central and the lower North
of Thailand. They have helped revive around 70%
of the rice plantations threatened by dry spell.
Another forty one wells are under drilling
process for the same purpose - the survival of
the agricultural sector.
492 of the wells were drilled by the Groundwater
Resources Department, and the rest by the Armed
Forces Development Command, Royal Thai Armed
Praneet said the maintenance and drilling
process is expected to be completed by 20 July.
By that time, water supply for agriculture would
increase to 350,000 cubic meters per day,
helping restore 100,000-130,000 rai of farmland.
Japanese prosecutors dropping charges against Kamronwit
BANGKOK, 13 July 2015 (NNT) Japanese prosecutors
have decided not to indict Police Lieutenant
General Kamronwit Thoopkrajang on chages of
bringing a gun onto the plane, the Royal Thai
Police has disclosed.
According to Royal Thai Police Spokesperson
Police Lieutenant General Prawut Thawornsiri,
the Japanese embassy in Thailand has informed
the Royal Thai Police that Police Lieutenant
General Kamronwit will not be prosecuted.
The Spokesperson said the reasons the charges
had been dropped at last were likely based on
the relationship between the two nations, and
the former Metro Police Chief’s testimony that
it was not his intention to bring the weapon
onto the aircraft.
Upon his return to Thailand, Police Lieutenant
General Kamronwit is to be further questioned
why he had the gun with him while travelling to
Japan. Police Chief Police General Somyos
Poompanmuang said carrying a weapon on board is
only allowed when permission from the airlines
and related units has been obtained.
Ministry of Public Health warns of dengue fever during rainy season
BANGKOK, 13 July 2015 (NNT) The Ministry of Public Health is
warning the public to remain vigilant against dengue fever
during the rainy season.
Public Health Minister Dr. Ratchata Ratchatanawin has revealed
that more than 24,000 people have come down with dengue fever
during the first six months of this year. So far, 17 patients
have died from the illness.
According the Department of Disease Control, the rate of
infection usually rises in July and August. Patients are
commonly found in Rayong, Trat, Petchaburi and Krabi provinces.
Provincial public health offices have urged households and
communities to destroy potential breeding grounds for mosquito
larvae, especially at childcare centers, schools, religious
places and hospitals on a weekly basis.
Medical staff are expected to reduce the rate of fatality among
dengue fever patients. Those displaying symptoms such as red
rashes, high fever, eye soreness, loss of appetite and nausea
should be taken to hospital as soon as possible.
Fishing boat operators in Songkhla facing labor shortages
SONGKHLA, 13 July 2015, (NNT) Fishing boat operators in Songkhla
are facing labor shortages because illegal workers fled the
province to avoid officials' inspection.
The Port in-Port out Control Center in Songkhla yesterday
reported normal fishing activity in the province's waters.
However, several fishing boat operators were facing difficulty,
as many of its crew who are illegal migrant workers have
The government's hard-line policies designed to address the
European Union Illegal, unreported and unregulated issue have
scared away illegal foreign workers in Songkhla.
One of the operators said he had been facing labor shortage
problem since the registration period for migrant labors ended
at the end of June. He, as well as many other operators, could
not replace the workers who had left the boat.
The affected fishing boat operators are currently asking the
Ministry of Labor to consider opening another round of alien
worker registration, in order to recruit more helps.