Suspicion will grow unless video released | Bangkok Post: opinion

The key piece of evidence that will most likely reveal whether the extrajudicial killing of Lahu activist Chaiyapoom Pasae at a military checkpoint in Chiang Mai was justified should be CCTV footage of the incident. Chaiyapoom, 21, a Mathayom 4 student known for his campaigning for ethnic rights and environmental protection, was shot dead on March 17. It has been more than a week since the controversial shooting occurred but the army has not unveiled the crucial footage that could shed light on the extrajudicial killing. The longer the army keeps delaying the unveiling of the CCTV footage, the more suspicious their motives will become in the eyes of the public. It's difficult to see how the private's family background and his past behaviour have anything to do with the current question of whether the extrajudicial killing of the student activist was justified.

March 27, 2017 21:39 UTC

No right to bear arms, no right to violence | Bangkok Post: opinion

The Feb 17 'show and tell' of seized arms and red shirt suspects was similar to press conference around the time of the red shirt violence in Bangkok, in 2010. Kotee, if he really was involved in previous shootings and instigated violence, must be put on trial and sent to prison. A case against the loser of a political power game should not be used to justify the violence employed by the winner. The right to bear arms does not mean the possession of military hardware or automatic weapons. Third, no government -- democratically elected or a military one -- has the right to bear arms and instigate violence against the people.

March 27, 2017 21:33 UTC

Trust is lost over weapons | Bangkok Post: opinion

In this case, authorities seized a substantial cache of weapons, ammunition and grenades, almost all of it military grade. Better known as Kotee, Mr Wuthipong had his 15 minutes of fame in early 2014. The weapons cache, he said at first, was to be brought out and used against authorities trying to search Wat Phra Dhammakaya. Pol Gen Chakthip claimed this was clear, because the weapons cache included a rifle equipped with a telescopic sight. The seized weapons represent a threat to national security.

March 27, 2017 21:33 UTC

PM checks progress in Northeast | Bangkok Post: news

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha tried playing the kaen on Monday but was clearly impressed by efforts to boost cross-border trade and tourism at Nakhon Phanom. Gen Prayut was in Nakhon Phanom to follow up on the progress of the government's drive to secure economic prosperity in the cluster of upper northeastern provinces. The prime minister was accompanied on his visit by heads of state agencies, including the Transport Ministry, the Industry Ministry, the Agriculture Ministry and the Commerce Ministry. Gen Prayut also led a meeting of the provincial cluster comprising Nakhon Phanom, Sakon Nakhon and Mukdahan in Nakhon Phanom, which is one of the provinces within the special economic zone. In addition, the prime minister ordered state ministries to study the feasibility of a project to forge sustainable management of water for farming in Mukdahan.

March 27, 2017 21:11 UTC

Singapore couple jailed for starving Philippine maid | Bangkok Post: news

Lim Choon Hong (right) and wife Chong Sui Foon arrive for sentencing Monday at the State Courts in Singapore. Thelma Oyasan Gawidan, 40, lost 20kg and weighed just 29.4kg in April 2014 after being given too little to eat for about 15 months, prosecutors said. "Thelma's case made it to court because it was so egregious," Wham said, adding that HOME was approached by an average of 20 domestic helpers a week. Government rules state that employers are responsible for providing "adequate" food, "acceptable" accommodation and medical treatment for domestic helpers. As of last December, there were 239,700 domestic helpers in Singapore, up from 231,500 in 2015, government data shows.

March 27, 2017 18:01 UTC



Examine fundamentals, PwC tells companies

These range from falling global commodity prices and rising US interest rates to environmental disasters and policy shifts caused by socio-political developments in developed markets. These events, coupled with China’s recent slowdown, have prompted many critics to question the long-term prospects of markets they once considered darlings. While the era of growth markets is not over, they will “mature into more stable markets”, according to a 2017 annual “Winning in Maturing Markets” report by PwC Growth Markets Centre. Growth markets are projected to account for 65 per cent of global growth by 2021, the report showed, adding that “maturing” rather than “volatile” markets present a wide array of opportunities. Chanchai Chaiprasit, partner and clients and markets leader for PwC Thailand, said investors needed to understand regional growth variations to prioritise investments in maturing markets.

March 27, 2017 18:00 UTC

AIS says it is enhancing customer service

This service is now available from its 1148 call-centre line for its Serenade premium customers, and will be made available at its 1175 call-centre line for general customers in May. Any inquiry by an AIS customer placed at one contact point will also be shared with other AIS channels instantly, including online, such as Facebook, Line, the AIS website, and offline channels such as the AIS call-centre system and AIS shops. This means all AIS customer-service channels can get instant updates on a customer’s preferences and inquiries, allowing AIS agents to offer the desired services to the customer promptly and accurately, the company says. Bussaya added that although AIS had embraced digital technology to strengthen its customer service, the company had not reduced the number of customer-service staff. She added that AIS had budgeted Bt2 billion this year for customer service, the same as last year.

March 27, 2017 18:00 UTC

$4 million Canadian gold coin stolen | Bangkok Post: news

It weighs 100 kilogrammes of the very purest gold, it's worth US$4 million, and it has been stolen. (EPA photo)BERLIN - A Canadian gold coin named "Big Maple Leaf" which bears the image of Queen Elizabeth II was stolen in the early hours of Monday morning from Berlin's Bode Museum. The coin is made out of pure gold, weighs about 100 kilos and has a face value of around $1 million, or 137.5 million baht. Given the high purity of the gold used in the coin, its material value is estimated to be $4 million. The Bode Museum has one of the world's largest coin collections with more than 540,000 items.

March 27, 2017 16:52 UTC

Koh Kong SEZ supports vehicle giants in Thailand | Bangkok Post: news

(Khmer Times photo)The vice president of Koh Kong SEZ recently spoke to the Khmer Times on the special economic zone. The Koh Kong Special Economic Zone (SEZ) located just two kilometres from Trat province provides jobs to around 9,000 workers. How many factories are there in the Koh Kong SEZ, and what were the initial infrastructure problems that you faced? These Japanese and South Korean companies have plants in Thailand and the factories in the Koh Kong SEZ support these plants. What plans does Koh Kong SEZ have to attract more foreign investment?

March 27, 2017 13:41 UTC

Phuket airport to change departing luggage checks | Bangkok Post: news

Passengers have their luggage x-rayed before entering the terminal at Phuket airport. (Photo by Achadtaya Chuenniran)Phuket airport will alter the checking process of hold baggage next month to ease passenger congestion outside the terminals. Passengers leaving Phuket airport now are required to screen their luggage before going inside the building. The screening process at the entrance will be scrapped on April 1, Mrs Monrudee said. "With the in-line screening system, passengers will be more convenient and congestions outside the airport will be reduced," she said.

March 27, 2017 13:07 UTC

Massive gold coin stolen from German museum | Bangkok Post: news

The Dec 12, 2010 file photo shows the gold coin 'Big Maple Leaf' in the Bode Museum in Berlin. The 100kg gold coin disappeared from the museum. (Marcel Mettelsiefen/dpa via AP)BERLIN - Berlin police say thieves broke into the German capital's Bode Museum and made off with a massive 100-kilogramme gold coin worth millions. Spokesman Stefen Petersen said thieves apparently entered through a window about 3.30am Monday, broke into a cabinet where the ''Big Maple Leaf'' coin was kept, and escaped with it before police arrived. The museum says the coin is in the Guinness Book of Records for its purity of 999.99/1000 gold.

March 27, 2017 12:45 UTC

Volunteers praised for moving SUV by hand from fire | Bangkok Post: news

PHETCHABUN - People have praised a group of volunteers who moved an SUV by hand from a spreading fire in Phetchabun province. The fire broke out in Muang district on Sunday and was approaching a house where the vehicle was parked in a garage. Seeing the approaching fire, about two dozen people decided to lift the car and move it away from the blaze. "We weighed the situation and decided to take the vehicle out of the garage away from the fire," he said. "It is the spirit of Phetchabun people," wrote Kongrit Sanguansin on his Facebook account.

March 27, 2017 11:26 UTC

Japan coach warns players not to underestimate Thailand | Bangkok Post: news

Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima works out during national team training in Saitama, north of Tokyo before a World Cup final-round qualifier against Thailand on Tuesday. (Kyodo photo)SAITAMA, Japan - Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic cracked the whip on Monday and fired a warning shot at his team, ordering his players not to take Thailand lightly in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier. Thailand are last in Group B with just one point from six games, and have little hope of qualifying for next year's World Cup. "We played well against the UAE, but that victory will mean something only if we beat Thailand," Halilhodzic said on the eve of the Thailand game at Saitama Stadium. The World Cup is on our doorstep now.

March 27, 2017 11:15 UTC

Pridiyathorn objects to military's planned national oil corp | Bangkok Post: news

Former deputy prime minister MR Pridiyathorn Devakula explains why he rejects a bid to form a national oil corporation, during a media briefing at the Thai Journalists' Association in Bangkok on Monday. Section 10/1 of the bill stated that a national oil corporation would be set up "when all is in readiness", he said. A group of military officers was behind the addition of the new provision in the Petroleum Bill prior to its second reading, MR Pridiyathorn said. "It is strange that the first reading of the Petroleum Bill did not include the national oil corporation. The irregularity can be stopped if the NLA votes against this bill, which may affect the nation," MR Pridiyathorn said.

March 27, 2017 11:15 UTC

Ombudsman petitioned over casino on disputed border | Bangkok Post: news

A petition accusing Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon and 2nd Army commander Lt Gen Wichai Saejorhor of neglect of duty in allowing a casino to be built by Cambodian investors in a disputed border area was filed with the Ombudsman on Monday. The petitioner accused Gen Prawit, in his capacity as defence minister, and Lt Gen Wichai of neglect of duty by allowing Cambodian private interests to build a casino in a disputed enclave along the border. Mr Srisuwan said Thailand regards the area as part of Ta Phraya National Park, which is part of the Khao Yai - Dong Phaya Yen World Heritage forest area. By allowing private individuals to invest in a gambling business in the area, the agencies responsible had committed malfeasance, causing damage to society and the country, according to the petition. For long-term use there must be a royal decree to revoke the national park status of the land, as required by the National Park Act of 1961.

March 27, 2017 10:18 UTC




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