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Computer says no. Finance ministry refuses two-thirds of stimulus applicants.

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Only 9 million Thais have been considered eligible in the latest package rolled out by the Finance Ministry. About 27 million registered for the emergency aid program to provide 5,000 baht per month for at least three month. Now the two-thirds who were initially refused the package after initial computer screening are asking why and fronting up to the Finance Ministry offices for answers.

The screening process is ongoing but, as of yesterday, 27 million people have registered, 4.78 million have been formally disqualified and the ministry claims 2.4 million have already been sent the money. The ministry says it hopes to finish screening of the original applicants by the end of this week.

Eligible applicants were identified as Thais aged 18+ more who aren’t covered by the national Social Security Fund and been affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.

Another group of applicants facing problems are people who initially qualified but have not received the money.

People turned up yesterday demanding to speak to the Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana after their applications for the 5,000-baht financial aid were turned down.

Some of the people who have been turned down includes Thailand’s estimated 300,000 sex workers who don’t fit into any the government’s convenient criteria and lack paper work or formal employers. Many of the former sex workers in Thailand’s red light zones in Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket have been forced to head back to their provinces, many others say they are destitute with no customers and no income. The ones who stayed in and around the bars they used to work say the bars are now shuttered and they’ve been kicked out.

The ministry says it was using artificial intelligence to screen people applying for the monthly handout (in fact it’s not artificial intelligence, it’s just computer software that applies a one-size-fits-all criteria to screen applications).

The ministry’s permanent-secretary Prasong Poontanate drew the short straw and was sent out to address the concerns of the mob that turned up to answer questions on the steps of the Ministry offices.

“Those who received a text message saying they were not qualified can appeal.”

“Those whose registrations were turned down can appeal on the website next week. There’s no need to come to the ministry.”

“They must be employees or workers who were laid off or faced pay cuts, temporary workers, or self-employed people.”

“We used AI to match the registration data with existing government databases. For instance, when the system finds a person is in the Agriculture Ministry’s farmers database, his application is rejected.”

“Such problems will be sorted out when they appeal. The process could be done only at the website.”

“Those who cannot contact the call centres of Krungthai Bank and the Fiscal Policy Office can send their questions at the website.”

The Thai finance ministry opened registrations for the aid on March 28 without setting deadline. The onslaught of web traffic to the site caused delays and problems for the following day. Originally the minister estimated 3 million people would qualify. But 27 million applicants was nine times the estimate. The ministry followed up by warning about legal consequences if people applied with false information about their circumstances. About 700,000 caComputer says noncelled their registrations following the warning.

Many people who were turned down have complained they were rejected because the system thinks they are farmers, which they insist they aren’t. Krungthai Bank explained farmers are not eligible for the aid because a separate package is in the pipeline to help the group.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

Computer says no. Finance ministry refuses two-thirds of stimulus applicants. | News by The Thaiger

PHOTO: “Appeal can be filed only at the website after all existing applicants have been screened, from April 19 or April 22 at the latest” – Nutthawat Wicheanbut, Bangkok Post

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Woman charged after abandoning cats at Wat Pho

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A Bangkok woman has been fined after she tossed five bags, each containing a cat, over a wall and into Wat Pho on Sunday evening. Maybe she thought she was doing a good deed by dumping the cats off at the Bangkok temple, but she was dressed like a common thief working at night. Videos show her dressed in all black with a black ski mask, according to Nation Thailand.

The woman tossed the cats at various spots along the temple’s wall, got in a pickup truck and drove off. Police tracked the truck’s license plate which was shown in the video and the woman admitted to police that she dumped the cats because she is allergic to them.

The Nation did not report the woman’s name, but did say that abandoning the cats violates the Cruelty Prevention and Welfare Animal Act.

Good news is Wat Pho, the temple known for the giant reclining Buddha, is taking care of the five cats, but they’ve said they’d rather not take in any more animals. They’ve asked the public, instead of dumping unwanted animals, take them to a shelter.

Thailand now has severe penalties for animal cruelty.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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UPDATE: ‘Bleach mum’ was the maternal mother of sick boy

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Today local Thai media report the latest update about the women allegedly forcing her children to drink bleach. Her adopted daughter died due to ‘allergies’ back in December. But the latest case of her sick son now unveils a suspected malicious intent to cause illness in her children.

Doctors at Thammasat Hospital in Bangkok confirm that a DNA identity test revealed a 100% match: that 29 year old Nittha Wongwan, also known as ‘Bok’, is in fact the biological mother to her 3 year old son ‘Im Boon.’ Doctors say the young boy vomited blood and had injuries to his gastrointestinal tract.

A police source says doctors also believe the suspect also poisoned her 4 year old (adopted) daughter who died last December, because she was brought to the same hospital with the same pattern of symptoms. It was medical personnel who alerted police after they ‘put two and two together’. Read more HERE.

In previous reports the suspect (Bok) was accused of adopting 2 children with the intent to use them as a tool for illegal gains, causing fatal injury and fraud.

UPDATE: 'Bleach mum' was the maternal mother of sick boy | News by The Thaiger

In addition to the declaration of the DNA tests, it was found that Bok had also changed her name 4 times and also had adopted a 4 year old daughter name ‘Om Yim’ (who died last December).

Bok had adopted Om Yim but she too ended up in multiple hospital visits due to “severe allergic reactions” until she passed away.

Currently, the suspect denies harming the children, but she’s admitted to fraud for failing to deliver face masks promised to customers (another scam she was involved in).

As of this moment, the hospital has revealed that Im Boon (the biological son) has regained his strength and will be sent to mental and physical rehabilitation. Further chemical examinations are underway and results are expected within this week.

Munchausen syndrome by proxy is a condition where a caregiver creates the appearance of health problems in another person, typically their child. This may include injuring the child or altering test samples. They then present the person as being sick or injured. This occurs without a specific benefit to the caregiver (but in the cases of Bok, the intention was to make videos and share them telling people she was poor with sick children in order to seek donations. It’s now been shown she had 20 million baht in the bank). Permanent injury or death of the child may occur.

SOURCE: MSN News

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3 quarantined returnees confirmed with Covid-19 in Thailand (May 26)

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Today, in the Centre of Covid-19 Situation Administration’s daily press conference, Dr. Taweesilp confirmed 3 new cases of coronavirus in Thailand, of which all were recorded as quarantined overseas repatriates. This brings Thailand ‘s total of confirmed Covid-19 cases to 3,045. The death toll remains at 57 fatalities with no additional deaths reported today.

Dr. Taweesilp says from the new cases all 3 patients either had mild symptoms or were asymptomatic. They are all in quarantine and under supervision.

“The first case is a 51 year old Thai masseuse, who had previously returned from Russia on May 12 and was quarantined in Chon Buri province. She had no symptoms but tested positive for the disease yesterday.”

“The two others are Thai men who returned from Kuwait on May 24 after a business trip and were quarantined in Samut Prakan province. They were coughing and tested positive yesterday.”

Of the total accumulated cases, 2,929 have recovered, including 1 patient who was released in the past 24 hours and 59 patients remain in hospitals.

Dr Taweesilp said that, in the past 4 weeks, in most of the country (65 provinces), no new Covid-19 cases have been recorded.

“The situation is improving thanks to public cooperation. Now we are heading towards the third stage of easing business and activity that were closed during lockdowns. It is likely to cover some higher-risk businesses and activities. They may resume with strict disease control measures.”

Chonburi, where Pattaya is located, has had no new confirmed cases in over a month. Phuket has also reported 0 new cases today but with 9 patients still receiving medical care.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News| Bangkok Post

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