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Draft plan to allow foreigners to work in 11 ‘reserved’ occupations

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A plan by the Labour Ministry would allow foreigners to enter 11 of the 39 occupations that are currently reserved for Thais. If the plan goes ahead, foreigners will be able to work as civil engineers, accountants and architects in Thailand under certain conditions.

“For example, we won’t allow them to work independently or become business owners,” Labour Minister Police General Adul Sangsingkeo said yesterday.

He said the plan would be submitted to the policy committee on solutions to migrant labour problems in the middle of June.

The 28-member committee consists of representative from government agencies, the Thai Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Thai Industries. If the committee approves the plan, it would take effect by July 1.

Under the plan, Adul’s ministry would also add Thai massage services as an occupation reserved for Thais, he said.

“But the committee will decide whether to approve it,” he said. Adul spoke after a meeting with the Labour Ministry’s permanent secretary, Jarin Chakkaphark, and the Employment Department’s director-general, Anurak Tossarat.

The ministry held several forums to gather opinions from relevant parties before finalising the plan for the committee.

However, the Council of Engineers has criticised the plan. The civil-engineer occupation should remain reserved for Thais because it involves people’s safety, they said.

Downplaying that critique, Anurak said the council would have the last say.

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“Even if the plan sails through, foreigners interested in working as civil engineers in Thailand would have to seek permits from the Council of Engineers before they could start working,” he said.

Adul said due to labour shortages in some fields, the Labour Ministry intended to allow foreigners to fill the demand.

“But we allow them in necessary fields only,” he said, adding that the move was also in line with the agreement Asean nations had signed regarding free labour migration.

Dozens of small-business owners are not happy with the Labour Ministry continuing to reserve occupations for Thais.

“Migrants should be allowed to work as shopkeepers,” a small entrepreneur said. She said small shops, restaurants and nail spas would run into legal trouble if they were not legally allowed to hire migrant workers.

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    simon01

    June 1, 2018 at 9:46 am

    I agree that some of these should remain reserved for the Thai but the only one here that should be opened up is Civil Engineering. The roads and building projects here really need help from experienced people from overseas. This excuse “However, the Council of Engineers has criticised the plan. The civil-engineer occupation should remain reserved for Thais because it involves people’s safety.” Thats why it should allow outside help as safety standards need to be improved. Safety and quality have to be number one and you want the best no matter where they come from.

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Southern insurgency suspect dies after 35 days in coma

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Abdulloh Esor Musor, left in a coma after being interrogated at a notorious southern Thai detention centre in Pattani, died yesterday, as pressure mounts on the Thai army to release further findings of a probe into the case.

The man, a suspected insurgent allegedly tortured during his brief military custody being questioned after his arrest on July 20, died yesterday morning (Sunday).

Read the earlier Thaiger story HERE.

He was rushed, unconscious, to Pattani provincial hospital the day following his arrest and then moved to Songkhlanagarind Hospital in Songkhla, just to the north.

In a statement the hospital said that the patient was pronounced dead at 4.03am on Sunday morning. The statement claims he died from “severe pneumonia and septic shock”.

According to the statement, the condition of Abdulloh, who never regained consciousness since leaving the Ingkhayuth interrogation centre, remained comatose but stable until 48 hours ago when his condition worsened.

34 year old Abdulloh was taken into military custody after southern security officials allege he was involved in violent incidents in the south.

The military at the interrogation centre responded at the time that the suspect fell unconscious. An investigation was ordered into the incident, the result of which remains unknown.

At the time several news outlets claimed that Abdulloh had been tortured using suffocation.

A long-simmering rebellion against Thai rule in the Malay Muslim-majority “Deep South” on Malaysia’s border has left nearly 7,000 dead – the majority civilians – since 2004.

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New Robinsons Tower in Singapore reaches for the sky with a green thumb

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Thailand’s capital could never be accused of having one of the world’s most interesting skylines. Except for maybe the Mahanakorn ‘lego building’, there is little cutting edge skyline architecture in Bangkok.

It’s a different case a few hours flight south in the Lion City, Singapore.

Pushing all sort of limits is the new Robinson Tower in the CBD. The first impression is of the upper section floating above the lower, with a leafy garden flowing between the two.

A closer inspection reveals a core that provides the backbone fo the entire structure. The twenty floors of offices also has a terraced rooftop garden.

Designed by New York’s Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, the tower is also home to retail and food outlets in the lower section of the building, all arranged around another greenspace in a central atrium.

The architects say the design was influenced by Singapore’s Landscape Replacement Policy, which requires developers to incorporate publicly accessible green spaces equal in area to any greenery removed to develop the property.

“The dynamic tower frees itself from the canyon of stoic facades, integrating green space at unique vantage points and ultimately cultivating the public realm alongside a boutique, mixed-use program,” said Bruce Fisher, design director at KPF.

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5 dogs out of 29 that had been left to die in an abandoned home in Songkhla are now heading to the US to meet their new owners.

Officials from the Division of Animal Welfare and Veterinary Service and Smiledog Home volunteers report that the 29 dogs and 8 cats were abandoned at a house in Songkhla. Two representatives from Smiledog are taking care of the animals in Songkhla as their health improves and the lucky 5 dogs prepare for their long plane journey. A team of vets from Song Tale Veterinary Clinic have been providing expert medical care.

The owner of Thai Street Paws Rescue, Tamara Johnston, is an Australian teacher who teaches in Songkhla. She has played a major role in saving these animals and is the reason why 5 of them will be traveling to the US in September. She has been rescuing stray dogs and finds new owners for them without any adoption costs, except the travel fees for the animals.

Siripun Knampromwong from Smiledog Home says that the dogs have been happier since the rescue. They are playing with each other and have enough space to run around. There are still some animals available for adoption, those who are interested can contact via the Facebook page.

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