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The Laverty’s Little Lie – how NOT to scam your insurance company

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When we first saw this story, not provided by one of our reporters but from a UK provincial rag, we were suspicious. We contacted the local police. Nothing. We asked other reporters around the island. Nothing. We re-published the article with the caveat that we were trying to verify the facts with local police. We weren’t the only local news outlet to be duped by the article.

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We spoke to Mr. Laverty’s wife, Denise, who was ‘distraught’ and said they were ‘shit-scared’ and didn’t want to report the matter to police (alarm bells ringing at this stage).

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At this stage there had been a crowd-funding campaign set up to raise money to get the Laverty’s back home. They were indeed in Phuket. But, for reasons unknown at this stage, Mr. Laverty, captured on CCTV, walked along the corridors of the first floor at the Thara Patong Beach Hotel, checking doors as he went, and then jumped over the railing.

Why? We don’t know and the police never got a chance to question him because, by the time they’d received the CCTV footage, the Laverty’s were half way to Dubai on they way home (presumably).

Mr. Laverty did indeed break his leg. He wasn’t attacked by three Thai men. His watch wasn’t stolen Ion fact Police say it was lying next to him when he was found on the ground after jumping over the balcony).

If it was an elaborate insurance scam it was 1) a very painful one and 2) not a very successful one.

One thing Denise Laverty declared to us was that she was ‘shit-scared’. She probably had good reason to be. Not because of any violence from Thai men but from fronting up to her family when they eventually get back home.

The CrowdFunder campaign to raise money to ‘Get the Lavertys Home’ has been removed.

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Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2012. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for nearly 40 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program, presented 3,900 radio news bulletins in Thailand alone, hosted 450 daily TV news programs, produced 1,800 videos, TV commercials and documentaries and is now the General Manager and writer for The Thaiger. He's reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue.

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Malaysian PM proposes a state of emergency in a political move to postpone budget vote

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Malaysia’s head of state is said to be consulting with the country’s other hereditary rulers to discuss a proposal by Malaysian PM Muhyiddin Yassin, who has requested that the King declare a state of emergency. The Star newspaper is reporting that the country’s rulers would meet at 2.30pm tomorrow, after which the king will deliver a decision to the PM.

Muhyiddin had an audience with King Al-Sultan Abdullah yesterday to formally request the rare state of emergency which would result in a suspension of the Malaysian parliament. On the face of the request is the need to take emergency measures to control a recent outbreak in new coronavirus cases. But opposition MPs say the manoeuvre is purely political and not related to the country’s response to Covid-19. They say the country is well equipped to make decisions related to public health and the coronavirus outbreak

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has denounced the move as a “power grab” by the country’s PM. The Council of Rulers, which groups the heads of Malaysia’s 9 royal houses, has the power to withhold consent from any law and deliberate on questions of national policy.

Malaysia is suffering a resurgence in Covid-19 cases, much more pronounced than the first wave in March and April. The move to apply for the dissolution of the Malaysian parliament is being read by commentators as a political stunt, unrelated to the coronavirus spike, since PM Muhyiddin faces a leadership challenge from opposition leader Anwar, who last month claimed majority support in parliament to oust the premier.

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Meanwhile, the palace has not formally identified the specific recommendations made by the PM, and says the king will “soon” be discussing the motion with Malaysia’s other heredity rulers.

“Al-Sultan Abdullah greatly understands the need for the country’s administration to continue to tackle the threat of Covid-19.”

Malaysia has suffered between 800 – 950 new cases per day over the past week, a spike in new cases, causing concern for the South East country that had largely contained the worst of the spread earlier this year.

As a background, the ruling government government is scheduled to propose its 2021 budget on November 6, and there have been questions over whether the PM can muster a majority to pass the supply bill. Defeat on the budget would count as a vote of no-confidence and could trigger an election. Any state of emergency, involving the dissolution of parliament, would postpone a vote on the forthcoming budget.

The government agreed at yesterday’s special cabinet meeting that declaring a state of emergency would halt any attempts to politically destabilise the government, “allowing it to focus on containing the outbreak”.

In a state of emergency, the Malaysian King is able to act on any important bills at his discretion.

SOURCE: Reuters | The Star

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Illegal gambling site taken down after raids, alleged earnings up to 10 billion baht

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Billion, with a ‘B’. A group of 6 Thais have been arrested over the operation of an allegedly lucrative illegal online gambling website. The website, since closed down, was called ‘Marwin Net.com’ which was allegedly connected with previous raids in Chon Buri. Police claim that the gambling ring has generated an astonishing 10 billion baht.

The online gambling ring is facing charges of the illegal operation of the gambling website and money laundering.

Police report that they seized 50 million baht in cash, 8 luxury cars, 5 guns and ammunition. The suspects were arrested in Chon Buri, Koh Samui and Bangkok. Police say that another suspect is currently at large having fled Thailand. Police say they will be seeking the assistance of transnational police.

The national raids were co-ordinated by the Thai Commando Police and were conducted during the past week in different locations around the country.

6 Thai nationals were arrested and remain in custody for the alleged operation of the gambling ring – 27 year old Kietisak Jaroensuk, owner of the web domain, 27 year old Surin Kaewsangthong, 27 year old Jaruwan Pumpuang, 28 year old Nattaphon Kumsap, 27 year old Chalita Pitaksakunsasem and 28 year old Taweephong Suksuwanphon.

Police told The Pattaya News that the server for the web domain was operated offshore. They say that the gambling ring is run by the same operator who was raided 2 years ago in Chon Buri. Although the domain owners changed the name of the website they still retained the same URL.

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3 protesters denied bail as 10pm deadline for the PM’s resignation looms

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PHOTO: The arrest of protester Panupong Jardnok, aka. Mike Rayong - Thai PBS World

Whilst 1 protester was freed from the Bangkok Remand Prison last night, 3 of his peers remain in custody after being denied bail this afternoon. Supporters of the group protested last night outside the Bangkok Special Remand Centre, demanding their release and dropping of all charges against them. They disbanded around 5am this morning but have been re-assembling as Saturday goes by.

Chatupat Boonpatthararaksa, aka. Pai Daodin, was released from the Bangkok Remand Prison last evening after a hearing by the Appeals Court. Protesters were waiting outside demanding the release of 3 other key protest leaders, still being held at the prison – Parit Chivarak, Panasaya Sitthijirawattanakul and Panupong Jardnok, aka. Mike Rayong. Panasaya was the university student who first read out the now-infamous 10 point manifesto listing the protesters persistent list of demands.

The group of protesters continues to call on the Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, to resign by 10pm this evening. They have not clarified what may be the consequences if their demands are not met.

The 3 protest leaders were deemed by the Court of Appeals as “potential flight risks” as well as likely to break conditions of their bail, eg. participating in, and organising, more anti-government rallies. Charges for the 3 include using a sound amplifier without a permit, assembly of more than 5 people (during the State of Emergency), posting social media deemed to be a threat to national security, and sedition.

As the 10pm deadline passes this evening, earlier being set as Sunday night at 10pm, the situation will be ripe for more protests as we head into the new week. Parliament has been called to a joint emergency parliamentary session on Monday and Tuesday where the protesters demands will be discussed and debated.

Opposition MPs are demanding that motions can be put to a vote whilst the ruling coalition has stated that it does want any votes on debate matters. The opposition is also calling on debate of the most contentious issue, the future role of the Thai monarchy, whilst the government has ruled that out in this emergency session.

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