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Impeachment good for reconciliation, says anti-graft agency
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PHUKET: The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) yesterday insisted that impeachment of politicians perceived as “enemies of the country” would promote, rather than undermine, national reconciliation.

“Impeachment of wrongdoers who are the enemies of the country will promote reconciliation eventually. It’s better than dropping the case or doing nothing,” said Wicha Mahakhun, who represented the NACC at the inquiry session of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA).

The NACC realises the importance of reconciliation, but believes it should abide by the moral code and the rule of law, he said, adding it would pursue the impeachment cases as far as possible so that the cause of justice is served, he said.

He was reacting to questions from NLA members on whether pursuing the cases would affect national reconciliation or reforms.

The assembly posed queries to the NACC, the accuser, and former Parliament president Somsak Kiatsuranon and his former deputy Nikom Wairatpanij, who have been accused of violating the 2007 Constitution by trying to push through an amendment to change the Senate’s make-up.

Somsak, who failed to show up for his opening statement last week, attended the meeting yesterday and told the NLA that the Constitutional Court’s ruling that he had violated the charter by trying to amend the composition of the Senate was wrong.

“I did nothing wrong. My actions do not warrant impeachment, which needs an act of intentional wrongdoing [to be punished],” he insisted before the NLA members.

“I come here today to seek justice. If you [the NLA] cannot give me [justice], I don’t know where to find it,” he said.

Nikom said during questioning that the constitutional amendment bill was aimed at “giving democratic power back to the people” and that he had done nothing in violation of the charter.

“The amendment that required all senators to be elected would have benefited the people directly. I don’t personally benefit from it. This could be considered as giving democratic power back to the people, for them to elect all of their senators,” he said.

He also disputed the accusation that as an incumbent senator, he would benefit from a clause in the amendment bill that would allow elected senators to seek re-election. The former Senate speaker said there was no certainty that he would have contested the next Senate election and even if he had run, there was guarantee that he would have got elected.

Nikom also argued that the 2007 Constitution, which was abolished after the coup in May last year, no longer existed. He asked how the NACC could bring a case against him based on a law that did not exist.

The NACC representative argued that though the 2007 charter was defunct there were still laws in the NACC act and the Constitution’s corruption bill that could be used against Somsak and Nikom.

“Other independent organisations’ laws are still active, which means the NACC bill 1999 and 2009 can be used against the accused politicians,” Wicha insisted.

He also said Somsak and Nikom’s actions fit the law as they had intended to violate the highest national law, and had also violated the integrity of their parliamentary positions.

The NACC added that Somsak had forged the draft of then MP Udomdej Rattanasatien on the senator issue, and brought the new draft to a Parliament meeting for scrutiny, which was unlawful.

Somsak rejected the accusation and said, “There was only one draft from Udomdej. If I had forged the documents then why didn’t any MP realise or oppose the draft proposals? There was only one draft,” Somsak said.

Wicha said Somsak’s action could also be tried under criminal law, and the NACC would proceed with pursuing a case against him in criminal and other courts.

The closing statements in the two cases are scheduled for January 21 and the impeachment vote is set for January 23.

Today, the NLA panel will question the NACC and former premier Yingluck Shinawatra, who will be present, on the impeachment case related to her alleged dereliction of duty in supervising the rice-pledging scheme.

The vote for her case is set for the same day as Somsak and Nikom’s cases.

— Phuket Gazette Editors

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Singha grabs a 90% stake in Thailand’s Santa Fe restaurant chain

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(…or is that a 90% ‘steak’?)

PHOTOS: Wongnai

DealStreetAsia, an investor news site reporting on Asian business, confirms that Singha Corporation has purchased a majority stake in the Thai restaurant chain, Santa Fe. It’s understood that Singha purchased the shares held by Lakeshore Capital for approximately US$50 million or 1.53 billion baht, giving it a 90% stake in the chain seen in most Thai shopping centres.

The Nation reports that Singha will now oversee over 110 restaurants across Thailand in one of the country’s biggest food industry deals of the year. The company first turned its attention to the food industry two years ago, launching Food Factors Company under the Boon Rawd Brewery group.

WongnaiFood Factors aims to make 5 billion baht over 3 years under the stewardship of Piti Bhirombhakdi. The company has an ambitious long-term target of 10 billion baht a year, along with plans to be listed on the stock exchange.

The Santa Fe chain was established in 2003 by Surachai Charn-Anudet’s KT Restaurant Company, with the aim of becoming a major competitor to Sizzler, the American chain brought to Thailand by Minor Food.

SOURCE: The Nation

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TAT says ‘all go’ for tourism discount campaign

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PHOTO: Thailand Shopping and Dining Paradise

The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s governor says that the TAT will introduce two domestic tourism promotional measures – a 100 baht nationwide tourism campaign, and “shocking-price weekday” discounts.

The 100 baht campaign will offer some 40,000 products and services at only 100 baht each. Registration is required and will be open on November 11-12 and December 11-12, 2019, for up to 10,000 people each day on the the TAT website, starting at midnight each day.

The weekday discount campaign, valid Mondays to Thursdays will run from November 1 until December 3, offering up to 70% discounts on selected tourism products. The TAT will open an online store offering the same discounts. Eligible purchases made with the government’s wallet app will also receive a 15% VAT rebate.

The TAT says they are now ensuring the readiness of the system to accommodate registrations, after issues found during the previous ‘Chim Shop Chai’ campaign for Thais in a recent successful economic stimulus package from the government. In that campaign the government handed out 1000 baht gift to Thais with the stipulation it had to be spent in another province. 12 million Thais registered for the program.

The governor says he is confident these measures will provide an ongoing economic boost following the success of the Chim Shop Chai campaign, spiking revenue 10-20% during the campaign.

SOURCE: National News Bureau of Thailand

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Thailand road toll: 554 dead this month, 11,462 this year

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PHOTO: U-Turn crash in Bangkok – Daily News

Daily news reports fatalities at the scene of accidents yesterday claimed the lives of 21 people. Yesterday was a busy day on Thailand’s roads at the end of a long weekend.

They say the numbers reported are only those that die at the scene. In reality, when hospital deaths and all regions report their stats, the figures end up much higher.

So far this October 554 have died at the scene of accidents resulting in a yearly total nationwide of 11,462. Thailand is recognised by the World Health Organisation as the fifth highest road toll in the world, per capita.

Figures are reported daily by Daily News who highlight the need to be vigilant at U-turns in their story about this air-conditioned bus (above)on Route 29 that collided with the back of a container truck.

Seven passengers on the bus were injured in the accident on Pahonyothin Road near the Kesri 5 housing estate in Klong 1, Klong Luang district north of Bangkok. The truck driver was trying to execute a U-turn at the time.

SOURCE: Daily News | ThaiVisa

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