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More than 600,000 migrants registered with Labour Ministry over the past month

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More than 600,000 migrant workers have registered with the Thailand Labour Ministry over the past month. Late last year, the Thai government announced migrants from Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar would be granted a 2-year work permit and health insurance. Registration with the ministry’s Department of Employment was open from January 15 until February 13.

The move follows the Covid-19 outbreak at a fishing hub in the coastal province Samut Sakhon, just southwest of Bangkok, where thousands of migrant workers tested positive for the virus. The outbreak among the migrant community shed light on the country’s problems with undocumented labour and human trafficking.

Out of the 654,864 migrants who registered, 203,679 are from Cambodia, 67,108 are from Laos and 384,077 are from Myanmar. Most of the migrants work in Bangkok, Chon Buri, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon. Many work in construction or the agriculture industry. A number of other migrants sell food and drinks.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    The injustice of it.
    654.864 migrant workers are working or prepared to work for very low wages, and the Thais are receiving hand outs from the government and lining up for free food in the street!
    Idle scroungers.

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      Issan John

      Monday, February 15, 2021 at 7:38 pm

      I don’t see anyone complaining, Toby … except you 🙂

      Maybe it’ll be one of the few good things to come out in the “new normal”, whenever that comes.

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    Michela

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    That’s a very big number. If this number is genuine, you can surely consider there at least the double.

    And sad to say, but getting 2 years work permit look a good gift at first glance, but with the time coming it will also stick a target on them. When thai gonna start be hungry because the free food gonna lack in the street or because they are tired to be fed like a dog and the magical tourist money not gonna come for years, The government won’t will just show these migrant workers to the hungry thai…

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    Nobody sees it.
    Look at that poor foreign worker showing his ID card to a Thai, who he knows is looking for a way to make money out of the situation.
    Wake up. Thais are the scum of the Far East.

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    Jim kelly

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    Fear not Toby… the majority of people on here and in the countries around the world have been lobotomized by the governments and Covid media! I FEEL PROUD TO BE ONE OF THE MINORITY LEFT THAT DOESN’T BELIEVE A WORD OF THIS BULLSHIT OR WHAT’S WRITTEN OR SAID ABOUT IT!
    I’m excercising MY RIGHT to do “as I want to and not what some timid fart is telling me what I should do… “for the sake of mankind!”
    If they want to look at what mankind is doing, they should get a scalpel and open their own eyes to all the murderous, torturous regimes that are still persecuting ‘millions’ across our broken planet!! Not worrying about some ‘arse-wip’e in a shopping mall who happens to cough or sneeze!

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      Fred glue

      Monday, February 15, 2021 at 11:52 pm

      Who would sit down & have cold beer with you, Jim Kelly is my name we must stop all education at once.
      When I grow up I just want too be like Jim Kelly. ??

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        Issan John

        Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 9:37 am

        NO, NO, NO!

        ONLY SHEEPLE AND FARTS HAVE COLD BEER.

        IT’S JIM KELLY’S RIGHT TO HAVE WARM BEER!

        IN CAPS!!! 😮 😮 😮

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          Fred glue

          Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 9:59 am

          You don’t have too be mean 2 me, Mr: I-J….. ?

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            Issan John

            Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 1:38 pm

            I’M EXERCISING MY RIGHTS 😮

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    Fred glue

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    Mr: Issan ( prime minister) John, your getting sliier. No votes for you in the next Thai elections. ?

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    Jim kelly

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Rubber Johnnie from Issan by name, rubber Johnnie by nature!!

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    Jim kelly

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    And, AS FOR YOU FREDDIE, WHEN I GROW OLDER I JUST HOPE TO DEAR GOD, I DON’T END UP LIKE “YOU!”
    If so, a dozen paracetamol and a bottle of good Scotch spring to mind!!!

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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Thai navy receives PETA award after rescuing cats from sinking ship

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The Thai navy is celebrating receiving a PETA award after rescuing a group of cats from a sinking ship that had caught fire in the Andaman sea. The Hero to Animals Award was given to the naval officials by the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals group after Facebook user “Nookool.b” posted photos of the feline rescue mission.

The ship’s 8 member crew had jumped off the sinking Phamonsin Nava 10 and were rescued by a passing fishing ship, but noticed 4 cats were left onboard. Navy sailors rescued the cats by carrying them piggy‐back style across the water to the navy vessel unit. The felines were safely rescued and were in good condition, just a bit dehydrated.

“They carried each cat on their backs and swam back to the Navy vessel until every cat was rescued.”

PETA Senior Vice President Jason Baker said their efforts had resonated with kind people around the world.

“Peta hopes their example will inspire everyone to keep an eye out for animals in danger and do whatever it takes to ensure their safety.”

PETA says they are sending the navy a framed certificate and letter of appreciation. The animal rights group has also offered to pay for the spaying or neutering of the cats.

In 1 rescue photo, a cat was shown to be riding piggy-back on a sailor as his crew mates pulled them both to safety. Other photos show the cats after they were rescued, enjoying food and cuddling in the naval command post in Koh Lipe.

Their rescuers, members from the Air and Coastal Defence Command Operation Unit 491, found the cats the day after they were deployed to assist the crew of the ship that had caught fire. The ship was located about 13 kilometres off Adang Island in the southern province of Satun

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Thailand’s Public Health Minister is chairing a meeting next Monday, where a vaccine passport scheme and potential travel bubbles is on the agenda. Anutin says those who’ve been vaccinated against Covid-19 will be issued with a book to confirm their vaccination. It’s hoped this will make international travel easier, as well as boosting the public’s confidence and helping life return to some kind of normality.

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The Acting Minister of Digital Economy and Society and current Minister of Culture says that the decision that was made by the previous office holder will be upheld. The decision also includes keeping other popular adult websites blocked as the Thai Government has labelled them to be “obscene”. But the move to ban adult content has brought protests with those disagreeing saying such sites are a part of freedom of expression.

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Pro-democracy group to reach outskirts of Bangkok after almost 250 kilometre walk

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A group of pro-democracy protestors, on an almost 250 kilometre walk, are expected to reach the outskirts of Bangkok today. The group has been walking for 17 days, starting from the Thao Suranaree statue in Korat province’s Muang district to protest the imprisonment of 9 pro-democracy demonstrators who are being denied bail.

The demonstrators imprisoned include 4 protest leaders from Ratsadon named Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, Anon Nampa, Somyot Pruksakasemsuk and Patiwat “Morlum Bank” Saraiyeam. The 247.5-kilometre march, named “Walk Through the Sky: Bring Back the People’s Power,” started on February 16. Jatupat “Pai Dao Din” Boonpattararaksa, from the student-led protest group Ratsadon, is leading the walking protesters and says they have been held in jail without bail since February 9.

The 4 are facing charges under Article 112, which prohibits lese-majeste, or the defaming of the Thai Royal Monarchy. Lese-majeste carries a jail sentence of 3 to 15 years. They are also facing charges of sedition under Article 116 of the Criminal Code, which carries a jail term of 7 years, as they are accused of organising pro-democracy rallies.

“The ignition and the fuel for the walk is simple. They have started to incarcerate our friends while denying their bail requests, which made it impossible for us to do nothing.”

The court has denied the demonstrators bail requests 4 times now, citing that their release would create more unrest.

Pai said he emphathises with the detained protestors as he has been imprisoned for lese-majeste before. He says he spent 2 years and 6 months in prison for sharing a BBC Thai’s biography of the monarch on Facebook.

“When I was in jail, there were people outside who were protesting for my release so now that my friends are in jail by an unfair law while being denied their right to political expression, I must come out and do something.”

“A walk is a type of a fight against injustice and we choose to fight this way in order to peacefully spread the words about police brutality, the uses of various laws to silence dissidents, the plights of the poor and the mismanagement of the government’s covid-relief measures and natural resources.”

The walk-in protest group is expected to reach Zeer Rangsit in Pathumthani around 5:30 pm today and will camp out near the department store before marching at the Bang Khen intersection tomorrow. On Sunday, the march is expected to end at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument.

SOURCE: Thai Enquirer

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