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No more overstayers, no more corruption at Immigration – Hakparn

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Put a big red circle around “October 31, 2018” on your calendar. It was the day it was announced that corrupt practices are over at the country’s immigration offices and the number of overstayers by the end of November in the Kingdom will be precisely “zero”.

Thailand’s newly appointed immigration chief Maj-Gen Surachate Hakparn and deputy Immigration chief Gen Srivara Ransibrahmanakul made their claims at immigration HQ in Bangkok yesterday.

Srivara pledged that delays at airports and border crossings were a thing of the past. Officers must provide a fast and efficient service to those coming and leaving Thailand.

But he is cautioning immigration officers to be on their guard to be careful not to let in people who could cause trouble. He mentioned the example of the Erawan bombing in Bangkok as an error in the past saying that the location of visitors must be double-checked.

He claimed that, before the crackdown there were 100,000 people on overstay. Now there are just 500 left in Thailand.

“These will all be flushed out by the end of November.”

Meanwhile Maj-Gen Surachate spoke about the end to corruption regarding visas on arrival and during visa extensions.

He says,”since I started work last month visa officers had been obliged to eat vegetarian”, a clear nod to his demands to stop taking under-counter payments.

The comments about stopping corruption at Thailand’s immigration offices is also a clear admission that there had been such corrupt practices in the past.

Srivara said that the implementation of new technology may cause some delays but would be sorted soon.

No more overstayers, no more corruption at Immigration - Hakparn | News by The Thaiger

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His Majesty urges Thais to elect ‘good people’ in today’s election

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His Majesty the King has quoted from a speech delivered by his father, the late King Bhumibol, to urge voters to elect “good people” to rule the country.

The Royal Household Bureau announced at 8.44pm that His Majesty had instructed the Lord Chamberlain to quote from a royal speech delivered by King Bhumibol at the sixth gathering of National Boy Scouts at the Vajiravudh Boy Scout Camp in Chon Buri province on December 11, 1989, as a reminder to the public.

In his address then, King Bhumibol had said: “Please remember one important thing, that there will be both good and bad people in the country’s administration. No one can make all the people good. To keep the country peaceful and in order, though we cannot make all people good we must support goodness.

We must let good people rule and ensure that bad people have no power to cause trouble and turmoil.”

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“A clean and fair election”, EC assures international delegates

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Thailand’s Election Commission has assured representatives from 11 nations and one international electoral watchdog organisation of a clean and fair election tomorrow.

The EC briefed representatives of election commissions from Australia, Bhutan, Cambodia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Indonesia, Philippines, South Korea, East Timor, and Vietnam at the Rama Gardens Hotel at 9.45am this morning.

Representatives of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance also attended the session.

EC secretary general Jarungwit Phumma told the representatives that the EC welcomed them to observe tomorrow’s election.

Jarungwit says the EC allowed the representative to monitor the election to show that the polls would be transparent, clean and fair so that the international community would have confidence in the next government.

EC commissioner Wiroj Kowattana assured representatives that the Thai EC was an independent organisation and it was not under anyone’s order to ‘organise’ the polls.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Eight Burmese migrants drown, two still missing in Kanchanaburi road crash

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Eight Burmese migrants drowned along with two others that are missing, presumed dead, after a van they were travelling in was hit by a 10 wheel truck and both vehicles plunged into a canal in Kanchanaburi’s Tha Muang district in western Thailand today.

Police say the accident happened at 12.10pm at the Sa Setthi Intersection in Tambon Ban Mai.

About 100 rescuers rushed to the scene to try to save the passengers who were trapped inside the van.

The rescuers were able to retrieve eight bodies, one of them a pregnant woman. Four were rescued and were sent to a nearby hospital.

Officials say two of the group are still missing.

The van was transporting the migrants back to Myanmar.

SOURCE: The Nation

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