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Phuket Gazette Thailand News: Health Ministry ramps up War on Dengue; Amnesty bill held to ransom; 2 slain in South; Monks moved

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– Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community

New strategy adopted to fight dengue: spray areas promptly
The Nation / Phuket Gazette
PHUKET: The Public Health Ministry has ramped up its fight against dengue fever and now requires hospitals to report to the area disease control department within three hours every time a dengue-fever patient is admitted.

Under a new protocol dubbed “3-3-1”, mosquito larvae in the infected area would then be destroyed and an investigation team would then move in. It would be given one day to bring the virus in the area under control, Public Health Minister Pradit Sinthawanarong announced yesterday.

Pradit’s deputy, Sopon Mekthon, said that 45 per cent of mosquito larvae was found on school premises, while 29 per cent had been reported at hospitals. The two locations were the most common for mosquito larvae and should therefore be targeted in each province for mosquito nests, Sopon said.

Mosquito larvae needs to be killed every seven days in order to keep control of the disease.

Deputy permanent secretary for Public Health, Sopon Mekthon, said it was a good sign that the number of dengue-fever patients appeared to be dropping. From July 9 to 16, up to 6,000 dengue fever cases had been reported, compared to some 8,000 patients the week before.

The provinces with the highest incidence of dengue were: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Songkhla, Chiang Rai, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phetchabun, Si Sa Ket, Roi Et and Nakhon Phanom.

People who experience a high fever that does not return to normal within two days should see a doctor, he said.

Phuket this year is experiencing its highest number of dengue-infected patients for more than two decades (story here), making it the number one province in the country for dengue (story here).

2 killed in South despite ceasefire
The Nation / Phuket Gazette
PHUKET: The deadly insurgency continued in the deep South yesterday with a couple gunned down in broad daylight in Narathiwat’s Rangae district and a defence volunteer seriously wounded in Pattani’s Sai Buri district.

The attacks took place despite the promise of a separatist group, the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN), to abstain from violence during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Lt-General Paradorn Pattanatha-butr, chief of the Thai team in the peace dialogue with the BRN, said he would report them to the Malaysian side, which acts as the facilitator of the rapprochement talks with BRN.

Paradorn also referred to a complaint filed by the BRN to Malaysian facilitator Ahmad Zamzamin bin Hashim. The BRN accused the Thai side of breaching the Ramadan ceasefire agreement. “I already sent a letter to Ahmad explaining and denying the allegations,” Paradorn added.

Pheu Thai, reds play down ‘people’s bill’
The Nation / Phuket Gazette
PHUKET: The Pheu Thai Party and the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD, or red shirts) will fully back an amnesty bill proposed by party MP Worachai Hema which was forwarded in April as the first bill on Parliament’s agenda when the House reconvenes on August 1.

However, the government has other significant bills that it must pass – the fiscal-2014 budget bill and the Bt2-trillion loan bill. And these two are expected to be debated by the House before the amnesty bill.

Some Pheu Thai MPs tried to push the amnesty bill to the top of the agenda, to help the red shirts and their leaders detained on criminal charges related to political conflicts from the coup in 2006 to the political rallies in 2010. This includes former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who has long wanted to return home a free man.

A major sponsor of the amnesty bill, Worachai said earlier that the draft law should be put forward for deliberation on August 7, but many party seniors wanted the Budget Bill to be heard first.

However, the move to push for speedy passage of Worachai’s bill met with a small hiccup.

Payao Akahad, mother of Kamolked, or “Nurse Kate” – a paramedic killed during the crackdown – and Punsak Srithep, father of 17-year-old Samapun, who was killed in crossfire, last week submitted a different proposal. Known as the people’s amnesty bill, it was presented to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra via her deputy Phongthep Thepkanjana.

UDD core leaders like Thida Thawornset have reservations about the people’s amnesty bill, as they believe supporting this would delay the passing of an amnesty by at least a year. That would mean they cannot help get a speedy release of red shirts and others jailed as a result of the 2010 riots.

Thida was sceptical about “the people’s bill”. While it clearly states that the military would not be granted a pardon, writers of the bill seemed to be biased against the red shirts and those accused of setting the country on fire, she said. “We want all those in jail to be released since they have been jailed more than three years now. Some of them were pressed with trumped-up charges or were duped to sign their names.’

For Korkaew Pikulthong, who wears two hats as a Pheu Thai MP and a UDD leader, said he backed Worachai’s version, as it would help bring about national reconciliation. He said the UDD leaders had earlier proposed an emergency decree for amnesty but the government feared an anti-government group may bring them to court if they took that route.

Some red-shirt leaders have said the government’s refusal to issue an emergency decree to pass an amnesty shows it has been insincere about wanting to help get those in jail released. Other “independent” red-shirt groups such as one led by Suda Rangkupan, a Chulalongkorn University lecturer, supported Worachai’s version, saying the government should not waste more time. “We have 30 political victims jailed and two have died. We must quickly get them out,’ she said.

Chart Thai Pattana party-list MP Thanonsorn Lertritsirikul said his party would toe the line on what the ruling party thinks is best.

While other junior coalition parties have adopted a wait-and-see attitude, the Opposition Democrat Party has voiced its support for the people’s amnesty bill, proposed by relatives of the victims of the 2010 crackdown, provided the government withdraws all other amnesty bills proposed to the Parliament.

It is unlikely that the people’s amnesty bill will cause a delay in Worachai’s amnesty bill, said a Chart Thai Pattana Party leader, who asked not to be named. He believed that the Yingluck government would expedite the legislative process to pass the bill.

The government may try to appease the victims of the violence by incorporating the people’s bill into the Worachai bill.

“Pheu Thai and red shirts are united about what they want so they may just tell people who proposed the people’s amnesty bill that they will take their version into consideration. However, the bill can be altered during deliberation,’ the politician said.

Monks

— Phuket Gazette Editors

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Whale freed by drilling team in Gulf of Thailand

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On Saturday six drilling team members at Erawan offshore field spent about 30 minutes cutting a rope tied to the tail of a Bryde’s whale that apparently swam towards the structure seeking help, according to the Bangkok Post.

The rope was believed to have been tied to its tail by fishermen after the whale became trapped in a net, but the whale managed to escape, dragging the rope with it.

The rescue mission’s account was posted on Facebook and drew widespread praise. “Thumbs up for you guys. It wasn’t an easy job,” one commentator wrote.

The platform is about 140 kilometres off the shore of Nakhon Si Thammarat province.

One worker, who filmed the operation, said it took place at 2pm on Saturday, and that all staff members were overjoyed to save the whale.

Whale freed by drilling team in Gulf of Thailand | News by The Thaiger

Photo: Nat Panupong Taps

Another staff at the platform said the whale was about five metres long and weighed 200 kilogrammes. The operation took around 30 minutes in rough seas before the team was finally able to cut the rope from the whale’s tail, he added.

Bryde’s whales have been sighted in many areas in the Gulf of Thailand, the latest one about two weeks ago off the central province of Prachuap Khirikhan. The Marine and Coastal Resources Department says the sightings indicate the richness of marine resources in the gulf.

In April, another drilling team from the same company rescued a stranded dog found at sea about 200 km from shore. The dog was later named Boonrod and adopted by a Chevron official working at the platform, who took the pet home with him to Khon Kaen province during his work leave.

Posted by Nat Panupong Taps on Saturday, 19 October 2019

SOURCE: bangkokpost.com

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500 people own 36% of equity in Thai companies

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Roughly 36% of Thailand’s corporate equity is held by just 500 people, highlighting wealth inequality in the Kingdom, according to a study released by the Bank of Thailand’s research institute.

Each of these 500 amass some 3.1 billion baht (102 million USD) per year in company profits, according to the report from the Puey Ungphakorn Institute for Economic Research. In contrast, average yearly household income in Thailand is around 10,000 USD.

A report out this week from the Economic and Business Research Centre for Reform at Thailand’s Rangsit University also pointed to divisive and polarised politics being another root cause of the economic divide.

Thailand’s private sector is dominated by tycoons running sprawling conglomerates. According to the World Bank, the gap between the mega-wealthy and the rest of the Thai population of 69 million is among the many economic challenges for Thailand. According to Bloomberg, the perception of a divide, exacerbated by an economic slowdown, is a major political fault line.

“Magnates arise in Thailand from institutional factors that privilege certain businesses,” said the executive director of PIER, author of the study.

The institute said Thailand needs to promote competitiveness to reduce profits from monopoly power and bolster entrepreneurship to create a more equitable distribution of corporate wealth.

The research is based on analysis of 2017 Commerce Ministry data on the 2.1 million shareholders in Thai firms, and was funded by the University of California San Diego.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Survey – Thais not taking sides and 66% prioritise health care

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The majority of respondents to a Super Poll survey, say that they are still waiting to see where they will put their future support. For now they’re saying they neither support the Government or Opposition, preferring to wait to assess their performance.

Super Poll conducted the survey on 1,069 people from a wide range of occupations nationwide between October 1519.

The director of Super Poll, Noppadol Kannikar, says that one interesting finding was that 67.2% of respondents admitted that they prefer not to take sides, with the Government or Opposition, because both are currently under-performing and they want to wait to assess their performance.

But 16.9% of the respondents are supportive of the coalition Government, compared to 15.9% who oppose it.

On the question of Government spending, the survey showed 65.9% want quality health care as their top priority, 59.8% want good and secure jobs, 54.3% want security for their lives and property, 50.8% want increased road safety, 48.2% want government help for small and medium-size enterprises and 37.0% want government to provide them with housing.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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