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Thaksin’s Hong Kong visit ‘not linked’
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PHUKET: Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s visit to Hong Kong this weekend has nothing to do with the Cabinet reshuffle or the selection of a new Pheu Thai Party leader, the ex-PM’s legal adviser told the media yesterday.

“Thaksin is just visiting to meet with his friends, including MPs and ministers, but that does not mean he is linked to the Cabinet line-up,” Noppadon Pattama said.

Thaksin is expected to head to London after the Hong Kong visit.

Noppadon said the former prime minister had been told about Yongyuth Wichaidit vacating his seat in the House of Representatives as well as quitting the post of party leader.

“I understand that Thaksin has voiced regrets about Yongyuth’s exit, but he has also commended him for showing his spirit to put the party’s interests before his personal problems,” he said.

The lawyer reiterated that Thaksin would not exert any influence in the naming of the new Pheu Thai leader. He added that the party’s executive board was scheduled to meet on Monday to decide which deputy leader should take over as caretaker pending the appointment of Yongyuth’s successor in a month or two.

He said veterans from the now-defunct Thai Rak Thai party, as well as Pheu Thai executives and outsiders, would be given equal opportunities for the post. Noppadon explained that the new leader should be accepted within the ranks and possess administrative skills, adding that politicking abilities were not a job requirement.

“It is not necessary that the party leader be a politician, because Pheu Thai operates under given policies,” he said.

As for whether retired national police chief Priewpan Damapong would be considered, he said he had not heard the name being brought up.

In relation to the Cabinet reshuffle, he said he did not think the rearranging of posts would take place this month. He added that changes should happen after the censure debate, which has tentatively been scheduled for next month.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Surapong Towichukchaikul said Yongyuth should have waited to clear his name before stepping down as party leader, adding that the politician’s early exit would be used as a politicking tool by the opposition Democrat Party.

Yongyuth gave up his positions in the government, the legislature and the party after Democrats initiated a judicial and administrative review of his job status.

Under the Constitution, someone accused of a disciplinary offense is banned from holding a House seat or joining the Cabinet.

The foreign minister also dismissed allegations that Thaksin’s sister Yaowapa Wongsawat wielded influence over Pheu Thai, saying she was a former MP and maintained contact with “everyone” from the days of Thai Rak Thai to the present. “It is not easy for a former MP to turn her back on politics, but Yaowapa does not interfere,” he said.

Surapong added that many people might consider her a faction leader, but the truth is that she talks to all younger politicians who hold her in high respect.

Despite speculation that Yaowapa might become Pheu Thai party leader, he said that as far as he knows, she has already turned down the offer. When asked about Priewpan’s prospects, he said anybody with administrative experience could apply.

However, he side-stepped the question of whether Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra would take over as party leader. “The party has had several bitter experiences as independent organizations appear to be unfair,” he said.

Separately, Pheu Thai secretary-general Charupong Ruangsuwan said the party’s executive board would meet on Monday to decide on Yongyuth’s successor, not just an acting leader. He said it was not necessary for people to submit their applications because the executives had possibly already decided who should lead their party.

Meanwhile, Defense Minister Sukampol Suwannathat said he had not been approached. “I don’t think I am a candidate for the job, so please stop speculating,” he said.

— Phuket Gazette Editors

 

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Family sues prime minister, CCSA after Covid-infected relative dies

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Photo from Kunlasub Wattnaphon's Facebook.

The family of a man who died while infected with Covid-19 is demanding the prime minister, as well as other government officials, pay millions of baht in compensation, citing “negligence” after calls to Covid-19 hotlines went unanswered or were not of help.

35 year old Kunlasub Watthanaphon died on April 23. Kunlasub is said to have contracted the virus from a cluster in Bangkok. Many of the clusters of infections early in the recent outbreak were concentrated in nightlife districts in Bangkok including Thong Lor and Ekkamai.

When Kunlasub developed Covid-19 symptoms, he called the hotline numbers for those who think they make have contracted the virus. If he had received proper treatment quicker, the family says he might still be alive.

“The CCSA announced telephone helplines โ€“ 1330, 1422, 1668, 1669 and 1323 โ€“ for people who suspected they had contracted Covid-19. When my brother developed Covid-like symptoms he called these numbers. However, they were either busy or someone picked up but did not send help right away.”

Kunlasub had documented his illness on Facebook, posting updates, as well as photos and videos, up until the day of his death.

The death of the 35 year old man, who is well known in the esport, or video competition industry, sparked controversy. One person wrote on Facebook after Kunlasub’s death “My friend didn’t die because of a congenital disease. He died because he wasn’t treated in the early days.”

The case was filed at the Administrative Court today. It demands compensation of 4.53 million baht from the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration as well as PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, his secretary and the prime minister’s office.

The family is also suing Thong Lor entertainment venues, where the first clusters were reported in the recent outbreak, for negligence.

โ€œHad the CCSA imposed a strict lockdown on entertainment venues and banned travel during the Songkran holiday, the latest wave of Covid-19 with over 2,000 new infections daily would never have happened.โ€

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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Thailand News Today | 8 clusters in Bangkok, Phuket party organisers charged | May 14

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Foreigners may face a slight delay in receiving their Covid-19 vaccines, The BMA has now confirmed 8 clusters of Covid infection in the capital, Thai Private Hospital Association is now working to offer a variety of Covid-19 vaccine brands to Thais and Patong police have announced that the managers of the Phuket venues that hosted the Kolour entertainment event swill be charged under Thailandโ€™s Emergency Decree provisions.

 

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Market down as good US economy drives interest rate fears

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FILE PHOTO: The Thai stock market followed the rest of the world down yesterday, but long-term prospects may be looking up.

After US inflation exceeded targets and increased 4%, global stock markets including Thailand plummeted yesterday with fears of rising interest rates. Almost 144 billion baht was traded yesterday with the market at one point diving down 70 points in the late afternoon before recovering to a 23.72 point loss, closing at 1548.13.

2% is a high rate of inflation so the big numbers sparked fears that the US Federal Reserve will reduce quantitative easing and increase interest rate which decreases the market’s liquidity. The US economy is surging with the Consumer Price Index up 4.2% over last year.

The balancing out of the economy will likely push risky prospects like the stock market down while driving up commodity prices like energy and oil. This may hurt the Stock Exchange of Thailand in the short run, but will likely have long-term positive effects as the SET has a large number of energy stocks that will benefit from the market’s change.

Some long-term investors in Thailand fear quantitative easing and the market’s tightening because it drives away foreign investors which in the past made up 30% of the Thai market. But now foreigners only account for 20% so the negative effect should be much less. However, in the normal inflation range of 1 to 3%, the stock market should have a price-to-earnings ratio of 20 and some experts have downgraded it to 18 now.

Eyeing the US, some experts predict that even accelerated quantitative easing won’t come into effect until the end of the year and interest rates probably won’t rise significantly within the next 2 years. Watching the continued effect of the Covid-19 pandemic and US unemployment figures will be key indicators driving the global market up or down.

Even with the stock market down in Thailand, there’s still some good news as Thai corporations listed on the SET expected to cross the 200 billion baht profit threshold this week, after reporting 180 billion baht in the first quarter of the year, with 55% of the market recording a profit.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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