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Thailand News Today | 2-tier pricing uproar, Ministry to pay 11.8 B baht compensation | April 22

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Expats and other foreign travellers living in Thailand are up in arms after Phuket officials confirmed that foreigners arriving on the island would have to pay for a rapid Covid-19 test that is free for Thais. The testing requirement is part of the latest restrictions now in force to combat the spread of the virus on the island. However, it is not the cost of the test – 500 baht – that has angered so many expats, but the fact that officials see nothing wrong with charging people based on their nationality. Yes, it’s just the latest example of a 2-tier policy.

Thailand’s deputy transport minister and his wife are being investigated after a debt of 10 billion baht was somehow written off. The National Anti-Corruption Commission is reviewing documents related to the debt.

The Thai Supreme Administrative Court has rejected a petition lodged by the Transport Ministry asking for an injunction against the court order for the state department to pay 11.8 billion baht in compensation to the private contractor for cancelling the Hopewell elevated train project.

Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has said thanks but no thanks to an offer from former PM Thaksin Shinawatra to help Thailand secure COVID vaccines from Russia.

The popular petition website, Change.org, is once again available to activists in Thailand, after being blocked last October. A statement on the site’s social media account confirms that it’s back up and running in the Kingdom.

One of the biggest hydro-solar hybrid floating electricity projects in the world is nearing completion at Sirindhorn dam in Ubon Ratchathani. This installation will move Thailand away from its often criticised fossil fuel dependence by increasing renewable energy production in the country. 7 solar farms have been built over 300 acres using 144,417 solar panels. The platforms are expected to produce 45 megawatts of electricity.

 

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    David DURBIN

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    500 baht for Thai people is a day’s wage for a Farang it’s lose change.

    Give the poor Thai’s à break and everytime you eat tip 500 baht and not 20 baht you will feel better for it.

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    Boonyaorn

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    What’s wrong with a two-tier pricing system? Do foreigners pay all the taxes the same way that Thais pay theirs (income taxes, property taxes, inheritance taxes, all sorts of indirect taxes etc.)? Higher prices for foreigners also reflect differences between Thailand and the developed countries in their purchasing powers. When Thais visit countries in the West, they are often not covered by the social security systems of the host countries. So why the surprise here?

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    Roger Bruce

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 4:20 am

    To Reject the Russian Vaccine in Favour of Chinese is in the interest of the people

    WHAT did I just write … OMG … since when has this PM ever been interested in the people

    Sorry

    Good Luck Thailand

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    khundick

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 7:58 am

    how petty for people to complain. i think if you don’t like the two tier payment they should just leave thailand. like the above comment . 500b is a lot of money to a thai citizen and is nothing for a farang. please leave and quit whining.

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    TS

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 8:10 am

    The National Anti-Corruption Commission is reviewing documents related to the debt.

    yeah,after all the reveiwing & thorough investigation, the department & wife will be shifted to a new location

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    Tony

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    I sometimes scratch my head and screem to myself when I walk pass a bar and there you sèe the Farangs buying lady drinks with a happy smile on there faces at well over the top prices ,and then you hear them say no I don’t go there they are to expensive I can get a breakfast for 40TB, Whingers will complain just no matter what. If it was free they would say NO it don’t work.😣

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    Anonymous

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    @toby andrews – I think this inappropriate comment should be taken off. It’ls clear Mr. Toby Andrews is not open to a different point of view. He wants a one-tier system for all, a one-size-fits-all system that is more suited to a communist state. Citizenship brings privileges not afforded to non-citizens – that much is clear. Thailand provides a pathway to citizenship under the 1992 Nationality Act, which allows foreigners to become naturalized as Thai citizens. Why not work on this path instead of complaining?

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Thailand News Today | Pfizer vaccines on the way, Phuket’s July re-opening | May 7

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Disease Control Department back-peddled saying that that foreigners living in Thailand WILL also be vaccinated, governor of Chiang Mai is calling for the ban on dining in at restaurants in the northern city to be lifted and for eateries to be allowed to serve food on-site until 9pm, Tourism and Sports Minister insists the southern island of Phuket must record zero Covid-19 cases if a planned July re-opening is to go ahead, and 150 million baht worth of methamphetamine pills were impounded in Nakhon Phanom yesterday

 

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PHOTO: A new stimulus package aims to get the middle class spending. (via Flickr - Marco Verch)

A new stimulus package targeting middle and high-income people aims at increasing spending by offering more e-voucher the more you spend. Ying Chai Ying Dai, which translates to “the more you spend the more you get”, will reward those who spend between 46,000 and 70,000 baht with a 7,000 baht e-voucher. This part of the government’s 225 billion baht stimulus package hopes to encourage 4 million qualifying middle- to upper-class people to spend more money by refunding 10-15% back, according to the Finance Ministry’s Fiscal Policy Office.

People wishing to participate must register and make their purchases through a government e-wallet system. The system works by refunding 10 to 15% of purchases with a maximum of 7,000 baht. So at 15%, a person who spent 46,000 baht would receive back the full 7,000. On the 10% scheme, 70,000 baht in spending would be necessary to reach 7,000 cashback. No details were available on what determines the percentage level.

An additional 2,000 baht will be available for people participating in the “Section 33 Rao Rak Kan” and “Rao Chana” scheme. The plans are expected to push 85.5 billion Baht back into the economy as recipients must spend the cash by the end of June.

The 50/50 stimulus program that has been popular with the government covering half of what people spend for half for food, drink, and other items up to 150 baht per person per day will also be expanded. That plan began on October 23, and ended at the end of 2020, covering 10 million people with each receiving 3000 baht. The second phase of the popular program added 5 million more people and raised the limit to 3,500 baht per person.

A third phase of the “Khon La Khrueng” stimulus plan is expected to begin in July with participants getting a maximum of 3,500 baht each to spend, and opening the program to 16 million new people. This massive expansion though will stipulate that anyone participating in this program cannot also participate in the Ying Chai Ying Dai scheme.

All of these cash and voucher benefits aimed at supporting vulnerable groups, along with cash handouts for people who have state welfare cards, are part of 245 billion baht the government is spending in an attempt to keep the economy from collapsing. This falls under an emergency loan decree allocating the government 1 trillion baht total to cope with Covid-19.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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Covid UPDATE: 2,044 new cases and 27 deaths, provincial totals

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Deputy spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Natapanu Nopakun / Photo courtesy of the Royal Thai Government

2,044 new Covid-19 cases and 27 coronavirus-related deaths were reported today in the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s daily briefing. There are now 29,320 active Covid-19 cases. 1,170 Covid patients are in critical condition including 367 on ventilators.

Since the start of the pandemic last year, the CCSA has reported a total of 78,855 Covid-19 infections and 363 virus-related deaths.

Out of 27 new fatalities, patients were ages 30 to 90. Most of the deaths were in Bangkok and surrounding provinces. Several contacted the virus from family members.

Provinces with the highest number of new confirmed cases…

Province New cases Total cases since April 1
Bangkok 869 16,917
Nonthaburi 201 3,032
Samut Prakan 165 2,902
Chon Buri 89 3,128
Samut Sakhon 69 1,299
Surat Thani 60 1,035
Pathum Thani 39 1,099
Chiang Mai 33 3,180
Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 32 607
Nakhon Pathom 29 746
Ranong 29 329

 

Districts in Bangkok with the highest number of confirmed cases…

District New cases
Khlong Toei 46
Pathum Wan 24
Bang Khae 24
Lat Phrao 13
Ratchathewi 10
Pom Prap Sattru Phai 9
Bueng Kum 9
Phasi Charoen 8
Bang Khun Thian 8
Din Daeng 8

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