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Cabinet approves huge hike in work permit fees

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BANGKOK: A proposal by the Ministry of Labor to raise the price of renewing a work permit has been passed by the Thai Cabinet, bringing massive rises in fees a step closer. The proposal must be ratified by Parliament before the change in legislation comes into effect. This may take up to a year. Should the proposed legislation be accepted by Parliament, the fee will change from the current flat-rate 1,000 baht per renewal to a new salary-linked scale of charges. For low-paid workers, the fee will rise to 1,500 baht. At the top end of the scale, the fee will be a whopping 10,000 baht. Andy Dowden, chairman of the British Business Association of Phuket, condemned the move. “Obviously, if Thailand wishes to encourage foreign investment, then penalizing foreigners who set up businesses here is a negative move. “We would hope that when it comes before Parliament for approval they will take note of the many comments that have appeared in the English-language press.” A spokesman for the British Embassy told the Gazette, “While we recognize that it is for the Thai authorities to determine these matters, we are of course aware of the possible impact on British and other foreign businesses. “As with other aspects of Thai legislation, we are keen to ensure a business environment that is conducive to foreign investment. We believe that protecting the interests of foreign investors is in the long-term interests of both Thailand and its international partners. “We convey this message to the Thai authorities at every opportunity, and will continue to do so. We do not want to see foreign nationals treated in a way that is unreasonable or discriminatory.” Those wishing to contact the Prime Minister’s office to put forward their own views on work visa fees – or any other matter – may go either to the PM’s home page at http://www.chuan.th.org/index2.html (Thai only), or email any of the following addresses: mailto:[email protected] [email protected] [email protected]



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Indian tourist rescued from a near-drowning at Patong Beach

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PHOTOS: Patong Surf Life Saving

An Indian tourist has been rescued from drowning after getting into difficulty while swimming at Patong beach yesterday.

Patong Surf Life Saving report that around 1.30pm at Patong Beach an Indian tourist was spotted in the water, choking and fighting to stay afloat.

Lifeguards dived in and brought him back to the beach. He was not breathing and his heart has stopped beating by the time they got him back to shore. Lifeguards urgently applied CPR.

Mr Jhamnani’s heart started to beat again and he became conscious. He was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital where he is now recovering.

Well done to the team at Patong Surf Lifesaving. I think you can expect a visit from a grateful Indian tourist in a few days.

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Polish man charged after threatening people with a gun in Patong

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A Polish man has been charged with carrying a gun in public in Patong, Phuket.

Patong Police report that at 6.20pm last night (Tuesday) they were notified that a man was using a gun to threaten others at a hotel on Pisit Koranee Road in Patong.

Police headed to the hotel to find the Polish man. He denied any knowledge about the gun. Then Police questioned his Thai wife. She took police to a room where she gave the gun to police.

The Polish man has now been charged with illegal possession of gun and carrying it in public without a permit.

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Phuket kratom-cooker robs pharmacies – VIDEO

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Phuket police yesterday have arrested a thief while he was cooking up a batch of kratom. He had earlier robbed pharmacies in Chalong, Phuket.

Chief Investigator of the Phuket Provincial Police Col Prawit Engchuan says, “Yesterday we have arrested 25 year old Rattaphon Pales at a house in Chalong. Police seized 0.45 litres of liquid kratom.”

“On Monday night Chalong Police were notified that a man had robbed a pharmacy in Chalong (video below) with a knife. He stole 30,000 baht cash and sped away on that occasion.”

“We have continued the investigation and arrested a suspect while he was cooking liquid kratom at his home.”

“He had robbed the same pharmacy last week and another pharmacy in Vichit. In total he has stolen about 50,000 baht in cash.”

“He was taken to Chalong Police Station where he was charged with illegal possession of Category 5 Drugs and theft.”

PHUKETPhuket police have arrested a thief while he was cooking kratom after robbing pharmacies in Phuket.

Posted by The Thaiger on Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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