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Opposition MPs begin mass resignation

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BANGKOK (AFP): Thailand’s largest opposition party staged a mass resignation today in a bid to force the government to call a general election. The New Aspiration Party (NAP) said 50 of its 116 MPs – including leader Chavalit Yongchaiyudh and secretary general Wan Muhamad Nor Matha – had quit and 41 planned to follow later in the day, the first of the new parliamentary session. The leader of the second-biggest opposition group, the Social Action Party (SAP), asked Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai to withdraw the budget bill which was due to be tabled today. SAP leader Suwit Khunkitti backed the NAP’s view that the budget should not be passed so close to elections, which must be held before November. “If this government fails to win the next election, the budget will be a fait accompli for the new government,” he told parliament. “For the sake of the nation, please withdraw the 2001 budget bill.” The resignations do not oblige the ruling coalition led by Chuan’s Democrats to dissolve parliament. But the opposition hopes its move will embarrass the government into calling an election before November, when its parliamentary term ends. “It is apparent now that our nation has been in a state of utmost decay … stemming from the inefficient and maladroit administration of the government,” the NAP said in a statement. The government had become so corrupt and inefficient, it added, that resignation was the “only course of action left”. Not all NAP MPs appeared to be convinced of this. Twenty-five of them have yet to make up their minds on resigning, party officials said, and five or six are likely to defect to another opposition grouping, the Chart Pattana. Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai condemned the resignations and ruled out a dissolution of parliament. “I do not admire the House members who quit today. Their actions are irresponsible,” he told parliament. Chuan has vowed not to be pressured into calling an election and has said the government will continue working on key legislation, including the budget. Bangkok-based analysts have said the NAP leadership’s resolution could prove disastrous for the party, by giving voters the impression that the opposition was willing to sacrifice the budget and other priorities in return for political gains. The resignation threat, issued over the weekend, has already depressed activity on Thailand’s stock exchange, and analysts say it is damaging investor confidence. Under a six-party coalition the Democrats control 223 of the parliament’s 393 seats, a commanding majority that has frustrated the opposition. No-confidence motions last year also failed to force an election.



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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.

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French man and two others killed in Rawai motorbike accident, Phuket

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Three people have died and another sustained serious injuries following the collision of two motorbikes in Rawai early yesterday morning (Tuesday).

The accident happened on Viset Road in front of a public health centre at 1.30am.

The Honda Wave motorbike driver was 37 years old Siripong Mulikkabut. He sustained serious injuries and was rushed to Vachira Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. He was not wearing a helmet. His passenger, 35 year old Warunee Hosakun, died at the scene.

The driver of a white Ducati model big bike was 48 year old French man Philippe Menduni. He died at the scene.

His passenger 44 years old Pannee Pongkan sustained serious injuries was taken to Vachira Hospital. Witnesses at the scene say she was five months pregnant.

Police say the Honda motorbike driver was heading towards Chalong Circle. When he arrived at the scene, the Ducati Bigbike came from behind and collided into the back of the Honda motorbike.

Police are continuing their investigation. Police also report that none of the riders were wearing helmets.

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Phuket Town Beauty spa shooter kills himself in Saphan Hin

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UPDATE: The suspect in this morning’s shootings, 53 year old Chana Rodket from Songkhla, has shot and killed himself in Saphan His this afternoon. He was a housekeeper a the beauty spa where the shooting took place.

Earlier, a South Korean man and Thai woman were injured in a shooting at a beauty spa near Naka Market in Phuket Town.

The two sustained serious injuries from bullet wounds. Wichit Police reports that they was notified of the incident at ‘The Beauty Spa’ at 10.30am.

Police and emergency responders arrived at the scene to find two injuried from gun shots. Blood-stained towels were found around the scene of the shooting.

The two people shot were 74 year old South Korean man, Kwang Hee Kim (father of Ms Eun Mi Kim, the owner of the Beauty Spa) and a 56 year old Thai woman named as Somsri Chuatonghua, a staff member at the spa.

Both taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital.

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