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PM visits Phuket to insist on better boat safety

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Thai PM General Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered that every missing passenger, from the sunken ‘Phoenix’ boat, must be found. He has also directed officials to take care of all Chinese survivors and their families as their guests.

“Measures to prevent a similar disaster must be implemented immediately. Every boat must follow official warnings.”

The Prime Minister didn’t mince words when he spoke publicly today.

General Prayut arrived at Chalong Pier at 1pm today.

“I wanted to come here many days ago but I have many things to attend to as you know. We currently have two major incidents – the Phuket boats sinking and the footballers’ evacuation in Chiang Rai.”

“I have met with the Chinese Ambassador Lyu Jian. China hasn’t put any pressure on us or made any special requests. He only asks Thais to take care of those that were injured and look after the families who have flown in to repatriate the deceased, as best as we can.”

“We both understand that Thailand and China have a good standing for more than one hundred years. We are working based on international standards for the recovery and investigation. We are also taking care of every nationality visiting Thailand.”

“The most important thing is to prevent an incident like this happening again. It involves the cooperation of tour operators who must follow the law. More tourist are coming, risk will be increased. We have to prepare and check everything. This entire process of marine safety must be reviewed.”

General Prayut said thank you in Mandarin at the conclusion of his speech.

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Police to target motorbike rental shops when renters are unlicensed

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Police are targeting the rental operators of motorbikes when unlicensed foreigners have motorbike accidents.

Police today say they are questioning the renters of the bike involved in Sunday night’s crash on Patong Hill between a pickup truck driven by 47 year old Thavorn Glasueak and a motorbike carrying two Russians, a 29 and 31 year old.

This incident happened at the notorious hair-pin curve on the way up Patong Hill, from Kathu. Police say the motorbike veered out of its lane into the oncoming pickup truck travelling in the other lane.

The two Russians were rushed to Patong Hospital but died.

Meanwhile, the motorbike rental operator that rented out a motorbike to 17 year old British teenager Anthony Ryan last month was fined 2,000.

Anthony was on traveling in Thailand with a friend when he tried to pass traffic on the Kamala to Patong road and drove into an oncoming minivan in the opposite lane.

Read the report of his accident HERE.

Kamala Police report that the rental operator has already been fined 2,000 baht. They also warned other motorbike rental shops to ensure that the riders were properly licensed and took out legal insurance with their rental agreement.

In their defence police claim the rental operator said they had rented out two bikes to a second man that had a valid license. Police didn’t explain what the renter was going to do with the two motorbikes. (And if the renter had a valid license, why was the shop fined?)

At this stage Kamala Police have not named the rental operator in Patong.

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Voters like Prayut as PM but prefer Pheu Thai as the party they will vote for

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With the election campaign now digging into its first week on the hustings, the polls are starting to indicate where the early poll sentiments are leaning.

Thai PM Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha is the favourite for the prime minster’s position following the election, but Pheu Thai is the party people want to see lead the formation of the new government, according to an opinion survey. Pheu Thai has won the majority of votes in every election contested since 2001. Their stronghold is in the country’s population-rich north-easter and northern regions.

Yesterday’s Nida Poll was conducted between February 5-7 and interviewed 2,091 people nationwide.

PM Gen Prayut, who is now the prime ministerial candidate for the Palang Pracharath Party, received 26% of the poll support to be the next PM. He was followed closely by Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan of the Pheu Thai Party at 24%.

12% y they’re uncertain while the Democrat Party’s Abhisit Vejjajiva received 11.4% support. 6.3% say they will not vote for anyone.

6% want to see the newcomer Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit of the Future Forward Party as PM.

Choosing a party to win the majority of votes in the March 24 poll, 36.5% chose Pheu Thai, followed by 22.6% for Palang Pracharath, Democrat – 15.2%, Future Forward – 8.2% and Seri Ruam Thai – 5%.

The main priorities voters wanted the new government to address included ‘the economy’ – 54.8%, farm price slumps – 27.9%, free education up to a bachelor’s degree – 4.3% and fighting corruption.

98% say they will vote on March 24. 1% said they won’t and the other 1% said they weren’t sure.

The election has the highest number of MPs running for office of any election in the past.

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Another 522 law breaking foreigners rounded up in crackdown

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Round ’em up. Ship ’em out. The “X-Ray Outlaw Foreigners” crackdown to rid Thailand of over-stayers and illegal workers continues with more than 500 arrested in the past week.

The Immigration Police Bureau deputy chief Pol Maj-General Itthipol Itthisarnronnachai announced yesterday that a total of 522 people had been arrested at 220 different locations.

Of these, 287 were charged with having entered Thailand illegally (102 from Laos, 143 from Myanmar, 38 from Cambodia, three from India and one from Bangladesh) and 15 stand accused of overstaying their visas (five from Myanmar, four from Cambodia, three from Laos, one from Vietnam, one from India, and one from Denmark).

A further 220 people are facing a variety of other charges, which Itthipol didn’t give details about (87 from Thailand, 31 from Cambodia, 79 from Myanmar, five from Laos, seven from China, three from Vietnam, three from Turkey, one from Israel, one from India, one from the Philippines, one from Iraq and one person with an unidentified nationality).

Itthipol said a high number of the arrests involved foreigners working without permission in Thailand.

SOURCE: The Nation

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