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Rang Hill locals want to keep the monkeys as a tourist attraction

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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A public hearing was held on Monday (May 28) at Khao Rang Samakkee Temple (Wat Khao Rang) with local residents of Rang Hill in Phuket Town. The meeting was led by Director of the Natural and Wildlife Education Centre at Khao Phra Thaew Non-Hunting Area in Thalang Pongchart Chouehorm.

The plan to develop new and remote monkey colonies has emerged because of the serious overcrowding of macaques in 12 provinces of Thailand. Phuket authorities are planning to move some monkeys to four isolated island’s off the coast.

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Locals at Rang Hill have agreed with the plan to control the numbers of monkeys with sterilisation but say they want to keep the local monkeys at Rang Hill where they are now.

Locals say that Rang Hill is one of Phuket’s popular tourism destination.

“Tourists visit there for the viewpoint looking across Phuket Town and to see the monkeys.”

Warning signs have been set up to warn local residents and tourists about feeding the monkeys. There have been a few cases of Rang Hill monkeys stealing food and tourist’s property, including phones, in the past.

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Thailand News Today | More bubbles?, Burmese journalists arrested, Malaysian lockdown | May 11

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Thailand will travel travel bubble discussions with countries such as Vietnam, Singapore, Laos and Malaysia. Travel bubbles could start as soon as October, Police in Northern Thailand arrested 3 senior journalists who had fled Myanmar, Thai officials say expats living in Thailand will be included in the government’s mass Covid-19 vaccination plan, but exactly when that will be is still up in the air, research confirms that vaccination is the key to rebooting international travel and Malaysia has gone into full national lockdown

 

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PM Prayut Chan-o-cha seeks looser restrictions in ‘red’ zones

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Covid-19 infections are still high, but PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says he wants restrictions to loosen up and businesses to reopen as soon as possible in provinces classified as “red” zones under tight control to combat Covid-19.

The prime minister says he has ordered governors of red zone provinces to look into easing disease control measures. Looking into each province’s Covid-19 situation and the restrictions’ impact on the local economy, governors are told to find a good balance that works well for both the economy and public health.

Spokesperson for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, Taweesilp Visanuyothin, says restrictions at restaurants in red zone provinces can be lifted if the situation improves.

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Suspected insurgent killed in gunfire exchange with rangers in Thailand’s deep south

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A suspected insurgent was shot and killed in a gunfire exchange with Thai rangers in Narathawit, a province in Thailand’s deep south by the Malaysian border plagued with violence from the religious separatist insurgency. 2 other men were arrested after the clash with rangers in the Bacho district this morning. Another suspected insurgent is on the run.

Rangers got a tip that 4 insurgents were hiding out at a home in the district. The rangers surround the home at around 5am this morning. The men inside the home fired shots at rangers, shooting a 28 year old soldier in the wrist. The gunfire exchange lasted about 10 minutes. A suspect, identified as Sufian Yoso, managed to escape out the back of the home.

Rangers searched the area and found the body of Suraidin Katae, also known as Madong, who had a warrant out for his arrest. Suspected insurgents Ku-afnan and Ku-amran Kupama, who are brothers, were arrested. Rangers say the men had a 11mm pistol and an AK102 rifle.

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