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Sunday, Sunday. The Phukethon has been run and won, the Phuket King’s Cup wraps today and the Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous has their big closing party tonight for the mega-yachts visiting the island. Even though districts around Phuket are suffering severe flooding, including just north in Phang Nga, Phuket is waking up to a fine day ahead with only a 20% chance of rain. Welcome to your Phuket Sunday…

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Cadet ‘beaten to death’ – Autopsy

A fact-finding committee set up by the Supreme Command is inviting representatives of the Central Institute of Forensic Science to testify on the autopsy results of a 19 year old cadet who died at the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School.

The Chairman of the fact-finding group, was speaking to journalists after unconfirmed reports about the autopsy were widely shared. According to the reports, which the cadet’s family has declined to confirm, the first-year student of the AFAPS, Phakhapong “Meay” Tanyakan, had traces of physical injuries. The autoposy is also said to reveal that his fourth rib was broken not because of CPR, as earlier stated by the academy and the Phra Mongkutklao Hospital, but through blunt force.

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Disaster zone declared for four districts in Phang Nga

The Phang Nga provincial administration has declared four districts as flood disaster zones.

The four districts are Mueang, Kapong, Thai Muang and Thap Pood, all within a 150 kilometres north of Phuket on the Andaman coast.

Meanwhile, floods that have hit 11 southern provinces since late last month have killed 22 people and affected 502,000 families according to the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department.

They report that floods in the four provinces of Krabi, Satun, Yala and Narathiwat had subsided while 56 districts in seven provinces were still under water.

18 districts in Nakhon Si Thammarat remain flooded, as well as 11 districts in Phatthalung, eight districts in Chumphon, seven districts in Surat Thani, six districts in Songkhla, four districts in Trang and two districts in Pattani.

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Toon hits his target, just past the half-way zone

Charity hero Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai yesterday managed to hit his fund-raising target of 700 million baht – the goal set for his 2,191-kilometre marathon in support of 11 hospitals nationwide – just over the halfway point of his epic run from south to north of the Kingdom.

Toon reached Chai Nat yesterday, day 39 of his charity campaign. The total hit 700 million baht yesterday afternoon. Many fans, including people from Suphan Buri and Chai Nat, waited along the roadside to cheer him on, about 100 kilometres north of Bangkok.

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Rights groups challenge Junta over political bans

Democratic and human rights groups have laid out a challenge to the junta’s order against political activity at the Constitutional Court as they demand a return of freedom of expression and political assembly. Democratic Restoration Group, the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights Centre and representatives of victims of the junta’s order yesterday organised a press conference at Thammasat University.

The coalition announced the launch of a campaign to annul the controversial order that bans political activity and get togethers following the 2014 coup. At a media briefing yesterday that said that “…it’s time for the junta to lift the political ban and let people enjoy their freedom.”

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PM calls for zero tolerance on corruption

The Thai PM General Prayut Chan-o-cha is pledging to improve Thailand’s Corruption Perception Index ranking while urging Thais to have zero-tolerance for graft. In the latest 2016 CPI ranking published by Transparency International, the country is ranked in 101st position out of 176 countries worldwide.

After presenting awards to state agencies with outstanding anti-corruption and transparency records, Prayut said people should join forces to get the country out of the vicious corruption cycle by having zero tolerance on graft so that the country can do better on the CPI ranking of Transparency International. Thailand was ranked at the same level as the Philippines, while Indonesia and other ASEAN countries did better last year in terms of corruption perception by the international community, which includes expert assessments and opinion surveys.

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Water off this Wednesday

Just a heads up for the middle of the island this week. The Phuket Waterworks Authority says water will be shut-off this Wednesday.

The supply will be cut off from around 9am – 4pm for maintenance works at the Baan Bang Jo Water Pumping Station.

Areas affected include Cherngtalay, Koh Kaew, Kamala, Rassada, Pakhlok and further north in Mai Khao.

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Protesters say more rallies will kick off again at 10pm tonight if the PM doesn’t resign

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27C with a low chance of rain. That’s what the protesters will be facing after their promise to resume anti-government protests at 10pm this evening if the Thai PM doesn’t accede to their demands for him to resign.

Phatupat Boonpathararaksa, alias Pai Daodin, released on bail from the Bangkok Remand Centre yesterday, announced this morning that speeches will be delivered tonight by a range of protesters focussing on issues relating to the Thai Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha.

The protesters have been assembled in Thung Song Hong since last night, although there was a reprieve early this morning when traffic was allowed to pass. Police say the protesters’ occupation of area in front of the Bangkok Remand Prison is illegal and that they must disperse. The protesters have also been demanding the release of 3 other protest leaders that remain detained after losing an appeal for their release earlier this afternoon. the Appeals Court denied their release on the grounds that they “may repeat similar offences if released”.

Parit “Penguin” Chivarak, Panasaya “Rung” Sitthijirawattanakul and Panupong Jardnok, aka.Mike Rayong. were charged with inciting unrest, in accordance with Section 116 of the Criminal Code, and violations of the Archaeological Venues Act (when they embedded a replacement plaque in the Sanam Luang concourse on September 20).

It appears that, after the 10pm deadline passes, there will be fresh protests at many locations around the country.

Earlier this week, following an address to the nation by Prayut Chan-o-cha, the protesters said they would give the PM until Sunday night at 10pm to deliver his resignation. That deadline was shuffled back a day to this evening. No particular reason has been offered for the revised deadline.

Police are now on site out the front of the remand prison and await the announcement of any other protest sites, a system that the protest organisers have been able to keep secret until the last minute.

Meanwhile, Royalist rallies have been held today in Nakhon Sawan, Chiang Mai, Chainat, Loei and Kamphaeng Phet provinces as a deeper polarisation starts to emerge between the two factions. Wearing the trademark yellow shirts (the colour that reprints the Thai King), the demonstrators have pledged their loyalty to the monarch and support for the Thai PM and the current ruling coalition. The pro-Monarchy demonstrators say their providing a balance to the anti-government protests and point out the comments made by the pro-democracy demonstrators and criticisms of the current Thai King.

There now seems a concerted effort to win the ‘numbers’ game and see who can attract the largest numbers to rallies. With parliament being called back to an extraordinary session on Monday and Tuesday to debate the current impasse, there is little doubt that the rallies, from both sides, will continue to ramp up in number and rhetoric in coming weeks.

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Malaysian PM proposes a state of emergency in a political move to postpone budget vote

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Malaysia’s head of state is said to be consulting with the country’s other hereditary rulers to discuss a proposal by Malaysian PM Muhyiddin Yassin, who has requested that the King declare a state of emergency. The Star newspaper is reporting that the country’s rulers would meet at 2.30pm tomorrow, after which the king will deliver a decision to the PM.

Muhyiddin had an audience with King Al-Sultan Abdullah yesterday to formally request the rare state of emergency which would result in a suspension of the Malaysian parliament. On the face of the request is the need to take emergency measures to control a recent outbreak in new coronavirus cases. But opposition MPs say the manoeuvre is purely political and not related to the country’s response to Covid-19. They say the country is well equipped to make decisions related to public health and the coronavirus outbreak

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has denounced the move as a “power grab” by the country’s PM. The Council of Rulers, which groups the heads of Malaysia’s 9 royal houses, has the power to withhold consent from any law and deliberate on questions of national policy.

Malaysia is suffering a resurgence in Covid-19 cases, much more pronounced than the first wave in March and April. The move to apply for the dissolution of the Malaysian parliament is being read by commentators as a political stunt, unrelated to the coronavirus spike, since PM Muhyiddin faces a leadership challenge from opposition leader Anwar, who last month claimed majority support in parliament to oust the premier.

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Meanwhile, the palace has not formally identified the specific recommendations made by the PM, and says the king will “soon” be discussing the motion with Malaysia’s other heredity rulers.

“Al-Sultan Abdullah greatly understands the need for the country’s administration to continue to tackle the threat of Covid-19.”

Malaysia has suffered between 800 – 950 new cases per day over the past week, a spike in new cases, causing concern for the South East country that had largely contained the worst of the spread earlier this year.

As a background, the ruling government government is scheduled to propose its 2021 budget on November 6, and there have been questions over whether the PM can muster a majority to pass the supply bill. Defeat on the budget would count as a vote of no-confidence and could trigger an election. Any state of emergency, involving the dissolution of parliament, would postpone a vote on the forthcoming budget.

The government agreed at yesterday’s special cabinet meeting that declaring a state of emergency would halt any attempts to politically destabilise the government, “allowing it to focus on containing the outbreak”.

In a state of emergency, the Malaysian King is able to act on any important bills at his discretion.

SOURCE: Reuters | The Star

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Illegal gambling site taken down after raids, alleged earnings up to 10 billion baht

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Billion, with a ‘B’. A group of 6 Thais have been arrested over the operation of an allegedly lucrative illegal online gambling website. The website, since closed down, was called ‘Marwin Net.com’ which was allegedly connected with previous raids in Chon Buri. Police claim that the gambling ring has generated an astonishing 10 billion baht.

The online gambling ring is facing charges of the illegal operation of the gambling website and money laundering.

Police report that they seized 50 million baht in cash, 8 luxury cars, 5 guns and ammunition. The suspects were arrested in Chon Buri, Koh Samui and Bangkok. Police say that another suspect is currently at large having fled Thailand. Police say they will be seeking the assistance of transnational police.

The national raids were co-ordinated by the Thai Commando Police and were conducted during the past week in different locations around the country.

6 Thai nationals were arrested and remain in custody for the alleged operation of the gambling ring – 27 year old Kietisak Jaroensuk, owner of the web domain, 27 year old Surin Kaewsangthong, 27 year old Jaruwan Pumpuang, 28 year old Nattaphon Kumsap, 27 year old Chalita Pitaksakunsasem and 28 year old Taweephong Suksuwanphon.

Police told The Pattaya News that the server for the web domain was operated offshore. They say that the gambling ring is run by the same operator who was raided 2 years ago in Chon Buri. Although the domain owners changed the name of the website they still retained the same URL.

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