Today is the start of the Seven Days of Danger, one of two periods during the year when Thais, expats and tourists die in preventable road crashes. In large numbers. It’s also the day when we’re told we’ll start to feel the effects of the weakening tropical depression Tembin which started off as a typhoon, killing 200 in The Philippines, before making its way east, passing over the Gulf of Thailand, and losing steam. What else is happening around Phuket and Thailand today?
Krabi locals crying foul over Palm Oil plant waste
Plaipraya District locals from Krabi are calling for help after the water in their local canal has become increasingly filthy and black because of the wastewater, they say, is coming from a palm oil factory in the area.
Apart from the smell and colour of the canal, a number of fish have also died in waterways a few kilometres around.
The Chief of the Krabi Provincial Office of Industry says that she knows about the issue and has asked the owner of the palm oil factory about the waste water. Officials say they’ll follow up the problem.
80 metre bridge takes 3 years to build. Now open.
The Chao Fah Mine bridge is now open linking Chao Fah West with Muang Chao Fah, the back-road that runs between the Honda Showroom and the Prince of Songkla University. The link from Muang Chao Fah runs in behind the King Power Duty Free Store and then over the 80 metre wide lake to a new intersection. The link’s taken three years to complete.
Death toll in southern conflict at a 13 year low
Some rare good news out of the south where the death toll this year from an insurgency in Thailand’s Muslim-majority southern provinces is the lowest since the conflict began 13 years ago.
Thailand’s southernmost provinces abutting Malaysia have been in the grip of a low-level but bloody insurgency since 2004 and nearly 7,000 people have died. The majority of the victims are civilians — both Muslim and Buddhist — caught up in near-daily bomb attacks and shootings. Some 235 people died this year as a result of clashes between the Muslim-Malay insurgents and Thai troops and police, according to figures collected by conflict analysts Deep South Watch.
That compares to 309 in 2016, continuing a downward trend since 2014.
Soldier dies from injuries in Tuesday attack
Meanwhile, one of two paramilitary soldiers wounded during series of attacks in Narathiwat’s Sisakhon district on Tuesday has succumbed to his injuries .
The deceased, 35 year old Kamjorn Tanma, a native of Chiang Mai province, was scheduled to wed his girlfriend today. Kamjon and another paramilitary soldier were riding with two regular Army soldiers in a pickup to buy supplies at a market when a group of heavily-armed militants opened fire on them from the roadside, injuring all four.
The other three are still recovering in hospital.
Army will confiscate your vehicle if caught drink-driving
The Army will continue to enforce traffic measures during the upcoming New Year holiday that will allow soldiers and police to confiscate the vehicles of drink-drivers, this from the Army commander in chief General Chalermchai Sitthisart.
He says the measure was adopted a few years ago and had been proven to be a deterrent with drink drivers.
The Army became involved in traffic control by the order of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha under Article 44. Tens of thousands of people are expected to leave the island and return to their home provinces during the holiday period.
The drivers, who will also be fined, will be allowed to get their vehicles back after the New Year holiday.
Honda driver has lucky escape
The driver of a Honda sedan narrowly escaped death yesterday after a container fell off a lorry and crushed his car on Nakhon Road in Nonthaburi province, just north of Bangkok.
Rescuers had to use a massive vice to rescue the injured driver. He was sent to a nearby hospital. Police were alerted about the accident shortly after noon and found the container on the roof of the Honda Civic, crushing the car almost entirely. You can see the photos at our Facebook page… It’s a miracle the man wasn’t killed.
Australian grandmother cleared of drug trafficking in Malaysia
An Australian grandmother who said she was tricked into carrying drugs into Malaysia after falling for an online romance scam was cleared of drug trafficking charges, escaping a death penalty.
Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto wept and hugged her son after being found not guilty of smuggling crystal methamphetamine.
She was arrested in December 2014 while in transit at Kuala Lumpur airport with 1.1 kilograms of the drug stitched into the compartment of a backpack she was carrying. The mother of four argued she did not know about the hidden stash of “ice”. She said she had been fooled into carrying the bag after travelling to China to see someone she met online called “Captain Daniel Smith”, who had claimed to be a US serviceman.
Chiang Mai’s red bus drivers plan mass protest against Grab
The war to dominate Chiang Mai’s local public transport sector is hotting up with the drivers of the city’s Rot Daeng vans (red song taews) planning a mass protest against the growing popularity of the Grab Taxis. Sanook reports that Bunniam Buntha, representing Chiang Mai’s Rot Daeng drivers, says they plan to assemble the 2,465 members in a mass protest. Sanook didn’t mention how the protest might take place or if they intended to blockade Chiang Mai’s streets.
Last week the national government also announced it was looking to amend the Land Transport Act to cover the newer ride-hailing services under its laws, effectively making them legal. Read the story HERE.
The Department of Land Transport says they’re now going through the process of legalising Grab Taxis and the closed online system featuring the App for booking and tracking paid rides.
Here’s a story where tourists were polled in Chiang Mai about which service they preferred.
And a Thai actor rips into the red bus service last year.
Bunniam says the city’s owners and drivers of the northern city’s ubiquitous ‘red buses’ are furious. He says many of them will go broke if the government allows GrabCars and other services to become legal. He claimed that before the ride-hailing Apps came along the drivers were able to make 1,000 baht a day, but now the daily earnings were down to around 200-300 baht per day, according to Sanook.
Dog viciously attacks child in Chiang Mai – owner offers 3,000 baht compensation
A Chiang Mai mother is calling for action after her 11 year old son was mauled by a dog (guess the breed) that escaped from a local restaurant near their house.
“Nong Saeng” was playing with friends in a car park near “The Fusion” at a construction site in Muang district where his family lived. The dog attacked the boy, ripping a gash in his mouth, before locals managed to chase the vicious dog away. The boy needed 17 stitches to his mouth and cheek.
The owner of the restaurant has reportedly paid 3,000 baht in compensation for medical expenses but mother Jia Chiangtung says she’s already racked up bills of 14,000 baht to date since the unprovoked attack over the weekend.
The mother, speaking to Daily News, says the dog had only been there a week and locals were now nervous and fearful of the dog, especially her traumatised son.
Daily News reported that the dogs were tied up outside the restaurant yesterday but the premises appeared empty when reporters knocked on the door. But, after interviewing the mother, the reporters went back to the restaurant and the dogs had been taken inside the closed shop.
The mother says she will file a complaint with the Chang Pheuak police over the incident.
The breed of dog is a pit bull terrier.
“Not one of Chiang Mai’s traditional massage ladies” – Porn video investigation
PHOTO MONTAGE: Daily News
Thai police and the Department of Public Health in Chiang Mai have been investigating the porn video featuring a foreigner that has caused ‘outrage’ among northern Thai netizens who claim the video gives the wrong impression of Thai massage culture.
Read The Thaiger story HERE.
But police say that only the front of buildings was depicted and that a traditional massage lady was not involved in the ‘acting’ sequences. Meanwhile a hunt for the male foreigner and his female accomplice in the sex scenes continues with multiple viewings providing a greater understanding of the case.
Chiang Mai tourist police and colleagues from Muang district police visited several massage locations including Natchan Massage in Kamphaeng Din Road over the weekend. While the frontage of the shop was the same as in the video, the inside scene locations didn’t match.
“Natchan was all above board and the masseuses were providing a traditional service.”
No staff at the shop, or other places checked, matched the woman in the movie so it was determined by police that the producers had used well known frontages and footage from outside and and then filmed the sex scenes elsewhere.
The Department of Public Health came to the same conclusion (phew!) exonerating the traditional massage parlours in the area.
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