security

  • Thailand News

    Thai police boost security for Valentine’s Day to protect minors

    Valentine’s Day in Thailand will see heightened security measures at motels and nightlife venues, as announced by the Royal Thai Police (RTP). This action comes as a bid to protect minors from potential risks. RTP Deputy Spokesperson Police Colonel Chanchai Rattanapanich revealed on Tuesday that national police chief Police General Torsak Sukvimol prioritised the safety of the youth on Valentine’s…

  • Business News

    Chin-a new look: CGS-CIMB now CGS International after takeover

    Following the complete acquisition by China Galaxy Securities in December 2023, CGS-CIMB Securities (Thailand) has rebranded to CGS International Securities (Thailand) (CGSI). The move solidifies China Galaxy Securities’ regional presence. Backed by the Chinese government, China Galaxy Securities is the second-largest securities company in China, boasting over 500 branches nationwide. The rebranding is a direct result of China Galaxy Securities’…

  • Thailand News

    NZ pilot strips naked at airport security check after argument

    Every frequent flyer knows the drill: the seemingly endless choreography of removing liquids, laptops, belts, and shoes at airport security, but one senior pilot for Air New Zealand decided to go one step further and strip naked at Queenstown International Airport (ZQN). Neil Abbott, described by his colleagues as a “bit of a character,” was set to fly to Auckland Airport…

  • Thailand News

    Thailand urged to enhance maritime security amid escalating geopolitics

    Thailand has been advised to bolster its maritime security amid escalating global geopolitics, notably in Asia and the South China Sea, according to Kunihiko Miyake, president of the Foreign Policy Institute Japan. Miyake, a former Japanese diplomat, emphasised the strategic location of Thailand and its crucial role in maintaining regional stability during a recent visit to the Japanese embassy in…

  • Crime News

    Mountain mayhem: Chaowalit manhunt disrupts peace, prompting authorities to rethink tactics

    The continued manhunt of the fugitive Chaowalit Thongduang on the Banthat Mountain Range in the provinces of Phatthalung, Trang, and Satun is affecting residents and wildlife, with authorities considering a change in strategy. The hunt for Chaowalit, also known as Sia Paeng, began on October 22 following his escape from hospital custody in Nakhon Si Thammarat province. The search operations, involving…

  • Thailand News

    School honours late teacher, strengthens security after teen shooting incident

    The Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus School held a memorial ceremony for one of its teachers, a significant faculty member, who was tragically lost in a teen shooting incident. The event occurred around 8.30am today. The school is now increasing its security measures to ensure such incidents don’t reoccur. The 50 year old Assistant Director of Human Resources and…

  • Thailand News

    Thai Bankers’ Association assures bank app security after facial recognition scam

    The Thai Bankers’ Association affirmed the security and stability of bank apps, following news of the arrest of a programmer selling software that bypasses facial scanning for transfers exceeding 50,000 baht. The fraudsters exploited loopholes in the system to facilitate transfers without the need for facial recognition for transactions over 50,000 baht. The Thai Bankers’ Association’s Technology Information Security Coordination…

  • Phuket News

    Phuket governor launches safety campaign by Volunteer Defense Corps for peak tourist season

    Governor Sophon Suwannarat has recently initiated an ambitious safety campaign on the verdant island of Phuket. Yesterday, an official ceremony marked the commencement of a project that will mobilise the local branch of the Volunteer Defense Corps, locally known as OrSor, to boost security measures and clamp down on criminal activities during the peak tourism season. The role of Governor…

  • Thailand News

    Thai government boosts safety measures after Siam Paragon shooting incident

    Heightened safety measures are set to be implemented by the Thai government in a bid to restore the confidence of foreign tourists, following the recent shooting incident at Siam Paragon. Two foreigners, one from China and the other from Myanmar, lost their lives in the incident which also left five others injured, including another Chinese national, a person from Laos,…

  • Phuket News

    Phuket Airport tests security with a gunman simulation drill

    Phuket International Airport on Friday became a hive of activity as it underwent a security drill in case of a gunman attack. A full-scale exercise of Phuket International Airport Emergency Plan (PEMEX 2023) was enacted, simulating an ‘active gunman’ scenario. The drill took place following the departure of the last domestic flight for the day and was conducted from 11pm…

  • World News

    Japan ramps up G7 security after PM attack and Abe assassination

    Japan is ramping up security measures for the G7 summit in Hiroshima, deploying around 24,000 security personnel to ensure the safety of the event. The increased security comes in the wake of an attack on Prime Minister Fumio Kishida last month and the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2022. Patrolling police have been visible in the city’s…

  • World News

    China sentences 78-year-old US citizen to life in prison for espionage

    A 78-year-old US citizen has been sentenced to life imprisonment for espionage, according to a statement issued by the Intermediate People’s Court in the eastern city of Suzhou, China. John Leung Shing-wan, who holds an American passport and is a permanent resident of Hong Kong, was found guilty of espionage and will be deprived of political rights for life. Suzhou…

  • Politics News

    Woman says Prime Minister’s security assaulted her

    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is facing new scrutiny for the alleged misconduct of his security staff. Yesterday, The Thaiger reported on a woman charged with causing chaos in public as the prime minister passed. But now, former Puea Chart Party election candidate, Wanthana Othong, is telling her side of the story. She has filed a complaint against PM Prayut’s security…

  • China News

    UK stops instalment of Chinese cameras in government buildings over security risks

    The UK is stopping the instalment of new Chinese-made cameras in government buildings citing security risks. Such Chinese companies may be subjected to China’s security laws, with Britain advising to disconnect them from core computer networks. According to The Straits Times, the government furthered that such cameras should be removed altogether in a written statement to Parliament. Cabinet Office minister…

  • Bangkok News

    Man breaks into restricted areas at Suvarnabhumi Airport, one injured – VIDEO

    An armed man, apparently high on drugs, was arrested yesterday after driving a motorbike onto the runway area of Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. One officer was slightly injured in pursuit of the man. Yesterday, the Director of Suvarnabhumi Airport, Kittipong Kittikachon, explained in a statement saying the man accessed the restricted areas, including the tarmacs, taxiing areas and runways, about 11.50am.…

  • Phuket News

    Phuket City Mayor says culture and security will attract tourists

    While scores of tourists and potential Thailand travellers (including The Thaiger readers) have been vocal that tourism for major Thai destinations like Phuket won’t really rebound until entertainment venues are reopened and booze is allowed to flow freely, the Mayor of Phuket has some other ideas. Phuket City Mayor Saroj Angkanapilas says that the way to bring Phuket back to…

  • Crime News

    Police step up Phuket gold shop inspections to increase security

    Phuket police are stepping up gold shop inspections in the area to help increase security. They say they have already started inspecting the shops in Phuket Town to make sure security measures are up to par with officers now patrolling areas where gold shops are located more regularly. Phuket Provincial Police Commander Pornsak Nuannu says his offices have already met…

  • Bangkok News

    Thailand’s Universal Healthcare adds Smart ID tech

    “Hospitals and clinics which participate in the universal healthcare scheme have made preparations for this and many are now ready to use the smart ID cards and implement the new procedure.” If you’re a subscriber to Thailand’s universal healthcare scheme, you’ll will be required to provide smart ID cards to verify your identity when receiving treatment and services at participating…

  • Thailand Protest News

    Protesters not “tough enough” – Thai security official

    Thai security agencies are downplaying this weekend’s anti-government student rally, predicting that it will only attract 20,000 people and not the 50,000 predicted by the protest organisers. They’ve also said they’re confident it won’t become violent. The last big rally, early in this phase of opposition demonstrations, was on August 16 and was held at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument. It attracted…

  • World News

    Border securty tightened as Myanmar virus cases surge

    A significant surge in Covid-19 infections in neighbouring Myanmar has prompted authorities in the northern border province of Tak to tighten border security. More than 200 new cases have been confirmed since early last week, compelling Myanmar to shutter schools nationwide. Authorities say all border passes in the Mae Sot district and roads to the central city districts will be…

  • Politics News

    Security ramped up for activists’ hearing at Criminal Court

    Security at Bangkok’s Criminal Court was stepped up substantially today for the arrival of 4 pro-democracy and human rights activists arrested yesterday. Anon Nampa, Buramee Chairat, Suwanna Tanlek and Korakot Saenyenphan were all arrested on charges of “inciting public unrest” and other offences related to the anti-government demonstration held on July 18 at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument. Police were deployed to…

  • South Thailand News

    2 killed, 4 injured in separate bomb attacks in Deep South

    2 men are dead and 4 injured after security forces, protecting teachers in the southern border provinces of Pattani and Narathiwat, were attacked in 2 roadside bomb blasts this morning. The attacks come on the first day of the resumption of in-person classes in schools across the nation. The dead have been identified as paramilitary ranger Emlookman Hayilamae, and soldier…

  • Crime News

    Human trafficking and drugs suspects nabbed using airport biometrics

    2 suspects have recently been arrested using the biometric security system recently installed in international airports across Thailand. In the first case, a suspected human trafficker was apprehended after returning to Thailand during the Covid-19 crisis. Immigration officers received information from Chiang Mai police about a person travelling into Thailand from Japan. On July 14, a Thai citizen returned to…

  • Pattaya News

    Mayor says half of Pattaya’s security cameras aren’t working

    Pattaya’s mayor claims about half of the city’s security cameras aren’t working. In an interview with associated Thai press, Mayor Sonthaya Khunpluem told reporters “There are slightly over 2,000 CCTV cameras in Pattaya in total at this time. We also have a dedicated CCTV control centre that’s manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week.” “However, some of them…

  • Northern Thailand News

    Hospital steps up security after gang fights

    Following incidents at 2 hospitals in greater Bangkok, in which 3 staff were injured, prompting a female doctor to resign, Udon Thani Hospital has set up a new security system to prevent damage from brawls between the northeastern province’s rival gangs. The hospital’s director says tight security is necessary, citing 4 patients recently brought in with severe injuries from a…

  • Crime News

    Female doctor resigns after hospital attack; director suggests “gold shop security”

    The director of Vibharam-Chai Prakan Hospital in Samut Prakan, just south of Bangkok, says he may need to upgrade security to that used by gold shops to protect hospital staff. His remarks come just days after violence erupted at 2 hospitals in the area. 2 gangs were fighting after 1 of their members died. A female doctor resigned after the…

  • Northern Thailand News

    Posters of missing persons removed by Ubon University security

    Prompted by the abduction of Thai activist Wanchalearm Satisakit in Cambodia, a student group called “Kob Plerng” (คบแพลิง) at Isaan’s Ubon Ratchatani University put up a string of posters of people assumed to be abducted by the Thai state. They were removed by university security this week. Ubon Ratchatani is one of the four major city centres in Isaan, north…

  • South Thailand News

    Yala ramps up security after fatal shooting of volunteer ranger

    Following yesterday’s fatal shooting of a volunteer ranger in Thailand’s southern Yala province, security in the province’s Muang district has been stepped up. Buddhist communities are being warned to exercise “increased caution” and to be careful of strangers, as authorities are bracing for potential attacks by southern insurgents. The volunteer ranger was identified as 43 year old Nikorn Sombatthong, who…

  • World News

    HK man arrested for allegedly stabbing officer in security law protests

    Police in Hong Kong arrested a man aboard a flight to London this morning on suspicion of stabbing a police officer during protests of the Chinese territory’s new security law. About 370 people were arrested during and after yesterday’s protests against the new laws, imposed by China to curb activities surrounding the anti-government protests that have racked Hong Kong for…

  • World News

    Beijing passes new Hong Kong security law

    China has passed the controversial new national security law for Hong Kong in what critics believe could be the start of a wave of ‘mainland’ political repression. The National Standing Committee, China’s top lawmaking body, approved the legislation. The passing of the new law has been reported on Now TV, RTHK and the South China Morning Post. Chinese officials maintain…

  • Covid-19 News

    Defence chief favours lifting Thailand’s Emergency Decree

    “In terms of disease control, we’ve managed to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.” The chief of Thailand’s defence forces raised no objection yesterday to calls for the national state of emergency to be lifted, saying security operations will not be affected if the Emergency Decree, set to expire at the end of June, is not extended. Pornpipat Benyasri, who is charge…

  • Covid-19 News

    July 1 will end all lockdowns in Thailand, including international travel

    The Thai government says it will lift all remaining business and activity lockdowns on July 1, according to the National Security Council chief. “This includes interprovincial and international travel, as well as the end of emergency decree and curfew.” The lift of all restrictions, imposed under the country’s emergency decree, would be a “complete reopening of the country”. Officials and…

  • World News

    Critics say new security laws will infringe on Hong Kong’s autonomy

    Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam has tried to reassure rattled residents and international investors that proposed national security laws won’t trample on the city’s rights and freedoms. She has joined the chorus of reassuring support for Beijing’s attempts to find better ways to control the destabilising protests that have disrupted the city for seven months over the past year.…

  • World News

    China proposes new “security law” for Hong Kong

    After more than a year of often violent protests and unrest, China says it will introduce a proposal today for a national security law in Hong Kong in a move the US warns will be “highly destabilising” for the Asian financial hub. The announcement late yesterday was quickly criticised by pro-democracy lawmakers and activists as “the end of Hong Kong,”…

  • Covid-19 News

    Loophole closed – more unemployed to receive payments from Thai government

    The loophole for employees whose businesses were not ordered to close, but are still affected by Covid 19 pandemic, has finally been addressed. The Thai Ministry of Labor secretary Sutthi Sukosol says that compensation will be similar to what employees whose businesses were ordered to close are paid, which is 62% of daily wage based on a maximum monthly salary…

  • South Thailand News

    Thai soldiers kill 5 suspected insurgents in the South

    Thai security authorities have confirmed that five suspected southern insurgents have been shot and killed by soldiers on a mountain side in the Cho Airong district of Narathiwat. The incident happened yesterday in the southern province bordering Malaysia. Military sources told Thai PBS World that the security forces were pursuing the insurgents after being spotted near a checkpoint set up…

  • Northern Thailand News

    PM orders security review for nation’s armouries in wake of mass shooting

    The death toll from the weekend’s shooting rampage in Korat has climbed 30, with 57 others injured. PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, himself a general, yesterday ordered a review of security at the nation’s armouries. “If we had fully followed the standard security procedure, we would have been able to mitigate the degree of violence in this incident. Even if we insisted…