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MONDAY’S LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (5 June 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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MONDAY’S LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (5 June 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

– Yellow Line monorail service begins trail 
In Samut prakan the new ‘yellow line MONORAIL’ began its trial at the weekend, seeing prospective passengers queuing from early morning. Considered the blueprint of Pattaya’s plan for a similar monorail, planned to reduce traffic.  It runs from Lat Phrao to Samrong in Samut Prakan with 23 stops along the way.     The novelty of being so high above ground level shook some riders but on the whole,  it was seen as a success.  Tickets for the rail, which officially goes into operation next month are to be set between 15 and 45 baht depending on the length of journey.

– Drunken provincial councillor opens fire at police booth
In Phetchabun a local councilor was banged to rights by police after firing.. at a police booth.  Seems he had been partying, then fired his weapon in the air before taking direct aim at the booth and, whilst not hitting anyone, managing to shoot – a fish tank, a favourite of the local boys in brown.  He claimed the gun went off accidentally. That would be 4 accidental goings off and no one is swallowing that.  A visit to his home revealed a stash of weapons, from handguns to rifles and it’s likely he will also face severe reprimand from the local government.

– Dengue fever cases surge in Thailand
Many regions including the capital are implementing special measures to reduce the spread of dengue fever.  Carried by mosquitoes and prevelants in areas with stagnant water, where larvae grow, clean ups and smoking out of houses, streets and walkways is about the only effort that CAN be made by authorities.  Annual numbers of cases to date are way above the norm and, as always, we are reminded that having pots of water around your home is fine, just put cheap fish in them, they thrive on the mozzie eggs.

  • Thai Government websites and social media hacked
    The deputy commissioner of the cyber crime investigation bureau has confirmed that over the weekend SEVERAL government websites and social media pages were hacked, seeing the keyboard warriors inserting video clips of an adult nature and forcing many to close down as their own tech people couldn’t figure out how to reclaim their pages and edit them.  With no demand for money or financial gain, it’s assumed it was done for fun.  But the authorities are NOT seeing the funny side.

– 2 hour wait for Thai ferries during long weekend 
The three day weekend saw Koh Chang and its neighboring islands rammed to the gills this weekend.  Tailbacks of 2 KM at the ferry ports saw many queue for hours to get to the island where an estimated 10K visitors filled the sandy beaches and hotels.   Today is predicted to see massive tailbacks ON the island as the three day weekend comes to an end.. and all will want to get home at the same time.

– Teacher single-handedly running school alone seeks help
And in Chachoengsao. Media is reporting on a local school, where the pupil count has dropped so low that it doesn’t qualify for a head teacher.  In fact the 20 pupil rural school has just ONE teacher, who doubles up as cook, janitor and bookkeeper.    The 34 yr old SIR.. saw his previous school head retire and another teacher move on,  neither replaced but the children, they think the world of their master and an assistant is being sought by the education authorities to support him.

– Granny Nun and husband arrested at temple for fraud 
Most nuns are in the habit of giving up their worldly goods to enter a convent or temple, but in Lampang province one 69 year old in white was removed from a temple, having taken refuge there with her husband after warrants were issued for their arrest regarding a scam on 3000 victims. Charged with computer and wire fraud, deception and theft, the couple were invited to dress in regular clothing after their short tenure in white.. both are unlikely to get bail.

– Very sad news…. R.I.P. Sandy
Expat fans of live music will be sad to hear of the passing of Sandy Chappo, formerly of the venue and later the Billabong on the east side.  Sandy promoted regular live music here for a long time, inviting pro and amateurs to his stage, often seeing the audience overflowing into the street during larger gigs and endeared himself to the music community through his pleasant and smiling disposition.  He returned to OZ last year following the re-emergence of his illness and later told us that he was not going to be able to return and was doing his best to rest, in the company of his family.  From all at Fab 103, rest in peace.

  • – Tourist knifed by foreigner in Pattaya
    A foreign man in Pattaya , of unknown nationality, was left in the street with knife wounds by his NON Thai attacker, believed to have been a previous friend.   Locals found him in a Jomtien side soi. Medics treated 6 stab wounds before removing him to a local hospital. Initial reports are that the two arrived together on a motorbike, had a falling out and after the assault, the attacker fled the scene on the bike.

– Racers to hit the streets for Bang Saen Grand Prix
Fans of the whacky races will be marking off the 27th of this month in their calendar, as the Bang Saen Grand PRIX has been set to run from that date for 5 days.  Seeing the streets closed off, pro racers will take to the roads in what is billed as a motor racing extravaganza.  Thailand version .. then.. of the Monaco GP, it’s a race around a nearly 4KM long circuit through the city.

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Written by: Megan Midget

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