Pattaya & Thailand Headline News (3 November 2022) Fabulous 103fm
Was there ever a chance for legal amendment to the law that woud allow small breweries to retail in competition with the bigger ones? Yesterday saw the bill go before the house of representatives and fail to be approved by JUST 3 votes, saw the worries of the few mega brewers here allayed. The cabinet had approved the amendment seeing some think that it was an auto win but others commenting that brewing has been the privilege of just a handful of powerful companies for a long time here. Moving forward, the party proposing the amendment plans to continue to push for free competition but chances are it Won’t be up for another vote anytime soon, as elections are expected early next year in Thailand.
Thai media is boosting stories of higher tourism numbers here, in fact the highest since the covid era. Not a real challenge to any tourism industry really but numbers are rising and the airports are in many cases actively recruiting as queues get longer and longer. Still no Chinese, and probably none for 2023 either due to their domestic covid policies, but other countries are all seeing a rise in numbers. Many who were laid off during covid are being approached to come back to their old jobs, and others offered training, as tourism for sure, can only be on the increase.
The Chinese owner of Club One in the city has been arrested, according to police reports that indicate that 45 yr old Nitippat, aka Koi Aw is Chinese but had illegally claimed Thai nationality. He was arrested as K. Bank, a so-called INVESTOR in the same venue was also taken into custody. The Chinaman is the same man who spouted off at police during a recent after hours drinking raid that he had influential friends and that he was COVERED to avoid such raids.
News reached us yesterday of a crash involving an Australian biker near Chonburi city. Reports indicate he died instantly after hitting a telegraph pole , it is believed he did so whilst avoiding a crash with a truck. As his family are notified via the embassy, it’s our policy NOT to name him.
A 3am raid THIS morning on a nightclub in Soi LK Metro saw police vehicles access the usually pedestrian area, to find the club fully open and playing music to customers. It’s believed that complaints had been made, and other businesses in the area had closed according to the law. Arrests were made and more details on this story are to follow.
Good News for fans of football here as the Deputy PM, Prawit, promises that as no broadcasters here would or could afford the fees to legally show world cup matches, the Thai government WILL purchase the rights, and give free viewing here to all. Games kick off late this month and run through to just before Christmas.
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