Thailand & Pattaya LATEST NEWS from Fabulous 103fm (6 March 2023)
– No extra parliamentary seats for Chonburi
As Parliamentary seats are allocated to provinces, ahead of the next election, it became clear that regions like Chonburi, where a high number of Thais in residence are registered elsewhere will NOT reap the benefit of extra MPs based on population. The capital area will be represented by 33 MPs whereas some regions lose in representative numbers.
– Booze sales banned for Makha Bucha day
Today is a Buddhist holiday and a national holiday for all Thais. With the reminder that alcohol sales were banned from midnight this morning through to midnight tonight, non thais are recommended to liaise with their Thai friends, learn more and perhaps visit the temples where all will be celebrating the event.
– Reprieve for working girls in Thailand?
A government committee ruling on prostitution here has agreed that plans should be put into place to make it legal for persons over the age of 20. With public debates planned in 5 regions before the plan becomes formalized, those under age or hiring those underage will still face stiff penalties
– Sparks fly at Bangkok police headquarters
With all the paperwork stored from interviews, cases and inquiries, and Thailand infamous for its mass of documentation for anything, from registering a phone to signing up for power supplies, it may be that a lot of criminal records of old have been lost forever. As a building thin the capital at a police station used to store paperwork burned out Saturday morning. Recent cases of course are documented on a national computer database but for generations it was all pen and ink. No one was injured but very little of the records held were recovered.
– Prayuth becomes 3rd PM to show off arm in a sling
PM general Prayut is the third to hold the office in a succession of PM who have appeared in the media, with their arm in a sling. K Appasit and Yinguk both displayed similar injuries at different times and this time the current PM was snapped in the press with a sling supporting his arm, after what is described as a minor op on his hand.
– Cause of death for Cave rescue footballer kept ‘secret’
It’s unlikely that details of the cause of death of the young Thai football student, who passed away in the UK, will be revealed any time soon. Nong Dom’s ashes arrived in Thailand at the weekend for the family to process and hold services but all are tight-lipped as to the probable cause of death. A UK coroners report won’t be available until July. He was found ill in his dormitory in the Uk at a soccer academy, and was of course one of the teenagers rescued from a cave in chiang mai which made global headlines.
– Thai banks set up hotline centers as scams become rampant
8 Thai banks have now set up hotlines for customers who believe they have been defrauded whether online or through phone apps. With the growing concern over other apps taking control of telephone banking, each bank will also implement controls to reduce possible loss. Anyone believing they have been robbed, should contact their local branch for details.
– Summer begins in Thailand with expected highs of 44 degrees
And summer is officially here in Thailand. Sunday was the first day of summer and the met office predicts at some point the country will experience temps of up to 44 degrees with average temps of 35.
– Aggressive expat attacked in Pattaya
An expat, hit over the head by a bottle by a local man was given medical assistance this weekend, seeing many complain of the violence that occurred in a drinking area, BUT, word now is that the tourist had been threatening all sorts of people for over 3 days, intimidating passers by, customers and staff in various venues. Police were keen to catch the bottler, but equally interested in the numerous tales of wo caused by his own behavior. The 52 Australian was taken to hospital for stitches.
– Smog count remains at dangerous levels
Smog around the city over the weekend was vile. The normal Pattaya skyline was invisible to all but those closest. This morning it had DROPPED to a still whacking 113 which is dangerous to all with breathing issues. Meanwhile in the capital city fathers are recommending all wear masks and the weather for the week doesn’t show any sign of helping to lift the dense cloud.
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