Thailand & Pattaya LATEST NEWS from Fabulous 103fm (9 December 2022)
A frustrated Thai National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), Thailand’s broadcast and communications regulator, has voted unanimously to demand full refund of the 600 million baht allocated to the Thai sports authority for the purchase of FIFA world cup rights, with the provision that it be shared for free with all Thais. Following the month-long debacle that has seen a single network get sole rights to 50% of the games including the final, for just 25% of the cost, the NBTC requires and demands a refund within 15 days.
Checks by immigration officials for extensions of stay, visas, for non Thais staying here in Education visas, along with medical treatment and working for charities are set to be massively overhauled according to Thai authorities who are less than impressed with the number of shifty characters slipping through the net. In addition to requiring documentation from all educational establishments, they will also be required to send regular updates on students’ learning improvements and checks WILL be made with visa holders to see just how much they have taken in. Schools and language centers face huge fines and closure IF they are found to be SERVICING non Thais for purely financial reasons.
In Hua hin, a Swedish man was arrested at the behest of HIS home country police, where he faces charges of a 35 Million baht swindle. Seems the 52 yr old ripped off a company in Sweden before fleeing here. He doesn’t HAVE to plead here as there are no charges, but will have to once he is home, which will be very soon.
Malaysian train services are still running on their side of the border to Thailand. As teams work to repair lines on the Thai side, damaged by insenjury devices earlier this month, SO visitors are now transferred to buses for further travel in the nation. No word on when lines will reopen but for now, travel for Malaysians to Thailand remains open.
Chiang mai police are porting a drug sting there midweek, it seems 15 drug smugglers DIES in two way gunfire between them and authorities. An estimated 30 mules are thought to have been intercepted coming from Myanmar, cops waited till after sun up to broach the area where they had been shooting from, finding the dead men AND their packs of methamphetamine.
With a continued spate of gold shop robberies over the past couple of years, shop owners are upping security AND in many cases taking the law into their own hands. Yesterday saw one dealer shoot and kill one man breaking into his shop and injuring his cohort. They had used hammers and wrenches to smash their way in, 6 shots were fired and it was all over.
Meanwhile at home and in our own region, a 43 yr old Chinaman was arrested this week, while eating out at a restaurant, and now is charged with over 300 days overstay in Thailand. With locals believing he OWNS the restaurant, he denied that and said he was JUST a customer.
More club and bar checks yesterday throughout the city ahead of the hoped for high season. Police are often accompanied by immigration detectives who question non-thais regarding proof of visa. Teams are also checking safety provision and fire exits, along with adherence to the legal closing times here. With that in mind, it’s now fair to assume that last week’s cabinet meeting either didn’t discuss or shelved ideas for extended opening hours in entertainment zones and with a national police clamp down, even local cops are unable to help licensees if opening late.
Dubbed the world’s worst fisherman in Thai social media, a Rayong man decided to go harpoon fishing in a local reservoir ONLY to shoot himself, through the head. His powerful gun is thought to have caught on a branch and had NO SAFETY features to prevent it going off. Through the side of the head and into his nose, coming out the other side, the lucky man was recovered to a hospital for its safe removal. Once it was known that he was recovering well, he was quickly given his new title, probably one he WON’T be proud of.
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