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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (10 July 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (10 July 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya


– ‘Loose screws’ to blamed for airport moving walkway accident
Despite claims of regular maintenance and checks on moving walkways in Bangkok’s second airport, Don Muang, weekend reports forensics experts, employed by the family of a woman who lost her leg, falling into the gap at the end of a walkway, NOW tell the press that it is their belief that mounting screws either wore it or loosened, allowing one of the panels that we all stand on to ride, to come loose from its tracking, causing a gap that she fell into and subsequently the following panel closed in on her legs until the safety shutoff went into effect.  He is working WITH a fact finding group made up of experts from the manufacturer, Thailand ministry of transport and the engineers institute of Thailand.    The 30 yr old walkway was, we are told, due for replacement within a few years but was well within the accepted age for such equipment Globally.

– SCB Bank closes internet banking services
SCB bank, which closes its online banking service this week, has now advised that effective last Friday Facial recognition authentication is required by its phone app for users transferring in excess of 50K baht, OR spend over 200K baht in one day. This doesn’t affect use of debit or credit cards but for those needing to make larger transfers, it’s best to visit your local branch and find out how.

– Russian man jumps from Phuket pagoda 
From Phuket, the news over the weekend that a Russian man who jumped from a 20 metre high temple pagoda was receiving treatment., have been followed up by a hospital release that tells us that he passed away while under care.    Seems the tourist had attracted a lot of attention as he climbed and clung. Fire teams planted inflatable cushions around the base of the temple building, a lot of time was spent trying to coax him down but, inevitably, he took a dive.  Whilst his life WAS saved, initially, by the cushioning, he did sustain serious injuries including a fractured pelvis.  No word on his reason for jumping.

– Chinese EV maker to invest 6 billion baht in Thai plant
6 billion baht has been promised by a Chinese electric car manufacturer for the construction of a plant which will build cars here.  With a goal of 600 THOUSAND vehicle sales globally, Thailand is seen as an ideal centre of manufacturing and would supply South East Asia and perhaps, even, the US where Chinese imports are less welcome. Their claim?  That their battery powered cars can drive 1000 KM before needing a recharge and that they are currently manufacturing in partnership with Honda and Toyota already.

– Serial abuser posing as ladyboy model recruiter arrested in Bangkok
In Bangkok a 60 year old straight man, who dressed as a ladyboy in order to coax pretty women into interviewing for modelling jobs has been arrested on a warrant that states that he abused and took advantage of those who fell for his trick.   Released from prison only last year, after serving time for similar heinous crimes, he began again instantly meeting women in public areas, such as malls. He led them back to hotels where, he told them, casting would take place.  A manhunt had been underway for some while and it was a brave undercover policewoman who met with him and was promised work, and he was finally nabbed by a team of colleagues.

– Huge storms flood Thai provinces 
Huge storms have blanketed much of Thailand over the weekend.  Whilst Pattaya saw only showers, Phuket and southern islands including Phang na were flooded, seeing roads blocked and properties under water.  2 ft of water across much of Phuket island saw traffic grind to a halt.  Storm fronts this morning continued to cover the country until early this morning.  Those are expected to return by sundown.

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– Cops nab Uzbekistani human trafficking suspect at Bangkok airport
A 32 year old Uzbekistani, allegedly working as a violent pimp here in the city, was nabbed at bkk airport as he fled ahead of a warrant issued for his arrest.   Following allegations made by two non profit welfare groups, statements were released to police from several Uzbekistan women who claim that they were lured here with the promise of well paid catering jobs, then forced into the seedier side of life having had their passports taken away and told that they were in debt to their, effective, captors.  A somewhat unique case indeed in a country where those THAI women who work in the nightlife industry make that choice for themselves .

– 20 arrest warrants issued for Chonburi cops involved in corruption 
Thailand’s deputy NATIONAL police chief fully expects investigations into bribery and corruption WITHIN Chonburi police force to be completed within a fortnight.  Currently 30 warrants have been issued, 20 for policemen, many of high rank, in an investigation started after claims by CRIMINALS that they had been scalped for the bribe to avoid jail.

– Missing German’s ‘cleaned’ Mercedes car found at Pattaya condo 
The Mercedes car, owned by a missing 62 year old German real estate dealer has been found outside a Khao noi condo block and checked by forensics teams whose initial finding is that much of the car has been cleaned down with a bleaching agent, removing any signs of DNA, fingerprints OR bodily fluids.  Hans Mack has been missing  since last week, with his young wife offering a 3 MILLION baht reward for information leading to his safe recovery.  Seems he dealt in high end property and had left home for a meeting last week, never to return.  His two sons were expected to be back at the family home today as police continue to scour CCTV from the city in an effort to trace his travels.

– Pattaya beaches packed after dark
The hot Friday and Saturday evenings were welcomed by Thais and tourists alike seeing the beaches BUSY after dark.  As Asians prefer to avoid the bright sun, so dusk and afterwards has again proven popular on Pattaya beaches.

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Written by: Megan Midget

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