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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (13 November 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (13 November 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

– No cash handout for wealthy Thais
Thais earning a monthly salary of 70,000 baht OR with saving over 500K will NOT be eligible for the 10K baht digital wallet giveaway program, now slated for May next year.  Thailand’s PM, backing down slightly from a pre-election promise of the money for all over 16, as, we are told, those in the higher income bracket are NOT in need.  However, for those, a NEW tax relief program will be introduced whereby they will be able to see tax rebates on spending over 50K baht on certain but not unlimited products.  Both programs are designed to stimulate the domestic economy.

– More bodies returned from Israel 
Despite what was reported to be the return of the last of Thais killed in the conflict on Israeli soil, reported in all media last week, it’s now been clarified that a further 5 have now been identified as Thai nationals, bringing the total to 39, according to the Thai embassy in Tel Aviv. 5 others remain in hospital in Israel and a further 25 are among hostages being held somewhere in Gaza.

– Bangkok truck driver accused of using secret window sticker to avoid checks
The owner of the truck that sunk into a construction hole in Bangkok after covering collapsed under its weight has been accused by many of having the vehicle overloaded and of using a secret windscreen sticker to avoid being checked. Last week saw reports of the truck with its rear end sunk into the collapsed hole, the load was removed and the truck then towed away, giving perhaps a real chance to check its weight beyond question.  The truck operator was held in custody for questioning for over 6 hours but has told the media that his vehicle was NOT overloaded.

– Manhunt continues for armed & dangerous jail escapee 
Residents living in a remote highland region to the south of Thailand have been recommended to leave their homes as a manhunt continues for a crime boss on the run.  Having eluded police twice now, once when he escaped hospital and then in a shoot out when a huge force approached his hideout, only for him to be alerted by a barking dog. Police are now more than ever determined to catch him one way or another.  Heavily armed, desperate and dangerous, he is thought to remain in the area along with several armed cohorts.

– Chinese police may walk the beat in Thailand
In a surprise move, Thailand’s PM has announced that several Chinese police will work with Thai police here in tourist areas as a boost to tourism confidence.  With previous understanding that ONLY Thai nationals are legally allowed to carry weapons or have the power of arrest, it’s assumed they would be allocated to the various volunteer tourist police groups in high traffic areas. The Sunday announcement comes from the director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

– Tourist beaten after hiring Soi 6 girl 
Pattaya police are investigating two cases involving visitors this weekend, the first a Japanese who claims to have been carrying 2000 dollars worth of currency when he was pickpocketed on a bus.  No explanation as to why he carried so much but a police report was duly filed, and in a separate case, a Chinese claims to have paid a bar worker from Soi 6 a whacking 4200 baht fee for her company but, according to his statement, en route to his hotel she made a phone call and a few minutes later 2 men approached  gave him a pasting.  THAT assault was witnessed by security staff at his hotel.

– Pattaya bar girl kidnapped 
From last week, an investigation remains underway following reports of a Thai bar worker being forced into a car by a group of men who subsequently drove away and since then, she hasn’t been seen by her pals.  With some speculating that the gang of men included her Thai HUSBAND.. the case remains unclosed.

– Pattaya Jazz Festival a huge success 
What a weekend, as the Pattaya jazz festival pulled out all the stops to give two great nights of performances on the beach frontage, all free of charge and featuring international player Kenny G.  A great turnout, and unhampered by storms earlier in the day, the event was a roaring success for the city which continued with entertainment throughout the high season and promises even more top star surprises.

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Written by: Megan Midget

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