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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (16 August 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (16 August 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

– Move Forward supporters urge MPs not to vote for new coalition
The saga of a new government being formed continues this week as Move forward supporters have urged their MPs not to vote for the new coalition which excludes them and instead INCLUDES several minor parties run by current ministers from the previous government, alongside the Pheu Thai party which came second in the election.    This as K. Anutin, current caretaker deputy PM and health minister, has now said that his party isn’t in bed with Pheu Thai properly until they have an agreement on who gets roles of importance such as ministerial positions.  If you are following this, you are doing well, but it appears that the Pheu Thai coalition, thrown together after they dumped their previous BFF deal with Move forward, is facing rebellion within the ranks before they even go to parliament for a vote on a new PM.  Meanwhile caretaker PM Prayut is still in the hot seat, and the Move forward spokesman has said that under the current planned Pheu thai coalition plan, nothing is likely to really change from the current leadership style.

– National water resources committee meets today to discuss imminent drought 
Today sees a vital meeting of the national water resources committee take place which is due to lay out plans for others to follow that will work toward alleviating the effect of an expected drought across Thailand.   Yes, this is the rainy season, NO it’s not enough rain and YES, all experts predict a drought for the coming dry season in 2024, if not before.  Water conservation, the forced filling of reservoirs wherever possible and a plan to stop water supply to rice paddy canals are all in the offing.

–  Myanmar battle continues, claims 4 dozen lives
Soldiers on both sides of a battle in Myanmar, close to its border with Thailand, YESTERDAY lost their lives according to reports.  Around 4 dozen is the estimate from a battle that failed to see the military succeed in taking back a strategic area from rebels.  Thais close to the border were warned NOT to cross and several Burmese fled from their homeland to Thailand to escape the furor.

– 32 million baht car owner forgives pick-up driver following collision
With all the tales of angry drivers of  expensive cars, one tale this week shows the other side of life as a Chinese woman, owner of a 32 Million baht Rolls Royce forgave a local pickup driver who rear ended her on a motorway in the capital. Seems the lucky local hit the roller when the lady braked.  Despite that he is of course the guilty party in law, but to his surprise she told police that she may have stopped a little abruptly, and waived any damage cost.  With Rolls Royce spares way above the cost of most other cars, the bill is likely to be hefty, however the driver, in her 20s, wasn’t phased.

– Uni student arrested for selling obscene images 
A 19 year old Thai uni student has been arrested following an operation by police to catch him as he sold photographs of unclad youngsters online.   A search of his home revealed some 5000 illegal photos, and it’s believed that he and another conned youngsters into taking selfies and forwarding to him, which he then sold on to a group of sick people who had banded together on social media.

–  Intoxicated German sets fire to his home to spite missing wife 
And a German in a rural province was under police care yesterday after he.. set fire to his own house.  Seems the man, in his sixties, wasn’t happy that his wife had not returned home for several days.  Drinking heavily, according to neighbours, he decided that whatever happened, she wasn’t going to benefit from his home build.  So he torched it. Medics treated him for burns as firemen doused flames that had engulfed his garage and vehicle and spread to the attached house.   No word on whether she finally came home.

– Speeding Kuwaiti biker crashes into Pattaya lamp post 
A wily Kuwaiti got his comeuppance last night, as he flew through the town on his rented bike. At 1 am in the morning, he misjudged a curve and hit a lamppost, did a loop the loop, fell over a plant pot and was left dazed.  All caught on CCTV there was a suggestion that he had been drinking, but that of course could not be the case.  No damage to the lamp post, to the relief of locals, but medics were called to treat him.

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Written by: Megan Midget

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