VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (19 May 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya
– Thailand’s ‘Move Forward’ leader announces 8-party coalition
‘Move forward’ leader, and election winner K Pita has formally published plans for a coalition government that would see both his and Phua Thai, the two most successful parties it he election, welcome 7 other minor parties into a fold that would see 313 seats in their hands, and only need 63 votes from the senate’s 250 votes to see them approved and him as leader. Those smaller parties will, in reality, likely have little say in politics but Phua Thai is said to have reservations which need to be ironed out. Thailand for now remains in the hands of a caretaker government, which is the previous government, until the house is occupied by a new leadership.
– ‘Cyanide Sarah’ gambled up to 1 million baht per day
Continuing investigations into Thailand’s Cyanide Sarah, aka Sararat, accused of poisoning multiple people with cyanide for financial gain, have revealed that she is also an addicted gambler. With 78 million baht now located in some 180 bank accounts under her control, she, according to police, was gambling up to a million baht a day online. At the start of the week, her ex-husband was formerly charged with helping her to get rid of evidence that could implicate her.
– Thailand’s top snooker player falls victim to call center scam
Thailand’s top snooker player, and world top ten player, Tong Sitchoi has revealed that even HE was scammed by a call centre, to the tune of 3.2 mill baht, and stated that he was left with just 8K in his bank accounts. After his credit card was used by another party he was approached online by someone claiming to be a police officer demanding details and implicating that he might face drug related charges. He was then duped into transferring funds multiple times to other accounts. A full police report has been given BY him and will be taken seriously as, apart from the scam, someone impersonated a high ranking officer.
– Dengue fever spikes in Thailand
The dept of disease prevention and control reports that dases of dengue this year to date have risen significantly, 14800 cases KNOWN of and 13 deaths. Those at highest risk appear to be school children, aged 10 to 14, and mostly in the north east of the country. With dengue carried by mosquitoes and not transferable from human to human, schools are being ordered to clear stagnant water, clean up any areas of garbage and ensure that toilet facilities, often with buckets of water for flushing, are treated to kill mosquitoes. At the same time the dept reminded medics that Aspirin products must NOT be issued to patients but only anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen.
- – Pattaya police ban Beach Road ‘body sellers’
Meanwhile at home and in Pattaya, tourist police have begun the arduous task of addressing those alleged body sellers along the seafront this week. With the reminder to them that they need to clear off and leave the promenade to tourists, many were herded to the police station for photographing and recid making. None charged with crimes but the records are, traditionally, used to identify any that commit crimes here. Numerous times, those records have quickly been matched to perpetrators caught on CCTV to solve minor crimes such as pickpocketing.
– Tourist stabbed by marijuana vendor in Pattaya
When an Indian tourist and local weed seller clipped each other’s motorbikes in passing, a row turned to a fight. It seems the Indian got the upper hand as a fight ensued, so the local man drew his knife and stabbed him. Minor injuries, we are told, but the Indian was hospitalized as police investigate.
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