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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (20 July 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (20 July 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

– Thumbs down for Thailand’s Pita in Parliament
One party’s knight is another one’s pawn. That appears to be the fairest description of yesterday’s events, in which the man voted FOR by the Thai population in the recent election was drummed out of Parliament yesterday. No one knows what or who it is that motivates a so called CONCERNED CITIZEN, who filed multiple claims against K Pita, but they led to his suspension from parliament by the constitutional court as IT mulls over claims that Pita is unfit or unqualified to be an MP.  Instead of a vote yesterday, we saw Pita make short and polite speech, lay down his parliamentary pass badge on the podium and leave to a round of applause from supporters, this amid a debate to decide whether he was ALLOWED to be nominated for the PM Vote a second time,  the outcome.. He can’t.

Following an 8 hour debate, of elected MPs and appointed senators, the vote was finally in.. Confirming that the regulation, intended to block a proposal for a new law from being debated multiple times, applies too to the proposal to select a Prime Minister.  715 voted, 395 voted against him. Plan C, then, the proposal of a Pheu Thai candidate for the same position.  And that would, if approved, see Pheu Thai, the party which came SECOND in the election, take control of Thailand’s government, leaving many remembering and now realizing WHY Pita’s ‘Move forward’ party opposed a Pheu Thai candidate for house speaker. It’s important to recognize that Pita has been suspended, not kicked out as an MP. That suspension is valid until such time as the constitutional court  decides whether he is qualified to BE an MP and could be either a simple delay glitch, or the final nail in his political coffin. Public opinion has, to date, been polite, restrained and in most cases shared on media and not in crowds.  A few protests were held last night but nothing close to the intensity of those from previous eras and with no issues from either them or authorities reported.

– Will Thai entertainment areas open 24 hours a day?
Yesterday saw Thailand’s caretaker cabinet accept a proposal from the interior ministry that would, if ever approved, allow entertainment venues in Chonburi, Chachoengsao and Rayong provinces open 24/7.  This isn’t approved, and if it were, it would then be down to provincial authorities to decide how and where it would apply.  Reality is though, that 24/7 opening is far from ideal for any entertainment business, as was seen in numerous countries in the past.  24/7 then means three times the number of staff needed, higher overheads and all for the same sized pie. Whilst it COULD see the dreaded afternoon closure dropped, which is seen by the public as a good idea, the “we never close” plan is unlikely to appeal to most licensees.  Those for the plan claim that it would stimulate business in areas such as Pattaya, but apply only to those few entertainment zones, such as Walking street.

– Kuwaiti Ambassador visits Pattaya Police station to help tackle motorbike gangs
Meanwhile at home and the Kuwaiti Ambassador to Thailand visited Pattaya police station this week, regarding the increasingly large presence of Kuwaiti youth who appear to flaunt laws here and annoy locals with their behavior, seen as disrespectful,  including the noise and danger of their continued bike riding lat into the night en mass.   This as a video went online showing two riding rental bikes ON THE BEACH, where, perhaps under the influence of something, one continued to lose control and fall, but get up smiling.

– Storm warning for Chonburi
With storms continuing all around Thailand, a Chonburi provincial warning has been issued agin to small boats that with 2-4 metre high waves, its safer to remain on the shoreline today.  Yesterday and Tuesday saw only the few bravest cross to Koh Larn on the larger ferries.

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Written by: Megan Midget

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