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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (20 June 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya
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– Captain Jack Somchai identified
Captain Jack Somchai, the nickname given to the Thai pirate of the bay who ordered his motley crew to steal back their fishing boats laden with tax-avoiding oil from a Navy depot where they were impounded, has now been named by authorities as Boss Jor. His real name is known to the police, who are seeking a warrant for his arrest after the boats were recovered a week later in the south, minus the oil. It seems the vessels were allowed to leave the navy harbor to avoid damage during storms. The pirate crews were allowed to move them and then fled in the night without being missed for a considerable time.

– Thai opposition warns of risks in proposed borrowing for welfare
In Parliament, the Thai opposition has warned that the proposed new budget is risky. Considerable borrowing is expected to cover the much-beleaguered 10K baht credit giveaway promised to those on low incomes. Inths, 865 billion baht will be borrowed the next 12 mon, in addition to several budget cuts in other areas to prop up the giveaway. In this week’s parliamentary debate, the PM told the house that the digital wallet handout will reach 50 million people and stimulate the economy.

– Courts to allow women to sue over all adulterous relationships in Thailand
Amid changes to laws on recognized marriages for same-sex couples, alongside the new amendments, there is a change to the civil code that will protect wives of husbands who change their orientation, leaving their spouses for another man. Within a year, wives will be able to sue the male lovers of errant husbands for loss of family income. Currently, a wife can sue her husband’s female lovers but not male ones, while men can sue members of any gender who make off with their wives. The civil code specifies the damages allowed in any case where another person “shows in public an adulterous relationship.” Under Thai law, a relationship is determined as a bond that involves emotion and feelings and does not apply to the use of harlots, where there is no emotion, just a financial transaction.

– Universal health care program expands to cover all provinces in Thailand
Good news for Thais as the changes to the universal health care program are being rolled out nationally, seeing the capital added to the growing list of provinces where registered residents can take advantage of certain basic health care services at any of the contracted clinics and pharmacies under the scheme. Until now, anyone covered had to nominate a single hospital for their treatment, and that was the only place they could get their treatment for free. The changes mean that anyone with proof of their national insurance number and ID card can visit any healthcare unit and be transferred, if need be, to a main hospital within their province without needing additional and considerable paperwork, as has been the case to date. The rest of the country is expected to join the scheme this year, and then the coverage for all will be across the whole nation and not restricted to provinces.

– Mega-Casino bill to be presented to Thai cabinet
The Deputy Finance Minister has told the press that a final draft of a bill that will allow mega-casino endeavors here in Thailand will be presented to the cabinet for discussion within a month. The draft is based on input from some 16 relevant government agencies, and all involved have indicated that the concept if correctly introduced, could boost Thailand’s economy. However, they have also indicated that the severe problems that could affect Thais from the effects of gambling must be considered, too.

– Investigation update on Thailand’s top-cop investigations by week’s end
By the end of the week, we can expect an announcement regarding the investigation into both of Thailand’s top police officers. According to the legal adviser to the PM, both the National Police Chief Pol General Torsak and his deputy Pol General Hakparn were moved to inactive posts after a panel was set up to investigate several complaints and disputes. He declined to say if either or both will be reinstated. Torsak is due to retire in the next few months anyway. Hakparn had until the allegations were made, a future as his replacement.

– Expat arrested for running drug operation under the disguise of motorbike rental
On Samui Island, an Italian running a motorbike hire company was left pretty much to his own devices as he traded in his Thai wife’s name. That was until complaints reached police ears that it was a front for drug dealing. The 39-year-old was drawn into a police sting operation where undercover cops agreed to buy 25 grams of cocaine. At the meet-up, Mr. Mattio realized he was in trouble and attempted to flee but was caught. 8 million baht was seized from his home and premises, along with more drugs. The wily Italian now faces a life sentence in a Thai jail. His wife also faces charges of collusion.

– PEA issues zero usage electricity bills
PEA, the electricity company here in the region, has in some cases issued electricity bills to residents without any amount, indicating that the usage has been zero for a month. With it being standard practice to remove meters from defaulters, we have received several complaints from expats. No, you can’t get away with it. Yes, they made a mistake, and no, that doesn’t really give you an out. How to pay? Scan an old bill from your address, and the amount will show online for paying.

– Thai driving license SCAM warning
Expats are being warned again about scammers on Facebook offering to get Thai driving licenses without applicants going for testing or even collecting their licenses from the transport department. This is a total scam. The scammers use fake photos to draw people to their LINE account, where they are asked to pay a deposit of 1,000 baht to get the ball rolling, with the promise of just 2,500 baht as the total bill. Not only won’t you see the 1,000 baht again, but you also won’t get a license. FB pages, from oracles to clubs, from real estate pages to community pages, are being spammed, and the moderators have their work cut out as daily the scammers use a new but fake FB profile to get the con to more people. Don’t be fooled; it’s illegal. Some agencies will offer to assist you and take you to the offices; that at least is legal, but no one can legally obtain a license without applying in person.

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