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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (21 December 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (21 December 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya
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– Visa scam affects tourists in multiple Thai locations
A 2 weeks ago we revealed exclusively that there was trouble amid a visa agency scam affecting dozens, holding back on details after promises that all would be sorted out smoothly. That didn’t happen and NOW, well, we can fully reveal that close to 100 people paid in excess of 30K baht to a former teacher and employee at a Thepprasit road LANGUAGE school, with others claiming that she held a directorial or high level position within the shophouse school, but that those visa were never processed, leaving most, if not all, now on overstays.  This is a huge problem for dozens here and in fact expands to Phuket where, we are told, another agency for some reason was using the people here to process ED Visas, as opposed to at their own local immigration office.  The school, which has changed its name since the Covid era, but remains at the same location, denies any wrongdoing.  The ex teacher involved is accused of holding on to dozens of passports, many of which have now been recovered. The agent working for her, well she at least DID try to help the alleged victims but.. the cost to fully compensate and pay fees along with fines would be beyond most people’s budget.  As we told you 2 weeks ago, the police have now received a full report and the alleged trickster, a 33 year old Thai woman, has been arrested.  At the time she was apprehended, police also secured at least 40 passports she had held on to, and word is that she planned to destroy them.  She denies any wrongdoing, as you would expect, but reality is that between 80 and 100 people are now on overstays without realizing it.  We spoke to one who assumed it was normal for the school to hold on to passports, which isn’t the case.  Police and immigration are working to assist those known to them but chances are there are dozens more that are unknown to police and perhaps not reporting their problem, fearful of the repercussions.  Many schools here refuse to do educational visa aps for potential students, others do it properly.  Monday night through to now, students have all made statements against the agent and or agency, and ANYONE who has filed through an agent for an ED Visa and not received their passport back within a week or two is advised to follow up to ensure that theirs is actually being processed as, it appears, other agencies and schools may have used this woman for their donkey work.

– Issuance of gun licenses suspended in Thailand
In other news, the issuance of any new gun license in Thailand has been suspended for a year on the orders of the PM office.  The edict was published this week in the Royal Gazette and so becomes law in all provinces as a new bill be being drafted to allow legal registration later OR take advantage of a weapons amnesty which would allow the public to hand in unregistered weapons with police without fear of punishment unless of course the weapon was found to have been used in a crime.

 

– Bangkok gunman claims shooting was a gang initiation task 
The 20 year old student arrested and charged with killing another from a rival college, when a stray bullet also shot and killed a passing lecturer, has revealed the previous unknown underbelly of rival gangs in the capital as he admitted the shooting, claiming that it was a task given TO HIM by mob bosses who promised that it would lead to him being a MADE MAN, in other words entering the hierarchy of criminals within the gang, and now reports in the media tell us that shooting rival students was seen as a right of passage between many in recent years.

– Pattaya’s tourist police sent back to school 
Tourist police who walk the beat nighttime in the popular tourist areas were sent back to school, for a day’s training in modern techniques and more, ahead of the busy festive season.  At a course launched by the city mayor,  the course featured dealing with the inebriated, conflict resolution, communications and handling issues regarding the law.  With the new opening hours upon us, their services become even more critical to a smooth festive season and all who attended left well briefed.

– Sharples Fish & Chips opens on the Darkside 
Locals on the dark side welcomed the soft opening of a British style fish and chip shop to the lakefront.  Sharples officially opens Friday but last night saw many invited to give it a try. It’s a comprehensive menu for sure, but one likely to appeal more to Brits or inquisitive non brits, either way the food was superb. Located next to the new Sergio’s bar, keep your eye out for the Sharples sign.

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