VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (24 May 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya
DSI officials arrested for extorting foreigners
Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn, the Deputy National Police chief told the press that 5 officials from the dept. of special investigation, the DSI, have been arrested and charged with extortion following a report that three of them agreed to turn themselves in yesterday. Alleged to have received 10 Mill baht in bribes from non-Thais living or working illegally here, they were reported after some involved had fled the country following their so-called arrests.
Prayuth ready for new transition of government
Caretaker PM Prayut has told the press that he is determined to see a smooth transition to the new government and that meanwhile the caretaker government has a good hold on management of the state. He asked all to refrain from causing concern through rumours which might lead to dissent among the general public, saying that he has no issues with any parties and plans to respect the democratic process. This as pro-democracy protesters gathered outside a meeting of Thailand’s senators yesterday asking them to honour the public vote and support the coalition. Meetings concerning state agencies were held for the appointed senators but it’s expected that discussion WILL have moved on to the urgent matter of choosing in parliament.
Severe storms claim 7 lives, injures 18
Thailand was bombarded with heavy storms in most regions yesterday, with warnings out to expect similar at any time between now and the end of June. In Phichit 7 people died and 18 were injured when a sports building collapsed during heavy rain and all schools have been advised to check structures NOW ahead of at least a week of storms
Facebook Marketplace SCAM exposed by Pattaya Expat
A recent scam has been reported by an expat to us, and that is sales via Facebook marketing. In his case an electric scooter. Seems he followed up on the offer, was directed to a LINE account and then offered a choice of bikes, but with the price too good to be true, he passed on the offer. Later they mailed him again with a CLEARANCE sale. He paid a deposit and waited. When nothing arrived he was told it was because he hadn’t paid the delivery fee, 900 baht, which he then paid, then was told he hadn’t paid for. The battery, also an extra 3K. Our listener reported the matter to police and the bank, but didn’t get much help. REALITY IS – don’t buy from people you don’t know unless you have protection, such as Lazada and Shoppee where funds are secure. Of bigger issue is that he probably gave debit or credit card details to pay and those details, well who knows who has shared those. but the bike offer continues under different seller names to this day.
Netflix announces extra charges for users in Thailand
And for those who share Netflix with someone away from their home, students, kids, friends or whatever, it appears that the broadcaster plans to offer a reduced fee for sharing, perhaps only in asia. Either way Netflix Thailand has announced an update. Those with the premium service will be able to pay just 99 baht extra for those who don’t use the same IP address. A lot less than the cost of a separate package but the new changes will make it harder for account holders to watch films on, say, their phones or ipads whilst away from home. To be sure, there are now numerous, perhaps illegal, websites with free films on demand but Netflix has, to date, held top ranking in popularity.
MP from Move-forward party questions unfinished Pattaya roadworks
The mayor’s office welcomed an MP-elect from the Move Forward party yesterday and during a chat were berated slightly over the road works in Theprasit road, one of many un-completed projects. The mayor responded that the road is seeing a centre reservation installed which is taking time, along with conduits for underground cabling. But agreed to look into the issue.
Body of missing fisherman found in swamp
In nearby sattahip, the body of a missing Cambodian fishing ship crewman was discovered in a swamp area by locals and removed for forensic examination by medics yesterday.
Storms hit Pattaya
In Pattaya Storms hit the region after dark last night seeing minor flooding but power cuts in many areas. Road works, some of which appear to have been mothballed were in any cases flooded out and caused sand to wash out over road surfaces making them dangerous. Parking on temporary surfaces, even those with stone laid, is not recommended as we have numerous reports of vehicles sinking INTO the sand beneath, and sink holes popping up around the region.
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