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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (4 July 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya
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– Former Deputy Police Chief files complaint against Prime Minister
Former Deputy Police Chief Pol General Surachate Hakparn has filed a complaint against the Prime Minister with the NACC this week. According to him, he realized that another colleague who had filed a similar complaint had dropped his claim. The dispute? Big Joke states that the selection of the national police chief last September was flawed. He believes the selection was based on who would be most easily swayed by the government rather than on qualifications. Surachate remains suspended from work following other inquiries. Pol General Torsak, who was reinstated as police chief, is due to retire in under three months. There is no word on who will replace him, but it is highly unlikely to be Surachate himself.

– Canadian gunman enters guilty plea in Phuket shooting
According to Canadian media, a guilty plea was entered in a Bangkok courtroom in the case of Canadian Matthew Dupre, who fled Thailand in February 2022 after he and another man shot an Indian-origin gangster in a Phuket parking lot. The dead man had been expelled from Canada due to a massive crime record involving drugs and enforcement. Dupre is believed to have tracked him to the island hotel to settle a dispute between gangsters in British Columbia. With his cohort unable to be charged, having died in a mysterious small plane crash, Dupre waived appeals against extradition to Thailand in exchange for assurance that he won’t get the death penalty, though he may face a life sentence. Dupre has been held in a Bangkok jail since his return at the start of the year and will be sentenced soon.

– British teacher claims assault at Phuket tailor shop
A British teacher working in Phuket claims she was slapped in the face at a tailor shop while ordering a new dress. The incident allegedly occurred in front of her children after a heated debate over pricing. The standard haggling led to a bigger misunderstanding, resulting in the tailor’s rage. She refused an apology and wants the police to charge him with assault. It is presumed that she canceled her dress order.

– Cabinet approves closure of duty-free shops at Bangkok airport
With minimal usage, the cabinet has approved plans to close down the duty-free shops on arrival. For departing passengers, the shops remain open, but most are more interested in getting to their destinations. The shops have proven to be loss leaders, and the budget can be spent better elsewhere.

– Thailand to promote unhealthy eating amid rising obesity 
Pom pui (obesity) is becoming an increasingly concerning issue among the Thai population, according to the health ministry. This week, they noted that the level of obesity among youngsters has doubled in just two decades. The cause, in their opinion, is the shift from traditional meals to fast food. In response, a new Food and Non-alcoholic Beverages Marketing Control Bill is planned, which will ban much of the forced advertising for junk foods and make people more aware of the numerous ways that AI and social media promote unhealthy eating. The average height of a Thai is somewhat less than that of a Westerner, making weight gain more noticeable. What used to be seen as cute is now a matter of concern.

– Safety concerns over Pattaya sea walking tours
Meanwhile, at home, tourist police have called in inspectors to check on so-called sea walking businesses, which have become popular with tourists. The tours involve participants donning helmets and walking on the seabed in what are supposed to be guided and monitored tours. This follows an incident where an Indian tourist came close to suffocation and needed to be hospitalized. The air supply lines to those underwater come from a pump on a boat. Checks on licenses found all to be in order, but six Cambodians working illegally were deported. There is no word on the tourist’s level of recovery.

– Driver flees scene after crashing into roadwork site
With heavy rain this morning, local Thai media has highlighted drivers ending up in poorly marked holes at roadwork sites. The latest incident involved emergency services being called to a road repair site where they found a Toyota half in and half out of a poorly lit dug-up area. The driver had already fled the scene by the time they arrived. It appears he lost control and crashed into the area, then made a hasty exit, possibly due to being intoxicated. The contractor has been ordered to put up lights, and the police look forward to interviewing the driver soon.

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