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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (4 March 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (4 March 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya
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– Locals demand deportation of expat for kicking Thai doctor
The Swiss man on Phuket who kicked out at Two Thais sitting on the beach in front of his rented villa whilst swearing profusely has, according to reports, at least temporarily moved from the home as over 500 locals protested there yesterday.  Demanding that he be deported, the crowd gathered throughout the day to support a local doctor who had been kicked by the man as he couldn’t control his temper whilst his wife berated them and threatened them with police whom, she claimed, she had some influence over.  As the protests continued, it appears that local authorities HAVE instigated an investigation that could certainly lead to a court case whilst the steps, where the couple sat and were kicked, will be removed as they.. are on state-owned land.  The Alpen man’s wife claims that she was convinced, erroneously, that the people they attacked had trespassed into the villa gardens earlier. The Alpen himself, is busy backtracking and apologizing as his mugshot spread across all media. Reportedly a Former security guard, Urs Fehr, along with his wife, run a FOR PROFIT small elephant SANCTUARY close by which has had its trip advisor comments page closed after numerous fake reviews from those who have taken offence.

–  Krabi airport blackout sees flights delayed/cancelled 
Krabi airport recovered on SUNDAY from a power cut that saw several flights delayed or cancelled on Saturday after an underground wiring issue saw much of it left in darkness.   Early morning saw partial power restorations and portable landing lights were set up as, by dusk, full power was not available.

– Thailand plans to legalise surrogacy for foreigners
Surrogacy laws, set up in Thailand to prevent foreigners from paying locals to bear children are being reviewed by the Department of Health Service Support.  Many will remember the outrage years back when the media highlighted the plight of one, twin with birth defects was dumped unceremoniously, by his Australian father in favour of the other and then media reports of children being essentially bred for non-Thais seeing mothers paid very little money.  At the time, new laws prevented surrogacy here and saw those who wanted such services moving on to countries such as Cambodia, including one Chinese man who appeared to want to breed a football team of children.  NOW, if approved, new regs could see the return of the business here where until now, surrogacy services are restricted to Thais FOR THIS only, allowing an element of welfare overview in the child’s future.

– New fees for international use of Thai credit cards
For those travelling abroad and using THAI bank-issued credit cards, a new 1 percent fee goes into effect on cash or purchase transactions OUTSIDE Thailand. The fee will be applied to all who elect, on purchase, to pay in baht and not local currency and will take effect from May 1.

– Switzerland to transfer 80 million baht to Thai authorities
Switzerland has agreed to a transfer to Thai authorities of close to 80 million baht seen as a share in bank deposits belonging to a convicted Chinese drug trafficker who smuggled methamphetamine into Thailand before banking his ill-gotten gains in Swiss banks.  Convicted here 6 years ago. An application was made at the time of asset seizure.  Swiss banking authorities froze all his accounts pending a decision that has now seen a 50/50 split between Thai and Swiss.

– Changes to solar power permit laws in Thailand
Industry has seen a change in the regulations for installing solar power units to drive their businesses as until now a permit was required for any to generate over 1 MEGAwatt of power.  With the number of applications rising dramatically, the requirement for a permit is to be dropped.

– Chinese arrested with fake Canadian passports at Bangkok airport
Eva air staff reported two men at the main airport, attempting to fly with fake Canadian passports.  With the documents not making sense and in at least one case the bearer not looking remotely like the photo, they were initially questioned before a luggage check revealed their real Chinese passports and both were taken to the immigration detention center.

– Drunk Pattaya woman crashes into police vehicle
A local drunk who drove her pickup without care ended up in hot water at the weekend as she crashed into another vehicle which just happened to be.. a police vehicle.  The midnight Saturday wreck saw her overtake a vehicle before ploughing into the police truck, two officers needed medical treatment as indeed did she,  before she was taken to Pattaya police station and found to be at 4 times the legal limit for alcohol.

– Pattaya gunman surrenders after shooting ‘wrong car’
When a 33-year-old local man walked into Nong Prue police station, there was somewhat of a furor when he whipped out his weapon, handing it to cops before confessing to shooting at another local’s truck.  It seems he shot at the wrong man’s car and was looking for one that looked vaguely similar which had cut him up on the roads earlier.  Seems prior to handing himself in, he had contacted the truck owner to apologize.  No word on the third party who, we assume, is thinking himself very fortunate to not have been in the vicinity.

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Written by: Megan Midget

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