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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (9 May 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (9 May 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya
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– Thai PM announces plans to recriminalize marijuana this year
Western media are reporting that the Thai PM has posted on social media that Thailand WILL recriminalize the use of marijuana. Not quite a U-turn, as it’s likely that medical use will be allowed, with qualified doctors prescribing. HOWEVER, press reports state that he has clarified that he has requested the Ministry of Public Health to reinstate its category 5 status. K. Thavisin’s pledge to recriminalize the drug came after a narcotics suppression meeting with national agencies, where he asked them to show ‘clear progress’ against illegal drugs in the next 90 days. He also said he wanted to change the language of drug possession laws to allow authorities to crack down more effectively. The harsh new policies were announced despite a rapidly growing SEMI-legal drug economy in Thailand.

– British expat killed by speeding minivan 
On Phuket, a 65-year-old British expat lost HER life after being hit by a speeding minivan that is said to have jumped the traffic lights this week. Expats and local media are less than happy with the follow-up, as to date even family has not been notified of any case being filed against the driver or whether blood tests were taken to establish whether they were under any influence, with local media stating that businesses adjacent to the crash site had offered THEIR CCTV recordings but apparently were not accepted.

– Bangkok building collapse sparks investigation
In the capital, a construction site has been closed by city officials after the demolition of an existing 4-story building went awry this week. Seems they were in the process of being brought down when they fell the wrong way, crashing down on the adjacent roads. All work has been halted, and an investigation is underway.

– Squatters fined 1 million baht
In the west, squatters’ rights are a scary issue for property owners. Here, it’s certainly different as this week saw 4 people who occupied a private house for 7 years, unbeknownst for most of the time to the absentee owner, were duly fined and given suspended sentences AFTER agreeing to pay 1 MILLION baht in compensation. Had they made it to 10 years, then the laws of adverse possession could have seen them gain rights.

– Quick-witted internet users solve Bangkok kidnapping
And when a 9-month-old child was snatched in the capital by a Laotian woman, it was quick-witted net users who found him. Seems the woman was barren and, wanting a child, stole the baby from his grandparents before fleeing to Rayong on a public bus. Unknown to HER, the word was out, and fellow passengers snapped photos, sharing them and leading police to find her. With the baby boy safe, well, and returned to his grandparents, the kidnapper, also from Laos, is being held by police.

– Provincial governer rushes 100k litres of fresh water to Koh Larn island
The provincial governor has committed to rushing 100K liters of fresh water to residents on Ko Larn where, recently, water supplies have dried up. With the promise of 2K liters per household, he noted that water bowser trucks HAD raised prices, due to supply and demand, from 300 baht to over 1500 baht. This though is a quick fix, and the main issue, of water supply for the future, has to be addressed by Pattaya City Hall.

– Homeowners warned of swarming insects following storms 
Homeowners are advised to check lit areas for what appear to be a pile of large insect wings. This as the storms flooded the underground homes of termites which then swarmed to lights on Tuesday night. In addition to clearing them, many will find thousands clustered together as they are LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME. Make sure that home… isn’t yours, and we recommend a spray company visit to protect homes from invasion and, often, virtual destruction.

– Intoxicated security guard causes a stir in Pattaya 
Khao Talo locals got extra entertainment this week as police attended the entrance area to a local housing estate where the one man who should have been ensuring peace… flew into a rage. Seems the estate security guard was under the influence of something odd when he stripped down to his boxer shorts before swearing and shouting at passersby. Duly taken away by amused police, there may be a new vacancy for anyone looking for similar work, but sober.

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Written by: Megan Midget

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