Thailand to charge crew members : PM

Five crew members of a North Korean plane impounded in Bangkok on Saturday will be charged, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Sunday.

The plane which was found loading with about 35 tonnes of war weapons including missiles and rocket propelled grenade was impounded as it landed for refuelling at Don Muang Airport.

The five crew members consisted one from Belarus and the rest from Kazakhstan were detained for further questioning.

Abhisit told reporters on Sunday, “We will strictly follow our own laws and UN resolutions. The investigation is progressing. Charges will soon be set.”

The prime minister said the authorities did not know where the were bound.

“We are not yet clear why they were transporting these weapons, we only know they were due to refuel in Colombo of Sri Lanka.”

“Security and intelligence services are continuing to investigate. It is not yet clear if this is terrorist activity,” he said.Abhisit said the plane start from North Korean capital of Pyongyang and the cache came from a North Korean company and the plane was registered in Georgia.

The crew requested permission to land for refuelling in Bangkok and then lied to inspectors about its cargo, saying it carried only oil drilling equipment.

“They committed two crimes, firstly they gave false information about their cargo, and secondly that cargo was found to be weapons,” Abhisit said.

“The plane landed on Friday. We received the tip off from intelligence reports that said this plane was suspicious. When the plane refuelled, we searched it and found the weapons,” he explained.

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Malaysia to repatriate illegal Thai workers

About 500 illegal Thai immigrants in Malaysia, mostly trafficked women, will return home on Tuesday in a first wave of repatriation of illegal Thai workers.

Deputy Interior Minister Thavorn Senniam said yesterday he had instructed the Songkhla governor to facilitate the repatriation of the workers. Some of these Thai citizens entered Malaysia without work permits, others were victims of human trafficking rings and sold into prostitution. Some of these Thai citizens have been held captive by human trafficking rings.

In terms of income, human trafficking ranked at No 3 behind illegal arms sales and drugs at the global level.The minister said these Thai workers and victims had suffered immensely and that anyone who has any leads about human traffickers can call hotline No 1880 to report at anytime.He said the government wants to solve the problem in cooperation with Malaysia and added that Malaysia is one of the destination for illegal migrant workers and trafficked women from Thailand and other countries in the region.Thavorn added that the Interior Ministry will work closely with the local administrative bodies and the Thai Foreign Ministry to find a lasting solution to the problem. 

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Southern violence greets Abhisit and Najib

A fury of bomb attacks in the southern region greet Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his Malaysian counterpart, Najib Razak, who jointly opened and renamed a bridge in Narathiwat.

The two leaders arrived by a helicopter in Waeng district to commemorate the Thai-Malay Friendship Bridge over the Kolok River, a natural boundary that cuts through a Malay-speaking region where many people on both sides are relatives. The visit was billed as a model of how the two neighbouring countries, in spite of security challenge along their common border, can cooperate.

The trip was part of Najib’s three-day official visit to the country, his first as Malaysia’s prime minister. Thousands of security forces and bomb squads were dispatched to provide security for the delegations but militants on the ground took, as well as other disturbances, greeted the visit with bomb attacks in other parts of this violence-wracked region.

In the latest violence, four bombs went off in Yala’s provincial town Wednesday morning. One of them was a twin bomb blast that killed a forensic police officer and three security officials wounded in twin bomb blasts by a riverbank in Yala’s provincial town on Wednesday morning.

Earlier Wednesday, two Thai marines were wounded in a bomb and gun attack in Narathiwat as they tried to collect banners criticising Abhisit’s policies on the south. One series of banner, posted through out the three provinces in both Jawi and Rumi, reads “Patani Sebahagian daripada Malaysia”, which translated as “Patani is part of Malaysia”. “It could be anybody with an intention to irritate the delegations,” said Senator Worawit Baru, when asked who he think were behind such statement.

Worawit pointed out that the militants on the ground often spray paint the word “Patani Merdeka”, which mean “Free Patani” on the roads and streets. Another roadside bomb wounded two troops and a policeman assigned to a security details for teachers in Yala. On Tuesday a bomb killed a soldier and wounded another in a Narathiwat road where Abhisit and Najib were scheduled to pass through.

The second soldier died in the hospital. On Monday, two people were killed by a powerful motorcycle bomb in Narathiwat provincial town while two other civilians were shot dead earlier this week.

The two-lane bridge that was renamed yesterday open in December 2007 by Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Surayud Chulanont, the then-prime ministers of Malaysia and Thailand, in a bid to boost the border region’s economy. Badawi did not visit any other parts of southern Thailand at the time.

 Future plans include linking the economy of the southernmost provinces to Malaysia’s northern states. The two leaders were later Wednesday due to visit one public school and one Islamic school, a handicraft village and a “widow village” that shelters some 140 families affected by the unrest.

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Happy Fathers Day for all Thai people!!! (วันพ่อแห่งชาติ)

Today is HM The King Bhumibhol Adulyadej’s birthday. HM The King considered as the father of all Thai people. HM The King always give a speech during his birthday. This year, I think the prince will give the speech on behalf of the king. ทรงพระเจริญ!!

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Kao Rop Tong Chart (เคารพธงชาติ)

Kao rop tong chat (เคารพธงชาติ) means something like respecting the national flag. There’s a programme that been organized by the Thai Government which is called ไทยสามัคคี ไทยเข้มแข็ง (United Thais Strong Thailand). The programme is to encourage people to unite and be patriotism. Each province will host their own event of singing the national anthem. Starting with Krabi, they will take turn in Thai alphabetical order to other provinces. This goes on everyday. People will gathered at the organized location before 6:00pm to sing both the national and king anthem together. I wanted to join but too bad that I have work to do in Malaysia. They had it in Udon on the 30th November.

The video I attached is the national anthem singing event held in Yala province.

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South Korean woman sues ‘Ja Panom’

A South Korean woman filed a civil lawsuit against well-known action actor and director Panom Thatchakorn Yirum or Ja Panom, alleging him with failing to repay a debt of Bt1 million. Aun Hee Park had her lawyer, Thanakorn Thewarotorn, file the suit.

The suit states that Panom borrowed the money from the woman for Bt1 million and promised to return it when his movie, Ong Bak 2, was screened. The suit said the director refused to repay the money when asked to several times. The court scheduled the plaintiff and defendant to meet at 1 pm at the court on January 25 to see whether they would be able to reach an out-of-court settlement or not.

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Will be home again!!

I will be home in less than 1 month time. Managed to get a cheap return ticket 2 days before with Lufthansa. Air Asia, Malaysia Airlines and Thai Airways are expensive. Air Asia charges 734oBaht, Malaysia Airlines 7640Baht  both for return and Thai Airways 9500+ Baht for only one way. This german national carrier offers the cheapest among all which I only paid 470Baht for ticket price plus 4550Baht for taxes. Lufthansa doesn’t fly directly to Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur is their extra destination. They only operate 2 or 3 flights a week between Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. Other than Malaysia, Lufthansa also do fly to Ho Chih Minh City from Bangkok.

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Happy Birthday (แฮปปี้เบิร์ธเดย์)

Happy Birthday is not a new movie.  The movie was shown in Thailand for the first time in December 2008. I did not manage to go to the cinema or buy the DVD. Well, finally I managed to watch it in You Tube. This time, Ananda Everingham (one of my favourite actor) is playing again with Aem Chayanan Manomaisantiphap. They are in Me.. Myself where Ananda plays a lady boy who lost his memory. This movie is a combination of comedy, romantic and sad. In the begining, the movie seems to be cheerful and moves on to romantic. In the middle, it dramatically becomes very sad. For me, the ending is fair. Thumbs up for Ananda and Aem!!!

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PM visits Songkhla

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and Democrat Party MPs visited people who were affected by flooding in this southern border province Friday afternoon.

The prime minister arrived at the Ban Bang Sala village in Tambon Thunglan in Klong Hoi Khong district at 3:30 pm. The prime minister visited the villagers there for about half an hour before moving on to Na Khun village in Hat Yai district.

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Thaksin’s new name : Takki Shinegra

Thaksin’s name in passports issued by Nicaragua, Uganda and Montenegro has been changed to “Takki Shinegra,” he said.

The Thai government has revoked Thaksin’s diplomatic passport issued during his premiership. He was believed to have an ordinary Thai passport. Some African countries have issued him a special passport to facilitate his travels and his visit to the countries.

Panich said Thaksin’s new name may cause problem for Thailand’s attempt to bring him back to face two-year jail term on charge of corruption.

“Problems can happen when we ask foreign countries to extradite him. We name him in our request  as Thaksin Shinawatra but when those countries check his presence, they would not find him because he used different name,” Panich said.

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