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    • Prayut says kids must study online until pandemic eases

    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has emphasised that students must study online until the Covid-19 situation improves and schools can reopen, government spokesperson Narumon Pinyosinwat said on Monday (May 18).

    She added the government was trying to address problems of accessibility and affordability of teaching materials, parental care, and responsibility of learners.

    “Initially, we will focus on reducing study time in the classroom, parents’ readiness, and relieving the burden of sending children to school, which will also help to reduce traffic congestion,” she said.

    “Meanwhile, we urge education-related authorities to secure people’s cooperation until the Covid-19 outbreak is resolved.”:
    • Cabinet sends THAI to Bankruptcy Court

    The cabinet on Tuesday resolved that cash-strapped Thai Airways International (THAI) would file for bankruptcy at the Central Bankruptcy Court in order to work out its rehabilitation plan.

    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said it was the best course to help the troubled airline back onto its feet. Under the rehabilitation plan, THAI would not receive financial assistance from the government and its 20,000-member staff would not be laid off.

    "It is a difficult decision but it is in the national and public interest," he said.

    The other two options -- that the government decided against -- were to find money for the airline and to let it go bankrupt on its own, he said.

    The prime minister also said that it had been difficult to rehabilitate THAI because there were legal restrictions under labour and state enterprise laws.

    To send the airline to the Central Bankruptcy Court was the best choice and there would be many subsequent procedures to solve the internal problems at the enterprise, Gen Prayut said.

    "Today it is time to show the courage to undergo the rehabilitation process at the court. Today Thailand and countries worldwide face a crisis. Thailand must spend money to help people, farmers, SMEs, wage earners, self-employed people and those who work hard for their families," he said.

    "The Covid problem is not yet over. The most serious issue is the survival of the people of Thailand. I do not know when they can return to normal work. This is a crisis that will continue in the future."

    Gen Prayut said that THAI would continue operating.

    "With professional management, it will regain its strength. Its staff will keep their jobs and it will be restructured. The court will decide the details," he said.:
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    • who can tell me why the mask he's wearing is totally useless ?


      • It's not useless, it prevents him breathing his germs into the mic.
        Which is the masks' main function: prevent particles spreading through coughing, sneezing and breathing.

        Facemasks explained for dummies:
        If someone pisses on you, you get soaked in urin.
        If you wear pants, most of it hits your pants.
        If the pisser wears pants too, you don't get wet at all.
        Originally posted by Ergenburgensmurgen;n186588
        What are you talking about, I don't post on Teakdoor.


        • It's not useless, it prevents him breathing his germs into the mic.
          it would IF it didn't have the exhaust port .

          it's totally useless for the purpose he's attempting to use it for .


            • Prayut calls on state agencies to work on easing suffering of SMEs

            Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Tuesday (May 26) that he has ordered several state agencies to work on easing the impact Covid-19 crisis has had on the business sector.

            The premier met representatives of many business organisations over the past three weeks, with a focus on SMEs, to listen to their problems. He said he has instructed state agencies to spend a part of their budget on purchasing products from small businesses nationwide in a bid to boost income at the grassroots level.

            He said he will follow up on this project personally to see if his instructions are being truly implemented. The agencies are required to report to him at the end of this year.

            Prayut has also called on large companies to procure products from the small-business sector, which employs 14 million people. After talking with the retail sector representatives, he said they want to see the sector to be fully reopened soon.

            The premier also said he will push for the promotion of domestic tourism soon, and has been aware that the operators want to see tourists returning as soon as possible.

            However, he said, tourists can only be brought back once the risk level from the outbreak goes down to an acceptable level, because if people are allowed to enter the country too soon it may open the door to a second wave of infections. This, he said, will end up wasting everything Thailand has done to successfully contain the outbreak.

            The premier has also instructed state agencies to consider spending their funds on holding seminars in hotels nationwide to help hoteliers earn again after their business has been brought to a standstill by the pandemic. He added that they must focus on legally registered hotels with strict measures of outbreak prevention.

            Apart from the Covid-19 issue, the premier has also instructed relevant state agencies to seek ways to solve the drought problem for farmers.

            he said, tourists can only be brought back once the risk level from the outbreak goes down to an acceptable level:

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            who can tell me why the mask he's wearing is totally useless ?
            Nothing wrong with the mask and I would feel comfortable sitting in a plane if everyone was wearing one unlike my last flight in the US were absolutely no one was wearing a mask.

            The right mask amid the coronavirus pandemic:

            Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


              • Thailand plans ‘travel bubbles’ when borders reopen

              The government plans to create so-called “travel bubbles” through bilateral agreements designed to keep the novel coronavirus in check when Thailand’s borders are reopened.

              “Once the situation improves, we’ll allow travel between countries that we have an agreement with,” Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said in a briefing in Bangkok on Tuesday, adding no such pacts have reached the cabinet yet.

              The country’s borders are restricted under a state of emergency that lasts until June 30, and most incoming international flights are banned. At the same time, officials are easing a lockdown after coronavirus cases dwindled, and mulling how to restart the crucial tourism sector to help counter a recession.

              “There won’t be free movement because we don’t want another outbreak that could hurt both the origin and the destination,” Gen Prayut said.:
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              • Opinions polarised over Prayut's first year as PM: Poll

                Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has the approval of a slim majority of the public for his performance in his first year in office as prime minister of an elected government, according to the result of an opinion survey by the National Institute of Development Administration, or Nida Poll.

                The poll was conducted on June 1-2 on 1,250 people aged 18 and above of various levels of education and occupations throughout the country to compile their opinions on the overall performance of Gen Prayut one year after he gained the premiership after a disputed election.

                Gen Prayut was elected prime minister by parliament on June 5, 2019 following the March 24 general election.

                On his overall performance as prime minister during the past year, a thin majority of respondents -- 51.52% -- gave their approval. Of them, 15.92% said Gen Prayut had performed his duties outstandingly showing strong determination to work for the country's development and the people, while 35.60% said he had performed fairly well, especially his handling of the Covid-19 crisis.

                On the other side, 27.44% thought he had not performed well enough and still had some shortcomings and 20.48% said he had run the country's administration ineffectively, particularly his handling of economic problems.

                The rest, 0.56%, did not answer or were not interested.

                Concerning his ideology, 54.72% of the respondents thought Gen Prayut had a strong commitment to work for the country and the people, while 40.72% said otherwise, saying he had worked only to maintain his own power and that of his colleagues; 4.56% did not answer or were not interested.

                Concerning his decisiveness, 52.24% said Gen Prayut was decisive when dealing with important political and administrative issues while 43.84% said he was indecisive on every issue; 3.92% did not answer or were not interested.

                Asked about Gen Prayut's transparency and accountability, 45.76% said he lacked both transparency and accountability; 40.80% said he was a man of transparency and accountability; and 13.76% did not answer or were not interested.:

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                  • PM agrees to lift night curfew/Pubs, wet massages still off the agenda

                  Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has agreed to lift the night curfew and allow most businesses to resume, except entertainment venues and wet massage parlours, according to the secretary-general of the National Security Council Somsak Roongsita.

                  The decision followed a meeting of the committee under the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

                  The prime minister chaired the meeting at Government House yesterday. The CCSA will today decide on the relaxations proposed by the business lockdown-easing committee led by Gen Somsak.

                  Also present were Dr Sukum Kanchanapimai, permanent secretary for health, Dr Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai, director-general of the Disease Control Department and Chatchai Phromlert, permanent secretary for the interior.

                  Gen Somsak said the prime minister agreed with his committee's proposals saying they had been thoroughly considered.

                  He quoted the prime minister as saying people had been cooperating well with disease-control measures in the previous stages of relaxation of business and activity restrictions, so that justified the almost complete end to business/activity lockdowns.

                  "Following the CCSA's resolution, the regulations will be announced, effective on June 15. On the lifting of the curfew, please wait to hear the good news from the CCSA. May I emphasise this is not a 15-day curfew-lift trial period but consideration of whether or not it will be lifted," he said referring to previous reports of a trial period.

                  Sports competition will be allowed but audiences can watch only via broadcasts. Alcoholic drinks will be allowed in restaurants, but not at pubs and bars, he said.

                  A source who asked not to be named said Gen Prayut agreed to lift the 11pm-3am curfew so people could return to their normal lives. Almost all businesses would be allowed to resume except pubs, bars, karaoke outlets and bath-sauna-massage parlours.

                  "The prime minister wants to ease the pressure on people and boost the effectiveness of other disease-control measures instead," the source said.

                  Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said a "master law" will authorise announced measures. Among the measures, considered as necessary according to the situation, the curfew and the ban on gatherings might be lifted while the decree remains, he said.:
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                  • Cabinet shake-up looms as COVID-19 crisis eases

                    After three months of almost no political activity due to the COVID-19 lockdown, Thai politicians have wasted no time getting back to “business as usual”.

                    A fierce fight has broken out within the core coalition Palang Pracharath Party as factions vie for coveted posts in the party’s executive leadership and in Cabinet. The main target is the “Four Boys” – the Cabinet quartet of economic technocrats overseen by Deputy PM Somkid Jatusripitak, whose days look numbered.

                    The infighting marks the return of old-school Thai politics, where factions battle for their “fair share” of ministerial portfolios based not on their candidates’ qualifications, but on the number of MPs they can muster.

                    As Thais focus on adapting to the “new normal” of social distancing and face masks, politicians have reverted to old-fashioned “dirty politics” – something Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha vowed to stamp out when, as Army chief, he led the 2014 coup to overthrow an elected government.

                    Six years on, General Prayut finds himself surrounded by the very politicking he claims to hate. Palang Pracharath factions are scrapping furiously for Cabinet seats – a headache he never had to deal with in his first post-coup government, which was free of politicians.

                    A Cabinet reshuffle of seats held by Palang Pracharath members now appears inevitable, despite Prayut insisting that this is no time for a change and chiding journalists when pressed on the possibility of a shake-up.

                    “Making changes to the Cabinet line-up is my responsibility but the time for this is not now. Stop reporting this issue as if it’s a dramatic soap opera,” Prayut told the press on Tuesday.

                    “Don’t keep asking me about a possible Cabinet reshuffle. I will tell you when it’s time. Sometimes I change the Cabinet line-up without anyone telling me to do so,” he added.

                    Palang Pracharath will select a new executive board at its general meeting in early July, meaning a Cabinet reshuffle is unlikely to take place before August.

                    Prayut has repeatedly stressed that as head of government, he has final say on the Cabinet line-up. Technically this is true, but in reality he must heed demands from powerful Palang Pracharath politicians if he wants to maintain party unity and his grip on government.

                    Party purge

                    Prayut will need to negotiate over who he wants to keep in his Cabinet, a task made more difficult after members of the Somkid-led team lost their executive seats following a party “purge”. Politicians are tipped to spend a lot of time haggling before final decisions on Cabinet posts are reached.

                    On June 1, Palang Pracharath’s executive board was dissolved after more than half of its members – 18 out of 34 – quit. Observers said the move was aimed at forcing changes to the current leadership.

                    Party regulations require that a new board be elected at a general meeting within 45 days, giving a deadline of July 15. The party’s acting registrar, Wichian Chawalid, said the general meeting would be held on July 4 at the soonest, and on July 12 at the latest.

                    The meeting is expected to anoint chief party strategist and Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan as party leader, replacing Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana.

                    Uttama is a member of the “Four Boys”, non-MP party executives whose Cabinet seats are believed to be the main targets of the party purge. Another is party caretaker secretary-general Sontirat Sontijirawong, whose post as energy minister is thought to have been targeted by Suriya Juangroongruangkit, a leader of the Sam Mit (Three Friends) faction. Suriya’s current job as industry minister is expected to be handed to Anucha Nakhasai, a candidate for the party’s next secretary-general.

                    Uttama and caretaker deputy party leader Suvit Maesincee are tipped to lose their Cabinet seats. Media reports suggest that former Bank of Thailand governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul and Pailin Chuchottaworn, who served as deputy transport minister in Prayut’s post-coup government, are two leading candidates for Uttama’s post as finance minister. Initially, Santi Promphat, another candidate for the party secretary-general’s post, was tipped to take the job.

                    ‘Political distancing’

                    The Four Boys have given conflicting responses to pressure within the party to oust them from the executive board and likely also the Cabinet. It appears that some have admitted defeat, while others are putting up a fight.

                    Suvit, who is also minister of higher education, science, research and innovation, said he wants to “distance” himself from party politics, but believes the final say on the Cabinet line-up lies in the hands of Prayut.

                    Uttama brushed aside politicking directed at him and his fellow “Four Boys”, saying he was only focused on his ministry.

                    Sontirat, on the other hand, has been meeting party members in an apparent attempt to secure their votes so he can retain his executive seat.

                    The last of the “Boys” – Palang Pracharath’s caretaker executive member Kobsak Pootrakool, who is the PM’s deputy secretary-general for political affairs – has chosen to keep quiet.

                    However, their mentor Somkid, who is in charge of the government’s economics team, recently came to his defence, describing him as being among the few capable persons with a clean record in Thai politics but had become disillusioned by “too much politicking”.

                    Kobsak, who served as the PM’s Office minister in Prayut’s previous, military-led administration, was qualified for a Cabinet seat in this government but failed to get appointed.

                    The “Four Boys”, who all served in General Prayut’s post-coup government, gave up their ministerial seats in September 2018 to lead Palang Pracharath, which was founded in March that year by two little-known men who described themselves as General Prayut’s admirers.

                    However, the quartet led Palang Pracharath in name only.

                    It’s an open secret that General Prawit enjoys the status of de facto party leader, commanding respect from all factions. Plus, he has the backing of his brother-in-arms, General Prayut, who leads the country and was the party’s only PM candidate.:

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                    • Prayut urges Thais to stay united, promises to give people a say in policy-making

                      The government will change the way it works in the new normal by getting more sectors to participate in determining Thailand’s future, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha promised in a televised address today (June 17).

                      As for the pandemic, he said, there is finally light at the end of the tunnel, because though the country has yet to win the battle completely, the situation is under control.

                      However, he said, the biggest challenge was bringing life back to normal, the way it was before Covid-19 hit the country.

                      He also commended people for standing united during this time of crisis and asked why people waste time playing political games instead of staying united so the country can move forward.

                      He said that since the world was entering the “new normal”, his administration will adapt to the change by giving people a chance to have a say in the policy-making process. He said from now on, Thai citizens will not just learn about policies from newspapers or social media but will be able to contribute as his government will stop to listen to their voices.

                      He added that next week he will ask all sectors to present their vision on what changes are necessary to move forward for a better future of Thailand.

                      He also promised that people who are directly affected by government policies will be given a chance to evaluate the government’s work, which will give state agencies a chance to see if working together results in the mutual benefits that were intended. He said people can submit their opinions with high-ranking government officials.

                      He added that the aim is for the government to work proactively to better serve the people.

                      Prayut went on to say that these changes are bound to draw opposition and criticism, but said he was ready to listen to different opinions.

                      He also invited every citizen to do their part by joining the mission of “Thais unite together to build the nation”.:

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                      • Many think none are currently suitable for PM: Poll

                        Many people think there are no suitable persons for the post of prime minister and are not supporting any particular political party in the current political situation, according to the result of an opinion survey by the National Institute of Development Administration or Nida Poll.

                        The poll was conducted on June 22-24 on 2,517 people aged 18 and over of various levels of education and education throughout the country.

                        Asked who they would support for the post of prime minister today, 44.06% said there were no suitable candidates.

                        Of the remainder, 25.47% said they support Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, reasoning that he is an honest and straightforward person who has handled the country's administration well and should continue to remain in the post; 8.07% supported Khunying Sudarat Keyurapan of the Pheu Thai Party; 7.03% had no answer or were not interested; 4.57% were for Pol Gen Sereepisuth Temiyaves of the Seri Ram Thai Party; 3.93% for Pitha Limcharoenrat of the Move Forward Party; 1.67% for Korn Jatikawanich of the Kla Party; 0.99% for Sompong Amornvivat of the Pheu Thai Party; 0.95% for Abhisit Vejjajiva of the Democrat Party; 0.87% for Mingkwan Saengsuwan of the New Economics Party; 0.83% for Jurin Laksanavisit of the Democrat Party; 0.44% for Anutin Charnvirakul of the Bhumjaithai Party; 0.32% for Wan Muhamad Nor Matha of the Prachachart Party; 0.20% for Chadchat Sittipant; 0.16% for Uttama Savanayana of the Palang Pracharath Party; 0.08% for M.R. Jatu Mongol Sonakul; and, 0.04% for Kanchana Silpa-archa of the Chartthaipattana Party.

                        Asked what political parties they were currently supporting, 32.38% said they were not for any party; 20.70% were for Pheu Thai; 15.73% Palang Pracharath; 13.47% Move Forward; 7.75% Democrat; 3.42% no answer/not interested; 2.50% Seri Ruam Thai; 1.43% Bhumjaithai; 1.11% Kla; 0.60% Pheu Chart; 0.36% Chartthaipattana; 0.20% New Economics; 0.16% Prachachart; 0.11% Chart Pattana; and 0.08% Ruam Palang Pracha Chart Thai.

                        Compared to a poll taken at the end of December 2019, the support for Palang Pracharath, Democrat, Bhumjaithai, Chartthaipattana, New Economics and Prachachart parties declined while the support for Pheu Thai, Seri Ruam Thai and Chart Pattana parties slightly increased.:

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                        • Little more to the Thai PM poll above.

                          Most people see no one suitable to be Thailand’s Prime Minister

                          Most respondents to a recent poll say that they don’t see anyone qualified to be their first choice as Thailand’s next Prime Minister, but some chose General Prayut Chan-o-cha as their preferred choice, citing his honesty, his several years of experience in national governance and his straightforwardness.

                          The same poll shows that the opposition Pheu Thai party is more popular than the ruling Palang Pracharat party, and the popularity of government coalition parties, Palang Pracharat, Democrat, Bhumjaithai, New Economics and Prachachart, is declining.

                          The National Institute Development Administration (NIDA) poll gauged the opinions of 2,517 people, in different occupations and of various educational levels, on June 23rd and 24th.

                          The poll shows 44.06% of the respondents don’t see anyone good enough to be the Prime Minister of Thailand, while 25.47% vouched for incumbent Prayut, claiming he is honest, straightforward, and able to restore and maintain peace and order.

                          Pheu Thai party’s chief strategist, Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan, is the second choice with 8.07% impressed with her track record and no-nonsense character.

                          4.57% favour Seri Ruam Thai party leader Pol Gen Seripisut Temiyavet for his straightforwardness and honesty.

                          3.93% chose Kao Klai party leader Pitha Limcharoenrat, 1.67% went for Kla party leader Korn Chatikavanich and 0.99% for Pheu Thai party leader Sompong Amornvivat.

                          When asked about their favorite parties, 32.38% of the respondents said they do not support any particular party, 20.70% said they favour the Pheu Thai party, 15.73% support the Palang Pracharat party, 13.47% like the Kao Klai party and 7.75% support the Democrat party.

                          The Ruam Palang Prachachart Thai party, led by Suthep Thaugsuban, received only 0.08% support among the respondents.:

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                          • what a sad state of affair, that lastest soft coup has been the worst so far, but since one happens every 7 years, we should be due for another one next year with a new general


                            • ^A year? Not 3 months? Because General Prayut hasn’t been able to get the “baht back to 33/34 against the USD.”

                              I thought Prayut's time was supposed be up months ago.:

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                              • State of emergency extended until end of July

                                The state of emergency was extended for another month, until July 31, at Monday (June 29)’s meeting of the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

                                The meeting, which was headed by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, considered the fifth phase of lockdown easing, the state of emergency, and the reopening of Thailand’s border to foreigners.

                                The CCSA reportedly extended the state of emergency to aid the fifth-phase easing and the reopening of schools and colleges on July 1.

                                Businesses set to be reopened on July 1 include pubs, bars and entertainment venues.:

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