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  • #91
    Originally posted by Mid View Post
    Fok me Landy , you do cheer for the wrong team
    Appears to me that he doesn't understand too much.


    • #92
      Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
      Originally posted by Mid View Post
      Fok me Landy , you do cheer for the wrong team
      Appears to me that he doesn't understand too much.
      Originally posted by Albert Shagnasty View Post
      she's a Thaksin/US/Carlyle puppet
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      • #93
        • PM 'won't hinder' charter bid/Public hearings must be held, says Prayut

        Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday said he has no objection to constitutional amendments, though some issues must undergo a public hearing process.

        Speaking after a mobile cabinet meeting in Kanchanaburi, Gen Prayut said that it should be left to parliament to undertake the process, though he said he was ready to support amending the charter as it is part of the government's policy statement.

        "Don't get me or the government involved. It's parliament's mechanism. I have nothing to do with it. It's about everyone working for the sake of the country,'' Gen Prayut said on Tuesday.

        He added that those who are seeking to amend the constitution must be prepared to explain their reasoning to the public.

        The opposition led by the Pheu Thai Party has campaigned vigorously to rewrite what critics describe as a seriously flawed constitution.

        One of the key issues targeted for change is a charter provision allowing senators to join the House of Representatives in voting for a prime minister.

        The Democrat Party, a coalition partner, also insisted on charter change as a precondition for joining the Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP)-led coalition government.

        Constitutional amendment was one of the 12 priorities detailed in the policy statement that the Prayut Chan-o-cha administration declared before parliament.

        Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa, a key figure in the coalition Chartthaipattana Party, said that coalition parties had not yet discussed their quota of seats on the House committee to deliberate the matter.

        He said his party had not thought of competing against other parties for the committee chairman post, adding that the chairman chosen should be flexible and experienced.

        Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said that senators should also have a role to play on the committee as the Upper House's help will be needed to ensure the process proceeds smoothly.

        Asked by reporters if it would be proper to allow senators who are seen as "stakeholders" to sit on the committee, Mr Wissanu said: "Aren't MPs stakeholders too? In fact, everyone is.

        "If you want the committee to be free of stakeholders, all committee members must be neutral with no affiliations to political parties."

        Mr Wissanu had earlier said no cabinet ministers would take part in the study of the proposed constitutional amendments.

        Government and opposition whips had originally decided that there would be 49 members on the panel; 18 representing the coalition government, 19 from the opposition, and 12 from the cabinet.

        However, the inclusion of cabinet ministers was dropped as they may not have enough time to attend meetings, according to Mr Wissanu.

        The exclusion of cabinet ministers would leave 12 seats vacant, six of which are expected to be filled by senators, members of independent agencies and the government's legal experts, while the other six seats will be taken up by individuals chosen by the government whip.

        Energy Minister and PPRP secretary-general Sontirat Sontijirawong said that senior figures in the coalition have been discussing who will chair the committee.

        He said the PPRP is expected to be given a quota of 10 members on the committee, as agreed upon with coalition parties.

        Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon, who chairs the PPRP strategic committee, on Tuesday declined to comment when asked by reporters if Borwornsak Uwanno, former chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee, had been approached to head the committee.

        Education Minister and PPRP deputy leader Nataphol Teepsuwan insisted political etiquette required the committee chairman be from the main government party.

        Asked if Mr Borwornsak was suited to the role, Mr Nataphol said that Mr Borwornsak was a qualified candidate, but stressed that the public were more concerned with seeing bread and butter issue addressed rather than charter amendment.

        Sutin Klungsang, the opposition chief whip and Pheu Thai MP for Maha Sarakham, has backed former Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva for the role. However, Mr Abhisit earlier told the Bangkok Post he has yet to decide whether he would participate.:
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        • #94
          PM declares new tourism perks

          The government is set to revise the perks for investment in tourism and related services.

          Officials also pledge to introduce additional short-term measures to stimulate tourism during the high season this year and the first quarter next year to help the overall economy, said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who chaired a meeting with representatives from the Thai Chamber of Commerce and tourism companies.

          "The government is implementing various measures to boost the tourism industry, both in the short term and long term, as well as tackling existing obstacles that impede tourism development," Gen Prayut said.

          He said the tourism industry plays a major role in the economy, making up 20% of GDP, and the sector is capable of contributing more if the government can address obstacles and produce more cooperation among related agencies.

          Gen Prayut called on related agencies to use tourism as a mechanism to resolve poverty, especially through tourism communities.

          He said Thursday's meeting also agreed to establish an ad hoc committee to seek long-term measures, including improving laws to boost the tourism industry.

          Short-term measures should be implemented within a few months to stimulate tourism during the high season and the first quarter of 2020, Gen Prayut said.

          Wuthichai Luangamornlert, president of the Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, said Board of Investment (BoI) privileges for the tourism industry should be improved.

          The existing privileges are out of date, he said.

          Mr Wuthichai said the BoI's requirement for investment in amusement park categories of a minimum of 500 million baht is too high for second-tier provinces.

          He said hotels should enjoy the same privileges offered to investors, like a corporate income tax exemption for five years, because they normally make profits after five years of operation.

          Kalin Sarasin, chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, said the private sector has proposed that the government revise the corporate income tax for hotels and lodging services to help operators improve safety, conserve energy and offer more rooms.

          The private sector asked the government to lower the excise tax on wine and lifestyle goods to entice shoppers. It also reiterated its call for the government to cut the excise tax on jet fuel.

          Mr Kalin said the government should organise walking streets along Yaowarat Road, in the Ratchaprasong area and in major cities as a short-term measure to stimulate shopping.

          The private sector also called for a revision of the ban on alcoholic drink sales from 2pm to 5pm, saying the measure hurts the tourism sector.:
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          • #95
            • US-Thai defence treaty looks to cement alliance in 21st century

            Prime Minister and Defence Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha and US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper with the new defence alliance treaty on Sunday (November 17) in Bangkok.
            • Prayut wins vote of confidence from majority of Thais: Super Poll

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            • #96
              • PM upbeat in spite of job losses/Govt plans help for laid-off factory staff

              The government is trying to find ways to help workers who have been laid off after nearly 1,400 factories closed down during the past 11 months, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Tuesday.

              The government also pointed to more than 2,000 new factories having opened over the period, with jobs created for over 80,000 people.

              Speaking after Tuesday's cabinet meeting, Gen Prayut said he has instructed cabinet ministers to come up with measures to improve the grassroots economy as well as assist farmers and workers both financially and in terms of upgrading their skills.

              He also stressed the need for economic ministers to promote domestic and foreign investment and, in particular, promote state investment projects.

              The prime minister said that any spending of the 2020 fiscal 3.2-trillion-baht budget will have to wait until after the bill is passed by parliament.

              Gen Prayut added that the government has also attached importance to online trading and expediting the use of digital technologies to improve efficiency in business.

              Despite the closure of 1,391 factories between Jan 1 to Nov 12 of this year, application requests for new factory openings totalled 2,889 as of Nov 12, Krichanont Iyapunya, a deputy spokesman at the Industry Ministry said earlier.

              There were also new jobs created from new businesses for 84,033 people, he said, while 84,704 people were employed on the back of new factory openings, compared with 35,533 laid-off employees.

              Mr Krichanont also said numerous factories still need additional workers, while several factories are seeking to expand their operations, and are ready to spend more than 431 billion baht worth of government investment money, a 36.6% boost on what they received last year.

              "The overall condition of factory operations is not in recession," Mr Krichanont said.

              Labour Minister MR Chatu Mongol Sonakul said that some 79,000 job vacancies are still available, which reflects the high demand for workers. He expressed confidence that the government's infrastructure development and mass-transit projects will inject more cash into the economy over the next few years.

              Meanwhile, a source at the Labour Ministry said that the proposed minimum wage hike will be submitted to a tripartite committee composed of employees, employers, and the government for approval today.

              If approved, the new rates will be presented to the cabinet for endorsement before being announced in the Royal Gazette, the source said, adding that the new rates are expected to come into effect by the end of this year, as a New Year's gift for workers.

              Provincial sub-committees given the task of adjusting minimum daily wage rates have proposed annual raises of between two to 10 baht. The proposal was also deliberated by the central academic screening sub-committee.

              In August, the central wage committee chaired by permanent secretary for labour, Suthi Sukosol, resolved that the two to 10 baht rise should be reviewed in line with the changing economic conditions and the rising cost of living.

              Suthep Ou-on, a Future Forward Party MP who chairs the House committee on labour, said that the minimum wage should be at least 400 baht a day across the whole country due to current high living costs.:
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              • #97
                PM says reshuffle not on the cards

                Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has no plan to reshuffle the cabinet or make changes to economic ministers, government spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat said on Wednesday.

                Ms Narumon said the prime minister simply wants the economic team to strengthen its efforts especially in improving the rural economy in compliance with the 20-year national strategy, national reform plan and government policy manifesto.

                "The prime minister doesn't have any thoughts about reshuffling the cabinet or the economic team. [He] wants the ministers to help implement measures to alleviate hardship for every group and there is a constant roll-out of stimulus packages," she said.

                Ms Narumon was referring to Gen Prayut's remarks made during a press conference on Tuesday when he instructed economic ministers to improve their work.

                Meanwhile, the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) is calling on the government to come up with economic stimulus measures and speed up talks on the Thai-EU free trade agreement and a return of preferential trade privileges to help boost the economy.

                The proposals, made by FTI chairman Supant Mongkolsuthree, follow the sector confidence report for October which saw confidence drop from 92.1 in September to 91.2 -- the lowest in 17 months.

                He said the latest finding reflects businesses' concerns for an economic slowdown in the region, SMEs' struggles for financial assistance, and a loss of price competitiveness due to the strong baht.

                The confidence survey was conducted among 1,211 business operators who cited the global economic situation and the strong baht among top concerns. However, the government's stimulus packages and year-end purchase orders were cited as key factors to spur consumption this month. Mr Supant said the government should accelerate public investments and educate businesses on how to mitigate risks associated with the central bank's measures aimed at easing credit outflow restrictions.:
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                • #98
                  Pope Francis meets PM

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                  • #99
                    Prayut taunted by woman over 'promises' during visit to market

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                    • what a wanker,


                      • PM to jet to South Korea for cooperation summit

                        Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will on Sunday fly to South Korea to co-chair the Asean-ROK Commemorative Summit aimed at setting the direction of cooperation over the next 30 years.

                        The meeting, which will be also presided over by South Korean President Moon Jae-in, is on top of other highlights, including a conference on Mekong basin sustainable development, during his four-day visit to the port city of Busan.

                        Among topics at the summit, to be held on Tuesday, is "30 & 30", which will encourage the 10-country bloc and South Korea to look back to their cooperation over the past 30 years and jointly picture the next 30 years, government spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat said yesterday.

                        This session will be followed by a talk on how the two partners will enhance their connectivity toward prosperity and sustainability, she said.

                        Mr Moon said he has been looking forward to the summit. He earlier tightened his ties with leaders by visiting all 10 Asean members ahead of the meeting.

                        The president will also take the occasion to inaugurate the Mekong-ROK Commemorative Summit between South Korea and five countries in the Mekong River basin -- Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam -- on Nov 27.

                        Countries located downstream the 4,880-kilometre river, which originates in China, share a main goal to jointly deal with major challenges that may affect the ecology of the river.

                        Experts expressed worries over the record low of river levels, raising fears over the impact from climate change and dam construction.

                        South Korea has been eager to give help in terms of environmental protection and sustainable economic development in the Mekong sub-region. After the meeting on the Mekong issues, Gen Prayut and Mr Moon will hold a joint press conference, Ms Narumon said.

                        which originates in China:
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                          • PM courts S Korean money for EEC plan/Moon summit talks prompt invitation

                          Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday urged South Korean businesses to invest in Thailand, especially in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), government spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat said.

                          Gen Prayut's invitation was made during bilateral talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in which took place on the sidelines of the 3rd Asean-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit and the 1st Mekong-Republic of Korea Summit in Busan.

                          "The prime minister urged South Korea investors to ramp up investment, especially in 4.0 industries during the 4IR [Fourth Industrial Revolution] which South Korea has expertise in such as automobiles, electric vehicles, biotechnology, digital innovation and robotics," she said.

                          Mr Moon praised the prime minister for his role in driving the economy and agreed to intensify cooperation with Thailand, particularly in the areas of economy, human capital and development of the network of Asean smart cities which is in line with South Korea's New Southern Policy (NSP), she added.

                          According to Ms Narumon, both leaders agreed to step up multilateral cooperation in all aspects including water management, fundamental infrastructure, strengthening of MSMEs, education development and connectivity.

                          South Korea is ready to share its knowledge and expertise in the areas it excels in with Thailand, she noted.

                          According to Ms Narumon, Gen Prayut also thanked South Korea for supporting Thailand during its Asean chairmanship and praised the NSP for helping to push South Kore and Asean towards their goals.

                          In his address during the opening of the 3rd Asean-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit, Gen Prayut said that South Korea is a key partner of the regional community.

                          Gen Prayut also emphasised the private sector's role in driving the economy, saying Asean had agreed to push for closer cooperation between the private and public sectors.

                          The summit is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the dialogue partnership between Asean and South Korea while the 1st Mekong-ROK Summit -- between South Korea and five countries in the Mekong River basin -- was arranged to strengthen cooperation in political, economic and socio-cultural areas. The five countries are Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

                          Meanwhile, the Thai and South Korean leaders on Monday observed the signing of three memorandums of understanding (MoU), including one on the exchange of information on Thai labour exports to South Korea.

                          The memorandum was signed between the Labour Ministry's Department of Employment and the South Korea Immigration Service in the hopes of tackling illegal labourers known as phi noi (little ghosts) in South Korea.

                          Suchart Pornchaiwisetkul, chief of the Department of Employment, also held talks with South Korea Immigration Service authorities on how to proceed after the signing of the MoU.:
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                            • PM targets student, tech swap

                            BUSAN: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha wants to boost education and cultural exchanges between Thailand and South Korea by increasing the number of participants in exchange programmes between the two countries.

                            At the Mekong-Republic of Korea (ROK) Commemorative Summit, Gen Prayut said that people should be at the centre of development planning in the Mekong Basin, which covers Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

                            All of these countries are ready "to give their full support to economic and social development agendas in the region in a sustainable way", he said.

                            Gen Prayut said he asked South Korean President Moon Jae-in to help bolster human resource development under the South Korean-Thai educational cooperation programme, by increasing the exchange student quota by 20% per year. "Their numbers should double in the next five years," he said.

                            The call was welcomed by Seoul, which said it wants to help Mekong countries attain prosperity akin to South Korea's post-war expansion, dubbed the "Miracle on the Han River".

                            Gen Prayut also said that South Korea should share experiences and expertise from its technology-driven economy with Mekong Basin countries: "We need South Korea's support to improve digital literacy in the Mekong Basin so we can compete in the global job market."

                            He also highlighted what he called "a new threat to regional security" -- environmental issues. "[South Korea] can help us brace for droughts and floods which may be caused by climate change, as they also have modern geo-informatics technology.":
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                              • 'Pracharath' project to stay

                              The cabinet has agreed in principle that the pracharath school project -- initiated in the southern border provinces by the previous coup-installed government -- will continue, deputy government spokeswoman Traisulee Traisoranakul said.

                              "The project will have a budget allocation of more than 3 billion baht to support it," she said.

                              Schools under the project are located in Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, and four districts in Songkhla -- namely Chana, Thepha, Na Thawi, and Saba Yoi.

                              In 2016, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered that a primary and secondary school in each district of these provinces be upgraded into a boarding school.

                              The project is aimed at providing basic education to needy or abandoned children affected by the southern violence so as to reduce educational inequality and improve the quality of life of local people.

                              "Since the project began in 2017, there are now 64 schools under the project, and that number is expected to continue to increase," the spokeswoman said.

                              The Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec) has sought a budget allocation of 3.4 billion baht to support the project from the cabinet, Ms Traisulee said.

                              Of that amount, some 132 million baht will be used to hire teachers and buy teaching aids; about 1 billion baht will be spent on constructing dormitories at each participating school, while some additional 2.2 billion baht will be paid for three square meals per day for each student, and to subsidise their tuition fees.:
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                                • Prayut calls for unity after defeat/Coalition 'still stable' despite Section 44 vote

                                Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has called on coalition parties to honour their original "gentleman's agreement", after the government suffered a shock defeat in its bid to prevent formation of a panel to scrutinise Section 44.

                                The defeat was the result of six Democrat Party MPs refusing to toe the coalition line and voting to support the opposition motion, proposed by Future Forward Party secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, to set up a panel to study the impact of orders issued under Section 44. The legislation gave Gen Prayut special executive powers as leader of the post-coup National Council for Peace and Order regime.

                                On Wednesday, the opposition edged the ruling coalition camp by four votes -- 234-230 -- on the motion, with two abstentions and one absence.

                                Gen Prayut said that defeat in a parliamentary vote was normal, adding that several MPs from coalition parties were too busy to attend the meeting.

                                However, the prime minister insisted the coalition remained solid, adding he had not given any thought to a cabinet reshuffle.

                                Cabinet ministers would be given time before an assessment of their work is made, he said.

                                "I am still confident about [coalition] stability. I am a former soldier who knows the importance of gentleman's agreements. When you join a government, you must be serious and work with the government to do the right things, rather than merely engage in political battles," Gen Prayut said.

                                Addressing the coalition's defeat in the vote, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon, who is also chief strategist of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP), said it all came down to the spirit of each coalition MP, though he insisted there was no disagreement among coalition parties.

                                A source at the Democrat Party said the rebellion by the six Democrat MPs was in retaliation for the PPRP's refusal to back former Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva to head a House committee to study constitutional amendments.

                                The PPRP wants instead to nominate its party-list MP Paiboon Nititawan, who has the backing of Gen Prawit, as committee chairman, the source said.

                                The PPRP's move prompted Mr Abhisit to withdraw from the race for the chairmanship. As a result, a meeting of Democrat MPs on Tuesday decided to omit Mr Abhisit from the list of its nominees for the House committee, the source said.

                                The source said some of the Democrat MPs who supported the motion have close ties with Mr Abhisit, such as Thepthai Senpong, an MP for Nakhon Si Thammarat, Chaiwuti Bannawat, a Tak MP, and party-list MP Panich Vikitsreth.

                                Deputy Democrat leader Nipit Intarasombat told the Bangkok Post that Mr Abhisit wanted to stay out of the conflict. If the PPRP did not support his bid to head the committee, it would be pointless to take the post, Mr Nipit said.

                                However, Mr Nipit felt that Banyat Bantadtan, a former Democrat leader nominated for the House committee, would make a suitable chairman, given his political experience and ability to compromise.

                                Mr Thepthai on Thursday insisted that the six Democrat MPs were not "cobras", or renegades, adding they had also initiated their own motion for a panel to scrutinise Section 44.

                                The House of Representatives was thrown into turmoil after both sides were locked in conflict over voting for a panel to study the effects of orders issued under Section 44.:
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