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    Prayut orders stimulus rejig

    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered responsible state agencies to re-evaluate existing consumption stimulus packages, particularly the "Ying Chai Ying Dai" (the more you spend, the more you get) e-voucher cashback scheme, which has attracted fewer participants than expected.

    Government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri said Gen Prayut issued the order at a meeting of the Centre for Economic Situation Administration (CESA) on Thursday to consider the possibility of reinstating the "Shop Dee Mee Khuen" scheme that offers a tax deduction for individual taxpayers of up to 30,000 baht when purchasing goods or services.

    The government used the scheme to promote domestic shopping between Oct 23 and Dec 31, 2020.

    Gen Prayut said the Sho Dee Mee Khuen scheme should be reinstated if the measure can be made more effective at stimulating spending among people with high purchasing power.

    According to Mr Anucha, at a meeting between the premier and 40 business leaders on Wednesday, the private sector proposed the government reintroduce a tax rebate scheme, with tax deduction raised to 100,000 baht to make the scheme more enticing.

    The group said a tax rebate scheme similar to the Shop Dee Mee Khuen is more convenient and effective than an e-voucher system because buyers know immediately their eligible tax deduction.

    The Finance Ministry opened registration for the Ying Chai Ying Dai scheme on June 21. The government expects full participation of 4 million people.

    Participants receive vouchers in their Pao Tang e-wallets at a rate of 10-15% of spending, with a maximum limit of 7,000 baht per person. The e-voucher caps the amount it uses to calculate the cashback received at 5,000 baht daily, regardless of the daily amount spent.

    As of July 14, only 453,864 people registered for the scheme. Given the low level, the cabinet on Tuesday cut the budget for the scheme to 9.8 billion baht from 28 billion and raised the cashback to 10,000 baht from 5,000.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/business...stimulus-rejig


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    Prayut files defamation charges against rapper

    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is taking legal action against more celebrities after a young singer faced defamation charges for criticising him on social media.

    Rapper Danupa "Milli" Kanaterrakul, 18, arrived at the Nang Lerng police station in Bangkok on Thursday morning.

    She had earlier been summoned to acknowledge the charge involving her tweets late in June about Gen Prayut’s handling of the Covid-19 situation.

    She confessed to the charge and paid a 2,000-baht fine.

    As discontent grows over the deteriorating Covid-19 situation, actors and celebrities have been pressured to help people "call out" for better quality of life, medical treatment and management of the Covid-19 situation.

    Apiwat Kanthong, who heads one of Gen Prayut’s committees, filed a complaint against her on July 9 on behalf of the prime minister.

    Asst Prof Pornsant Liangboonlertchai at Chulalongkorn University's Faculty of Law, disagreed with the charges. He said the cabinet, including Gen Prayut, was a public entity or public officials who represented people — they were not a private entity.

    Tongthong Chandransu, a former dean of the Faculty of Law at Chulalongkorn University, also posted on Facebook: "A government is not a juristic person. It therefore cannot be the damaged party in a criminal case."

    Pol Lt Gen Piya Tavichai, deputy Bangkok police chief, said police were considering similar accusations against 25 more celebrities. Some of them were filed by Mr Apiwat's team while others were lodged by Sonthiya Sawasdi, an adviser to the House committee on laws, justice and human rights and former Palang Pracharath Party member.

    On Tuesday, Digital Economy Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn warned people, especially celebrities, against posting "false information" on social media.

    "Actors are influencers or public figures whom people love. Please don’t exploit this advantage for their political agenda by attacking the government. It is tantamount to distorting information and spreading fake news," he said.

    "You keep saying a lot of people died of Covid because of inferior vaccines and blaming it on the government. Is it true? Please don’t look from only one side. You have to think of what the government has done as well — procuring good vaccines that meet standards just like what our neighbours do," he added.

    However, on Thursday Mr Chaiwut wrote on Facebook that he had read posts by celebrities and did not find any wrongdoing because they only voiced dissatisfaction with the government’s responses to Covid-19.

    Last year, Gen Prayut appointed Mr Apiwat to chair a 10-member committee tasked with monitoring and taking legal action against people who propagate on social media false information about him and his cabinet.

    To date, it has filed hundreds of complaints. Critics say the setup of such a committee might not be legitimate because it uses taxpayers’ money to stop criticisms, even when they are not personal.

    The committee is authorised to file complaints on behalf of the prime minister without having to wait for his greenlight.

    Most of the charges are defamation under the Criminal Code and offences under the computer crime law. Some of them involve royal insult.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand...against-rapper

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    Thai PM’s 3-month salary to be turned into COVID-19 ‘survival boxes’

    Three months of Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s salary, and those of some the government spokesperson’s team, will be spent on COVID-19 “survival boxes”, to be distributed to people in the “Dark Red” zone, according to Government Spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri.

    Earlier in July, the prime minister, along with several cabinet members, declared that they will forego their salaries for a few months to help in the fight against the current wave of the pandemic, which is the most serious since the spread began early last year. Today (Wednesday), Thailand recorded yet another high of 13,002 infections, as opposed to only a few hundred per day last year.

    The boxes will contain necessities for people who think they may have contracted coronavirus but can take care of themselves. Among the items will be thermometers, oximeters, pain killers, Thai herbal medicine Fah Talai Jone, surgical masks and sanitiser gel, said Mr. Anucha yesterday.

    The “Dark Red” zone, or “maximum controlled and restricted” areas, are subject to strict semi-lockdown measures, which include a curfew between 9pm and 4am, voluntary staying at home, a maximum amount of working from home for state enterprises, interprovincial travel restrictions, closures of several venues, a ban on dining in and online classes only.

    The zone includes Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Pathum Thai, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Chon Buri, Chachoengsao, Ayutthaya, Yala, Pattani, Songkhla and Narathiwat provinces.: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/thai-pm...urvival-boxes/

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