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    Fok me Landy , you do cheer for the wrong team
    Appears to me that he doesn't understand too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
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    Fok me Landy , you do cheer for the wrong team
    Appears to me that he doesn't understand too much.
    Who would have guessed? Criticism about a poster (me) who’ll post news events about the current Thai PM from two posters. One (Mid) being a known Shinawatra supporter and the other a known wack conspiracy theorist (Somchai Boonporn aka Albert Shagnasty).

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    she's a Thaksin/US/Carlyle puppet
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    • 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.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand...er-charter-bid
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    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.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/business...-tourism-perks
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    • 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.

    Thailand and the United States have signed a defence treaty to enable stability, prosperity and sustainability in the Indo-Pacific region “in support of an inclusive and rules-based international order”.

    The US-Thailand Joint Vision Statement 2020 advances the 2018 US National Defence Strategy and Thailand’s 20-Year National Strategy objectives “by reaffirming our shared commitment to the long-standing defence alliance”, according to a statement issued by the US embassy in Bangkok on Sunday. “It strengthens the special relationship with a focus on the long-term advancement of mutual interests and shared values while also promoting security cooperation capable of deterring or acting decisively to meet the shared challenges of the future”, the statement added.

    Academics said the move reaffirmed US policy of putting defence, economic and other cooperation above democracy and human rights.

    Titipol Phakdeewanich, dean of the Faculty of Political Science at Ubonratchathani University, said the defence alliance demonstrated that the US government does not give priority to democracy and human rights.

    “It shows that the US-Thai relationship is based on mutual interests related to defence, economic and other areas of cooperation rather than promoting democracy,” he said.

    Both the European Union and the US have compromised on democracy since Thailand held its general election in March even though the military still exerts considerable influence on Thai politics, he noted.

    Before the election, the West did not fully engage with the former junta-backed government following the 2014 coup.

    Asked if the US aimed to counter China’s influence over Thailand and Asean, Titipol said that was unlikely to be the main objective because Thailand and the US have long cooperated on defence.

    The US Embassy statement said the interoperable and compatible arrangement between the US Department of Defence and the Thai Ministry of Defence would participate actively with other allies and like-minded partners to address security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region. “As demonstrated by a 65-year defence alliance, the United States and Thailand are stronger together,” the US embassy statement said.

    “The defence treaty alliance, founded on the 1954 Southeast Asia Collective Defence Treaty, and later expanded under the Thanat-Rusk Communiqué of 1962, supports regional and global security by enhancing readiness, flexibility and resilience. The special relationship between the United States and Thailand, based on mutual respect and shared interests, facilitates a stable, prosperous, free, open, inclusive and sustainable Indo-Pacific region through enhanced reciprocal access and security cooperation,” the statement said. As a major non-Nato ally of the US, the two sides “recognise the importance of sustained security cooperation, including education and training, capacity-building, interoperability, and modernisation of defence and security institutions to strengthen the US-Thai defence alliance”, the statement said.

    The alliance supports Thailand’s leadership role within Asean and other international security fora to advance mutual interests and reinforce the rules-based international order, the US embassy statement added.

    The US and Thailand recognise and seek to maintain Asean Centrality and the important role of the Asean-led regional security architecture, including the Asean Regional Forum and the Asean Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus, “in promoting mutual trust and confidence-building for regional peace and stability”.

    The statement said that the two sides reaffirmed the importance of a defence treaty alliance for the 21st century. “We note that defence ties complement all elements of our much broader relationship, including strong diplomatic, economic and cultural ties. We are committed to strengthening all of these important partnerships in order to achieve greater peace in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond,” the US embassy statement said.: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/...ernal_referral

    • Prayut wins vote of confidence from majority of Thais: Super Poll



    The majority of Thai people have expressed confidence in the government of Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, according to a survey by Super Poll Research Centre.

    Only 7.3 per cent said they were not happy with the country’s current situation, said Asst Prof Noppadon Kannika, director of the centre.

    Noppadon said the poll on the Thai confidence index used quantitative and qualitative research techniques after surveying 1,197 Thais from all regions and a range of professions.

    The data was collected from November 10-15 and has been analysed to create the confidence index in which a number above 100 reflects positive confidence while a number below 100 represents lack of confidence.

    The three works for which the Prayut government received the highest confidence scores were national security and peacekeeping (175.47), currency strength (160.95) and public banks’ services (154.84), followed by public health (150.92), education (145.18), energy (141.40), employment rate (114.50) and economic stimulation (103.96).

    However, the aspect that chalked up a negative confidence score of 95.81 was personal finance, regarding how well the government can increase money in people’s pockets.

    One of the interesting topics explored by the survey was “happiness level”. Some 66.6 per cent of respondents said they were happy with the country’s current situation, 26.1 per cent said that their happiness level was neutral, and 7.3 per cent said they were not happy. The factors affecting the “unhappy group” included health issues, personal finance problems, unemployment and economic recession.: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30378413
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    • 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.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand...osses#cxrecs_s
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    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.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand...t-on-the-cards
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    Pope Francis meets PM


    His Holiness Pope Francis arrived at the Government House at 9am this morning (November 21) where he was welcomed by Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha along with ministers and high-ranking officers. His Holiness signed the official guest book and exchanged souvenirs with the PM.

    The Prime Minister said that the government was honoured by the papal visit, noting that this year marked the 350th anniversary of the first missionaries coming to Siam, as Thailand was known then, and the 50th anniversary of the Thai-Vatican relationship. Prayut also praised His Holiness for his mission to encourage harmony, human resource development and environment conservation, promote peace, and decrease poverty and reduce inequality.

    The Prime Minister said Thai policy had long been based on the philosophy of the sufficiency economy according to the royal initiatives of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great as used this as the guidelines for the country's economic and social development. In 2019, Thailand, as chair of Asean, had collaborated with partner countries to promote sustainable development society across all dimensions. During the 35th Asean Summit, the bloc’s members agreed to strengthen cooperation in accordance with issues that are in line with the Pope's vision, including poverty alleviation, reducing development gaps, human capital development, environmental protection, marine waste reduction, alternative energy development, and appropriate migration support. The PM added that he believed Thailand and Vatican City would work closely together in both bilateral and international frameworks.

    His Holiness thanked Prayut thanks for the warm welcome and praised Asean as a symbol of cooperation to solve problems in the region especially current global problems that affect all parts of the world. As Thailand has a diverse culture, it recognises the unity and peaceful coexistence among ethnic groups and shows respect and acceptance of differences that inspire everyone who wishes to create a different world to give as a gift for next generation.

    The Pope added that he appreciated the establishment of the Ethics and Social Committee which brings together representatives from various religions nationwide. In his context, the Pope will have an audience with the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand to underline the importance of friendship between religions.

    He also spoke about the crisis of migration and repeated his call to the international community to support and solve problems that push people to escape from their countries and to promote safe migration. He said he hoped that every country will establish mechanisms to protect the rights and dignity of migrants and immigrants. Pope praised the Thai government for solving the problem of violence and labour in children and women. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the “Convention on the Rights of the Child”, which is a great opportunity for Thailand to deliberate on the future of a new population.: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/...ernal_referral
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    Prayut taunted by woman over 'promises' during visit to market


    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was mocked by a woman during his visit to a market when she started singing a song, “We will fulfill our promises", a military song aired during Prayut’s first term as prime minister after the 2014 coup.

    Prayut and his aides on Friday noon (November 22) toured Wanglang market, near Siriraj Hospital. Some people showed their support for the PM by taking photographs with him, shaking hands and hugging him.

    One lady, however, taunted the premier by singing sarcastically the song, “We will fulfill our promises”. The song was written and aired after the 2014 coup. The lines of the song conveyed that military rule would not be for the long-term. However, after promises to hold elections were broken by the junta government several times, many people used to sing that song when they wanted to mock the junta government, which ruled until the general election in March this year.

    Many still view the current coalition-led government as military rule in disguise after the junta-appointed senators voted for Prayut as prime minister.: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/...ernal_referral
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    what a wanker,

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