The Prime Minister instructs those who pass the welfare card criteria

BANGKOK, March 12 – A government spokesman revealed that the prime minister has ordered full facilities for those who qualify for the welfare card program, with more than 6.5 million people successfully verifying their identity.

 

On March 12, 2023, Mr. Anucha Burapachaisri, Deputy Secretary-General to the Prime Minister for Political Affairs Acting as a spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Office revealed that General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister and Minister of Defense command close Follow up and take care of all citizens who submit registration for the 2022 state welfare program, fully facilitating people.

According to the data on March 11, 2023 at 4:00 p.m., the number of people who have successfully verified their identities has accumulated 6,472,975 people out of a total of 14,596,820 people. 5,435 appellants whom the Prime Minister has instructed relevant agencies to continue to provide convenience for all citizens. so that qualified citizens are taken care of according to their rights

 

A government spokesman added: Prime Minister attaches importance to follow-up and continuously instruct relevant agencies to help facilitate the qualified people Including asking for cooperation from all 3 banks, Krungthai Government Savings Bank, BAAC across the country to fully facilitate the people. Including asking to open for service on Saturday-Sunday. extra convenience

“The Prime Minister closely oversees the facilitation of people who pass the qualifications for identity verification to participate in the welfare card scheme with concern. Close orders for all relevant departments to speed up care and facilitation for the people. Confident that it will be able to facilitate people who pass qualifications to verify their identity in time by March 2023 and can start spending according to the framework of the project that has been set from April 1, 2023 onwards, including thanking people for being confident in government work I am confident that this project will help, take care of, alleviate the livelihoods of all vulnerable people who have passed the qualifications during this time,” Mr. Anucha said.-

 

Source: Thai News Agency

Thai actors – foreign businessmen Participate in the sacrifice ceremony “Four ears and five eyes”

12 Mar.- At the Deva Muni House, Chiang Mai Province, there is a worship ceremony. “Mang four ears five eyes” Thai actors – foreign businessmen. Participate in the ceremony and pay homage believed to be a lucky amulet The Office for the Promotion of Arts and Culture, Chiang Mai University reveals that “Mang four ears and five eyes” has a story in Lanna. Appears to be found in general measurements.

Thewamuni House Archan Sap Munithep, Doi Saket District, Chiang Mai Province, performed a worship ceremony “Mang four ears and five eyes,” which is the incarnation of Indra. God according to Lanna belief Businessmen, celebrities, singers, actors and hosts from Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and China attended the ceremony and sent photos to the ceremony.

In the ceremony, there are 3 colored candles representing the Buddha, the Dharma and the monks. and Phra Ajarn To, the abbot of Wat Phra Bat Pang Fan There were people and Thai actors, including Emmy Maxim, Yong Lookyee, Chet Chernyim, Tengnueng Dokkradon, comedians who attended the ceremony. At the end of the ceremony, 1,500 candles were lit and a Lanna-style succession ceremony was performed.

Ajarn Sub Muneethep said that Chinese people respect him. Most of them are businessmen, merchants, and artists and actors. come to pray for success when there is a sacrificial ceremony Overseas students send photos online for blessings and vows. Because he was stuck on a mission, he couldn’t travel. When the ceremony is over, take pictures and send them back to see.

Office of the Promotion of Arts and Culture and Creative Lanna Chiang Mai University disclose information about “Four Ears and Five Eyes Mang” is a large animal resembling a bear with four ears and five eyes. Legend has it that it eats charcoal and expels gold. In fact, this type of animal does not appear in the world. But there is a story in Lanna since ancient times. It is recorded in the form of written literature in palm leaf type documents. Which appears to be seen by the temple in general There is also a statue of a spider with four ears and five eyes. at Wat Doi Tham Khao Kwai Mueang Chiang Rai District

At present, statues are being built in various places. Let people pay homage to ask for good fortune. Some places bear the shape of a bear as seen in manuscripts. But found that many of them were built in the shape of a monkey. or other animals It may be because the transmission of the content may be inaccurate. There is also a creation of an image as an amulet for rent. It is believed that Mang has four ears and five eyes. is a lucky amulet Because the data is taken into gold.

 

Source: Thai News Agency

Turkish FM Cavushoglu to host Thai, Serb counterparts in Ankara

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavushoglu will host his counterparts from Thailand and Serbia on Thursday to discuss bilateral ties and cooperation, Trend reports citing Daily Sabah.

 

During a three-day visit to Türkiye starting on Wednesday, Cavushoglu and Don Pramudwinai will co-chair the fourth meeting of the Joint Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation between Türkiye and Thailand, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

 

“During the meeting, the ministers will discuss bilateral cooperation, exchange views on current regional and international development and sign the second Joint Plan of Action between Türkiye and Thailand for the 2023-2028 period,” it added.

 

Source: TREND News Agency

Thai cabinet approves 5.9 billion baht budget for next General Election

The Thai cabinet has approved a budget of 5.95 billion baht for the Election Commission (EC) to hold this year’s General Election.

 

5.104 million baht is for the EC’s preparations and to hold the election across the country.

 

840 million baht is intended for other state agencies and state enterprises working to support the EC. These include expenses associated with voting by Thai nationals abroad, educational campaigns about the election by the Education Ministry and expenses for the Royal Thai Police to maintain peace and order during the election.

 

The four-year term of the House of Representatives is due to end on March 23rd. The election must then be held within 45 days.

 

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service

Panthawat Nakwisut: Accused lottery tycoon makes big political gamble

The CEO of online lottery platform Kong Salak Plus, Panthawat “Not” Nakwisut, appears to have his own style of working. At a time when most people would have shifted into defensive mode, Panthawat has launched an all-out offensive.

 

“I am going to enter politics,” Panthawat declared the other day. “I have already founded a political party. It is called CHANGE.”

 

In early January, police charged the 43-year-old with selling overpriced government lottery tickets via his company’s Kong Salak Plus online platform.

 

Panthawat responded by pleading innocence, before promptly launching into politics. His mission, he said, was to take care of all 200,000 lottery vendors in the country while tackling their problems at the grassroots level.

 

“Since childhood, I have witnessed the woes of people at the grassroots level. I will address all their everyday problems one by one until the overall picture improves,” he said.

 

He announced his political debut just after being summoned to acknowledge several charges and answer why his firm had received huge sums from a money-laundering suspect earlier this month.

 

Rags to riches

 

Panthawat claims to be no stranger to hardship, saying he grew up poor in a ramshackle house without even a bathroom.

 

He said his parents put him through school, while he tried to help them by earning extra cash. By the age of 10, he was helping his mother sell groceries to factory workers, and at 12, he began looking for jobs as a manual laborer, but by 17 he was using and selling methamphetamine tablets, according to his life story.

 

Panthawat eventually dropped out of school and escaped to Bangkok. Realizing that his methamphetamine habit was destroying him, he began looking for a proper job. However, he reportedly spent most of his early adult years working in the nightlife district.

 

At 25, he returned home, got ordained and later married his sweetheart. He then started a new life by taking a job as a messenger.

 

His quick wits saw him climb the ladder until he finally left the firm as technical manager. But he quit because the job had become boring and, by the time he was 30, he had set up his own gaming parlor.

 

He said the gaming parlor required little attention, leaving him plenty of free time to study information on the internet and explore new opportunities in cyberspace.

 

He was interested in ways of making big money online, including by promoting shops with search engine optimization (SEO) techniques, selling products himself, and holding seminars on using digital skills to get rich.

 

Panthawat said that his monthly income soared to 2 million baht. However, he got carried away by his success, squandered his riches and eventually had nothing left to support his family.

 

Realizing his mistakes, he returned to square one and created a Facebook page for football fans. His was the first Facebook page in Thailand to feature football match highlights with dubbed Thai commentary.

 

Shady dealings

 

He said that after his page began doing well and attracting a large audience, a shady powerful figure approached him with the offer of a business partnership.

 

Panthawat said he took the bait and ended up losing the page to the “influential” business partner, who had the backing of a high-ranking police officer.

 

The dispute over the Facebook page was so big that Panthawat had to flee to Chiang Mai and lie low for a long while. However, he said he was able to return with his head held high because he had made a new powerful friend.

 

His new associate was quite young but reportedly operated gambling websites under police protection. Panthawat’s ability to capture top billing on the internet with his SEO expertise was the first thing that caught this benefactor’s attention.

 

With his new patron’s support, Panthawat was able to return to the cyberworld and set up Kong Salak Plus. Last year, his platform earned more than 1.19 billion baht in revenue.

 

Now, Panthawat insists he is innocent of the many charges leveled against him. And he claims his venture into politics is motivated by a desire to reform Thailand’s government lottery for everyone’s benefit.

 

“I am going to contest the upcoming general election as a party-list MP candidate,” he said. Panthawat, who was last seen at Suvarnabhumi Airport on January 20, said he will return by the end of the month.

 

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service

Q&A: US Sees No Chance of Fair Election Under Myanmar Junta

WASHINGTON — The United States believes there is no chance that proposed elections in Myanmar will be free and fair, according to Derek Chollet, a senior adviser to Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Myanmar and other issues.

 

In an interview at the State Department on Thursday with Khin Soe Win, acting chief of VOA’s Burmese Service, Chollet also discussed the recently passed Burma Act, which provides for humanitarian assistance and civil society support to pro-democracy factions in Myanmar and imposes targeted sanctions on elements of the ruling junta accused of human rights abuses.

 

Other issues discussed included Russian support for the military junta that seized power in Myanmar, also known as Burma, in February 2021, and U.S. efforts to build support for Myanmar opposition forces such as the National Unity Government and People’s Defense Forces, and among Myanmar’s neighbors in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

 

The following transcript has been edited for length and clarity.

 

VOA: President Biden recently signed the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes the Burma Act, which is welcomed most Burmese people, particularly the resistance groups, as well as the National Unity Government and People’s Defense Force. But how effectively and how soon can you deliver this assistance to the targeted groups?

 

Derek Chollet, senior adviser to Secretary of State Antony Blinken: Well, first of all, we’re already working — and we have been working over the last several years — to provide nonlethal assistance to the pro-democracy opposition inside Burma. We’ve been very engaged with the National Unity Government as well as some of the ethnic groups within Burma, talking to them about ways we could be most helpful in their efforts to put Burma back on the path to democracy. The Burma Act that was recently signed into law is something we in the Biden administration strongly support. We worked very closely with the Congress in the development of the Burma Act. It’s something we welcome, and the fact that that was put into law in a bipartisan basis with both Democrats and Republicans working together shows the depth of support here in the United States for the people of Burma. [It also shows] the strong position we have against what the junta has done.

 

VOA: Yes, it’s about $136 million. But compared to the U.S. assistance to Ukraine, it’s just peanuts. But this is an encouragement for the resistance group as well as the moral support for the Burmese people who are under the military suppression.

 

Chollet: Yes, absolutely. And I think it’s important to note the Burma Act is not the sum total of everything we are doing for Burma. Since 2017, the United States has provided nearly $2 billion in support to Burma, Bangladesh, the areas … afflicted by this conflict. And we’re going to continue to try to find ways that we can support the people of Burma and the pro-democracy opposition there.

VOA: The junta seems not to be winning in the fight against the People’s Defense Forces and ethnic armed groups on the ground and focusing on air power. There are reports of some calling to impose a no-fly zone. Is it possible for the U.S. to coordinate with the U.N. Security Council on a no-fly zone?

 

Chollet: Well, that’s not something we’re considering now. What we’re trying to find is a way that we can peacefully resolve the situation inside Burma. We strongly condemn what the junta has done and is doing every day. We fully support the efforts by ASEAN in particular to stick to the five-point consensus to ensure that Burma and the junta remain isolated within ASEAN and not being able to enjoy the benefits of membership in certain ways — certainly by not having political representation at key ASEAN meetings. When we held the U.S.-ASEAN summit here in Washington and President Biden met with nine leaders of ASEAN, there was an empty chair. And that was because Burma was not welcome at a political level at that meeting.

 

VOA: Back to NDAA and assistance for Burma, including the nonlethal assistance for armed resistance groups. Russia might retaliate against the U.S. because the Burmese junta was the very first to support the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Do you think Russia might react?

 

Chollet: We have seen over the last several years that the relationship between the junta and Moscow has only grown stronger. Russia is the biggest military supporter of the junta. It has been backing the junta in very significant ways. It’s something we strongly condemn. And Russia is at a point right now where it’s got very few friends in the international community, and it’s found that the junta is one of the more reliable friends. That said, we were able to work with our partners in the U.N. Security Council to have a significant resolution passed, the first time the U.N. Security Council had spoken to the issue of Burma since the coup. Russia allowed that Security Council resolution to go forward. And so, we’ve shown that we can get some things done. But the reality is Russia and the junta are very, very close. I expect they’ll remain that way. But that will only cause us to redouble our efforts to support the people of Burma, to work with our like-minded allies in the region and beyond to try to bring about a resolution to this crisis.

 

VOA: Neighboring countries are crucial for Burma. The military leader Min Aung Hlaing today met with the Thai army chief in the beach resort in Rakhine state. Thailand’s role in the Burma crisis is critical because of the exodus of migrants to Thailand. When you visited Thailand together with Secretary Blinken last year, representatives of the National Unity Government and various armed ethnic organizations were not able to meet you because they feared Thai intelligence would find their location. So how do you assess Thailand’s role in this conflict?

 

Chollet: Thailand shares a very, very long border with Burma and is quite concerned about the spillover effects of the instability. We fully understand that Thailand has been a critical partner of us for many, many years, and working to deal with the refugee crisis in Burma and all of its manifestations over decades. Now, we are very close partners and Thailand is an ally of the United States. Thailand is a key partner within ASEAN. So we’re working very hard to stay close to our Thai partners as we’re working together to try to resolve the situation inside Burma. It’s something that we’re doing also with our other ASEAN partners, because there’s many countries with a lot at stake in Burma’s future. And I think the one thing we have been able to accomplish in the years since the coup is by maintaining the strong unity — seeing the unity within ASEAN and then building unity between ASEAN and countries like the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom and others with an interest in a secure and peaceful and democratic Burma.

 

VOA: Secretary Blinken urged the international community to reject the sham elections that the junta is going to hold. And then yesterday the military spokesperson confirmed they are going to hold a National Security Council meeting at the end of this month, and they are going to set the election date. I don’t know how they are going to do it, because the military regime’s state of emergency expires at the end of this month.

 

Chollet: Look, our position hasn’t changed. These elections have no chance of being free and fair. It’s a transparent attempt to try to legitimize what the junta has done and try to create an offramp somehow for its coup. Our view is very simple. There was an election that was deemed free and fair. It was in November of 2020. The junta did not like the outcome of that election, which is why they did what they did on February 1, 2021. They don’t control up to 50% of the territory right now. It’s unclear how they could even hold elections. You can’t have a free and fair election when you’re jailing every significant opposition, when you’re committing atrocities, when you’re shutting down a free press. So, we should drop any pretense that if they were to hold an election— and they probably will try to hold one — that it would be free and fair.

 

Source: Voice of America

Election officials told to monitor political activities closely

Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) has instructed election directors in the country’s 77 provinces, including Bangkok, to keep a close watch on the activities of political parties and their candidates, especially incumbent ministers and political office holders, ahead of this year’s General Election.

The officials were told to report back to the EC any political activity which is in violation of election-related laws and to provide advice to candidates or potential candidates on how they should avoid breaking the law.

The next election is to take place in early May, if the House is not dissolved before the end of its term on March 24th.

Although election campaigning is not yet legally allowed, several parties, on both sides of the House, have been holding political events, such as introducing their potential candidates to their constituents in the provinces.

Provincial inspection trips by ministers during weekends, under the guise of visiting villagers or inspecting unfinished projects, are also increasing.

Frequent resignations from parties among incumbent and former MPs are also occurring, as they seek greener pastures in which to boost their chances of being re-elected.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service

Jak Punchoopet: Scholar-poet and scourge of red shirts opens new political chapter

Assoc Prof Jak Punchoopet, a key figure in the now-defunct People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), is under the spotlight again after taking the post of deputy Democrat Party spokesman on January 6.

His appointment by Democrat leader Jurin Laksanawisit came just days after the 57-year-old joined the coalition party in late December.

Jak, a former assistant rector of Naresuan University, first made headlines when he addressed PDRC protesters rallying against a political amnesty bill proposed by the Pheu Thai-led government in 2013.

An avid critic of former PM Thaksin Shinawatra, Jak is disliked by Thaksin’s red-shirt supporters for his links to PDRC street protests that culminated in the military coup of May 2014, which overthrew the government led by Thaksin’s proxy Pheu Thai Party.

Years before joining the PDRC, Jak had taken part in yellow-shirt People’s Alliance for Democracy protests in 2005 and 2006 against Thaksin and his government.

The political poet

Jak is also known for writing poems criticizing Thaksin and prominent politicians including Bangkok governor Chadchart Sittipunt, as well as anti-establishment protesters and government critics.

At the height of the PDRC-led street protests in Bangkok, Jak made the cover of “Who?” magazine’s February 2014 edition under the headline “FIGHT FOR RIGHT: From country boy to national scholar”.

Jak, whose Facebook page has over 130,000 followers, is also remembered for his televised debate with red-shirt leader Sombat Boonngamanong, aka Polka Dot Editor, in January 2014, when the PDRC staged major protests across Bangkok. Their topics of debate ranged from the PDRC’s “shutdown” of the Thai capital, and a comparison with the pro-Thaksin United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (red shirts), to Thailand’s need for political reform and the impact of vote-buying on Thai politics.

Country boy

Jak was born and raised in Saraburi as the youngest of eight siblings. He attended a primary school in the province where his father was headmaster. His dad died while Jak was studying at a high school in Ayutthaya.

The academic-turned-politician said that after his father’s premature death, he gave up plans to take a physics degree and instead took a one-year course to become a medical assistant to support his family.

After working for two years at an Ayutthaya hospital, he won a scholarship to study at Khon Kaen University’s Faculty of Associated Medical Science.

Man of many degrees

After graduating, Jak went on to obtain four more degrees – a bachelor’s in law from Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, a master’s in political science from Thammasat University, a master’s in human resources and organizational development from the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), and finally a doctorate in political science from Chulalongkorn University.

“I like studying,” he once explained, adding that he funded his education after high school by winning scholarships and taking multiple jobs.

Jak said he found out that he preferred politics to public health while studying for his master’s at Thammasat University. At that time, he was working at a Department of Medical Science office not far from the university.

“I discovered that I liked political science more than public health. Many people suffer and there’s so much injustice in society. I want to study the causes and ways to make changes,” he said.

Flood of threats

Jak said he received a flood of threats through letters, postcards and phone calls after he joined other key PDRC figures on stage to address protesters.

He recounts once jokingly telling a caller: “Another threat? You do whatever you like, I am done wasting my time picking up these calls.”

Jak admitted to “Who?” magazine in 2014 that he wouldn’t be so bold if he had children. “I would not have stepped up like this and risked my life with no concern for my family [if I had kids].”

He said he decided that he would not have kids while still at secondary school. “My thinking was that if I had children, I would focus on gathering wealth for them rather than doing things for society.”

Jak said that his father had taught him to respect honest beggars and detest dishonest millionaires. “I can salute a prostitute, but not someone who betrays his country.”

In 2018, Jak quit his 21-year career as a university lecturer to enter politics. He joined the Action Coalition for Thailand, a new party formed under the shadow of PDRC secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban. He left the party in June 2021.

After the 2019 general election, Jak became an adviser to the party’s labour minister in the Prayut Chan-o-cha government in early 2020 and later to its minister of higher education, science, research and innovation late that year. Last December, he was appointed as adviser to Juti Krairiksh, minister of social development and human security, who is also an executive in the Democrat Party.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service

Myanmar’s anti-military forces bomb sites to hinder election plans

Seven explosions have been reported since the government announced its decision to begin data collection in order to hold an election this year, according to local news reports.

The military-led government of Myanmar announced that data will be collected by immigration officials to get more accurate numbers for the election, due to be held in August 2023.

In Yangon, explosions were reported in Htauk Kyant Township in Yangon on January 10th and at Tamwe Township on January 11th.

On the same night, five explosions were reported in the city of Mandalay. All were targeted at sites at which officials were gathering and compiling data for the upcoming election.

After the attacks, data collection activities were suspended for two days, resuming on the 13th in some areas, but with more security personnel present.

Several anti-military groups have contacted local news media outlets to claim responsibility for the attacks, adding that theexplosions have just been “warnings”.

Meanwhile, many netizens in Myanmar are expressing the sentiment that the election will not be truly democratic.

Myanmar’s parallel government, the National Unity Government (NUG), has also announced that action, under the terrorism act, will be taken against public servants found cooperating with plans to hold the election.

As conflict continues to rage across Myanmar, the military-led government continues to hunt dissenters among civilians.

Social media, especially Facebook, remains the main sourceof information for Myanmar’s netizens and arrests continue to occur regarding postings on the platform.

Recently, a social media influencer, based in Muse, Shan State, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with labour, for reportedly posting a message encouraging donations to anti-military forces.

According to the influencer’s family members, he was arrestedalmost immediately after posting the message, spending three months on remand and now sentenced without actual proof or a trial.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service