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Is Thailand in perpetual Ground Hog Day

Postby Roger Ramjet » Thu Jun 25, 2015 7:59 am

Will nothing change in Thailand? Two ministers in the current "government" have travelled to Phuket to find out why there is a fall-off in tourists, what the problems are and to see if they can help. Of course the meeting is for bureaucrats only, no tourists are invited, no "farang" residents are invited, just the big operators of businesses there. In other words, don't get to the source of the problem, skirt all around it.
And just to show who is really boss of this island, the Governor has appointed the Deputy Governor to host the two "dignatories" because he'll be away on a junket trip somewhere just to show them who is really the boss. Now if I were one of the two ministers concerned, I would arrange him to come back to a new governorship, say in one of the three restive provinces in the south.
Anyway, here's the full story: http://phuketwan.com/tourism/tourism-mi ... ems-22710/
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Re: Is Thailand in perpetual Ground Hog Day

Postby Roger Ramjet » Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:35 pm

Just what is going on in Phuket?
Phuket PPAO President Paiboon One of Seven Ordered to Stand Down by PM Prayuth
By Prasit Tarnsirisin and Chutima Sidasathian
Thursday, June 25, 2015
PHUKET: Paiboon Upatising, the President of the Phuket Provincial Administrative Organisation, is one of seven PAO presidents ordered today to stand down by the Prime Minister, Prayuth Chan-O-Cha.
It's understood that the reason for Khun Paiboon being ordered to step aside concerns an investigation into the Phuket Provincial Administrative Organisation Hospital, which opened about five years ago in eastern Phuket City after many years in which the building was disused.
The PAO president's role is the senior elected position on Phuket and in other provinces. It's believed that Khun Paiboon will be able to return to the role if exonerated by the probe.
Under Khun Paiboon, the PPAO has opened the Phuket Provincial Administrative Organisation hospital, developed Phuket City's low-cost ''pinkie bus'' public transport system, erected football stadiums and improved the island's public parks.
The full story can be read here: http://phuketwan.com/tourism/phuket-ppa ... uth-22715/
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Re: Is Thailand in perpetual Ground Hog Day

Postby Roger Ramjet » Thu Jun 25, 2015 9:25 pm

I can't resist posting this: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/securit ... n-thailand
I love the statements in it about CTX machines. CTX machines do not detect gunpowder. Their software detects the outline of guns, it doesn't detect guns. It also detects bullets and anything of metalic nature, but not the gunpowder in the bullets. It will detect the outline of a pistol, especially a Glock that the retired Police Chief was carrying, a Glock pistol is not "too small" to be detected, neither is the outline, even wrapped in tin foil, which used to be an old trick.
A machine cannot detect explosives, it detects the outline of explosives and it cannot detect explosive making material, which is why you cannot carry certain items in your carry on baggage.
We are back to the stupidity of the bomb detector kits in the south....north, east and west and all the agencies that fell for the con and spent billions of baht on a bit of plastic with some coathanger wire stuck in it.... and of course the "special" chips that came with it, for 100,000 baht each.
I know why he carried the pistol through, he carried it through because he's a "big man" and one of the elite in Thailand and thought the Japanese would bow and scrape to him and let him walk straight through. Welcome to Japan and the real world ex Thai policeman.
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Re: Is Thailand in perpetual Ground Hog Day

Postby Roger Ramjet » Fri Jun 26, 2015 7:25 am

The "learned" pundits at the Bangkok Post have now got on the wagon of the pistol carried by an ex police officer. http://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opin ... ublic-fury
And as usual they didn't bother to check their facts. Pistols and other weapons are not declared when people are getting on an aircraft, nor are they declared at the scurity check=in area. When a pistol, ammunition or other sort of firearm is carried on an international flight the procedure is simple and easy. The person carrying the firearm must bring it to the airport ticket counter in a locked container. Security will then check to see that the firearm is unloaded, separate the bullets from the firearm, inspect the licence and permit to purchase of the owner, copy both and place the said firearm in a very conspicuous red bag and the ammunition in another very very conspicuous red bag. The bags will then be locked and the permits and licences stapled to the outside of the bag. It's normally done quietly in a side room. These will be delivered to the pilots by a security officer just before take-off and will not be seen by the public.
The passenger will not see the weapon or ammunition again until a representative of the airline collects them from the Captain's cockpit upon arrival. Customs will alert Airport Police who will check that the permits are in order as well as the licence and pass them to Federal Police for further inspection.
They will be handed over to the passenger when he has finished all the immigration clearances.
It's a simple worldwide procedure developed for such people as Olympic Athletes, competitors at International pistol and rifle shooting competitions, gun collectors and people who buy pistols in say America at gun shows and want to take them back to their home country. In the latter case a Permit to Purchase may not be stapled to the red bag, but a copy of the purchasers licence will be. He has seven days to register the firearm with his local police station and get the permit, which he keeps, and uses if he sells or transfers ownership.
There is no fuss or bother and everything is kept low key.
I won't get into the military side of things or the security officer/s on board an aircraft. The retired policeman is lucky he wasn't shot.

Airports of Thailand (AoT) board chairman Prasong Poontanaet and AoT president Nitinat Sirismatthakarn echoed this. They insisted the CTX luggage scanners used at Suvarnabhumi airport were calibrated to... and the rest is bullshit. A CTX machine does not detect gunpowder residue, it doen't detect guns, it shows outlines of guns and shows different colours for different chemicals. It is up to the operator to translate those images by doing a physical search, but as the retired policeman on a junket trip went through the VIP channel I bet the operator was too scared to say anything as he would have "Police General" written over everything in Thai.
A week in a Japanese gaol will do him good. I bet the Yakuza (Japanese mafia) have a few pleasant surprises for the ex policeman.
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Re: Is Thailand in perpetual Ground Hog Day

Postby Roger Ramjet » Fri Jun 26, 2015 3:38 pm

Today the dear leader held a press conference; the following is a lead in.
BANGKOK — Thai junta chairman Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha has continued his polemic against reporters, who he accused yesterday of being paid to criticize his government.
Since seizing power in a coup last year, Gen. Prayuth has developed a turbulent relationship with the press, who are often the target of his angry outbursts.
Although Gen. Prayuth has stopped short of directly censoring the media, he has organized meeting with news editors to ask for "cooperation" with his government, ordered reporters not to ask provocative questions, and issued laws that forbid the media from criticizing the junta with "insincere intentions."
After a lengthy rant against reporters yesterday, the junta leader aired more of his grievances with the media's coverage of his government today, going as far as accusing reporters of "intruding on his rights."
The rest can be found at http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.ph ... ypecate=06
I'm not sure, but I think the dear leader is unhappy with the press. Perhaps an earlier threat to have them shot or beaten up might have something to do with it.
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Re: Is Thailand in perpetual Ground Hog Day

Postby Roger Ramjet » Sat Jun 27, 2015 7:37 am

Isn't it strange, just one man at the Bangkok Post Editorial Staff has woken up to the fact that Thailand has remained in the past for the last 70 years. I am rather shocked.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opin ... ands-still
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Re: Is Thailand in perpetual Ground Hog Day

Postby MGV12 » Sat Jun 27, 2015 8:04 am

Roger Ramjet wrote:Isn't it strange, just one man at the Bangkok Post Editorial Staff has woken up to the fact that Thailand has remained in the past for the last 70 years. I am rather shocked.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opin ... ands-still


Excellent soliloquy .... roll on ASEAN.

Meanwhile ... not ... disproving the claims of those 'outside' looking in that Thailand may be a little out of touch with the real world at times:

The director of Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport said his staff did not detect a firearm when they inspected the luggage of a former Bangkok police chief who was arrested in Japan with a loaded gun this week.

Kamronwit's arrest raised concerns among Thai officials that Suvarnabhumi Airport staff may have failed to spot the firearm in Kamronwit's belongings, or provided him with VIP treatment.

Sirote Duangrat, the airport’s director, dismissed the speculation in a press conference today.

Sirote said Kamronwit went through an x-ray scan and body search at the airport before he left Thailand on the Thai Airways flight TG640. His checked luggage was also inspected, Sirote said.

"We did not discover any item that is dangerous to the aircraft," Sirote said.

Suggesting that the gun did not leave the country with Pol.Lt.Gen. Kamronwit Thoopkrachang and therefore must have been bought in Japan.

However ... a statement from another official source:


Thai police spokesman Pol Gen Prawut Thawornsiri told reporters that Camronwit had the gun from long before he retired. His son is now in Japan to show a registration document to Japanese police.

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Re: Is Thailand in perpetual Ground Hog Day

Postby Roger Ramjet » Sat Jun 27, 2015 8:53 am

MGV12 wrote:Sirote Duangrat, the airport’s director, dismissed the speculation in a press conference today.
Sirote said Kamronwit went through an x-ray scan and body search at the airport before he left Thailand on the Thai Airways flight TG640. His checked luggage was also inspected, Sirote said.
"We did not discover any item that is dangerous to the aircraft," Sirote said.


I notice only one newspaper has said that Kamronwit went through the VIP lane. I wonder if he flashed his Police General's ID card (Retired) and while everyone was wahing, was let through the rope barrier and didn't have to go through the scanner because he was on "official business" (in other words a junket) for one of his mates. He's one of the "elite"; rules do not apply to him.......except in Japan. :lol:
He has now been four days in a Japanese gaol, learning that being "elite" in Thailand doesn't apply anywhere but Thailand. I bet he's learning how to bow a lot.
The next question is who paid for his son to fly over to Japan with the gun permit and registration certificate?
And Thai Airways are about to be audited by the USFAA. And the Philippines have just emerged from 7 years of being red carded (code 2) http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB100014240 ... 2087790594 and it looks like Thailand is just about to take its place.
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Re: Is Thailand in perpetual Ground Hog Day

Postby Roger Ramjet » Mon Jun 29, 2015 6:05 pm

This lady, who has all the qualifications, has written a book about what is needed to reform the Thai education system. It has all been implied before, but few have had the guts to write it out in black and white. I wonder how long she'll keep her job as lecturer at the University. http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/special ... n-academic
I love the way the Bangkok Post belittles people in their headlines. She's an "outspoken" academic, instead of one brave academic.
The headline should have read "University academic details why education in Thailand is 50 years out of date".
The junta should immediately use the book to rewrite the Thai education system. But they won't.
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Re: Is Thailand in perpetual Ground Hog Day

Postby Roger Ramjet » Sat Jul 18, 2015 11:10 am

http://phuketwan.com/tourism/prosecutor ... ial-22825/
Will this one be Thai style justice? Or will it just be forgotten?
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Re: Is Thailand in perpetual Ground Hog Day

Postby Shastadad » Mon Jul 20, 2015 12:53 am

Roger Ramjet wrote:http://phuketwan.com/tourism/prosecutors-skip-last-days-phuketwan-trial-22825/
Will this one be Thai style justice? Or will it just be forgotten?


Just when you think that you have seen it all they do something that again confounds you

It is like a kids game; if you don't like how the other side is playing you just take your ball and leave

The Navy doesn't like the way the trial is going so they decide that the best thing to do is just not show up...... How in the world can a trial continue when the court has to take over the prosecution's handling of the case by questioning defense witnesses. So much for the idea that the judiciary is independent

Finally someone realized a simple fact of law, the Admiral in Phuket has no standing for the Royal Thai Navy, that is reserved for the head of Naval Operations in Bangkok
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Re: Is Thailand in perpetual Ground Hog Day

Postby Roger Ramjet » Mon Jul 20, 2015 3:48 am

Shastadad wrote:Just when you think that you have seen it all they do something that again confounds you

You can take this two ways, they are going to totally ignore the fact that this has attracted international attention and just go on blithely with the "trial" because they have already decided they are guilty and will demand an apology, which Morrison refuses to give them, in which case they will fine him under the computer crimes act the maximum amount and gaol him for contempt (not apologising for doing anything wrong) and will give him a gaol sentence on top and ban Phuketwan for some obscure reason and then deport him. The fact that the judge has taken over the prosecution's job is not a good sign, it means the judge will just ask questions he wants to ask, and not give the defence any chance of cross examination. Which means he's already been found guilty on orders from Bangkok.
Or, they might just keep setting a new date for a hearing until the time limit has expired as the powers that be have realised they have really pissed off the international community too much this time, but I doubt that because this involves "National Security and loss of face", so the last option would be for the judge to say it was to difficult a case for him to handle and refer it to a Court''s Martial in Bangkok where they will be found guilty no matter what.
Too much at stake here, loss of face for bad translation, then the mass graves found right on their doorstep, then the prosecution disappears.
Anyone who can guess this outcome is a genius.
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Re: Is Thailand in perpetual Ground Hog Day

Postby Roger Ramjet » Mon Aug 17, 2015 9:18 am

I recall the chief of the Aviation Authority in Thailand (an Air Vice Marshall or some such Air Force rank) sacking the previous Director General and appointing a woman with the words "She'll get things done". No more subcommittees, complete power to get the Civil Aviation Authority back on track, fill the expert gaps and get that dangling red flag removed before the Americans did their audit, which would allow Thai Airways and all its subsiduaries the right to fly the international skies and also get the red flag from the EU removed.
And now the new Director has appointed another subcommittee (the 6th or 7th) to do what the other subcommittees just couldn't do..... and with no budget and without the help of the International community because, it is claimed, they can't find anyone qualified.
Full story here: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general ... y-concerns
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Re: Is Thailand in perpetual Ground Hog Day

Postby Roger Ramjet » Thu Nov 05, 2015 5:38 pm

With ASEAN just around the corner, some news about Thailand's English proficiency. http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general ... in-asia-ef
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