Daily Archives: April 7, 2017

Prawit orders probe of political link in southern bombings

The deputy prime minister in charge of security said security authorities have been ordered to probe into a series of bombings and burning of electric supply power poles, telecommunication poles, and car tyres in the four southern provinces had any political link to the promulgation of the new constitution.

Gen Prawit Wongsuwan said he ordered the probe after several violent incidents happened simultaneously in Songkhla, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat last night and early today.

But he admitted that security authorities have earlier warned of the attempted attacks during this period, and have placed all security on alert.

Gen Prawit said the government will still keep Section 44 in force as the country remains unstable.

He was commenting on call by political parties to relax the order and to allow them holding political activities after the new constitution is now in place.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

Don’t blame the prime minister: General Prawit

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan on Friday asked critics and members of the public not to blame Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha for supposedly initiating the measure banning pickup trucks from carrying passengers in cabs and on the back of the vehicles.

General Prawit said that it was him and a panel in charge of road safety that initiated the measure for the sake of public safety and the prime minister agreed with it.

However, he added that when the government realized that a large number of people were against the measure, the government was willing to back down by allowing pickup truck to carry a maximum of passengers on its back.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

BMA replaces existing solid trash bins with transparent plastic bags

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is now replacing its existing solid plastic trash bins with transparent plastic bags at all main streets after a pipe bomb exploded in a solid trash bin on Ratchadamnoen Avenue injuring two city cleaners.

The order to clear the solid trash bins from busy streets, particularly where tourists visit frequently, was made by Bangkok governor Pol Gen Asawin Kwanmuang as he considered solid trash bins allow perpetrators to drop suspicious objects in.

He ordered them to be replaced by transparent plastic bags with stands that could be seen through.

Now city cleaners are collecting solid trash bins and replacing them with see-through plastic bags on major busy streets, and places where foreign tourists live and visit, such as Khao San road.

But not all solid trash bins will be replaced as there are over a million trash bins in the city.

He instructed that during this period especially during the Songkran festival, trash bins in areas having high risk for terrorism will all be replaced.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

Five Nos for Songkran revellers

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration will impose Five Nos for revelers during the Songkran festival plus no entertainment activities.

The Five Nos are: no huge water guns; no alcoholic drinks; no powder; no over-exposure dress and no excessive use of water.

On top of that, there will be no entertainment activities during the festival. This means that loud music and dancing on the back of pickup trucks will be prohibited.

BMA has designated zones for celebration in 50 districts and sought cooperation from members of the public to celebrate the water splashing event within the designated zones.

No celebration will be staged around Sanam Luang and the Grand Palace as authorities concerned will have to take care of mourners who want to pay respect to the late King Bhumibol.

The open space in front of the City Hall will be the venue for celebrations on April 12-15 and members of the public are invited to join.

Meanwhile, transport officials have expressed concern that a large number of Songkran revelers may be stranded in Bangkok because of the shortage of public buses after some bus operators warned that they may not operate during the period due to what they allege as unrealistic road safety measures such as the mandatory installation of GPS system on all public buses.

Mr Thanongpan Sutthipong, president of transport operators association, said installation of GPS system was impractical and unrealistic.

Transport Company deputy managing director Nopparat Karoonyavanich, said that the state-run company would have to increase about 7,000 bus trips to fill the shortfall of service to cope with the missing service from the independent bus operators.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)