Monday, December 18, 2017
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ACTING National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) secretary-general Worawit Sookboon yesterday appealed for “normal procedures” to be followed over allegations regarding Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan’s possession of a luxury watch and diamond ring.

Worawit urged people to let the NACC do its job before jumping to any conclusions.

“Please let us follow our normal work procedures. Don’t speculate too much about it,” said Worawit.

Last week, the NACC gave Prawit 30 days to justify his possession of the two extravagant items, which he wore during a group photograph with the recently reshuffled Cabinet last Monday.

The photo – which showed the 72-year-old retired general shielding his eyes with his hand, displaying what appeared to be extremely expensive accessories – quickly caught the public’s attention and raised questions as to how a lifelong military officer could afford such luxuries.

Prawit is expected to submit an explanatory letter to the NACC today, according to a source close to him. The letter was at the Defence Ministry office and would be forwarded to the NACC after the long weekend, the source said.

An unconfirmed local report also claimed that Prawit’s ring was inherited from his mother, while what looked like a multi-million-baht Richard Mille watch was borrowed from Prawit’s businessman friend.

The source close to Prawit refused to confirm those claims, adding that the junta’s second-in-command would explain the matter only to the NACC.

The NACC is presided over by Pol General Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit, who used to serve as a deputy secretary-general to the prime minister attached to Prawit. This has raised questions about whether the probe will be impartial.

Prawit’s “unusual wealth” was also an issue in 2014 when he entered the Cabinet, after he failed to declare any assets worth more than Bt200,000 to the NACC.


Too many tourists visiting Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park in Phitsanulok are driving their own vehicles to scenic viewpoints, resulting in a ban on vehicles in the Phu Lom Lo area beginning on December 25.

Park chief Sawang Sritawan said safety and congestion are concerns at Phu Lom Lo, renowned for its picturesque stands of blossoming Himalayan cherry trees, often called sakura.

Officials are also worried about possible harm to the natural ecosystem.

Sawang said private vehicles would be banned until further notice under Section 16 (9) of the National Park Act 1961, violations of which can result in a month’s imprisonment and/or a fine of up to Bt1,000.

Phu Lom Lo is a prominent rise in the centre of the park that was once the scene of a battle. Crops had long been cultivated there, leaving the area denuded of trees.

More than 100,000 cherry trees have been planted on the rise since 1998, and the annual appearance of the white and pink blossoms December through February makes it a popular attraction for tourists.

This season, the trees are expected to be in full bloom in mid-January.

To encourage visitors to leave their private vehicles behind, entrepreneurs in Phitsanulok and Loei have arranged 350 trucks to transport them to Phu Lom Lo.

The trucks are stationed at the park office, at Ban Rong Kla in Nakhon Thai district in Phitsanulok, and in Dan Sai district in Loei.


A gay American couple who author the Instagram page “Travelling Butts” have been arrested at Don Mueang International Airport for having taken photos showing their backsides with the respected Temple of the Dawn.

Police have so far only identified the two as Joseph and Travis, as their identities have yet to be confirmed with the Bangkok Yai police station whose jurisdiction covers the temple.

Immigration Police deputy spokesman Pol Colonel Choengron Rimphadee said the two were arrested at the outbound immigration counter at the airport.

The spokesman said when the couple were checking out at the counter, the online database of the Immigration Bureau alerted police that they were on the arrest watchlist.

On November 24, the Manager Online reported that the two had taken the so-called “buttfie” showing their bottoms with the Temple of the Dawn in the background. Police then began searching for them.

The two were handed over to the Bangkok Yai police station for further action. The spokesman said the charge would not be a normal public indecency charge. Instead, they would be charged with committing indecency in a place of worship, which carries a long jail term.

Following their arrest, the two have deleted all the photos taken in Thailand, leaving only their “buttfie” photos taken in other countries.


South African wins Miss Universe, Thailand in Top 5

Posted by pakin On November - 27 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, was crowned Miss Universe after the elimination of Miss Thailand Mareeya Poonlertlarp in the best showing by a Thai contestant in 29 years.

Miss Universe is 22 years old. She won a year-long salary, a luxury apartment in New York during her reign, and many other prizes.

Ms Mareeya’s showing was the best by Miss Thailand at the Miss Universe pageant since 1988, when US-raised Porntip “Pui” Nakhirunkanok was crowned Miss Universe.