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The (terrible) Aunties

Posted by pakin On June - 4 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

They are everyone’s least favourite aunties. They are out and about and they act as if no one else matters. No they have their own Facebook page

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The (terrible) Aunties

They are eveyone’s least favourite aunties. They are middle-aged or senior women, but still quite healthy for their age. They are out and about and they act as if no one else matters.

They push their way into public transport vehicles before the departing passengers can leave. Once inside, they put their belongings on adjacent seats, forcing other passengers to stand. At 7-Eleven stores, they cut into paymentqueues, using their age as the excuse. They also like free things and will take as much as they can.

Now they have a Facebook page devoted to their inconsideratebehaviour. It called “Manut Pa” or “The Aunties” ( and it was opened in March to let people share images or experiences in dealing with these aunties. Many photos are uploaded with the faces overlaid by cartoon masks. It now has over 43,000 likes on the page.

The administrator of the Manut Pa page posted that one of its members went to a bank and got his queue number but when his turn came, a woman appeared out of nowhere, trying to talk the teller into serving her. Luckily for him, another teller saw what was happening and served him.

Amporn Benjapolpitak, director of Rajanukul Institute of the Department of Mental Health, said Thai society had changed. Many people are aware of their rights and they are unwilling to let others take advantage of them, even though they are theirelders or seniors.

She believes Thai people are still generous to the elderly but they might not yield to the aunties who looked healthy and acted in aselfish way.

Line, FB, Google urged to censor

Posted by pakin On May - 30 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Ministry will once again ask Facebook and Google in Singapore this weekend to cooperate with Thai authorities in blocking provocative articles and posts.

The ministry hopes to secure their cooperation now the country is controlled by a junta. Previous attempts to get the social networking site and internet search giant to remove provocative content when the country was run by an elected government failed.

Pol Maj Gen Pisit Pao-in, an adviser to ICT permanent secretary, said senior ICT Ministry officials will travel to Singapore to discuss the issues with executives of Facebook and Google on Saturday.

The ministry also plans to meet Line’s executives in Japan, he said Thursday after a meeting with representatives of 19 internet service providers.

Pol Maj Gen Pisit admitted he had personally met Facebook and Google’s executives five times, and met Line executives in Japan three times, when he served as commander of the Technology Crime Suppression Division. But the discussions failed to yield any results.

“As the ICT authority commanded by the National Council for Peace and Order [NCPO], we hope to get improved cooperation from them,” he said.

The ICT Ministry will ask Facebook and Google to only block provocative content of particular accounts or webpages.

Pol Maj Gen Pisit insisted the ICT and Thai authorities have no intention to block any international internet gateway or social media accounts.

The 50-minute Facebook blackout on Wednesday occurred because traffic to Facebook overloaded the servers and internet gateways of local ISPs, leading to a service disruption, he said.

“The shutdown resulted from a technical problem,” he stressed.

Criticism on other social media outlets erupted after the Facebook blackout from 3.50pm to 4.40pm on Wednesday.

The brief outage came a day after the NCPO said it had set up a panel to monitor internet traffic. However, the coup-makers denied the military played a role in the shutdown.

Pol Maj Gen Pisit also said technical glitches on social networking media sites could happen in any country.

Facebook ‘blocked’

Posted by pakin On May - 28 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

16.30 –The Facebook website has been blocked in Thailand on Wednesday afternoon.

Social media users across the country have not been able to access the site since 3pm.

According to telecommunications sources, about 30 million Facebook accounts in the country have been blocked.

After army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha declared a coup to oust the caretaker government on May 22, the military junta has then imposed censorship on the media, blocking access to foreign television networks, restricting what Thai networks can broadcast and blocking hundreds of internet websites.

16.50 –NCPO denies planning to block Facebook services: report

Jos Sor 100 radio station reported that the National Council for Peace and Order denied planning to block Facebook services in Thailand.
The station quoted the NCPO as saying that Facebook was inaccessible in many parts of the country because a serious technical glitch at the main gateway Facebook servers. The station quoted NCPO as saying that the services would resume within 5 pm.

Facebook inaccessible

Posted by pakin On May - 28 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Many people complained that they could not access their Facebook pages Wednesday afternoon amid reports that the access to the popular social network would be blocked.

Nation staffs tried and failed to access their Facebook accounts as well after 4 pm.