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Statement from Nation Group to Future Forward Party

Published November 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Statement from Nation Group to Future Forward Party

Nov 19. 2019

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Referring to Future Forward Party (FFP) spokeswoman Pannika Wanich’s statement accusing Nation Group of presenting misleading news that defames the party and its personnel including party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul and others,

Somchai Meesen, chief executive officer of Nation Multimedia Group Public Co Ltd, said on Monday (November 18) that the statement is misleading and aims to distort public understanding towards Nation Group as well as FPP’s actions. These include:

1. Thanathorn’s transfer of V-Luck Media’s shares which occurred after his promise to transfer his shares in various companies to a blind trust on March 18. However, Issara News Agency later learnt from the Department of Business Development’s database that he had not transferred V-Luck Media’s shares before the election (March 24), which is in violation of election law regarding Member of the House of Representative candidate’s qualifications. Thanathorn, Piyabutr and FFP have been trying to cover up this fact ever since.

2. Thanathorn’s lending of money to the FFP, which was unveiled in his own statement to foreign news agencies on May 15, is also in violation of article 62 of the Political Party Act.

3. Pannika’s donation of Bt1 million to the FFP: Issara News Agency revealed on October 29 that the source of money was suspicious since the asset information she presented to National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) covered only Bt90,000.

Nation Group’s chief executive said that the news reported by the group is based on the truth as revealed by careful checking. Thanks to the quality and efficiency of its news team, those truths have become evidence that bind FFP and its personnel to the accusations, causing FFP to feel that Nation Group has become its enemy.

Somchai also said that the relationship of Nation Group personnel with the Thai Move Institute is a personal and public one based on their responsibility to society. Thai Move Institute is a non-profit organisation whose membership includes many academics among them Dr Banjob Chunhasawasdikul, Dr Suwinai Pronwalai, Asst Prof Dr Anont Sakworawich, Dr Nakrob Rawangkarn, Dr Saengthian Yuthao, Dr Weerapoj Leuprasitsakul, Dr Kittitat Chaiprasit, Teeya Phaosawas and Harnsak Harnsomwong.

Nation Group is now considering pursuing legal action against Pannika and FFP based on her earlier statement.


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TAI highlights success of online arbitration platform

Published November 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

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TAI highlights success of online arbitration platform

Nov 15. 2019

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The Office of the Judiciary has issued a statement detailing its policy on the development of e-Court into Digital Court in 2020, amid the rapid growth of new technologies which had disrupted its administration in may ways.

In order to achieve the objectives of the “Digital Court 2020” policy, the Thai Arbitration Institute (TAI) of the Office of the Judiciary has developed e-Arbitration – an electronic arbitration system, which was put into operation on 18 July 2019. This digital platform comes with an end-to-end function to provide the comprehensive management of arbitrations from the beginning of a case to its awarding.

TAI’s e-Arbitration system offers one-stop service with worldwide accessibility for the fast, effective and standardised management of arbitral proceedings in Thailand. The system was developed with the aim of solving arbitration problems in every respect, including cost and time savings, convenience and efficiency. The e-Arbitration system also ensures that disputes submitted through the system are administered under the electronic information security standard.

Following the introduction of TAI’s e-Arbitration, the system has been utilized as an important tool in promoting TAI’s administration standards as well as dealing with the accelerated development of technology and communications.

With the help of this digital platform, arbitral proceedings in Thailand are now more modernised and becoming more widely accepted at both the domestic and international levels.

In the past four months, the e-Arbitration system has been registered by 69 individuals and 10 juristic persons. From July 18 to 25 October, the percentage of arbitration filed through TAI’s e-Arbitration system is 100 per cent with the total arbitration costs of Bt845,503,833.15. These statistics demonstrate the success of TAI’s efforts to enhance its service in order to tackle the increasing pace of technology growth and comply with the “Digital Court 2020” policy devised by the Office of the Judiciary.

TAI’s mission is to foster the administration of arbitral proceedings in Thailand with speed and efficiency.

TAI pledges to keep improving its e-Arbitration platform in order to empower the system’s capacity, to facilitate access to the system by dispute parties and related persons and to guarantee the legitimacy of all TAI-administered arbitrations throughout the arbitration process.

PM urges concerted efforts by Asean nations to tackle global challenges

Published November 4, 2019 by SoClaimon

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PM urges concerted efforts by Asean nations to tackle global challenges

Nov 03. 2019
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha chairs the opening ceremony of the 35th Asean Summit on Sunday morning at Impact Exhibition & Convention Centre in Muang Thong Thani.(Korbphuk Phromrekha/

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Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha chairs the opening ceremony of the 35th Asean Summit on Sunday morning at Impact Exhibition & Convention Centre in Muang Thong Thani.(Korbphuk Phromrekha/ #NationPhoto #AsianSummit2019 #OpeningCeremony)
By The Nation

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The summit of Asean leaders opened on Sunday amid concerns over a global economic slowdown and prolonged trade tensions.

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha chaired the opening ceremony of the 35th Asean Summit at Muang Thong Thani in Nonthaburi province.

Asean leaders meet in Bangkok.

Asean leaders meet in Bangkok.

Prayut recited the lines of the song “The Asean Way”: “Asean we are bonded as one. Looking out to the world.”

The lines reflect Asean’s vision to build closer cooperation among the 10 member countries, and develop partnerships with other regions, he said.

He noted that Asean had been facing many challenges including a slowdown of the global economy, trade tensions, geopolitical conflicts, shake-up of multilateral trading systems, international crime, climate change and rising plastic waste in the oceans.

To meet these challenges, the region needed to make concerted efforts, he said, adding, Asean has pushed for the application of the principles of the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC), a peace treaty of Southeast Asian countries with countries beyond the region.

The Asean leaders will also meet their counterparts from China, the US, Japan and South Korea.

Asean and partner countries will also push for the conclusion of free trade negotiations under the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, he added.

Interior Ministry agrees April for local elections

Published November 1, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Interior Ministry agrees April for local elections

Nov 01. 2019

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Paitoon Limwattana, spokesperson for the Committee on Local Administration of the Senate, Ministry of Interior, said on Thursday (Oct. 31) that the committee is aware of the Cabinet’s approval for the Election Commission of Thailand to hold local elections nationwide in April and is preparing the budget for these elections.

“Areas that are short on funds will need to file for budget disbursement with the Ministry of Interior, which should start accepting registrations around February 2020,” he said.

Paitoon added that the committee president Gen Lertrat Rattanawanich had already discussed the election date with Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paochinda and Department of Local Administration director-general Prayoon Rattanasenee and all the parties had agreed that April was the best choice. The date will be announced later.

“The meeting also the discussed the possibility of holding elections for representatives of Provincial Administrative Organization (PAO) and Sub-district Administration Organization (SAO) on the same date, but the motion is still under consideration, as there are concerns it could cause confusion among local voters,” he added.


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Red shirts jailed four years for attack on 2009 Asean Summit

Published November 1, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Red shirts jailed four years for attack on 2009 Asean Summit

Oct 31. 2019
Jatuporn Prompan (center)

Jatuporn Prompan (center)

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Three members of United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), commonly referred to as red shirts, were at Pattaya Provincial Court on Thursday (October 31) to hear the Supreme Court’s ruling on their case formally read out.

Pol Lt Col Waipot Amornrat, Samroeng Prajamrua and Worachai Hema joined nine others previously convicted in being sentenced to four years in prison without suspension for their roles in the 2009 protest storming of the Asean Summit in Pattaya.

The Supreme Court upheld the ruling of two lower courts in jailing 13 red shirts for the violent action at the summit venue, the Royal Cliff Beach Resort, as part of a protest against the then-government of Abhisit Vejjajiva, which resulted in the evacuation of summit delegates and the postponement of the proceedings.

Jatuporn Prompan, a UDD leader who did not participate in the 2009 Pattaya action, was present in the court to show support for his followers.

All other defendants had attended the lower court hearings with the exceptions of Arisman Pongruangrong, Chawanlop Yangtrong and Thanakrit Cha-Aimnoy, who have yet to respond to court summonses.

An estimated 2,000 red shirts broke through police barricades to surround the summit venue and demanded that Abhisit step down as prime minister. The summit was rescheduled for Phuket in June the same year, with tighter security.


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20 Future Forward members send resignation letters to EC

Published October 29, 2019 by SoClaimon

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20 Future Forward members send resignation letters to EC

Oct 28. 2019
Nibhon Jamjumrus

Nibhon Jamjumrus
By The Nation

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Twenty former MP candidates of the Future Forward party sent resignation letters to the Office of the Election Commission on Monday.

Ex-candidate Nibhon Jamjumrus revealed that as many as 100 members have already resigned, as their attitude and political ideology are at odds with the party’s.

“We were among the founding members at a time when nobody had heard of Future Forward. So when our ideology changes, we need to step away,” Nibhon said.

He denied news reports that the candidates resigned because they did not receive any political positions. “Nobody negotiated for any position. However, we had to put it that way because we wanted to show our leader that keeping a promise is an important matter.”

Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit said the members can resign as they have a right to under the constitution. But as the party has about 60,000 members, it will not be affected, Thanathorn said, adding that he is confident the party will still move forward with ease.

Padomechai emerges victorious in Nakhon Pathom by-election

Published October 24, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Padomechai emerges victorious in Nakhon Pathom by-election

Oct 24. 2019
Padomechai Sasomsup

Padomechai Sasomsup

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Former Nakhon Pathom MP Padomechai Sasomsup of Chart Thai Pattana won the by-election for the vacant Nakhon Pathom Constituency 5 MP position held at Sampran district in Nakhon Pathom province on Wednesday (Oct. 23).

The unofficial vote count showed Padomechai with 38,765 votes, Pairattachot Jantharakajorn from Future Forward Party with 28,882 votes and Surachai Anudthato of the Democrat Party with 13,061 votes. The by-election saw a turnout of 90,882 out of 146,497 eligible voters, or 63.33 per cent.

The MP position became vacant after the resignation of Jumpita Chantharakhajorn of the Future Forward Party following a road accident. Jumpita won the March election with 34,164 votes, beating Surachai Anudthato with 18,970 votes, and Phalang Pracharat candidate Rawan Netrphokaew with 18,741 votes, while Padomechai received only 12,279 votes.

After being informed of the unofficial result, Padomechai said he would like to thank the people of Nakhon Pathom for giving him another chance, and that he would do his best to serve the people and not let them down.

Meanwhile, Future Forward Party secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul said that the by-election result was unsatisfactory. “There were fewer voters comparing to March election, partly because the election was held on Wednesday instead of weekend,” he said. “This is probably one of the reasons why FFP lost the election.”

Piyabutr added that he believed that his people did the best they could, and thanked the voters who cast their votes for the Future Forward Party.


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Budget bill to reach Senate in February

Published October 21, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Budget bill to reach Senate in February

Oct 20. 2019
By The Nation

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Senators have set up an ad-hoc committee to study the budget bill for fiscal 2020, which was given first reading by the House of Representatives on Saturday (October 19).

The draft bill is expected to come before the full Senate in February.

The lower house approved the Bt3.2-trillion bill on first reading after three days of debate.

The total represents a 6.7-per-cent increase over the previous fiscal year and is a deficit budget due to state spending outstripping tax revenues.

Opposition MPs criticised the government for again attaching high priority to arms purchases, just as the junta-led regime did in the wake of the 2014 coup.

With 486 lawmakers present in the lower house on Saturday, the bill was approved with 251 votes. One MP declined to cast a vote either way but was not counted as an abstention.

All but one of the other MPs abstained. One member of the Future Forward Party voted for the bill.

Many MPs expressed concern that a budgeting delay could have a devastating effect on the economy and create more misery for people already suffering financially.

The ad-hoc committee will deliberate on the bill for second reading.

Somchai Sawangkarn noted that he and his fellow senators have no authority to cut or increase the spending proposed by the government, but can only vote yes or no.

If the Senate rejects the bill, it would be sent back to the lower house. If the lower house confirmed its approval, the bill would become law, likely in February.

Annual budgets usually become legislation in October, but this year’s general election and the tardiness in forming a coalition government resulted in a significant delay.

Bt80 bn munition budget ‘necessary’: Prayut

Published October 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Bt80 bn munition budget ‘necessary’: Prayut

Oct 19. 2019

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Speaking before attending the House of Representatives’ budget debate for fiscal year 2020 today, Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha stressed that the Defence Ministry must reserve a budget of Bt70-80 billion for buying munitions and vehicles for defensive purposes.

“This money is part of the Ministry of Defense’s allotted budget and has nothing to do with the central expenditure budget,” he said.

“Our military personnel are patrolling 5,000 kilometers of border both by land and sea,” he said. “It’s a dangerous and important duty and they need modern ships for efficient operations.” The PM further explained that the Ministry’s existing fleet is more than 60 years old and most of the ships require urgent repair or replacement. “All our neighbouring countries have modern ships, and Thailand needs to keep up with the changing world to maintain our negotiating powers, as well as show our potential and capability to protect our resources, especially around naval borders.”

“The Ministry of Defence is trying its best to reduce costs, such as by using smaller ships or even trying to build the ships domestically,” said Prayut. “However, we cannot let up on naval patrol. As you can see from skirmishes with illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) foreign fishing boats, we need to protect our people and resources as well as prevent matters that might escalate into bigger conflicts.”


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Emergency decree on King’s bodyguard units passes Parliamentary vote

Published October 18, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Emergency decree on King’s bodyguard units passes Parliamentary vote

Oct 17. 2019
By The Nation

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The emergency decree on the King’s bodyguard was passed by parliament today with 376 votes in favour, 70 against and 2 abstentions. The decree is related to transfers and budget allocation, which will now come under His Majesty the King’s direct control.

The two regiments were previously under the jurisdiction of the Royal Thai Army and the Defence Ministry.

Piyabutr Saengkanokkul of the Future Forward party, who went against the majority vote, expressed the view that this approval might be in violation the Constitution and that the protection of the monarchy should be the duty of the Army.

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