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Chon Buri ‘godfather’ Kamnan Poh succumbs to cancer

Published June 17, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Chon Buri ‘godfather’ Kamnan Poh succumbs to cancer

national June 17, 2019 10:22

By The Nation

Somchai Khunpluem, better known as Kamnan Poh or the “godfather of Chon Buri” who brought prosperity and development to the eastern province but was sentenced to two jail terms, succumbed to cancer early Monday, his family said. He was 82.

Somchai, former mayor of Tambon Saensuk Municipality, died at 3am in Chon Buri hospital. He was released from jail on December 14, 2017 due to his illness.

Narongchai Khunpluem, Somchai’s youngest son and the present mayor of Tambon Saensuk Municipality, posted the message “I love you, dad. #RIP” on his Facebook wall.

Somchai was born on September 30, 1937. He was a well-known politician and businessman in Chon Buri and was perceived as the godfather of the east coast who brought prosperity and development to the tourist town of Bang Saen. He was also perceived as an influential person who supported several politicians from eastern provinces.

He was sentenced to five years and four months in jail and the seizure of his assets for corruption in a land case. He was also sentenced to 25 years in jail for masterminding the murder of Prayoon Sitthichote, another influential person and his rival. After the verdicts he fled his home but was captured in Bangkok on January 30, 2013.

Somchai was born to Charnchai and Thuam Khunpluem. His father was a village head in Tambon Saensuk in Chon Buri’s Muang district. His mother worked as a pork vendor in the market and went on to own a slaughterhouse.

Somchai left Wat Klang Don School after completing Grade 4 and worked as a bus conductor on the Bang Saen-Sri Racha-Chon Buri route before being promoted to driver.

After buying his own fishing boat, Somchai became friendly with a French tourist, who had an oil trading business in Cambodia. Through his connections with the French businessman, Somcchai got a license to fish in Cambodian waters. He run a successful fishing business for a few years but quit when oil prices soared.

He later went into digging and supplying gravel and soil for road fill. The success of this business allowed Somchai to expand his business empire to include the construction business, liquor sales, hotels, and real estate development. His wealth and influence in Bang Saen and Pattaya also allowed him to support his sons in their bids to become politicians..

Somchai and his wife Satil had four sons and one daughter, most of whom went on to become national and local politicians.

Sonthaya Khunpluem, Somchai’s eldest son, was a former Chon Buri MP and served as a political adviser to Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha during his first government. Sonthaya also held several ministerial posts.

Somchai’s second son, Witthaya Khunpluem, is the Chon Buri Provincial Administrative Organisation’s CEO and chairman of the Chon Buri Football Club.

Somchai’s third child was a daughter the couple called Jiraporn.

His fourth child is Itthipol Khunpluen, former Chon Buri MP and former Pattaya mayor.

His youngest son Narongchai Khunpluem, is now the mayor of Tambon Saensuk Municipality.

On January 30, 2013, Somchai was arrested by Crime Suppression Division police in his car at the Lat Krabang toll gate while travelling on the outbound motorway after using the name of Kim Sae-tang to receive treatment at the Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital.

After his arrest, he was sent to jail to serve the two outstanding jail terms, one for corruption in the Khao Mai Kaew’s land purchase by Tambon Saensuk Municipality when he was the mayor and the other for murder.

On December 14, 2017, the Corrections Department sought permission from Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Minister ACM Prajin Juntong to release him from jail on humanitarian grounds because he was suffering from stage 4 cancer and was over 70 years old.

At 3 am on Monday, his colourful life as a poor bus conductor who went on to become the godfather of the east coast finally came to an end.

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Giant drains ‘will not prevent floods’

Published June 17, 2019 by SoClaimon

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  • file photo : A car braves floodwaters on Mitmaitri Road after a downpour in Bangkok on June7.
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Giant drains ‘will not prevent floods’

national June 17, 2019 01:00

By Chularat Saengpassa
The Nation

Academic urges BMA to make it mandatory for big condo, office building projects to build underground water banks

EVEN with 20 giant drainage tunnels, Bangkok will never be safe from floods, predicts a respected university lecturer.

Thanawat Jarupongsakul, who teaches at Chulalongkorn University’s Department of Geology, made this prediction when the city administration began touting these structures as a way to improve the capital’s flood problems.

The city’s administration has already built four giant tunnels at great cost, and there are four others under construction and at least one more being proposed.

“I personally think these tunnels are a waste of money,” Thanawat said, adding that not only did they cost a lot to build, maintenance costs were also very high.

Thanawat

He pointed out that Bangkok was sinking, which means the level of the Chao Phraya is rising higher than the city’s canals and its drainage system.

“This means you have to use pumps to push the water into the river, but when these devices break down, Bangkok can get easily submerged,” he said.

On June 7, several parts of Bangkok were under water after just a few hours of rain, leaving many Bangkokians stranded in nightmarish traffic for hours and prompting them to lambaste the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).

The city authorities later admitted that there had been some hiccups with an overwhelmed fuse, which disrupted the operations of the Bang Sue Tunnel.

“Water from these tunnels has to be pushed high so it can flow into canals and then it has to be pushed even higher so it can flow into the river. It’s a difficult task,” Thanawat said.

He also said this drainage system was implemented several decades ago and many of the pipes must be clogged.

“Also you can’t expect this system to handle 60 millimetres of rainfall, when just 40mm to 50mm of rain floods the capital,” he said, adding that Bangkok’s urban expansion was also the cause of growing flood risks.

Bangkok residents use up to 6 million cubic metres of water daily and the wastewater from one big condo project in the heart of the capital is enough to fill up a canal, he said, adding “so when it rains, the city’s canals can be overwhelmed easily”. Instead, he suggested, the BMA should follow Shanghai’s system of requiring that all big buildings construct an underground water bank.

Former Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paripatra

This way, wastewater can be kept underneath the building and released gradually,” he said.

Visnu Charoen, a senior official at the BMA Drainage and Sewerage Department, said some BMA facilities have underground water banks, like the one along the Srinakharin-Krungthep Kreeta Road, which can hold about 10,000 cubic metres of water. There is also one at the mouth of Soi Suttiporn on Din Daeng Road, which can handle up to 1,200 cubic metres. However, Thanawat said, these water banks were not enough to deal with the flood risks.

Confessing that the BMA still hasn’t made it mandatory for the private sector to build underground water banks, Visnu added, “we will offer incentives if they agree to prepare areas for water retention”.

Professor Suchatvee Suwansawat, president of the Council of Engineers, said underground water banks would be an innovative flood-prevention solution, and that a couple can be developed right away around the big pond in the compound of the Tobacco Thailand Authority and the Chatuchak Park.

“These should help ease flooding in Lat Phrao, Bang Sue, Vibhavadi-Rangsit, Ramkhamhaeng and Sukhumvit,” he continued.

Suchatvee also recommended the use of sensor technology to monitor the state of pumps and water jets.

Thanawat, meanwhile, suggested that canals and waterways be dredged and pumps installed at the mouth of canals to push water into the river as a short-term measure. For the medium term, he said the size of the drainage pipes should be enlarged.

“For the long term, the government should make it mandatory for all condo projects to build water banks and if possible, Bangkok residents should be charged for water draining,” the academic said.

He added that water-drainage fees will possibly encourage people to save water, thus cutting down on the water to be drained.

For now though, Visnu said the BMA was doing its best to keep Bangkok dry by dredging waterways, cleaning drainage pipes and enlarging them where possible. He also pointed out that floods have been draining away more quickly over the past few years.

“We can’t say drainage tunnels will prevent floods, but at least the water is drained away more quickly,” he said.

Plans for a stable in sea to protect baby dugong from storms

Published June 17, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Plans for a stable in sea to protect baby dugong from storms

national June 17, 2019 01:00

By The Nation

MARINE PARK officials, veterinarians from the Department of National Parks (DNP) and experts at Chulalongkorn University are looking for ways to protect the recently rescued dugong Mariam from strong waves in the upcoming storm season.

The six-month-old dugong was found early this month on Ao Tung beach in the “no-hunting” area of Trang’s Koh Libong.

The island’s marine park officials and other concerned people are thinking about building a temporary stable-like structure in the sea for Mariam, so she can learn how to survive in her natural habitat.

However, veterinarians – who feed and check on her daily – say she is very weak and may not be able to survive the storms without protection.

Dr Pattarapol Manee-on, chief of DNP’s Animal Welfare unit, told The Nation that the team has considered three options for Mariam – putting her in a floating cage, constructing a stable or moving her to a nursery. However, he said, the second option should be the best, as Mariam has already found her own spot to hide and sleep in a rocky area that is frequented by other dugongs.

Pattarapol said the stable will be based in the site that Mariam has already chosen and will be at least 30 by 50 metres in size so she has a safe space to swim.

He said the veterinarians are also trying to strengthen Mariam before the storms arrive, adding that they are keeping a close eye on her as she is still relatively thin.

Pattarapol said the team would assess the situation again before making a final decision.

Dugongs are included in the “preserved species” list under the Wildlife Protection and Preservation Act.

There are only some 200 of these animals left in Thailand, with 180 in Koh Libong and the rest in Chao Mai National Park, which is also in Trang.

3 moto-taxi nabbed over Udomsuk brawl

Published June 17, 2019 by SoClaimon

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3 moto-taxi nabbed over Udomsuk brawl

national June 17, 2019 01:00

By The Nation

POLICE have arrested three men in connection with Saturday’s deadly brawl between two rivalling moto-taxi gangs.

The brawl, reportedly involving close to 100 men, erupted in the Udomsuk area of Bangkok’s Bang Na district, resulting in two deaths.

Two of the detained suspects, Piya Puangkaysorn and Rangsan Sornchaiyakorn, face several charges including collusion to kill others. Arrest warrants had been issued for them, as well as for Wanchai Mongkhonkhem, who is now on the run.

The third detained suspect, Charoen Charoenphon, was charged with unauthorised possession of a gun.

Metropolitan Police chief Pol Lt-General Suttipong Wongpin said police will soon seek arrest warrants for another four suspects.

“They will face different charges, depending on their role in the brawl,” he said.

Asked about widely shared clips that suggest the men killed in the brawl may have taken part in the fight, Sutipong said police needed time to investigate the incident.

Initially, it was reported that 20-year-old Weerawat Pheungkrut was a bystander and fatally struck by a bullet. He is survived by his mother and wife, who is four-months pregnant.

Also killed was Watcharin Nga-chalao, one of the taxi-motorcyclists involved in the turf clash between rival taxi queues.

Police said more than 100 members of the “Udomsuk 1” and “Udomsuk Rungruang” taxi stands began brawling shortly after 10am on Saturday.

Far outnumbered, police were unable to stop the fight. One of the Udomsuk Rungruang bikers, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it started after he was prevented from delivering a passenger to his destination and was forced to take off his jacket.

“I returned to my stand to tell my friends what happened and we decided to confront the other guys, but they outnumbered us and we got beaten up,” he said.

Kritton Sriboonmee, also of Udomsuk Rungruang, estimated there were nearly 100 men on the rival side, “armed with batons and wooden bars”, and he was struck on the head.

“I ran for my life, and then I heard four or five gunshots,” he said, adding that the two taxi stands have been locking horns since last year. Udomsuk Rungruang is a newer stand, though neither has a proper licence.

Metropolitan Police Division 5 chief Pol Maj-General Mongkhon Warunno said all the brawlers had been identified and the key men on both sides will be interrogated.

Rock star raises millions for Northeast hospitals

Published June 17, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Rock star raises millions for Northeast hospitals

national June 16, 2019 20:04

By The Nation

A CHARITY run led by rock star Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai has scored another success – raising more than Bt 40 million for eight small hospitals in the Northeast.

The latest marathon lasted two days over the past weekend and covered the 187-kilometre distance from Nong Khai to Khon Kaen.

More than 20,000 people made donations as the runners passed through their areas.

Joining Artiwara in the run were several celebrities, including his girlfriend Rachwin Wongviriya, singer-cum-actor Pakorn Lam, along with actors Pakorn Chatborirak and Somchai “Tao” Khemkad.

Dr Bhak Loharjun, a hero from the Tham Luang cave rescue, also joined Artiwara in Khon Kaen.

Khon Kaen Governor Somsak Changtragul greeted the runners as they arrived at the provincial hall yesterday.

The last leg of the run kicked off at the hall and ended at Khon Kaen stadium, where many fun events, including a concert, were held.

The charity run in the Northeast is part of Artiwara’s grander initiative to raise funds for small hospitals across the country through similar runs in several regions.

In the coming months, the rock star will lead charity runs in the North, South, East and Central regions.

The marathons have been organised by the Kao Kon La Kao Foundation, which was founded earlier this year in the wake of Artiwara’s Kao project, which raised over Bt1.6 billion for hospitals between 2016 and 2018.

4 nabbed trying to ship ‘ice’ to Philippines

Published June 17, 2019 by SoClaimon

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4 nabbed trying to ship ‘ice’ to Philippines

national June 16, 2019 17:51

By The Nation

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The authorities have managed to intercept a container carrying a tonne of crystal methamphetamine or “ice” worth close to Bt2 billion before it could leave the country.

They also arrested two Thai nationals and two Chinese men in connection with the haul.

At a press conference on Sunday morning , deputy National Police chief Pol General Chalermchai Srivorakan identified the suspects as Chinese nationals Huang Guoxion, 24, and Zhou Qingchu, 44, along with Thais Suban Manachanon, 57, and Joi sae Fong, 62.

The two Thais and Huang were nabbed at a container yard in Chon Buri’s Sri Racha district on Saturday, while Zhou was tracked down to his condo in Bangkok’s Huai Kwang district.

“The arresting officers were responding to a tipoff that a transnational drugtrafficking ring was preparing to hide illicit drugs in a cargo container, and investigation brought the team to the yard,” Chalermkiat said, adding that haul was meant to go to the Philippines.

The container was found stuffed with 612 boxes, 34 of which were filled with the drug disguised to look like tea bags, while the remaining boxes carried shoes.

The four suspects have been charged with having narcotics in their possession with the intention to sell and have been handed over to the Narcotics Suppression Division for legal action.

This crackdown is part of the authorities’ efforts to tackle drug problems. At present, most prisons in the country house inmates held on drugrelated charges.

Moral outrage – both mock and real – over massage porn flick shot in Chiang Mai

Published June 17, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Moral outrage – both mock and real – over massage porn flick shot in Chiang Mai

national June 16, 2019 16:36

By The Thaiger

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Some Chiang Mai locals are sharing their outrage over a porn video shot in a local massage shop in which the massage finished up with much more than just a “happy ending”.

 The clip is called “Thai VIP Massage” and is credited to ThaiSwinger.com.

Manager Online reports that netizens were calling for the police to investigate the adult movie shot in the northern city. The flick was filmed in various locations around the city.

The plot (and we use the term loosely) shows a foreign tourist entering a Thai massage shop reported to be located near Loi Kroh Road. The man is greeted by a woman wearing traditional Lanna-style clothing. She starts off with a traditional massage but her handiwork gets increasingly more sexual – and readers can guess the rest of the “plot”.

Police say they have not yet received an official complaint about the film, which was shared on the Line App, but they have made some preliminary investigations.

Among the complaints about the film, some say it will sully the good reputation of Chiang Mai and of Thais living in the north. They also complained that people viewing the clip could get the wrong impression about Thai massage.

The mock-moral outrage over the porn video appears contrary to the actual online viewing habits of Thais. The two most popular websites in Thailand are porn video sites, after Google, YouTube and Facebook, and a long way ahead of local sites like Pantip.

Welfare cards can now be used to pay for bus tickets at agents in some provinces

Published June 17, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Welfare cards can now be used to pay for bus tickets at agents in some provinces

Breaking News June 16, 2019 15:20

By The Nation

Some bus-ticket agents in at least two provinces can now accept payment by government-issued welfare cards.

Transport Co Ltd, a state enterprise, recently revealed that it has distributed electronic data capture (EDC) devices to 22 agents through the bus stations in Yasothon and Nakhon Phanom provinces.

The agents have been trained on how to accept payments via welfare cards.

The government has issued welfare cards to more than 11 million low-income earners in the country. These cards entitle their holders to many benefits, including Bt500 worth of bus fare per month.

Bus tickets paid for through welfare cards are non-refundable.

Bystander killed by stray bullet as taxi motorcyclists brawl

Published June 17, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Bystander killed by stray bullet as taxi motorcyclists brawl

Breaking News June 15, 2019 13:56

By The Nation

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A bystander was killed by a stray bullet on Saturday when two groups of taxi motorcyclists got involved in a fight in Bangkok’s Bang Na district.

Police said Weerawat Pheungkrut, 20, a worker of Kerry Express Thailand, was killed when a bullet hit his left eyebrow in front of Soi Udomsuk 1 at 11.40am.

Another unidentified man was also shot and injured and taken to a nearby hospital.

Police said Thaweekiart Sutthisanong, 20, was also injured with a knife on his head and was rushed to a hospital.

Police said Weerawut was killed by a stray bullet when two groups of taxi motorcyclists engaged in a brawl in front of Soi Udomsuk 1 because a group of taxi motorcyclists were annoyed that a new group had opened a stand nearby.

Police are checking footage of security cameras in the area before making arrests.

Trotting the glove

Published June 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Trotting the glove

national June 15, 2019 13:13

By Kanjana Lao
Nation Graphic

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As many as 1.4 billion people took overseas trips last year, generating revenue of almost US$1.6 trillion (Bt50 trillion) worldwide. Thailand saw 38.28 million arrivals last year, earning Bt2.01 trillion.

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