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National security tops list in Zuckerberg talks

Published October 18, 2017 by SoClaimon

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Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg

National security tops list in Zuckerberg talks

politics October 18, 2017 01:00

By WASAMON AUDJARINT,
JIRAPAN BOONNOON
THE NATION

Facebook co-founder’s visit seen as boost to country’s digital economy.

NATIONAL security issues and digital business opportunities will likely figure prominently during talks between Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder of Facebook, the world’s largest social media platform, when they meet later this month in Bangkok.

The Thai premier is expected to raise key issues concerning the widespread use of social media at the October 30 meeting.

The Thai government’s concerns on online dissemination of information deemed to threaten national security, will be one of the issues discussed, according to Deputy Government Spokesperson Lt Gen Werachon Sukondhapatipak.

“It is a concern of every country since social media has both positive and negative outcomes. We should be careful using this innovation which can also be abused by some people. However, there should also be discussions on how social media can be |used creatively,” Werachon said.

During his meeting with Zuckerberg, Prayut is also expected to seek cooperation in tackling transnational crime issues. They would include previous attempts to curb critical and offensive social media accounts, including those on the Facebook platform where controversial comments and opinions were posted and shared in violation of lese majeste and other laws.

While it is not possible to tell Facebook what it can and cannot do, Thai authorities and social media users have resorted to their own method of reporting unsuitable posts and comments to keep them from public view.

Last year, a political satire Facebook page called “We Love Gen Prayut” was shut down and its administrators were charged with sedition under the computer crime bill. In April this year, the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society also issued a regulation stating that it is wrong to follow, share or interact online with three figures critical of the monarchy, namely Somsak Jeamteerasakul, Andrew MacGregor Marshall and Pavin Chachavalpongpun.

Zuckerberg’s visit is a positive opportunity to boost the country’s prospects in the digital economy and business world.

Deputy premier Somkid Jatusripitak said Zuckerberg’s visit underlines the social media giant’s interest in Thailand as its huge data centres around the world connect billions of users and there are business and investment opportunities in Asean countries.

As one of the world’s largest online businesses, Facebook is a key global player keen in further expanding its business into Asean where major US and Chinese players have already set up their branches in Singapore, Indonesia, and Vietnam and Thailand is being closely watched, said Somkid.

Nakrop Niamnamtham, managing director, nForce Secure Co, Thailand’s leading distributor of security solutions, said Zuckerberg’s visit is good for Thailand and other Asean countries where Facebook has many users. Thailand is ranked one of Facebook’s top-10 markets along with the Philippines and Vietnam, he said.

Since Thailand is situated at the centre of mainland Asean countries geographically, there could be business cooperation in e-commerce and other areas in connection with the giant social media platform. He said there could also be opportunities for the company to invest in digital and related hubs as well as a data centre.

Nuttapon Nimmanphatcharin, president of Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA) said Facebook could be interested in the so-called Big Data area as Thailand has competitive advantages in terms of location and logistic infrastructure connecting north and southeast Asian countries such as China, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Myanmar.

Big data covering corporate, business and other areas are crucial to digital businesses as well as tech start-ups that are set to boom in Thailand and other regional markets.

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Police reform committee set to receive ‘wish list’ following public hearing process

Published October 18, 2017 by SoClaimon

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Police reform committee set to receive ‘wish list’ following public hearing process

politics October 17, 2017 18:15

By The Nation

The police reform committee’s sub-panel for public hearings will submit its nationwide findings to the committee tomorrow, panel chair Manit Sooksomjit said on Tuesday.

The panel has gauged views from over 600 experts in various fields, including the police themselves, focus groups, more than 5,000 questionnaires completed by police officers, plus online surveys.

It learned that those consulted want to see police personnel’s capacity and performance improved the most, Manit said.

Secondly, they wish to see proper governance in the police organisation, and thirdly, they want to see the police’s public services improved, he added.

Police reform is one of the 13 critical reform sectors addressed in the new Constitution.

Prawit dispatches officers to ‘talk’ to Sudarat about Sunday’s activity

Published October 18, 2017 by SoClaimon

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Gen Prawit.
Gen Prawit.

Prawit dispatches officers to ‘talk’ to Sudarat about Sunday’s activity

politics October 17, 2017 17:22

By The Nation

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said on Tuesday that he had sent officers to “talk” with Pheu Thai Party key figure Sudarat Keyuraphan, in order for her to understand the appropriateness of her apparent political activity this past weekend.

The deputy PM said he had no idea why Sudarat had said during a press briefing that she did not see a banner bearing her name on a vehicle in which she had ridden on Sunday, as it was obvious that the banner was big enough for anyone to notice.

Sudarat on Monday defended herself against claims that she had used a marigold-planting activity in tribute to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej as a political tool to boost her own popularity.

She was seen in photos circulated online riding in a pickup truck equipped with speakers and a banner bearing her name – a combination similar to a political-campaign truck – in a vehicle parade during an activity organised on Sunday by the Lat Pla Khao community in Bangkok.

Sudarat’s truck was accompanied by several motorcycles, whose riders were wearing uniforms, and the parade was led by a police car.

The photos sparked controversy among social-media users, who accused Sudarat of using the condolence period for the late King for her own benefit, and of using a security detail like a serving officer.

In a press briefing on Monday, Sudarat explained that she had not known that the truck she had ridden in was highlighted with her name, because she had got into it from behind.

“You have understood when listening to the story she told you? The fact is that the banner bearing her name was big enough [for her to see it], though,” Prawit said.

While the deputy premier made no mention of the potential lifting of the long-standing ban on political activity, he insisted that in regard to the coming election, the government was still sticking to its roadmap.

The prime minister’s recent announcement on the election date was clear and should not be affected by any impasses, he said, alluding to the latest observations about a potential delay in the promulgation of some organic laws as a result of interpretations on their constitutionality.

Certain political observers fear that some people might petition the Constitutional Court to rule on the laws’ constitutionality, which would draw out the election process.

Four organic laws are essential for the holding of the general election.

The first two – the Election Commission and political-party laws – have been promulgated, while those concerning the election of MPs and the selection of the Senate are in the drafting and deliberation process.

Reconciliation is top issue to unite divisive Thailand, says Anek

Published October 18, 2017 by SoClaimon

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Political reform committee chair, Anek.
Political reform committee chair, Anek.

Reconciliation is top issue to unite divisive Thailand, says Anek

politics October 17, 2017 11:25

By Piyaporn Wongruang
TheNation

Still an ideological peace advocate, Anek Laothamatas dreams of how best to forge reconciliation in divisive Thailand.

Being appointed as chair of the new political reform committee under the national reform law, Anek does not hesitate to peg reconciliation as one of the top issues to be pursued by his committee.

“It should be somehow long-term, educational, or nurtured as part of our political culture,” said Anek.

He did not confirm if he would adopt the previous plan, lauded as one of the most comprehensive reconciliatory approaches, developed by the now-defunct national reconciliation committee which he chaired in 2014 under the guidance of the now-defunct National Reform Council.

Besides reconciliation, Anek’s committee is tasked with long-term political reform which would look at politics at a national level and a local level.

The weight, Anek said, would be given to the local level as politics at the national level has been extensively overhauled with several elements introduced in the new charter, as well as its organic laws.

Anek said politics at the national level would see extensive structural changes as a result of enactment and promulgation of those laws.

What certain, he said, is a major change as a result of the introduction of the new primary voting system under the new political party law, which would allow party members to select MP candidates of their choice to be fielded in elections. This would decentralise power to the people, but it needs more to be done, he said.

That is the reason why his committee would also focus on local politics in the political reform plan, about to be submitted to the government for further implementation along with another 10 reform sectors in December.

Anek said during the change of the country’s regime from an absolute mornachy to mornachical democracy, King Rama VII emphasised on political development at a local level, and wanted to see municipalities become strong and central to the country’s politics. But, over time, the politics at this level has progressed at a slow pace, compared with the national level.

Local politics have hardly been addressed during this significant transitional period, he said, and that’s why the committee would focus on this area.

Anek said the committee had not dropped the idea of developing further national politics but would try to come up with supportive mechanisms to help newly introduced structures to become effective.

For instance, the committee would suggest how the new Election Commisison could work effectively in ensuring the coming election would be free and fair. The election, Anek said, is critical to Thailand’s future politics as it would be a new beginning under new rules and structures.

The committee would also introduce a so-called principle of Dharma-led democracy, democracy which is not just about the majority, but showed compassion for all.

The committee has not yet figured out how to achieve the principle. However, without religious-based thinking, any regime could easily fall into cracks and divisions, he said, noting that Thailand from now on should embrace the idea to heal its wounds.

Sudarat rightly rebuked over her ‘flower campaign’

Published October 18, 2017 by SoClaimon

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Sudarat rightly rebuked over her ‘flower campaign’

politics October 17, 2017 01:00

By ATTAYUTH BOOTSRIPOOM
THE NATION

A FLOWER campaign that came at the wrong time has backfired on a veteran Pheu Thai politician. On Sunday, Sudarat Keyuraphan was seen riding on a vehicle around Bangkok inviting people to plant and deliver marigold flowers in honour of His Majesty the late King.

The old Thai political proverb that says “Too quick to introduce yourself, too bruised you will become” could be well applied in this case.

Sudarat’s activity on Sunday was widely seen as political and earned a swift rebuke from junta leaders, including Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, who said it was inappropriate at this time.

It also goes against the tradition of her party, which prefers its prospective leaders to have a low profile until the right time comes. Yingluck Shinawatra is a case in point. She was not introduced to the public until the election of 2011 drew near. She looked fresh in the eyes of the public and did not take much time to step up to the top.

Taking the junta’s road map into consideration, the period of time until the election is considerably long enough for any prospective leader of a major party like Pheu Thai to keep a low profile to avoid being bruised before their time.

Any prospective leader of a major party would easily be a political target, and so it was with Sudarat, who has until now generally been seen as sophisticated in coordinating with groups of various interests, including the junta itself.

Sudarat may have support from the party’s influencers, including former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, but within the party, some friction has been reported. Sudarat is not Thaksin’s direct heir, and she leads only the party’s MPs in Bangkok. As for MPs from other regions, several have objected to the suggestion that she lead the party to the coming election, and have not shown as much support as expected. Her weak point, in their view, lies with the fact that she is on good terms with the junta.

Thus, any of her actions will be interpreted in a negative way, including this latest ride for flowers.

Sudarat’s move makes her look alone and isolated. Politically, she has already been bruised despite her flowery campaign on Sunday.

Yingluck driver breached code

Published October 18, 2017 by SoClaimon

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Yingluck driver breached code

politics October 17, 2017 01:00

By THE NATION

THE POLICE fact-finding committee against Pol Colonel Chairit Anurit of the Metropolitan Police, who allegedly drove former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to Sa Kaew province during her flight on August 23, has ruled that the officer committed grave disciplinary offence.

He also committed a lesser breach of the code of conduct for illegal use of a vehicle, ruled the committee. It will submit its finding to a disciplinary panel for further consideration of actions against Chairit, according to its head, Pol Maj-General Panurat Lakboon.

Deputy National Police Chief Pol General Srivara Ransibrahmanakul said last week that Yingluck’s DNA could not be confirmed as matching DNA traces found in the Toyota Camry that allegedly took her to Sa Kaew. The DNA traces found in the vehicle had been contaminated, he said. The police said they were unable to establish guilt based on the DNA.

Sudarat defends herself over ‘self-promoting’ flower parade

Published October 18, 2017 by SoClaimon

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Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan on a pickup truck equipped with a banner of her name during a marigold-|planting activity in tribute to the late King.
Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan on a pickup truck equipped with a banner of her name during a marigold-|planting activity in tribute to the late King.

Sudarat defends herself over ‘self-promoting’ flower parade

politics October 17, 2017 01:00

By WASAMON AUDJARINT
THE NATION

PHEU THAI PARTY key figure and former minister Sudarat Keyuraphan yesterday defended herself against claims that she used a marigold-planting activity in tribute to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej as a political tool to boost her own popularity.

With teary eyes, Sudarat said with shaken voice: “It’s true that I used to be a politician but should it stop my intention to express loyalty to the late King, like other people do? Our activity is so minor compared with what the King had done for us for many years.”

The veteran politician spoke after photos were circulated online of her riding a pickup truck equipped with speakers and a banner with her name, similar to a political campaigning truck, in a car parade during the activity organised by the local community of Lat Pla Khao region in Bangkok.

Sudarat’s truck was accompanied by several motorcycles, whose riders were wearing uniforms, and the parade was led by a police car.

The photos sparked controversy among social media users, who accused Sudarat of using the condolence period for her own benefit and using security protection like a serving officer. Some even called on the ruling junta to prolong its ban on political activities.

In a press briefing yesterday, Sudarat explained that she had not known the truck she rode would be highlighted with her name, because she got on it from behind.

“It has been used for 10 years, mainly for my foundation’s activity. I thought it was already retired,” she said. “It was my fault. I got on three cars that day and didn’t have a thorough look at all of them.”

Other banners did not include her name on them, and Sudarat claimed that this proved that she did not wish to popularise herself through the activity.

Motorcycle riders surrounding her truck were civil defence volunteers who came to help with managing the flow of thousands of people attending the event on the day, explained Den Kanbutr, an organising committee member.

Given the large scale of the activity along Lat Pla Khao road, police volunteered themselves to manage traffic in the area and did not provide a special guard for Sudarat, Den said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan said he plans to have some officers talk to Sudarat about appropriateness regarding what he saw as “self promotion”. The Pheu Thai figure said that she would be fine with this and would explain things factually.

However, she refused to comment on whether the junta would consider the controversy as a reason to prolong the political ban. “I wouldn’t know how they think,” she said.

Meanwhile, Bang Khen district director Wanida Chiangpaisalkul said that the district authority was invited to join the event on Sunday, when the controversy happened, but did not attend.

The authority partially coordinated with the organising committee, which came from the private sector, merely by asking shop owners to decorate their premises with marigolds, Wanida added.

OAG bill faces rough ride in legislator

Published October 18, 2017 by SoClaimon

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OAG bill faces rough ride in legislator

politics October 16, 2017 15:10

By The Nation

The organic bill governing the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) is scheduled for final reading before the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) on Thursday for a final reading amid a controversy regarding the OAG’s proposed new authority to probe officials of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC).

The Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC), which wrote the bill, has argued that because anti-graft officials probe others, they also should be subject to scrutiny. The NACC has rejected that argument. The NACC is subject to the scrutiny of the general checks and balances of the parliamentary system.

NLA’s president Pornpetch Vichitcholchai said on Monday that agencies objecting to the OAG organic bill might propose creating a joint committee to review the draft. Joint committees have been used to iron out disagreements related to some of the other organic bills that accompany the nation’s new constitution and must be passed prior to an election being called.

Referring the law to a joint committee could drag out the date of the election, which is expected in autumn of 2018.

Pornpetch said the risk of that would be preferable to the law potentially being ruled unconstitutional. That eventuality would cause more damage than taking time to get agreement on the issue now, he said.

The MP bill that is coming to the NLA for debate could also hold up an election if rejected, added the legislator.

Pheu Thai figure’s flower ‘campaign’ inappropriate: Prawit

Published October 18, 2017 by SoClaimon

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Pheu Thai figure’s flower ‘campaign’ inappropriate: Prawit

politics October 16, 2017 14:50

By The Nation

Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan on Monday rebuked key Pheu Thai figure Sudarat Keyuraphan’s public invitation for people to plant and deliver calendula flowers during the funeral of His Majesty the late King, saying the campaign was not appropriate.

Sudarat was seen on social media riding a vehicle advocating the planting of calendula flowers and their delivery for the King’s funeral.

The Deputy PM said Sudarat’s campaign was merely self promotion. People should know that this was not an appropriate time to engage in any political activities and they should use their judgment, Prawit said.

Prawit said he wated to emphasise that such an activity could not be held. He would send officers to talk to Sudarat about appropriateness while urging other politicians to refrain from similar activities.

MP bill could hold up election if rejected, says legislator

Published October 18, 2017 by SoClaimon

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Wallop Tangkananurak
Wallop Tangkananurak

MP bill could hold up election if rejected, says legislator

politics October 16, 2017 14:36

By The Nation

Legislator Wallop Tangkananurak on Monday expressed concern that the controversial organic bill governing election of members of parliament could draw out the road map to a 2018 election if rejected by politicians.

If the bill was sent to the Constitutional Court for interpretation, the election planned for November next year could be delayed for another one or two months to February 2019, he said.

The MPs bill is one of the two remaining of 10 organic bills to be submitted to the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) for deliberation. The other is the Senate bill, which Wallop said would probably not pose any problem.

The legislator insisted the NLA would not reject the bills in order to hold up the election.

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