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Thailand – 10 Ways The ‘Military Coup’ Make Thais Happy

Via: City News – Chiang Mai

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Suan Dusit Rajabhat University released survey results on the public’s opinions of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and the topic of happiness. The online survey was conducted on 10th – 14th June with 1,634 participants from around the country.

On 15th June SDRU release their Suan Dusit Poll data concerning the public opinion of the NCPO three weeks after the military junta declared a coup in Thailand. Since then, the country has been run by the armed forces under command and control protocol since 22nd May 2014.

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Here are the results of the poll:

10 Ways The NCPO Make Thais Happy

1.     Restoration of peace and order after the political gatherings had stopped: 93% agree

2.    People can go back to work and school since things have returned to normal: 87% agree

3.    Cost of living decreased by postponing fuel price hikes: 85% agree

4.    Rice pledging scheme payments to farmers brings happiness: 84% agree

5.     Stimulating the economy and commercial investment: 80% agree

6.    Crackdown on corruption and enforcement of transparency in government organisations: 77% agree

7.    NCPO’s determination and transparent code of conduct by keeping the public informed with announcements: 73% agree

8.    Public safety improved: 73% agree

9.    Crackdown on criminal activities including drugs and unregistered weapons: 71% agree

10.  Returning happiness to the people with free World Cup broadcasts, free King Naresuan movie tickets and other reconciliation campaigns: 71% agree

http://www.chiangmaicitynews.com/news.php?id=4058

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Personal Thought:

Excellent news, but for me, not surprising.

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Thailand – Military junta scraps children tablet project

Via: Thai PBS

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The termination of the project came after wide discussion with the Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) to revise the project to distribute tablets to students last Friday.

The joint discussion ended with a conclusion that the project does little to support education, and also is considered an unnecessary spending of national budget.

The meeting agreed to shift the spending of the budget for children tablets to other projects instead.

The NCPO tasked 10 government agencies relevant to education to come up with more viable projects for consideration (books, maybe?).

However the NCPO agreed to allow the delayed tablet delivery project approved during the  2013 fiscal year to go ahead.

Under the project, the OBEC will purchase tablets to deliver to Mor 1 level education students in Zone 4 covering schools in the North and Northeast regions who have not yet received.

But so far it was delayed after a Chinese supplier failed to supply within the delivery deadline, prompting the OBEC to call new bid, and file legal case against the firm.

http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/military-junta-scraps-children-tablet-project/

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Former Prime Minster Yingluck’s legacy:  tablets high-speed rail, rice (vote) buying scheme, amnesty for her brother, Toxsin.

Shoot, Yingluck is another George W. Bush!

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Thailand – 120,000 Cambodian migrants flee Thailand after coup

Via: Coconuts Bangkok
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More than 120,000 Cambodians have fled Thailand to return home in the past week, fearing a crackdown on migrant workers after last month’s military takeover, an official said on Sunday.

The mass exodus of labourers who play a key role in Thai industries such as seafood and agriculture but often lack official work permits comes amid a junta warning of arrest and deportation for illegal foreign workers.

“They’re returning en masse like a dam collapsing. They’ve never come en masse like this before in our history,” Kor Sam Saroeut, governor of the northwestern province of Banteay Meanchey where the main border crossing is located, told AFP by telephone.

Around 122,000 Cambodian migrants have returned from Thailand in the last week after being transported to the border by Thai military trucks or making their own way, he said late Sunday.

“They said they are scared of being arrested or shot if they run when Thai authorities check their houses,” Saroeut added. “Most of them went to work in Thailand without a work permit.”

But two days later the Thai foreign ministry dismissed “RUMOURS” the army was deporting Cambodian labourers and later Sunday released a new statement citing spokesman Sek Wannamethee as saying: “No crackdown order targeting Cambodian workers had been issued by the NCPO (junta body).”

As a result of the rumours, “Cambodian illegal workers have reported themselves to the Thai authorities for being repatriated voluntarily to Cambodia,” the statement said, adding that Thai immigration officials had provided transport for them. (NOT RUMOR!)

More than 12,000 migrant workers crossed the border into Cambodia on Sunday alone, according to Saroeut, who expects many more to make the journey over the new few days.

Thousands were sheltering from the rain at local Buddhist temples and a market as they waited for transport to their home provinces.

Cambodian authorities have arranged nearly 300 cars and military trucks to ferry workers home from the Aranyaprathet-Poipet border checkpoint but many would have to stay near the site overnight until transport became available, Saroeut said.

At the smaller border checkpoint of Boeung Trakuon, south of Poipet, around 1,000 Cambodian men and women walked across the border with heavy bags and children in tow, said a local journalist.

Sirichan Ngathong, a spokeswoman for Thailand’s army which seized power in a coup on May 22, had said Wednesday the junta viewed illegal migrants as a “threat” and they faced arrest and deportation.

http://bangkok.coconuts.co/2014/06/16/afp-120000-cambodian-migrants-flee-thailand-after-coup

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Personal thought:

I haven’t read anything similar as to whether this is affecting the Lao and Burmese. If the crackdown becomes more widespread, I believe this will have a dire consequence on the Thai economy.

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