His Majesty the
AP and TNA
His Majesty the King was expected to remain hospitalized for “a
certain period,” the royal palace said after he was admitted with what
doctors called inadequate blood supply to the brain.
HM the King was hospitalized Saturday after reportedly feeling weakness on
the right side of his body.
“Some eight hours of treatment alleviated the weakness in the right leg. The
team of physicians then recommended hospitalization for treatment and
observation,” the statement said.
Cerebral ischemia means that the brain or parts of the brain are not
receiving sufficient blood to maintain normal thinking and bodily functions.
It can result from various diseases and obstruction of arteries such as by
the blood clot removed from the His Majesty’s leg.
His condition improved after about eight hours of treatment, the statement
“The condition of His Majesty the King is improving,” the statement said.
“The right side of his body is regaining some strength.”
The statement said doctors will be treating HM the King with rehabilitative
medicine at the hospital, “and will continue to treat him for a certain
period.” It did not specify how long.
The palace said Saturday that an MRI showed the king had “a slightly
inadequate blood flow to the brain.”
Hundreds of well-wishers crowded outside Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital,
shouting “Long Live the King!”
Many wore yellow shirts and carried yellow flags. In Buddhist tradition,
yellow represents the day of the week on which His Majesty was born.
Her Majesty the Queen thanked the crowd for its support as she entered the
hospital to visit HM the King.
“His Majesty is fine and getting better,” she told the crowd.
Privy Council members led by President Gen. Prem Tinsulanonda also visited
His Majesty the King, who will celebrate his 80th birthday December 5.
Use natural materials for making krathongs says deputy mayor
Loy Krathong Festival takes place on November 24
Natural materials only are to be used on the making of krathongs
during the competition arranged by Pattaya City for this year’s Loy Krathong
A preparation meeting was held on October 10 at Pattaya City Hall, with
Deputy Mayor Wattana Chantanawaranon in the chair.
Mayor Wattana Chantanawaranon has specified that for the Loy Krathong
Festival in Pattaya this year, the floating baskets must only be made from
Wattana said that citizens and tourists were being asked to make their
krathongs from natural materials when they take part in the competition to
be held at Lan Pho Public Park in Naklua on November 24.
The winning prizes will be 10,000 baht, 7,000 baht and 5,000 baht, and there
will be three consolation prizes valued at 2,000 baht each. There is also a
fund of 3,000 baht to support each team.
Pattaya City has divided the contest into three categories, namely primary
school class children (not above primary class 6) secondary school class
children (not above secondary class 3) and the general public.
Regulations state that natural materials must be used and that competitors
must provide these materials themselves. The diameter of the floating
baskets must not be less than 12 inches, and in the style of the person’s
choosing. A limit of four hours for the making of the floats has been set.
For more information about the contest, contact the Child and Youth
Activities section at Pattaya City Education Office during official office
hours, on 038 253220 or 038 253231.
City works with World
Concern to create network against child abuse
Pattaya City is working with World Concern to create a network of
schoolteachers and public officials to try and reduce the incidence of
sexual abuse of children.
The Division of Social Welfare together with specialists from World Concern
is training 10 schoolteachers under Pattaya City jurisdiction and another 32
officers to create the network.
Cypert, a World Concern specialist in protecting children from sexual abuse,
says that three out of four children under the age of 18 have suffered from
sexual abuse at some time.
Leah Cypert, a World Concern specialist in protecting children from sexual
abuse says that this is a much bigger problem that is generally realized,
for data gathered worldwide reveals that three out of four children under
the age of 18 have suffered from sexual abuse at some time.
In Thailand, said Cypert, there is no clear data. But the country has
proportionately a very large population of under-18s, and social problems
that can exacerbate the sexual abuse problem. Consequently, World Concern
was working on ways to identify and help resolve the incidence of sexual
Child sexual abuse in Pattaya follows a different pattern to elsewhere, says
Cypert. Generally, child victims suffer abuse that arises out of family
situations. In Pattaya, the violations occur more usually through social
situations. Consequently, the support network for the children has to work
on different levels.
Arunratsamee Bunkerd of the Pattaya Social Welfare Department says that the
training is focusing on penetrating into groups of children who are at high
risk of suffering sexual abuse, or who have already been victims. It is
necessary to win the confidence of the youngsters so that they could point
out those who are guilty of abuse.
The training centers on an approach in which one teacher or officer
concentrates on a group of five children, and these five then create a
network amongst their friends.
Initial training was held at Pattaya School No 8 over the period October 10
to 12, in cooperation with the Department of Social Welfare, the Thailand
Supanimit Foundation, the Pankit Foundation Mercy Center and World Concern.
Contamination found in 80% of cooked meat products
Market vendors accused of sharp practice during vegetarian period
Contamination was found in more than 80 percent of cooked meat
samples collected in a spot check at Wat Chaimongkol Market by Pattaya City
public health inspectors.
The Public Health Department was checking food that included cooked meat to
see if vendors were indulging in any sharp and unhygienic practices during
the vegetarian period. The inspectors quickly found they were.
health inspector Bubpa Songsakulchai (2nd right) led her team on an
unannounced visit to Wat Chaimongkol Market.
Public health inspector Bubpa Songsakulchai, who led the team on an
unannounced visit to the market, said that they were astonished to find
contaminating substances in more than 80 percent of cooked food with meat
Bubpa said that during the vegetarian season the demand for foods with meat
goes right down, and vendors lose a lot of income. Consequently they recycle
unused meat, or leave meat lying around for too long before using it, and
the ingredients become contaminated. This can result in food poisoning for
The vendors have been issued with a warning and reminded that they can be
prevented from trading if their food does not meet standards.
Anyone suspicious of food being contaminated can contact the Pattaya
Consumers Protection Division of Pattaya City during official hours at tel
038 253-100 ext 3210.
City to build 21M baht home for the homeless
A home for the homeless is to be built on a 3-rai plot of land in
Nongplalai at a cost of 21 million baht.
Bunkerd announced that Pattaya City has approved a budget of approximately
21 million baht to build a house for homeless people.
The funds, which appear in the 2008 budget, will be spent on erecting two
buildings that will accommodate 50 homeless males and females, along with an
occupational training center that will help to reduce the long-term problem
of homeless people in Pattaya and its environs.
Arunratsamee Bunkerd of the Pattaya Social Welfare Department said that
construction work is scheduled for completion by the end of 2008.
The Nongplalai home is being built because Pattaya has increasing problems
with homeless people. Although officials carry out arrests of vagrants who
are considered to be committing a public nuisance, the procedures are seldom
effective in the long-term because of the limited accommodation that can be
Pattaya City now has a budget of 21 million baht from the Office of the
Budget to build a center designed to support people who face problems in
society. The two residential buildings are designed for 50 homeless people
in Pattaya City and neighboring areas.
A training center is also being prepared for officials who will be involved
in the rehabilitation and occupational training of the home’s residents, the
objective overall being to encourage those admitted to the home to re-enter
society with occupational skills.
Vocational courses help
broaden skills of officials
Pattaya City is working in conjunction with Kasetsart University to
provide informal study for city hall officials and municipal police
officers, with courses on offer including English language studies,
computers, accounting, occupational programs, business law and economics.
Thongsai (right) presents one of the lessons.
The lessons are being conducted after working hours and are being undertaken
as a way of improving knowledge and adding skills that can be applied to the
Rungratree Thongsai of the Pattaya City public relations department and who
is also one of the tutors, said that the project is designed to improve the
skills of officials by teaching them subjects that they can incorporate into
their daily lives even if their jobs do not directly require them.
It is a matter of broadening the skills base and increasing the confidence
of officials in dealing with foreign visitors or in understanding different
areas of the city administration, said Rungratree.
Qualified tutors are being used for the courses, each of which requires 10
months of study. Following successful completion of a course, attendees will
receive a certificate from the Ministry of Education. Fees for each course
are 5,000 baht per term, excluding books.
Kanok Ngernkasem, a Naklua-based municipal police officer who is taking part
in the computer course said that before he began he had never used a
computer and knew nothing about them. Now he knows how to use the internet,
and as he has also improved his English language skills he feels he is
learning a lot. He says he is now able to converse with foreign tourists,
whereas before he had not dared to try and communicate with them.
Kanok said that he felt the project was a very worthwhile one, and that his
own experience has been so satisfying that he feels other police officers
should share the experience. He said it would directly affect their
occupations, and that they can apply the knowledge learned to their daily
Patcharapon Pannarai, a Pattaya City municipal officer said that the English
lessons in particular are of benefit because officials lack English language
skills and they have difficulty conversing with foreigners who need
information. She said that after taking a course she had more confidence in
communicating, and in giving the correct information to visitors.
The courses are held at Jittapawan College and are open in vocational and
higher level classes. There are 20 students in the vocational level and over
40 in higher vocational classes. Study is from Monday to Saturday, 5 p.m. to
9 p.m. Students can learn two subjects per day.
City hall report will summarize
progress of past four years
Ban Phoonam Company photographers are busy
taking photos of city officials to include in the upcoming performance
Pattaya City is to publish a report on the performance of the city
council and administration over the period 2004 to 2007.
Photography was undertaken by Ban Phoonam Group Co Ltd at Pattaya City Hall
on October 9 to illustrate the report, which is due for publication in
Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn said that 3,000 copies would be distributed
to community leaders, government offices and organization heads as a record
of progress during the four-year term of the council.
Five men charged with killing of karaoke hostess
Five men have been arrested for the killing of a karaoke lounge
hostess whose body was found under a bed in an apartment building near the
Siam Country Club on October 4.
police watching closely, Suwit (foreground) and Kusulaiman reenact the
Police had been searching for a man described as being overweight and
narrow-eyed, who was believed to have been the last person to see the
deceased alive, and a man fitting his description has been named as the
Ms Weeruna Samniang, also known as Noi or Pingping, age 28 and a resident of
Payao had been a receptionist at Mona Lisa Karaoke, an entertainment venue
for Korean people, located on the Pattaya-Naklua Road opposite the Star Dice
Pub. Her killers had bound her hands and feet and strangled her, hiding her
body under her bed in room number 108 at the For Men Apartment, in Porn
Prapanimith Road, near the Siam Country Club Golf Course.
During preliminary investigations police gathered a description of a man who
was believed to have been the last person to visit the deceased woman’s
room. He was described as being overweight, narrow-eyed, longhaired,
standing about 170 cm tall, and with a tattoo on his arm. The man had driven
away in a gold Toyota Vios that had belonged to the dead woman.
Pol Lt Gen Jetanakorn Napeetapat, commander of Police Region 2, formed an
investigation team that included Pol Maj Gen Bandit Kunajak, commander of
the Chonburi Provincial Police and his deputy Pol Col Pairat Supasawat, and
Pol Col Sarayut Sa-Nguanpokai, superintendent at Banglamung Police Station.
Investigations allowed the team to draw up a list of five prime suspects who
were staying at a rented room in Central Pattaya, and warrants of arrest
were obtained from Pattaya Provincial Court on October 12. Armed with the
warrants, police entered the premises while the suspects were asleep in the
room, and took them to Banglamung Police Station for questioning.
The five were identified as Suwit Chokdee, a Rayong resident age 23 and also
known as Ai Tatee, Big or Ai Pai; Kusulaiman Sanya, 24, of Satul; Charoen
Kongfuk, 25, of Chonburi; Thikorn Kosum, 24, of Prachinburi; and Atid
Intholo, 15, of Rayong. Police discovered in their possession a blue-grey
Nokia 1112 cellphone that had belonged to Weeruna.
All five confessed to the murder, saying that the purpose was to steal the
dead woman’s property.
Police took the five men to re-enact the crime at the For Men Apartment.
Suwit admitted to carrying out the killing, saying he had tied Weeruna’s
hands and feet with rope and used the tether of a kangaroo bag to strangle
her. Kusulaiman helped him put the body under the bed. The dead woman’s car
was then driven to a used car lot in Rayong, where the killers tried to sell
it for 50,000 baht. The car dealer deducted 9,000 baht from this amount,
knowing the vehicle to have been stolen. Therefore there was only 41,000
baht to divide five ways.
Pol Lt Gen Jetanakorn said the five men had previously worked together at
New York Karaoke on Soi Buakao. Suwit, who knew Weeruna, formed the murder
plan with the intention of stealing her car and selling it. After the
killing, the five had divided the money and stayed together until the police
Young wives at high risk of
contracting HIV says health ministry
Thailand’s young wives are at high risk of contracting AIDS, says the
Ministry of Public Health, owing to their partners straying and not using
Mongkol na Songkla, Minister of Public Health.
The ministry puts the risk factor at high for at least 45 percent of young
single people and young married women.
A seminar was staged on October 5 at Pattaya City Hall by the ministry in
association with the National Health Insurance Bureau in the Rayong area,
the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Center, and the ITV television station.
The purpose of the seminar was to exchange opinions, experiences and advice
on the treatment of HIV-related medical problems. Dr Mongkol na Songkla,
Minister of Public Health chaired the seminar, which was attended by
Chonburi hospital officers.
Dr Mongkol said that in 2007 the accumulated data showed that there were
1,102,628 AIDS cases in Thailand, of which 546,576 were still alive. During
this year, 14,000 new patients have been recorded. The majority are
teenagers and housewives, in the latter case 45 percent having contracted
the HIV virus from their spouses.
The results of data for 2006 from the Epidemiology Bureau on HIV prevention
amongst pre-college students found that 21 percent of juveniles had sexual
experience, and that 12 percent were female. Only 25 percent of Thai
juveniles used condoms, of which 11 percent were female. This was because
they trusted their sexual partners.
The number of patients receiving anti-HIV medicine is continuously
increasing. In August this year, 138,726 patients took anti-HIV medicine
under the care of the Ministry of Public Health.
Pattaya takes stand
at Moscow show
(From left) Akarawit
Thaepasit, assistant director of TAT Central Region 3 Office, Satit
Nilawong, assistant director TAT Southern Region Office, Thai ambassador to
Russia Supot Theerakaosal and Witsanu Charoensilp,
director of TAT in Moscow.
Pattaya had an extensive presence in Russia at Leisure 2007, the
travel and lifestyle exhibition held in Moscow, to promote tourism to the
Russians, currently Pattaya’s largest overseas market.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand Central Region 3 Office organized the
Pattaya stand at the show, which took place over the period September 24 to
During last year, 482,587 Russian tourists visited Pattaya, an increase of
39.44 percent over the 2005 figure. This year, during the first two-thirds
of the year, there have already been 558,608 Russian visitors. From hotel
reservation data and primary data from tourism agencies, it is already known
that Russia is now Pattaya’s largest single market.
Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn, Pattaya City permanent secretary Sittiprap
Muangkoom, and deputy city clerk Sutham Petket joined Chaiwat Charoensuk,
director of TAT Central Region 3 Office and assistant director Akarawit
Thaepasit on the visit to Moscow.
On September 26, 2007, the Thai ambassador to Russia, Supot Theerakaosal,
visited the Pattaya stand and recommended that the city should hold a
festival at least once a year, due to the interest amongst Russian people in
Color-coded vests handed out
as motorcycle taxi riders register
Organizing system necessary to prevent criminal activity
More than 7,000 motorcycle taxi riders in Pattaya are being issued with
new-style waistcoats as part of the program to ensure that proper
identification and documentation is registered for each rider and that
consequently the system is better supervised.
Jongsuebtham (left), Banglamung district chief, and Mayor Niran
Wattanasartsathorn (2nd left) distribute the motorbike taxi waistcoats.
In a separate move, about 200 motorbike taxi riders registered with the
police on October 13, which was National Police Day, to act as volunteers in
the crackdown against street crime, the riders offering to act in
conjunction with the police in reporting suspicious behavior.
On October 10 at Pattaya City Hall, Banglamung district chief clerk Pratheep
Jongsuebtham and Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn distributed waistcoats to
the motorcycle taxi riders in Banglamung District who went along to register
their details and obtain new licenses.
The taxis have been divided into four zones, each zone designated by its own
color. Yellow signifies the North Pattaya Zone, from Soi Photisarn to
Central Pattaya; green is for the Central Pattaya Zone, from Central Pattaya
to South Pattaya; red is for the South Pattaya Zone, from South Pattaya to
Walking Street; and blue is for the Jomtien Zone, from the
Thepprasit-Dongtan Curve to the Pattaya City limits.
Pratheep said that Pattaya City has a budget of 860,125 baht for Banglamung
District to organize the motorcycle taxis. Regulations stipulate that all
riders register their driving records and identity cards before they are
issued with the new vests.
He said that there are about 7,000 motorbike taxi riders at 676 ranks. The
information is registered with the Land Traffic Department.
“There have been criminal elements hiding amongst the taxi riders and crimes
have been committed against visitors,” said Pratheep. “If there is no
official registration, then that is a weak point in the system and there is
no way of preventing criminal activity.”
Pol Col Sutin Suppuang, superintendent at Pattaya Police Station said that
the riders who registered to act as police volunteers are in a unique
position to act as the eyes and ears of regular police officers.
“They will be able to do a very valuable job in helping to monitor the
streets,” he said. “Pattaya Police Station does not have enough officers to
patrol every area on a 24-hour basis, and the motorcycle riders are
continually on the streets, observing everything.”
The volunteers have been briefed on watching out for suspicious characters
and reporting to the police station.
ICCA Congress is an opportunity to showcase city as events venue says deputy mayor
(From left) Panga Vathanakul
(MD of Royal Cliff), Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay, Deputy Governor Chatpong
Chatphuti, Natwut Amornvivat, president of the Thailand Convention &
Exhibition Bureau (TCEB, and Pisai Panomwan Na Ayutthaya, member of the
Pattaya City Council, cooperatively announce the event.
The 46th ICCA Congress and Exhibition that will take place in
Pattaya over the period October 27 to 31 will be an ideal occasion to
promote the city as an international meetings and events venue and is also a
growing sign that the city is already taking its rightful place on the world
stage, says Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay.
Verawat was speaking at a press briefing at Pattaya City Hall on October 9,
announcing the arrangements for the congress that will take place at PEACH,
in the Royal Cliff Beach Resort.
He said that 80 countries will be sending more than 700 representatives,
which would generate at least 70 million baht in revenue, in addition to
providing a showcase for the city to promote itself in the meetings,
incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) sector.
Verawat added that city hall was working in cooperation with the police to
clear away vehicle rental services and prostitutes from the seafront, saying
that this presents a negative image of the city.
The Thailand Conventions and Exhibition Bureau believes that Pattaya has the
potential to increase its MICE business eightfold over the next few years.
Students to attend camp
in anti-drugs campaign
(From left) Pattaya deputy
clerk Chanatpong Juabmee, Deputy Mayor Wattana Chantanawaranon and
Thawatchai Rattathanyu, Pattaya’s Education Department director.
A campaign launched by Pattaya Education Department to try and
prevent the spread of drug taking amongst schoolchildren includes a spell at
an educational camp for more than 1,500 youngsters to make them aware of the
dangers of narcotics.
Deputy Mayor Wattana Chantanawaranon on October 3 held a meeting at Pattaya
School No 8 for the directors of all 10 schools under Pattaya City
jurisdiction along with all department heads within the Education
Department. Pattaya deputy clerk Chanatpong Juabmee also attended.
Wattana said that a campaign amongst the schools was important because drug
problems amongst the young are spreading. The city has a responsibility to
protect its young people, who represent the future, and to make them aware
of the dangers of taking drugs.
A project has been launched in which children at the primary school class 6
level from all 10 schools will participate. A total of 1,500 students will
be divided into five groups who will attend a series of educational camps
near Yanasangwararam Temple in Sattahip.
The first group will consist of students from schools 2 and 3, who will
attend the camp from November 13 to 15. The second group will be drawn from
schools 4 and 5, attending camp on November 19 to 21. The third group, from
schools 6 and 7, will attend from December 18 to 20. The fourth group, from
schools 8 and 10, will be at camp from December 24 to 26, while the fifth
group, from schools 9 and 1, will attend from December 27 to 29.
Sanctuary gears up for high season
Bunsrang happily jumps through
The Sanctuary of Truth has organized a number of new activities for
the tourism high season during the last quarter of this year, along with a
special discount ticket that covers the period October 15 to December 25.
greets a tourist with a kiss.
Samruay Krirkpongpun, director of sales and marketing said that one of the
main attractions is the dolphin show that takes place twice a day, at 11:30
a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Two dolphins originating from the Gulf of Thailand, a
seven-year-old Irrawadee Dolphin named Bunsrang and a 22-year-old Bottlenose
Dolphin named Bunrod are the stars of the show.
Visitors will also be able to enjoy other activities on the 80 rai of open
land next to the Sanctuary, including horse and elephant riding, and Thai
The sanctuary is open every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and can be contacted
on 038 367229-30 or go to www. sanctuaryoftruth.com for more information.
Language is the key to success says German ambassador
Members of DSU-Treff, the German-speaking business club, gathered at
Hans Fine Dining on Third Road on October 2 for their regular monthly
Chairwoman Elfi Seitz introduced the German ambassador to Thailand, Dr
Christoph Brümmer, to the members. His Excellency was accompanied by Gerhard
Einheuser, head of the Consulate, and Reinhard Mecke, third secretary of
Chairwoman Elfi Seitz interviews German ambassador to Thailand, Dr Christoph
Brümmer for Pattaya Mail Television.
Elfi said that in order to strengthen ties to Pattaya, Dr Brümmer has been
traveling to the resort quite frequently.
Unfortunately, the bilateral relationship between Thailand and Germany has
come to a standstill following the coup d’etat. This was partly due to the
exaggerated response of the EU countries following the changeover of power,
Dr Brümmer said.
He had recently met with Abhisit Vejjajiva, leader of the Democrats, who
explained that the ecological aspect would play a major role in the party’s
manifesto. The Foreign Business Act (FBA) and the investment control
measures would be revoked. Thailand should open its market to foreign
investors again. With the kingdom’s statutory restrictions, competitors like
Vietnam and Malaysia are growing larger and larger. The ambassador said,
however, that it is unclear at this point how these plans would be put into
practice. Currently, it doesn’t look as if one political party can win an
Dr Brümmer kindly took time to answer questions. An interesting debate about
the residential guidelines for foreigners to the EU arose. Thais who want to
move to an EU member country for the purpose of marriage have to establish
proof of rudimentary language skills prior to their departure. This way, the
ability of basic communication in everyday life in the host country is
ensured. There are about 100,000 Thai-German married couples, said the
It goes without saying that a language course is an absolute necessity, he
said. A1-Level language skills of the Common European Framework of Reference
for Languages (CEFR) must be proven. People who acquire a vocabulary of
about 600 words and who can express specific needs in basic grammar should
not have a problem in passing. It is an advantage if applicants possess
basic writing skills, such as those needed for filling in forms.
Preparatory German courses are offered by the Goethe-Institut in Bangkok as
well as in many private schools all over Thailand. Examinations for German
courses are, however, exclusively taken directly at the Goethe-Institut. The
multimedia self-instruction set “redaktion-D” is available on CD-ROM,
enabling those interested to acquire basic language skills from home. The
examination fee for the A1 certificate is 6,600 baht. Intensive courses can
take about four to eight weeks.
In order to grant the ambassador some time to eat, Gerhard Einheuser and
Reinhard Mecke stood in for him and supplemented the lecture with
Dr Raimund Cerny concluded the afternoon. The media director of the
German-Thai Chamber of Commerce gave a brief PowerPoint review on the wine
journey to Germany, which was covered in all the main international
newspapers of Thailand.