THAILAND: 1000 illegal workers arrested in Chonburi

CHONBURI, April 26 – About 1,000 illegal migrant workers were arrested in the eastern seaboard province of Chonburi after the extension period for the foreign worker registration expired on April 13.


Officials of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), the Department of Employment and Pattaya police searched “Sriracha House” in Sriracha district where more than 3,000 foreign workers live in the five-storey building, said Cherdsak Wisutthikul, director of the Inspection and Job Seekers Protection Division.

Initially, he said about 30-40 per cent of the workers were believed to be illegal migrant labourers without immigration documents and work permits.

Most came from Myanmar and Cambodia across the border with help from brokers to get jobs in industrial plants in Chonburi, he added.

Arrested workers will be charged with illegal entry and deported to their home countries, while legal action will be taken against their employers with a possible fine of Bt10,000-100,000 per illegal worker hired.

The DSI will also conduct similar operations in other provinces to crack down on illegal workers. (MCOT online news)

Multiple users share “infamous” blogger’s ID-Dr. Seik Phwar

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Multiple users could have been using the log-in and password of Dr. Seik Phwar, a blogger who is being investigated by an independent commission for criticizing the Parliament, according to the commission’s report.

However, the allegations are only mentioned with references in the analysis report that has not been made public yet.

Earlier this year, Dr Seik Phwar was criticized by Parliament members for writing a commentary, “Above the Law”, in which the writer accused the country’s lawmakers of overstepping their boundary for voting to make changes to the Constitutional Tribunal Law.

Dr Soe Yin, the upper house representative for Kamaryut Township Constituency submitted the “urgent” proposal on January 17 to form a commission to investigate the identity of the Dr Seik Phwar.

Dr Soe Yin said the article could “cause misunderstanding among citizens and the international community about the Parliament’s decision”.

According to the analysis, Dr Khin Maung Nyo (Economics) confessed that he published the article in a news journal where he works as its chief editor.

The commission views that Dr Khin Maung Nyo has the responsibility to reveal the identity of Dr Seik Phwar and only he is responsible for the blogger’s writings.

Although legal action can be taken against Dr Khin Maung Nyo, the Parliament should only take the action of giving out warnings and asking for formal apology “to show their generosity”, the commission said.

The analysis report also said the commission did a systematic investigation on Dr Seik Phwar as the article was written to create misunderstandings between the Parliament carrying out the legislation duty and the government carrying out the executive duty.

Union Assembly deputy speaker Mya Nyein and Upper House deputy speaker Nanda Kyaw Swar serve as chairman and vice chairman of the 15-member commission that was formed on February 8.

Dr Myat Nyarna Soe, Lower House representative and member of the commission, said the commission submitted the report to the Union Assembly speaker on the last day of the 6th regular Parliament session.

According to him, the commission plans to use the method of asking for formal apology to the Parliament after the author’s identity has been revealed just as a minister has done before.

The commission investigated officials from the President Office, the Ministry of Information, military IT experts, media, director generals, and many popular people in Myanmar, reports said.

“I went to Nay Pyi Taw for the interview with the investigation commission. I gave them the information that I know. In my reply, I told them [the names of] the people from the Ministry of Information who could have been involved with this issue. Regarding my reply, the department officials and representatives themselves told me who they were. They knew more, of course,” said Wai Phyo, chief editor of the Weekly Eleven news journal.

“All the 15 members know [who they are]. There is a person who took responsibility by saying that he is Dr Seik Phwar. We haven’t received permission to reveal his name. He is someone from your media industry,” said Hla Swe, lower house representative and member of the commission.

On Tuesday’s issue of The Voice Daily, the commission’s chairman Mya Nyein was quoted as saying that the identity of Dr Seik Phwar has been revealed as someone who has written articles for The Street View news journal where Dr Khin Maung Nyo (Economics) works at its chief editor.

However, Dr Seik Phwar’s article was not published in The Street View new journal, but in Smart News journal, run by the Ministry of Information, where Dr Khin Maung Nyo used to work as chief editor.

Indonesia supports Myanmar government’s handling of conflicts

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Indonesia supports Myanmar government’s handling of internal conflicts, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said, according to an official from the President’s Office.

The Indonesian president expressed his support during a meeting with President Thein Sein in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.

Before he arrived in Myanmar on Tuesday, Yudhoyono told reporters he would urge Myanmar’s leaders to address Buddhist-led violence against Muslims that he said could cause problems for Muslims elsewhere in the region, website reported.

“If it’s not addressed in the best way possible, its impact is not good for Myanmar and even for Indonesians who are majority Muslims,” Yudhoyono told a Thomson Reuters Newsmaker event, a forum held in Singapore.

President’s Office director Zaw Htay quoted the Indonesian president as saying he understood the riots that happened in Myanmar and supported the government’s handling of them.

Yudhoyono had paid a goodwill visit to Myanmar during the last two days and discussed with Thein Sein the strengthening of bilateral ties.

During his visit, Myanmar and Indonesia signed memorandums of understanding on investment and trade, capacity building and rice trade.

The Indonesian President recalled his first trip to Myanmar in 2006 and recognized the country’s significant progress in democracy, peace and stability and international relations he witnessed in his second visit, the President’s Office website reported.

He vowed to increase economic cooperation as Indonesia is supportive of Myanmar’s reforms. He also promised to push Indonesia’s public and private firms to invest in Myanmar. He set the target trade volume of USD 1000 million next year, the website stated.

Rakhine Issue Investigation Commission will hold a press conference



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Rakhine Issue Investigation Commission will hold a press conference the last week of this month to make public its findings from the Rakhine conflict, according to the commission.

The commission issued a press statement on April 23 saying the conference will be held at Myanmar Peace Center (MPC).

The commission members had paid several field visits to Rakhine State in September and October last year to look into the problem and submitted an interim report to the President on November 16.

The commission also visited the Rakhine frequently to conduct investigations and interviews about the conflict from December 2012 to March 2013.

The deadly communal violence which started on June 8 last year in the state had displaced tens of thousands of people, killing 50 people and injuring 54 people. It also destroyed 2230 houses and 14 religious buildings, according to official figures from President’s office.

And another violence which was occurred again in last October killed 89 people and injured 136, destroying 5151 houses to displace 32231 people in the state, according to official figures released on October 31 by the office.

The commission was set up on August 17 last year by the President’s office with 27 members to investigate the deadly communal clashes that began in the state in June last year.


On 26 April 2013, the Bengali refugees (who claimed themselves as Rohingyas) in Baw Du Wa refugee camp of Arakan state created a chaos when authorities tried to inquire their personal data to make a proper record. Hundreds of them were yelling vulgarity to the authorities who were eventually unable to do their duties because of the chaos

.ယေန႕ 26-4-2013ေန႕တြင္ ႏိုင္ငံေတာ္အဆင့္စီမံခ်က္ျဖင့္ ဘဂၤလီမ်ားအား(ဆြဲ၊တင္၊ စစ္) လူဦးေရ စာရင္းေကာက္ယူရန္ ေဘာဒူဗ ဒုကၡသည္စခန္းသို႕စစ္ေဆးရန္သြားေရာက္ရာတြင္လည္း အခက္အခဲမ်ားႀကံဳေတြ႕ခဲ့ရေၾကာင္းသိရသည္။ စာရင္းစတင္ေကာက္ယူရာတြင္ အိမ္ေထာင္စု (၂)စုေလာက္သာ ေကာက္ယူၿပီးေနာက္ ဘဂၤလီလူႀကီးမ်ားမွ စာရင္းေကာက္ယူရာေနရာသို႕ ၀ုိင္းအံုလာခဲ့ေၾကာင္းသိရသည္။ ဆက္လက္ၿပီး ဘဂၤလီလူငယ္မ်ားမွ ဗလီအတြင္းမွ ထြက္လာၿပီး ‘ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာ.. ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာ” ေအာ္ဟစ္ၿပီး စာရင္းေကာက္ယူရန္အဖြဲ႕မ်ားကို အေႏွာင့္အယွက္ေပးခဲ့ေၾကာင္းသိရသည္။ အဆိုပါလူအုပ္မွာ ေထာင္ႏွင့္ခ်ီ၍ မ်ားျပားလာေသာေၾကာင့္ လံုၿခံဳေရးတာ၀န္ယူလုိက္ပါလာေသာ ဒုဗိုလ္မွဴးမွ တပ္ရင္းမွဳးထံအကူအညီလွမ္းေတာင္းခဲ့ရေၾကာင္းသိရသည္။ စာရင္းေကာက္ယူရန္ လိုက္ပါလာေသာ အဖြဲ႕အား အဆိုပါ တပ္ရင္းမွဳးကားမ်ား ေရာက္ရွိလာၿပီးလာၿပီးသာလွ်င္ ေဘးအႏၱရာယ္ကင္းစြာျဖင့္ လံုၿခံဳသည့္ေနရာသို႕

ပို႕ေဆာင္ေပးႏိုင္ခဲ့ေၾကာင္းသိရပါသည္။ အဆိုပါစာရင္းေကာက္ယူေရးအဖြဲ႕တြင္ လိုက္ပါသြားခဲ့ေသာ ရခိုင္ျပည္နယ္ဓာတ္ပံုပညာသည္မ်ားအသင္းသို႕ ဆက္သြယ္ေမးျမန္းၾကည့္ရာတြင္ ” ကၽြန္ေတာ္တို႕က အခုအစီအစဥ္ (ႏိုင္ငံေတာ္အဆင့္စီမံခ်က္၊(ဆြဲ၊ တင္၊ စစ္) ဘဂၤလီမ်ားလူဦးေရ စာရင္းေကာက္ယူေရးအီအစဥ္)မွာ လ၀ကက အမ်ဳိး၊ ဘာသာ၊ သာသနာအတြက္ ကူညီေပးရန္အတြက္ ကၽြန္ေတာ္တို႕အဖြဲ႕ကို အကူအညီေတာင္းလို႕ ကၽြန္ေတာ္တို႕က လိုက္ပါကူညီေဆာင္ရြက္ေပးတာပါ။ အခုျဖစ္လာလိမ့္မယ္လို႕ေတာ့ ထင္ထားခဲ့ေပမဲ့လည္း ကၽြန္ေတာ္တို႕ အသင္းအေနနဲ႕ အရဲစြန္႕ကူညီေပးခဲ့တာပါ။ အခုအခ်ိန္မွာေတာ့ အသင္းက လိုက္ပါသြားတဲ့ ဓာတ္ပံုဆရာေတြကို ဆက္သြယ္ထားပါၿပီ၊ အကုန္လံုးေဘးကင္းၾကပါတယ္။ တစ္ခ်ဳိ႕ဆိုရင္ အသင္းကိုျပန္လို႕ေရာက္ရွိလာပါၿပီ”” ဟု ေျဖၾကားသြားခဲ့ပါသည္။ photo credit ; ရခိုင္ျပည္နယ္ ဓာတ္ပံုႏွင့္ ဗီဒီယိုပညာသည္မ်ားအသင္း