Minister Chalerm to protest if police do not arrest Suthep in 2 days

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Caretaker Labour Minister Chalerm Yubamrung has threatened to stage a protest in front of the Metropolitan Police Bureau if the police do not arrest protest leader Suthep Thuagsuban in 48 hours.

The minister said on Wednesday that Mr Suthep, secretary-general of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee, has only one option – that is to turn himself in to the police to acknowledge the charges against him which include insurrection.

He pleaded with the protesters to return home and urged the Democrat party to contest the February 2 election “if they are confident of their support”.  However, he said that the Pheu Thai party would definitely win the election.

The minister criticized some academics who voiced support for Suthep’s demand for the appointment of an interim prime minister and the creation of a people’s council to draw a national reform blueprint, branding them as being stupid or being cunning.

As for Thirayuth Boonmee, a Thammasat lecturer, who voiced support for people’s revolution to effect national reform, Chalerm said he had lost respect for the lecturer whom he used to be familiar with.

Labour Minister wants Suthep arrested in 48 hours

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Caretaker labour minister Chalerm Yubamrung on Tuesday urged Pol Lt-Gen Kamronwit Thoopkrachang, commissioner of metropolitan police, to arrest protest leader Suthep Thuagsuban in 48 hours on insurrection charge.

Chalerm who was assigned by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to handle the protest problem  asked protesters to pack up and return home saying that the government has already submitted to their demand for House dissolution.

He also pleaded with protesters not to invade into government offices, saying that they are state property.

The labour minister accused Suthep of breaking Article 157 of the Criminal Code for demanding the resignation of all cabinet ministers.

Myanmar-Burma Labour Minister Myint Thein “Migrant labour conditions slowly improving”

With industrial development still some years off in Myanmar, Nyapyidaw’s concern at present is to ensure that migrant workers receive standard rights protection, because their remittances have helped shape the growing economy, Myanmar Deputy Labour Minister Myint Thein said in Bangkok on Friday.

Migrant workers from neighboring countries use sewing machines on a production line at a clothing company in Bangkok. (Photo EPA)

At his first press conference with Bangkok-based media, Myint Thein took a taken positive but realistic view of the situation of Myanmar workers in Thailand.

“Certainly there are lots of problems. There are about two million of our people working here. For the documented workers, it’s easier for us to raise their problems with the Thai authorities, but for the undocumented workers it’s still difficult,” he said.

Myint Thein said that access to information about the migrant workers’ situation has been much better in recent  years. Not only have Thai officials been more cooperative, but information from multilateral organisations and non-government organisations has helped highlight their circumstances.

“There has been some improvement. Before I could talk only with people in the Mahachai [Samut Sakhon]  cases, but now we get more information on problems elsewhere such as in Songkhla and Kanchanaburi,” Myanmar’s deputy labour minister said.

He was speaking after a meeting with the Thai deputy labour minister, vice minister for foreign affairs and head of the immigration bureau to clear the last hurdle for a nationality verification and passport-visa issuing office to finally begin working.

The first Thaksin administration initiated the nationality verification process with Myanmar in 2004 and a year later Myanmar gradually sent officials to work with Thai officials at Kawthaung (opposite Ranong), Tachilek (bordering Chiang Rai) and Myawaddy (bordering Tak).
From 2005 to 2009, about 750,000 passports were issued to workers from Myanmar, Myint Thein said.
Myanmar’s Deputy Labour Minister Myint Thein (Photos by Patipat Janthong)

Another 750,000 migrant workers were waiting to complete the nationality verification process. However, there remained another 500,000 undocumented workers who have yet to be included in the  process, he said.

Resolving the migrant problems was a cumbersome and difficult process, he conceded. His government on March 30 last year set up a special committee co-chaired by labour and border affairs ministers to tackle internal and overseas migration issues.

After Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s visit to Myanmar in October last year, President Thein Sein agreed to send another five teams to work inside Thailand to facilitate this migrant management  process. Continue reading “Myanmar-Burma Labour Minister Myint Thein “Migrant labour conditions slowly improving””

Mon leaders call on Daw Suu to explain more about discussions with labour minister

July 26th, 2011

Rai Maroah – A Mon political leader from the All Mon Region Democracy Party (AMRDP) says if democracy icon Daw Aung San Suu Kyi remains silent and has no will to inform the public about her discussion with the labour minister of the new Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP)-led government in Burma (Myanmar), there can be no good results.

Nai Ngwe Thein, the chairperson of the AMDP, said, “The people have desires, and they want to know what the discussions are about. She should explain to the people, and then they can know. By this way, it can benefit the people. Without explanation, there will be no benefit.”

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National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi met with Union Minister for Labour, Social Service, Relief and Resettlement U Aung Kyi on the afternoon of 25 July at Sein-le-kan-thar government guest-house in Rangoon. Continue reading “Mon leaders call on Daw Suu to explain more about discussions with labour minister”