#THAILAND #DEMOCRACY #LAND #Reallocated to the #landless #Farmers

Military recently told Mr Sansern Atjudmanas, secretary-general of the Land Reform for Agriculture Office that they or the National Council for Peace and Order wanted these huge plots of land to be reclaimed and reallocated to the landless poor farmers.

About 20 percent of 35 million rai of Sor Por Kor (Land Reform for Agriculture) land or seven million rai are now owned by big landlords, said Mr Sansern Atjudmanas, secretary-general of the Land Reform for Agriculture Office, today.He said that encroachment of Sor Por Kor land was widespread in Pak Chong and Wang Nam Khiew districts of Nakhon Ratchasima, Chiang Mai, Kanchanaburi, Kamphaeng Phet, Uthai Thani, Chiang Rai, Chanthaburi and some southern provinces.



#PM #PRAYUTH #announced the #lifting of #martial #law- #Section #44

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha Wednesday night announced the lifting of martial law and invoked Section 44 of the interim Constitution to maintain peace and order in the country. The announcement endorsed by His Majesty the King became effective April 1. The announcement reasoned the lifting of the martial law that it was not necessary to keep martial law in the country . However Gen Prayut, in his capacity of the leader of the National Council for Peace and Order, issued another order to maintain peace and order in the country. The order empowers military officer from the rank of sub lieutenant to be law enforcement officer, and empowers military officers to detain person considered detrimental to national security, and to forbid any person to leave the country. 10407034_752951704818302_3446849063369053796_n

feeling thankful 🙂



#National #Thai #Language #Day #Gen #Prayuth

BANGKOK, July 29 — On the occasion of the National Thai Language Day today, Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, chief of the Army and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), said in his speech marking the day that all Thai people should value and protect the Thai language which showed the identity and development of the nation.

Gen Prayuth looked to the historical precedent for the occasion, explaining that National Thai Language Day falls annually on July 29 because oif His Majesty the King. The celebration is marked because His Majesty the King attended an academic discussion on problems regarding the usage of Thai vocabulary at the Thai language club of the Faculty of Arts in Chulalongkorn University on July 29, 1962.

In that meeting 52 years ago His Majesty the King made many knowledgeable remarks on the necessity for Thai people to use Thai correctly and conserve it.

“On the occasion of the National Thai Language Day, I would like to remind people and the youth of the nation to always realize that Thailand is one of a small number of countries that have their own languages, completely both spoken and written ones, and its language has been a valuable heritage for longer than 700 years,” Gen Pyayuth said..

“Therefore, everyone should be proud of it and aware of the great contribution of ancestors for developing the characters and the Thai language that has existed until today. I encourage everyone to join forces to keep the Thai language as a cultural asset of Thailand,” Gen Prayuth said. (MCOT )

#THAILAND #Five #border #areas to be #developed as #special #economic #zones

BANGKOK, July 19 — In an attempt to improve the livelihood of people living along the border and promote border trade, a committee has agreed to develop five border areas as special economic zones, said leader of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha.

Gen Prayuth said during his weekly TV address late Friday that the Policy Committee on Special Economic Zone Development on Tuesday has acknowledged progress of the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB)’s study on strategies for special economic zone development at 12 border areas nationwide.

The meeting has agreed on the 5 potential border areas to be developed as Thailand’s first special economic zones, which were Mae Sot, Aranyaprathet, Trat, Mukdahan and Sadao (Sadao-Padang Besar Customs Checkpoints).

This was to prepare for the realization of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015.

The development of special economic zones would emphasize achievement of development goals, both from an economic and security perspective, competitiveness enhancement, increasing employment and people’s well-being, halting of illegal migrant workers entering the country, prevention of illegal agricultural products smuggling from the neighboring countries, and decrease of congestion at border checkpoints.

In addition, the meeting approved criteria and measures for the establishment of special economic zones, including investment privileges, one-stop service centres, measures on migrant worker employment, and development of infrastructure and customs checkpoints in the potential areas to support activities related to special economic zones and enhance efficiency of regional connectivity.

On tourism promotion, Gen Prayuth said the NCPO has decided to waive visa fee for Chinese tourists wishing to visit Thailand for three months as part of the 40th anniversary celebrations of diplomatic relations between the two countries. (MCOT )

#THAILAND #NCPO #downplays #threat from #overseas #anti #coup #movements

BANGKOK, June 12 — Thailand’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has shrugged off anti-coup movements abroad, as well as rumoured activities of any exile organization.


NCPO deputy spokesman Col Winthai Suvaree expressed the Peace and Order Council stance as some persons overseas in defiance of orders to surrender reportedly will form an exile organization to oppose its actions and role.

They include Jakrapob Penkair, prime minister’s office minister under the former Thaksin Shinawatra government.

Col Winthai said that the NCPO through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs continued to ask other countries not to support such movements.

Meanwhile, the Peace and Order Council believed that such movements would not have a significant impact and should be aimed only at seeking foreign allies. The NCPO would like other countries to focus more on situations in Thailand, Col Winthai said.

He also insisted that the NCPO was exercising martial law properly and mainly against those who violated security and computer laws. He denied the rumour that the NCPO was seeking those who insulted the royal institution.

The NCPO focused on convincing those people to cooperate, Col Winthai said.

Sek Wannamethee, spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Thai embassy staff in each place would seek the whereabouts of persons whom the NCPO called in.

Ms Chatrawadee Amornpat, charged with lese majeste, had British nationality so that Thai authorities must use international law, not a Thai law, to bring her to prosecution. (MCOT

#THAILAND #2 #orders demanding #21 #people to #report to #military #authorities Thursday and Monday.

The National Council for Peace and Order issued two orders demanding 21 people to report to military authorities Thursday and Monday.
Among the people ordered to report at the Army Auditorium at Theves are former government spokesman Jakrapob

Penkair, former university lecturer Jai Ungphakorn, and Ekapob Luera, alias Tang Archeewa.

They were ordered to report to the military on Monday June 9 from 10.00 a.m. to noon.

The three are now taking exile outside the country after facing lese majeste charge. Jakrapob and Jai are believed in the UK while Tang in Cambodia.








#THAILAND #Curfew #may be #lifted in #Phuket and #Pattaya

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) is considering lifting the midnight to 4 .00 a.m. curfew in Phuket and Pattaya after realizing its negative impact on the country’s tourism which contribute up to 10% of GDP.
NCPO deputy spokesman Col Nattawat Chancharoen said consideration of the curfew lift came after the NCPO head Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha received complaints from the private sector of inconvenience and negative impact felt by businesses in tourist-frequented province, and dropping revenues.

The businesses include entertain places, restaurants and nightspots.

The army deputy spokesman said that Gen Prayuth has instructed his working groups on economic and security affairs to assess the situation in these tourist-frequented provinces namely Phuket and Pattaya.

He said the NCPO head indicated of lifting the night curfew to restore tourism in provinces where there is no coup resistance.

The Tourism and Sports Ministry revealed recently that although the number of foreign tourists would decline after martial law was declared, Chinese tourists who were then in Pattaya did not rush home as they were told by their government, the spokesman said.

This was obviously because the Chinese tourists did not see any harm and violence in Thailand even after the coup, he said.

He added several teams would be sent to various tourist destinations to assess the situation. If the situation in those areas is normal, the curfew may be lifted selectively, adding that decision would be expected next week. THAIPBS