Emergency decree in Deep South extended for 3 months
The emergency decree, currently in effect in Thailand’s three southern border provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat and certain districts of Songkhla province, is to be extendeduntil June 19th.
The Committee for the Management of Emergency Situations, led by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, today endorsed the proposal from the Fourth Region’s Internal Security Operations Command for the extension.
Assistant spokesman for General Prawit, Maj-Gen Patkhasak Patirooppanon, said the committee also approved a proposal for the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to tighten up the registration of SIM cards, both pre and post-paid, to assist in the investigation of violent incidents. Lists of the registered buyers of SIM cards will be submitted to the 9th Provincial Police Bureau by mobile phone service providers.
Maj-Gen Patkhasak said the deputy prime minister has also instructed all security units working in the restive Deep South to restore public confidence in the authorities, ensure peace and protect the public by being more pro-active in the performance of their duties.