11 July 2024

Thai PBS World Daily is here to provide you with a daily news roundup of the top stories in Thailand. Here’s what you need to know for today.

Probe sought into conduct of some NBTC board members over True-DTAC merger decision

The Thailand Consumer Council has asked the House Anti-Corruption Committee to investigate the 5-member Board of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, accusing it of malfeasance in office for “acknowledging” the merger plan between True Corporation and Total Access Communications, or DTAC.

The TCC’s Secretary-General said the council wants the House panel to probe the conduct of some board members who, it feels, might have contravened Section 157 of the Criminal Code.

Move Forward Party cries foul against attempts to scuttle its Progressive Liquor Bill

Thailand’s opposition Move Forward Party is urging members of the public to voice their support for their Progressive Liquor Bill and to share the party’s view on this issue on social media. This came after the cabinet signaled attempts to scuttle the Progressive Liquor Bill in parliament.

The party’s leader explained that the Bill to liberalise liquor production would help boost local economies and tourism, distribute income to rural areas, broaden the tax base and put an end to Thailand’s liquor business oligopoly.

Chon Buri governor and police chief deny taking bribes from Pattaya nightspot operators

Chon Buri’s Governor and the provincial police chief have denied taking bribes from night entertainment operators in Pattaya. They also threatened to take legal action against those who accused them.

This came after a recent post on social media showed a piece of paper with names of the entertainment venues in Pattaya scribbled on it, with numbers, thought to be the amounts of bribes paid.

Cabinet approves edict allowing non-Thais to buy land for residential purposes

The Thai cabinet has approved an edict, from the Ministry of Interior, which will pave the way for certain types of non-Thai citizens to be able to buy up to 0.16 hectares of land for residential purposes, as part of the government’s measures to attract foreign investment.

Those eligible include people with high incomes, pensioners, those who want to work from Thailand and specialists with skills needed in Thailand.