Thursday, November 27, 2014

Police Search for Man being Monitored for Ebola in Thailand Over
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A Sierra Leone citizen visiting Thailand was found after instigating a nationwide search when he didn’t report for mandatory medical checkups, reports the Bangkok Post.

Samuel Sesay, 31, flew into Bangkok on Nov. 13, and was reportedly taken to the Public Health Ministry upon arrival for further medical examination.

Health officials determined that Sesay did not have any Ebola-like symptoms and was healthy, and released him on Nov. 15, according to the Bangkok Post. As an apparent precaution, Sesay was asked to report for daily medical examinations.

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The Royal Thai Police and Immigration Bureau issued an urgent search after receiving a complaint filed by the Bureau of General Communicable Diseases that Sesay reportedly never appeared for further checkups.

According to the Bangkok Post, the man was found on Tuesday, Nov. 25 and left Thailand the same day.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thailand Bureaucracy Corruption: Land Office Tops the List in a New Survey

A recent survey shows that respondents gave the most bribes to land offices in Thailand making it the “most corrupt agency,” according to The Nation.

Faculty of Chulalongkorn University conducted the academic survey in January and February 2014, collecting results from 6,048 heads of Thai households.
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According to the survey, 7.2 percent of the survey respondents said “they were asked for a bribe by officials at land offices whenever contacted for a service,” reports The Nation. The total of bribes accepted by land offices amounted to 1.9 billion baht.

The Nation reports that an official from the Land Department, which oversees over 800 land offices that handle all land sales and purchases in Thailand, said the department is aware of “bad reputation” and is taking steps internally to prevent corruption.

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Draft Bill Imposing Thailand’s First Inheritance Tax Approved, Expected to Become Law

The draft Thai inheritance tax bill was endorsed by Thailand’s Cabinet on Tuesday, November 18, reports The Nation.

The tax rate in the draft bill is 10 percent and will only be collected on estates worth more than 50 million baht.
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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said the tax will be “a form of income distribution," according to The Nation.

The draft bill will now be deliberated by the National Legislative Assembly and is reportedly projected to be passed into law, imposing Thailand’s first inheritance tax by June 2015.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thailand Makes Animal Abuse a Crime with New Law

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As of November 12, animal cruelty in Thailand is punishable by up to two years in prison and/or a 40,000 baht fine after the Thai government approved the country’s first animal welfare bill, reports the Bangkok Post.

The legal protections extend to domestic pets, animals kept for food, working animals, animals kept for entertainment purposes, wild animals in captivity and animals kept for any other purpose. Additionally it holds owners responsible for an animal’s welfare and living conditions. 

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Co-founder and Vice President of the Soi Dog Foundation, John Dalley, stated in a press release, that the legislation is too vague and “the coming months will indicate whether the authorities are able to enforce the law as it stands now.”

President of the Thai Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Tirapongse Pangsrivongse, also said there need to be further regulations in the law to specify what constitutes animal cruelty. Pangsrivongse also pointed out that people need to be educated on how to prevent cruelty. 

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