As Thailand’s government faces the challenge of maintaining a balanced foreign policy amidst intense rivalry between the United States and China, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has embarked on key international visits, starting with the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) in New York. In the U.S., he held talks with national leaders, heads of international organizations, and global company executives such as Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk. PM Srettha’s upcoming visit to China further reflects the government’s efforts to maintain equilibrium in its relations with both superpowers.
The southern land bridge megaproject, valued at approximately 1 trillion baht, aims to enhance connectivity and boost economic development in Thailand’s southern region. Initiated by the PrayutChanocha government in 2021, the land bridge project complements the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) initiative and is designed to connect the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand via Ranong and Chumphon provinces. The project is set to improve the nation’s land and marine infrastructure.
Royal Phuket Marina (RPM) has recently been recognized as Thailand’s leading sustainable marina, acquiring the prestigious Carbon Footprint Organisation (CFO) certification from the TGO Authority. This achievement marks a significant step in RPM’s journey to become the world’s first carbonneutral marina, an ambitious objective that involves drastically reducing emissions and implementing further carbon offsetting measures.
Late on Saturday night, a government border force located in Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province clashed with a group of about 10 suspected drug couriers. Following a signal to stop for a search, the group opened fire, leading to a fiveminute firefight. The standoff continued until the government patrol called in two teams for reinforcement.
Songsak Songsaeng, a 46yearold man, was recently arrested along with his current wife, Sunan Nahuanin, aged 40, for the alleged murder of their 2yearold daughter. During the interrogation, Songsak confessed to killing four sons, all born to one of his three former wives. The case caught the attention of the public and triggered a thorough investigation.
As the global political landscape continues to shift, Thailand’s government faces the challenge of maintaining a balanced foreign policy between the United States and China. With Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin making his first international trip to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) in New York, he has engaged in discussions with national leaders, executives from global companies, and key figures at both bilateral and multilateral levels. This move is seen as an attempt to strike a balance between Thailand’s relations with both China and the US, a crucial aspect of the country’s foreign policy.
Jessada Meepian, the 33yearold exwife of Songsak Songsaeng, a man accused of killing five children born to two of his four spouses, has been detained by the Criminal Court. She was arrested in connection with the deaths of four sons and faces multiple charges. These include colluding in physical abuse causing serious injury, colluding in physical abuse causing death, and concealment or destroying bodies, among others.
Deputy national police chief Surachate “Big Joke” Hakparn has criticized the search of his home in Bangkok, claiming it was dishonest and politically motivated. The search was conducted by cyber crime police, who provided only the house number when obtaining a warrant. According to Pol Gen Surachate, many officers involved in the search were aware that it was his residence.
On September 25, 2023, a special event took place at the Phetch Samui meeting room within the Ko Samui Municipality Office. This gathering brought together teachers, municipal officials, and members of the Education Office to honor Mr. Panom Wilairat, the municipal clerk, as he prepared for his retirement from civil service.
The Health Insurance Fund Committee of Koh Samui Municipality held its 10th meeting on September 25, 2013. The meeting, chaired by Deputy Mayor Miss Supinya Sritongkun, took place at the Muksamui meeting room of the Koh Samui Municipality Office. A range of stakeholders, including municipal staff, community representatives, and representatives from Koh Samui Hospital, attended the meeting.