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Health Minister Issues Apology For Farrang Face Mask Outburst

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Health Minister Issues Apology For Farang Face Mask Outburst

The Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has issued an apology this afternoon following his racial outburst on Friday morning that farrangs “should be kicked out” of Thailand if they don’t wear a face mask.

“Ai farangs, those tourists – that’s something the embassies should be noticed of and the public as well that are not wearing masks, We’re handing them out and they still refuse. They need to be kicked out of Thailand”, Anutin proclaimed to a press pack at SiamBTS this morning where free masks were being handed out as part of a public relations campaign.

Anutin continued, “They don’t care about the big picture and these tourists are in the country. We’re giving the masks to them and they still refuse” and “they don’t have any consideration to the situation”.

“The Chinese, the Asians – they are all taking [the masks], but those ai Europeans… that’s unbelievable”.

His references to farrangs and Europeans used derogatory prefixes.


Anutin’s comments immediately went viral drawing a huge backlash from both Thais and foreigners leading to him issuing an apology via his Facebook page in which he said his emotions got the better of him.

Many social media users were calling for his resignation as his comments come at a time when the tourism sector is at rock bottom due to the lack of Chinese tourists.

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Temporary Immigration Office At Muang Thong Thani Reopening July 13

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Temporary Immigration Office At Muang Thong Thani Reopening July 13

The temporary immigration office at the Central Investigation Bureau, inside its compound at Muang Thong Thani, will reopen on Monday 13th July under orders from the bureau chief Lt-Gen Sompong Chingduang.

The update comes as many wait on news on the visa amnesty which expires at the end of July.

The temporary facility will ease crowding at Government Complex on Chaeng Watthana Road where the Immigration Bureau’s Division 1 is based.

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90 Day Reporting, Alien’s Residing Report (TM38) and Tourist Visa Extensions (30-day stamp) will be moved to the building in Muang Thong Thani from July 13.

The temporary office will ease congestion and allow social distancing in queues to control the spread of COVID-19.

It first opened in March but closed when the government introduced the visa amnesty for foreigners stranded in Thailand due to travel bans around the world caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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African Arrested Over Alleged Rape Of Teenager

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African Arrested Over Alleged Rape Of Teenager

A 58-year-old man from Guinea has been arrested for allegedly raping a teenage girl at a motel in the Phya Thai area of Bangkok earlier this week.

Mamady Keita was picked up outside a McDonald’s in Bang Rak after a 17-year-old girl filed a report with police she’d been sexually assaulted and robbed by an African man.

An investigation uncovered that Keita works as a ruby trader in the Silom area often going by the name “Michael”. He was tracked using CCTV footage to the fast-food restaurant where he was arrested.

His victim alleges she was approached and asked for direction before small talk led to the exchange of phone numbers and chat app details.

Keita later contacted the teenager offering her a job and a new smartphone.

A meeting was set to discuss the proposal and the pair went to a motel paid for by money allegedly stolen from the victims purse.

Thai media report similar allegation have been made in the past with the suspect matching the description of the attacker.

Keita now faces charges of abducting an individual over 15 but under 18 years old, rape and theft.

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New Immigration Website Launched

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New Immigration Website Launched

The Immigration Bureau has launched a new website design improving usability with a more simplified layout in both Thai and English.

The new layout comes with news, announcements and links for online services such as TM47 and TM30 reporting plus information on the QR code appointment booking system.

New Immigration Website Launched

The updated website is still lacking when it comes to English language in graphics and text even when switching from Thai.

A handy map is now available of all immigration centres across the country making it easier for tourists to locate the nearest bureau.

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