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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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83 Pubs In Bangkok Shuttered Following Fire-Safety Inspections

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83 Pubs In Bangkok Shuttered Following Fire-Safety Inspections

83 pubs in the capital were temporarily shuttered on Saturday due to fire safety failings.

Following the fire at a Sattahip pub in the early hours of Friday morning that left 15 people dead, the Governor of Bangkok ordered inspections at entertainment venues across all 50 districts.

So far over 400 Bangkok venues have been inspected to ensure fire exits and escape routes are adequate and up to standard.

With tourists starting to return, the governor said it was important to step up safety measures.

Governor Chadchart has ordered further inspections in a bid to weed out entertainment venues operating illegally.

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Thailand To Introduce 10-Year Visa For Skilled Workers, Investors

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Another week, and another new long-term visa proposal from the government.

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