Emissions from landfills in Lop Buri and Sa Kaeo affecting thousands

Thousands of residents in Hua Samrong sub-district in Lop Buri Province have been complaining about smoke and a foul odour emanating from a burning landfill operated by the municipal office of Tha Wung sub-district.

Many have complained that the smell and smoke are penetrating their houses, even though they have closed their doors and windows, adding that they are mostly concerned that their children will develop respiratory problems.

Boonlert Pruetthakorn, the vice mayor of Tha Wung sub-district municipality, said yesterday he suspects that someone set fire to the landfill. He admitted, however, that the strong wind makes it difficult for firemen to extinguish the fire.

Yesterday (Tuesday), in Sa Kaeo Muang municipality, local officials advised residents to wear face masks after a fire broke out at another landfill, scattering dust and smoke over a radius of about 10km.

Numerous residents in Mueang district of Sa Kaeo Province have complained that they can smell the burning garbage every time there is a strong breeze, forcing them to wear face masks all the time.

A drone was used to observe the fire at the landfill yesterday, as officials tried to figure out how best to extinguish the fire and help affected residents.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

Chinese tourists warned not to embroider school names on student uniforms

Chinese tourists wearing Thai student uniforms are warned that they may violate the law if the names embroidered on their shirts match actual school names.

The image of a group of four Chinese tourists in Thai student uniforms, with their names embroidered on the shirts, has recently gone viral on social media. The four came from Hangzhou City and they bought the uniforms from a store in Bangkok’s Bang Lamphu market.

Rachapon Sirisakorn, a lawyer, said on his Facebook page today (Wednesday) that, according to the Student Uniform Act B.E. 2551 (2008AD), if an individual, who is not a student, wears a student uniform to mislead other people into believing that he or she is a student may violate the law and may face a fine of up to 1,000 baht on conviction.

He said that, if the uniform is not embroidered with an actual school’s name, the tourist may be able to wear the uniform with impunity.

Student uniform shops, however, said that only a small number of Chinese tourists show up to buy the uniforms, adding that most buy the uniforms for photo shoots.

The owner of the Sriphan store in Bang Lamphu market told Thai PBS that, normally, she sells 1 or 2 uniforms a day to Chinese tourists and 7 yesterday. She said that it is a passing trend.

The owner of the Top store in the same area said the Chinese customers upload their images to social media and most of them buy the same type of uniform.

Li Thing and Ruan Wan-xi, two of the four Chinese tourists seen on social media in student uniforms, said they saw the Thai student uniforms in soap operas and find them cute.

The two others said they wanted to look young again and to follow in the footsteps of their idols, adding that some of their friends back in China are interested in the uniforms and asked them to buy them for them.

The four also had their names embroidered on their shirts, along with a few cute words like “suai jing” (very beautiful), “na rak” (cute) and “suai teesud” (most beautiful).

The owner of an embroidery shop said that, during the past three months, she has embroidered as many as 50 student uniforms a day for Chinese customers at 50 baht a piece.

She said that some customers asked the meaning of the words before they were embroidered, while some others knew what words they would like to be embroidered with their names.

She noted that Thai student uniforms have become trendy among some Chinese tourists, because of the influence of Chinese celebrities who post their images in student uniforms on social media.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

Thai Women’s rights groups submit demands to government

The Thai Labour Solidarity Committee and the Federation of State Enterprise Labour Regions joined hundreds of women in a protest march from the Democracy Monument to Government House today (Wednesday), International Women’s Day, to demand the protection of women’s rights, better rights for women and eradication of harassment against women in the workplace.

They submitted a nine-point list of demands to the government.

They demand the Thai Government’s commitment to four conventions of the International Labour Organisation, namely Convention 177 on home working, Convention 183 on matrimony protection, Convention 189 on domestic workers and Convention 190 on suppression of violations and harassment in workplaces.

Other demands include 180-days of maternity leave, 30-days of paternity leave, 3,000-baht monthly subsidy for every child aged up to six, a minimum wage increase, access to social security rights under Section 33 of the Social Security Act for domestic workers and at least one-third women’s representation in the decision process on all committees.

The women’s groups also demand that the Thai government negotiates with Myanmar to allow migrant workers to extend their work contracts in Thailand.

They also hope that their demands will be followed up by the post-general election government.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)