Bangkok: UN lobt erfolgreiches Krisenmanagement der Regierung während der Corona-Krise

Aufgrund der gut gemanagten COVID-19-Situation in Thailand erhielt das Königreich Komplimente aus vielen Ländern sowie von den Vereinten Nationen.

Herr Chuan Leekpai, Präsident der Nationalversammlung, gab heute bekannt, dass sie bei einem Treffen mit Frau Gita Sabharwal, der neuen Koordinatorin der Vereinten Nationen in Thailand, über die COVID-19-Situation in Thailand diskutierten und die thailändischen Behörden und die Bevölkerung dafür lobten erfolgreich mit dem Virus umzugehen.

Herr Chuan äußerte seine Besorgnis über die Wirtschaft des Landes und sagte, dass die Regierung dieses Problem so schnell wie möglich lösen müsse. Er erzählte dem UN-Vertreter auch von dem thailändischen medizinischen Sektor, der über einen langen Zeitraum gestärkt und weiterentwickelt wurde, da er die Bedürfnisse jedes Menschen priorisiert.

Ungeachtet ihres Abschlusses würde keiner von ihnen einen Patienten in Not zurücklassen und niemals aufgeben. Diese Stärke und dieses Engagement zeigen auch die medizinischen Freiwilligen Thailands. / WB-NNT

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22. Juni 2020 11:11 am

Diese in Thailand nicht vorhandene Covid-Nineteen Pandemie

wurde und wird von der Militaerdiktatur weidlich

zu Propagandazwecken und Machterhalt ausgenutzt.


Outbreak no reason to delay polls


Paritta Wangkiat Columnist

published : 22 Jun 2020 at 04:30


After a six-year vacuum in local politics, by the end of this year, some Thais might be able to cast their votes to elect local administrators.

Last week, the Royal Gazette announced the Election Commission (EC) has drawn up constituency boundaries for local elections in 19 provinces. We expect the agency to announce more provinces in the coming weeks.

The EC's move is in line with assurances from Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda that his ministry is "ready" for local polls, with regard to budget and administrative matters.

I am sure local politicians are ready too. Many of them took part in last year's national elections. Voters? After more than six years with the same old faces — many of whom were appointed by the coup-makers — what else do we need?

The only ones who seem not ready are those in Thai Koo Fah (Government House) in Bangkok. They seem to be forever reluctant when it comes to returning power to the people.

As far back as I can remember, the government has postponed local elections time and time again as if they are not important. After the 2019 national polls and the formation of the Prayut I government, we were told we might have local elections by year's end, before they were pushed to early this year, then to mid-year. As of now, it's still uncertain. To have the long-overdue elections, we need cabinet approval so state agencies can kickstart the process.

Earlier this month Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam dimmed — or at least, tried to dim — hopes for a poll when he told reporters there would be no local elections this year because the central government "had diverted state budgets to fight Covid-19". Probably because of public anger, he retracted his statement and said local elections might be held within the 2021 fiscal year, starting from October.

The Covid-19 outbreak? What a lame excuse. It makes no sense at all, at least if we look at other countries' experiences. A prime example is South Korea. Despite the peak of the outbreak in April, it managed to hold an election which saw a landslide victory for the Democratic Party. In the United States, it is likely the November presidential election will go ahead. Even though the country has more than 2.2 million confirmed cases of Covid-19, Donald Trump and his rivals are moving ahead.

By any means, the coronavirus cannot be an excuse, especially considering Thailand is doing fine in terms of capping new infections. What Thailand lacks is the will among government leaders to pursue democracy and relinquish power.

But Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, who climbed to the top government position without much effort compared to his political rivals, may not attach importance to local politics. Yet, local elections do matter, especially for anyone like me, who grew up in the provinces.

When voters chose talented leaders, the whole community can see positive changes. This is my hand experience of the process, as we made the right choice for our local tambon administrative organisation (TAO), which set community interests as a priority. The agency also makes good use of revenues from commercial activities and land use tax.

The revenue is spent on improving the quality of life of residents; for instance, by building a public park and health centre — projects which residents demanded. Part of the taxes goes to programmes to improve the lives of the elderly. The TAO's focus on the elderly is a response to the rise in the number of seniors in the community.

If my community wanted to get all of these from the central government, we would have to wait for ages, because they only pay attention to the policy level, overlooking the needs of the people. But local administrative agencies are different. In order to win elections, local leaders have to cater to community demands. Such a process promotes democracy at the grassroots level.

Local administrative organisations are ever more important in the middle of a pandemic. Communities with active leaders are able to contain the virus effectively, by providing screening tests, home visits, and distributing food to jobless community members.

The six-year suspension in local politics saw a rise in conflicts between communities and local administrative organisations, as many members were hand-picked by the coup-makers.

One of the high-profile conflicts involves a seawall on Muang Ngam beach in Songkhla's Singhanakhon District. Drawn up by the Department of Public Works and Town Planning, the project is backed by the local municipality, but opposed by locals.

Construction began at the peak of the Covid-19 outbreak in March, despite warnings from marine biologists that there wasn't any erosion problem on the beach. Locals are concerned the walls will destroy the beach — a valuable recreation area — after learning about the adverse effect of such seawalls on the shoreline.

During a forum, municipality representatives sided with public works officials and insisted construction should continue. Things would be different if local administrators were elected — the people wouldn't have to fight so hard just to have their voices heard. Without elections, the checks and balances system is weak.

Local politicians from the opposition, especially the Pheu Thai and Move Forward parties, are pressing the government to hold local elections as soon as possible. After a long delay, the competition is expected to be fierce.

Critics say the government is dragging its feet because they fear they would be crushed as opposition parties are strong in many areas.

Of course, some may argue there is corruption and nepotism in local politics. But this is not a reason for the government to obstruct the process. Instead, people have to learn the lessons ourselves to see the importance of stronger checks and balances.

Political intervention in whatever form is not acceptable.


Nach der verlorenen Parlamentswahl und den enormen Anstrengungen trotzdem

an der Macht zu bleiben,

(die einzige wirkliche Leistung dieser Militaerdiktatur )

hatte man natuerlich ueberhaupt kein Interessen an einem weitern Risiko.

Besonders weil es im Parlament auch eine aktive Oppositionspartei gab.

Nachdem man diese beseitigt hatte , stolperte man ueber die

eigenen Beine bis Covid-Nineteen als Retter in der Not kam.

Aber da man inzwischen laut der Statistik der CCSA mehr Geheilte

als ehemals Infizierte hat zieht Covid-Nineteen als Ausrede nicht mehr.

Es sei denn man sorgt bei der CCSA fuer eine zweite Ansteckungswelle.

Sollte es Kommunal- und Regionalwahlen geben muss  mit grosser

Manipulation seitens der Machthaber gerechnet werden.

Trotzdem bin ich natuerlich fuer Wahlen.Besser als nix.


21. Juni 2020 11:05 am

Die BP pfeift im Dunkeln und laesst Andere Sonntags pfeifen um die umweltbewussten Auslaender zu beruhigen:


Pushing for a green recovery

Editorial Bangkok Post editorial column

published : 21 Jun 2020 at 04:00


In one of the coldest areas of the world — Russia's Siberia — the monthly average temperature since January has been 3C to 6C higher than normal. By May, the Siberian Times reported a record-breaking spike with the mercury measuring 30C to as high as 35C in towns and cities across the vast province.

While locals were quick to exchange coats for swimsuits to enjoy the rare bout of sun and heat, the abnormally warm temperatures melted the permafrost layer on which structures are built, including a fuel storage tank owned by the Norilsk-Taimyr Energy's Thermal Power Plant No. 3. The tank began to leak on May 29 when its support foundation weakened due to the melting.

The result?

Over 20,000 tonnes of oil spilt into the nearby Ambarnaya River, which flows into the environmentally-fragile Arctic Ocean, turning it blood red and prompting President Vladimir Putin to declare a state of emergency. The environmental cost of such a disaster? A cleanup effort that may take between five to 10 years and cost $1.5 billion (46.5 billion baht).

In Africa, the Middle East and South Asia, a locust crisis has been brewing as a titanic swarm of tens of billions of flying bugs — the largest of which was measured to be 40km long and 59.5km wide — have been on a warpath, ravaging crops and farmlands and posing a threat to the livelihood of 10% of the world's population.

But why now?

In February, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres drew a direct link between climate change and the crisis. "Warmer seas mean more cyclones generating the perfect breeding ground for locusts. This is getting worse by the day," Mr Guterres said. Researchers also noted that powerful cyclones in 2018 dumped water in the Horn of Africa and the wet conditions have remained, creating ideal locust breeding conditions.

As today marks International Climate Change Day, it's important to step back and take stock of the situation half a year after COP25 concluded in Madrid where 73 countries committed to cut emissions to zero by 2050 as part of the Climate Ambitious Coalition.

Unfortunately, it seems little has improved, especially as economic activity begins to pick up again after the coronavirus outbreak. May was the warmest globally — the temperature was 0.63C warmer than the average May between 1981-2010, according to the Copernicus Climate Change Service.

As the world slowly re-emerges from lockdown, during which time greenhouse gas emissions had plummeted and given the planet a brief moment of respite, an unease has resurfaced that post-lockdown activity will again lead to damaging human activity. In some places, these fears have already become a reality as according to figures from the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air, pollution in China picked up again in May — overshooting levels seen during the same period last year.

To make the issue even more pressing, the International Energy Agency (IEA) recently reported the world has just six months to reverse the course of climate change. As countries explore the path to recovery, governments must give credence to clean and environmentally-friendly policies instead of turning to polluting-heavy industries to escape a downturn.

Sadly, money divested towards recovery so far through stimulus packages will only prop up the high-carbon economy. At least $33 billion have been directed towards airlines who have been given no carbon targets when using this money while over half a trillion dollars will be poured into similar high-carbon producing industries, who have also been given no conditions to limit carbon output.

As the long-drawn-out recovery continues over years to come, governments and the private sector must move beyond such band-aid solutions and target the green economy to ensure a sustainable future.

The IEA report, published on Thursday, lays out a $3 trillion roadmap with measures that can be implemented over the next few years. For the short-term, it has three main objectives: spur economic growth, create jobs and build more resilient and cleaner energy systems.

While pandemic recovery is challenging, we must explore and adopt these suggestions. A post-pandemic recovery model cannot resemble that of yesteryear, whether it be from the 2008 crash or the Great Depression.

We must see recovery as a unique opportunity to move towards energy-efficient solutions. We have already been provided with a glimpse of the benefits reduced emissions can have — clean air in polluted cities and a resurgence of wildlife and nature.

Amid global unrest over police brutality and Covid-19, we must not ignore Mother Nature's warnings and resume our efforts to tackle climate change immediately. We must not forget that we have two, not one pandemic to recover from.


Recovery after Covid-19: Let's make it green

published : 20 Jun 2020 at 04:00

newspaper section: Oped

writer: Kees Rade

The world is caught in an unprecedented crisis. The Covid-19 pandemic has swept across our planet, causing enormous human tragedy and economic losses. The focus is now on fighting the pandemic and its immediate consequences. The good news is that Thailand seems to have managed to contain the virus within reasonable limits. Also in Europe, the worst seems to be over. The focus is starting to shift towards how to rebuild our economies. The decision by the Thai government to activate phase 4 of its recovery plan forms an important milestone in this endeavour.

But while doing so, we should not lose sight of the fact that while all our attention was rightly focused on the Covid-19 crisis, other pre-existing crises did not miraculously disappear. Earlier this year, the 2020 Global Risks Report published by the World Economic Forum ranks the highest risks perceived by more than 750 global experts and decision-makers and for the first time, the top five global risks for the next decade were climate- and environment-related. We can expect that whenever the Covid-19 pandemic will subside, these issues will reclaim their position on top of the agenda. The economic slow-down of the last few months had a positive impact on the environment, with PM2.5 levels dwindling and turtles and fish reappearing on certain Thai islands. This is of course very positive, but unfortunately not a structural reversal. The same is true for the levels of CO2 emissions. Temporarily lower, but not for structural reasons. At the end of January, Antarctica experienced its first ever heat wave with temperatures above zero degrees for three consecutive days and nights. The summer of 2019 was the hottest ever in Europe, while in the Netherlands temperatures reached 40.7C, the hottest day on record. So if the climate crisis temporarily disappeared from the headlines, it did not from our planet.

Globally, trillions of dollars are being set aside to provide immediate relief to those most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and stimulate the recovery of the economy. This represents a unique opportunity to link the measures taken to address the immediate crisis of Covid-19 with the worsening climate crisis.

Eric Wiebes, the Dutch minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and 16 of his EU colleagues stated: "We should withstand the temptations of short-term solutions in response to the present crisis that risk locking the EU in a fossil fuel economy for decades to come". Many others have expressed similar views. The European recovery package being discussed also reflects the ambition to support the EU climate policies and the European Green Deal.

The reasoning behind this linkage is that the recovery packages after all are financed by public funds, making it justifiable to include the public interest in the equation. For example, the Dutch parliament, debating a support of €2 to 4 billion to the national airline KLM, demanded from the government to ask for a cut in short flights that might as well be covered by train, and for an increase in the use of biofuels in return for this support. Similar debates about green recovery and building a better future are taking place in other capitals. These debates are spurred by climate considerations but also by sheer economic logic. In a recent report from the University of Oxford, the authors including Joseph Stiglitz and Nicholas Stern argue that green projects not only are better for the climate, but do also generate more jobs, deliver higher short-term rates of return and increased longer-term savings than more traditional fiscal stimulus measures.

This debate is important for all countries and even more so for countries highly vulnerable to climate change like the Netherlands and Thailand. According to the Global Climate Risk Index 2020 of Germanwatch, Thailand ranks 8th on the list of countries most affected by extreme weather events in the last two decades. In a recent study from Climate Central, it is stated that by 2050, more than 12 million people living in and around Bangkok will be below the average annual flood level because of sea level rise. The present drought affecting Thailand is the worst in 40 years and expected to cost 46 billion baht, according to Krungsri Bank Research. The design of the Covid-19 response package of almost 2 trillion baht offers therefore a great opportunity to link recovery to sustainability. The remarks of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha made at the opening of the recent session of Escap about the need to build back better point in the right direction.

We are all struggling with the choices to be made in the coming weeks and months on how to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. Our common endeavour should be to combine the short-term requirements for a quick economic recovery with the longer-term necessities of designing a more sustainable and climate-friendly development model.

Der erste Beitrag ist ein BP Editorial

und der zweite Beitrag ist ein offener Brief vom niederlaendischen Botschafter

zum heutigen Internationalen Tag des Klimawechsels.

Beide Beitraege sind allgemeingehalten und gehen nicht auf die besonderen

Versaeumnisse Thailands ein.

Das Covid Theater wird weltweit zu einer Abkehr von Umweltschutz

und Klimaschutz fuehren.

In Thailand ist man wie bei covid-nineteen schon einen Schritt voraus:

Hier hat man garnicht erst mit wirklichem Umweltschutz angefangen

sondern Alles dem Wachstum untergeordnet.

Deshalb steht man Heute auch so gut (in der eigenen Propaganda) da.

Natuerlich kann man den Klimawandel verharmlosen oder gar leugnen

aber am Ende wird man die Folgen nicht verleugnen koennen,

nur dann ist es zu spaet.

Natuerlich stirbt der Planet nicht direkt sondern wird langsam unbewohnbar

fuer uns Menschen.

Natuerlich koennen auch Menschen genau wie Viren mutieren

(dauert nur laenger) um sich ihrer Umgebung anzupassen

und ich haette gern Schwimmhaeute zwischen den Fingern und Zehen

damit ich schneller schwimmen kann .

Aber am Ende wird es Schluss mit Lustig sein


19. Juni 2020 4:01 pm

Statt ständiger Lobeshymnen bringt der nachfolgende Beitrag den Frust der Bürger auf den Punkt und sagt auch, warum dies so ist, :

„Genug mit den Bedrohungen und Warnungen, konzentrieren Sie sich auf Transparenz und Klarheit
Das Erstaunlichste an all diesen Warnungen und Bedrohungen?

Dies war nur in einer Woche allein.

Während der gesamten Covid-19 Periode in Thailand waren Warnungen und Drohungen von thailändischen Strafverfolgungs- und Regierungsbeamten verbreitet, die ständig einen Ansatz im Stil von Zuckerbrot und Peitsche verwendeten und verlockende Häppchen wie die Wiedereröffnung von Stränden, Einkaufszentren, das Trinken von Alkohol versprachen.

Wenn man sich der, von der thailändischen Regierung für Covid-19 veröffentlichten Zahlen nicht bewusst wäre, würde man denken, dass Thailand eine Ausbruchsituation hat, die der der Vereinigten Staaten ähnelt.

In Pattaya, wo viele der Warnungen aufgrund der großen Anzahl geschlossener Unterhaltungsstätten stattgefunden haben, wurde in fünfundsechzig Tagen kein Fall aufgezeichnet und bestätigt.

Anhand der offiziellen Zahlen der Regierung ist es für jemanden nicht schwer zu erkennen, warum viele „ihre Wachsamkeit aufgeben“ und warum viele der Warnungen nicht gehört werden.

Sei transparent.
Wenn die Bars bis August oder September geschlossen sein werden, sagen Sie das und machen Sie sich die Gründe klar.

Machen Sie nicht weiter mit Zehntausenden von Unternehmen im ganzen Land und geschätzten hunderttausend Arbeitern (40.000 allein in Pattaya), die sich auf die Industrie verlassen, um ihre Familien zu ernähren.

Klar sein.
Wenn Sie Ausländer mit außerhalb des Landes gestrandeten Familien erst im Oktober hereinlassen wollen – sagen Sie das jetzt.
Geben Sie das Worst-Case-Szenario an.

Seien Sie transparent.
Wenn der Grund dafür, Menschen davon abzuhalten, zu feiern oder in Bars zu gehen, nicht das Virus ist, sondern ein moralischer Standpunkt oder eine Anti-Alkohol Koalition innerhalb der Regierung, sagen Sie es.

Klar und transparent zu sein und keine Angst zu haben, schlechte Nachrichten zu überbringen, aber mitfühlend, wird viel mehr Fans gewinnen und die Angst und die Frustration gegenüber den konsequenten Bedrohungen, Warnungen und dem Verschieben von Torpfosten verringern.“

Quelle: The Pattaya News

19. Juni 2020 9:49 am

Die Frau hat sich ihren Gratisurlaub in Thailand unredlich verdient.

Eine Schande dass Chuan auch dem Thainessvirus zum Opfer gefallen ist.