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    969m baht budget approved for south

    (BangkokPost.com) – This morning’s cabinet meeting allocated a budget of 969 million baht to go towards the purchase of closed-circuit television cameras which would be installed in the south of Thailand.


    Assistant to the spokesperson to the Prime Minister’s Office, Chote Suwanna****,
    affirmed that a the camera installation project will cover five major southern provinces.

    The Finance Ministry and the Budget Bureau have been assigned to oversee budget spending until the project is completed.

    Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont was not present at the morning meeting as he was attending bilateral talks with the Malaysian government, discussing among other topics, how to end the violence in the southern Thailand.

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    Thailand, Malaysia cooperate against insurgency

    KUALA LUMPUR – Visiting Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont met Tuesday with his Malaysian counterpart on bilateral cooperation in economic and social development on the shared border with high hopes to turn over a new leaf in Thailand's restive South.

    Prior to their annual talk Wednesday on Malaysia's northern resort island of Penang, Gen. Surayud Chulanont told journalists here during his official visit to Thailand's southern neighbour that he had discussed in principle with Malaysian prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi social and economic cooperation in Thailand's Muslim-predominant southern border provinces and Malaysia's northern border region.

    In addition, further development, particularly in the "Growth Triangle" was also discussed. Both agreed to extend cooperation in the petrochemical industry in the area, said the Thai premier, adding that details of the discussion will be featured during their annual meeting Wednesday.

    The Indonesia–Malaysia–Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) was established in 1993 to promote a growth area under a new trilateral scheme of sub-regional economic cooperation. Its focus is on investment, technology transfer, production cooperation and the use of natural resources in southern Thailand, northern Malaysia and most of Sumatra Island. It also seeks to promote development of infrastructure and transportation linkages in the triangle area.

    "The cooperation is part of our effort to boost understanding and send a clear signal to those who instigate violence in the region that their methods are outdated. it is time to change their course to help develop the area," the interim Thai prime minister stressed.

    Regarding 130 Thais who have been staying in northern Malaysia since their flight from Thailand's insurgency-plagued south in 2005, Gen. Surayud said it was their own decision whether they want to return home or not.

    On August 30, 2005, 131 Thai villagers from Narathiwat fled across the border into Malaysia, citing their fears of safety amid violent unrest in the province and two other neighbouring provinces of Yala and Pattani.

    However, one of them who was found to have involved in insurgency in the deep South was sent home in December as requested by the Thai authorities
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    The Thai prime minister said he invited his Malaysian counterpart to revisit Thailand to preside over the inauguration ceremony once a bridge linking Bukit Bunga in Malaysia's northern state of Kelantan with Buketa in Thailand's southern Narathiwat province was completed.

    The agreement to build the bridge was signed in early 2005. Construction of the bridge is estimated to cost US$2 million. Both sides have agreed to share the expense equally. The bridge should be completed within two years.

    It will be the second bridge across the Golok River that forms part of the boundary between the two countries. The first links Rantau Panjang in Kelantan to Sungai Golok town in Thailand. (TNA)

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    Thailand takes battle to deep-South's Islamic schools

    Analysis by Abdullah Wangni and Peter Janssen, dp

    After almost four years of battling a deadly separatist struggle against a seemingly nameless foe in Thailand's deep South, the Thai military have learned a thing or two.

    Firstly, they are now convinced that the main organizer behind the violence, which has claimed more than 2,500 lives since early 2004, is the BRN-Coordinate, the political arm of the Barisan Revolusi Nasional or National Revolutionary Front.

    BRN-Cordinate is blamed for the January 4, 2004, raid by Muslim militants on an army arms depot in Narathiwat that made away with 300 war weapons and is now seen as the watershed for the region's transition from a long-simmering separatist struggle into a nasty conflict with daily shootings, bombings and beheadings.

    Secondly, Thai military intelligence is convinced that the BRN-Coordinate has used the deep South's Islamic schools (pondoks) and religious teachers (ustas) to recruit and instruct a new generation of Muslim youths dedicated to the Pattani separatist cause and a more militant form of Islam.

    The deep South, comprising Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala provinces, was an independent Islamic sultanate known as Pattani for hundreds of years before being conquered by Bangkok in 1786.

    The area came under direct rule of the Bangkok bureaucracy in 1902, and was subject to a military-led assimilation campaign in the late 1940s that sparked a separatist struggle that has sputtered on and off for the past six decades.


    Although the deep South has remained an essentially separatist fight, it has taken on a new al-Qaeda flavour in recent years, complete with beheadings and terrorizing civilians, partly due to the influx of a new generation of ustas to the traditional pondok school system, analysts say.

    The Thai military is convinced that these foreign-trained ustas, especially those from Indonesia, are at the heart of the problem.

    "The BRN-Coordinate has been recruiting followers from the Thai Students Association of Indonesia," claimed Colonel Shinawat Maendej, Commander of the Army Infantry Unit 1 in Narathiwat.

    Shinawat told a recent press briefing that the BRN-Coordinate has for years been recruiting Thai graduates from Indonesian universities in Bandung, Jakarta and Yogyakarta, and then providing them with ideological and military training with help from the Indonesia's Free Aceh Movement (GAM) and Jemaah Islamiah (JI) - the radical Java-based Islamic group blamed for the 2002 Bali bombing.

    When these graduates return to Thailand many of them find jobs at pondoks, where they recruit and radicalize youths, said Shinawat.

    Most southern specialists agree that there is an element of truth to the hypothesis.

    There have been many arrests in the deep South and many of the suspected insurgents have fingered their ustas as ringleaders.

    "The evidence is mounting against the pondoks and some of the radical teachers, forcing many of them to run away," said Panitan Wattanayagorn, a political science professor at Chulalongkorn University and a leading expert on the southern conflict.

    Mahamu Mama, 48, alias Pador Mamu, is one such former usta now on the lam. Mahamu is believed to be the mastermind behind the January 4, 2004 incident. He fled to Indonesia last year, sources said.

    While it is believable that some ustas are involved in the conflict, the military's campaign to denounce religious teachers as prime suspects is a risky business that can easily backfire.

    "Most of us went to Indonesia to study religion, not bomb-making," said Nuradin, a ustas in Pattani. "The government should not accuse us without proof."

    False accusations against religious teacher by the military can lead to yet more violence.

    "Some military officers make accusations against us just to impress their bosses," said Rusdee, another Pattani ustas. "This ruins many careers and means innocent teachers have to flee abroad. Others have taken up arms against the government."

    Nearly 80 per cent of the current students in the deep South attend Islamic religious schools, which are subsidized by the state on a per capita basis.

    Worawit Baru, a community development expert at Prince Songkhla Univserity in Pattani, has long advised the government to improve the curriculum, teaching standards and learning equipment of the pondoks rather than trying to force Muslim children to go to Thai public schools - the traditional incubus for Thai nationalism.

    While the government is starting to heed the advice (for instance Thailand recently agreed to cooperate with Malaysia in improving the quality of its southern pondoks) it must tread carefully.

    "It's a very sensitive issue for local people," said Panitan. "It's a major battle because the Muslim community leaders see the pondoks as their sphere of influence."


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    Special F-16 Patch to celebrate King Bhumibol's 60th accession to the throne and 80th brithday anniversary.


    BT-67. Static display in Children's Day 2550 (2007) at Don Mueang Airport. This aircraft belongs to 461sq of Wing 46 Phitsanulok. Its role is supporting Royal Rain Project and general airlift. This special painting say "We Love The King" to celebrate 60th King Bhumibol accession to the throne (Diamond Jubilee) on 9 June 2006.






    RTAF PC-9M patch celebrate King Bhumibol's 60th accession to the throne and 80th brithday anniversary.
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    SURVANABHUMI.... means ' golden peninsula '

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    Oh my god ! Today RTA in a unkown South Thailand city,shoot to 4 Muslim......

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackie yu View Post
    Oh my god ! Today RTA in a unkown South Thailand city,shoot to 4 Muslim......
    Oh my god! Everyday RTA,RTN,RTAF,RTP in an unknown southern Thailand was shot by militant......

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackie yu View Post
    Oh my god ! Today RTA in a unkown South Thailand city,shoot to 4 Muslim......
    I hope one of those got killed is not your relatives you seems to have too much sympathy for those terrorism. I wonder whether you would still think this way or not if the bombs occured in some part of your country, let say Penang and kill innocent people daily?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyman View Post
    Oh my god! Everyday RTA,RTN,RTAF,RTP in an unknown southern Thailand was shot by militant......
    Muslims themselves were/are targeted indiscriminately by the terrorists as well. I find it welcome news that the Thai government is deciding to work with Malaysia to crack down on the cowards.

    BTW, I keep getting bad reviews about Suvarnabhumi Airport (disorganised, bad bathrooms, spots left unfinished, etc).
    Is it as bad as people say, or is it just negativity mongering?

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    Quote Originally Posted by narin44 View Post
    I hope one of those got killed is not your relatives you seems to have too much sympathy for those terrorism. I wonder whether you would still think this way or not if the bombs occured in some part of your country, let say Penang and kill innocent people daily?
    Sorry!I seen the news in our Taiwan's brocast BCC(BroCast China)news....

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    Quote Originally Posted by IraGlacialis View Post
    Muslims themselves were/are targeted indiscriminately by the terrorists as well. I find it welcome news that the Thai government is deciding to work with Malaysia to crack down on the cowards.
    Yes. I do not understand their idea. Firstly, they try to create religion conflict by killing Bhuddist. But now they kill everyone, even the Muslim.

    Seem like they enjoy killing more than anything.

    Quote Originally Posted by IraGlacialis View Post
    BTW, I keep getting bad reviews about Suvarnabhumi Airport (disorganised, bad bathrooms, spots left unfinished, etc).
    Is it as bad as people say, or is it just negativity mongering?
    It is bad I have to say. But it not as bad as it was state in the newspaper. Becasue this airport finish in the Thaksin term. And if you want to attack Thaksin, Suvarnabhumi is the good tool. So the media sometime overstate the problem. And military-controlled Airports of Thailand's board is enjoy sweeping Thaksin things rather than try to fix the problem.

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