Thai-language newspapers – October 21, 2004

Matichon - October 21, 2004

* The survey from Transparency International Corruption Perception Index (CPI) poll said that perception of corruption in Thailand is improved [less than before].

* Three doctors in the South are very afraid and want to cancel autopsies done at the location of the accident.They say it is risky to do this near the mountains and forests [because of the unrest in the South].

* At the government house on October 20, Maew [Thaksin] and Sudarat, Minister of Public Health made a giant bowl of boiling rice for opening the vegetarian festival for health. He suggested eating vegetarian food is like cleaning the cemetery [the human stomach is the cemetery for animals that are eaten].

Thairath - October 21, 2004

* Bloody news [the graphic/sensational photo on the front page] -
In Oakland, New Zealand a Thai real estate business woman disappeared mysteriously after having lunch with a friend on October 3. The New Zealand police said there were many cases like this that happened to Asians many months ago. Her brother warns that Oakland is not safe for Asian people.

* One crocodile at the Crocodile Farm, Samut Prakarn swelled up and died. The tourists are afraid it might have had bird flu. The manager said it is very normal because there are lots of crocodiles in the farm [and they can die any time].

* Terrorists in the South not only kill people, but also kill longan trees [an important fruit-bearing tree in the South] by cutting the stem and pouring gas into it to make it die.

* Bloody news [the graphic/sensational photo on the front page] -
At the back of an industrial estate at Kabinburi, Prajinburi Province a rotten dead body of a 43-year-old woman was found in the channel of the grove. After investigation it was found that she was a food seller at Sunyo Co. in the industrial estate. She was held underwater until she died.