Thai-language newspapers – November 3, 2004

Matichon - November 3, 2004

* Maew [nickname of PM Thaksin] complained at the cabinet meeting that he is very exhausted. The ministers let him work alone and do not help his burden. The Bangkok TRT MPs feel lifeless because their counterparts in the provinces received money for reelection and they did not.

* Rakkiet, the former Minister of Public Health, was arrested in the case of getting bribes for drugs and medical supplies said that staying and sleeping in the “jail” (Ladyao) is ok and he has enough food and lots of friends. The director of penitentiary hospital will take care of his diabetes.

* After the cabinet meeting, Mr. Jakkrapob Penkae, the government spokesman, announced that the Prime Minister assigned “Jiw” [Chaowalit Yongjaiyuth], the deputy PM to arrest “Bung Ron,” Mr. Surachai Ngoenthongfoo, a big drug dealer who is still at large.

Thairath - November 3, 2004

* Three sex-mad students--two vocational students and and one grade 12--surrendered and admitted that they killed the vocational female student. They wanted to rape her, but the victim tried to run away so they pressed her head in the ditch until she drown. [This news is continuing news from yesterday.]

* Democrat Party has a video of TRT Party members giving money to people for the election campaign [buying votes]. It also has 20 witnesses who received the money.

* The father of the 13-year-old student reported at the police station that a 27-year-old female teacher at Bangplama School in Suphanburi Province punished his son by knocking his head. She also ordered 49 classmates to also knock his head. This made his son get a bad headache and vomit so he had to go to the hospital.

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