Thai-language newspapers – December 16, 2004

Matichon - December 16, 2004

* On December 15, on the website of Luangtabua (www.Luangta.com), Than Ajarn Maha Boowa Nanasampanno preached on the subject of “government, do not be puffed up" [do not be arrogant]. He is worried that the situation of the nation is in a 'black magic atmosphere' and the government is pursued by bad luck and over ambition.

* The Uninet Poll conducted by Turakitbundit, Rajabhat Lampang, Chaingmai, Rajabhat Ubonrachatani and Hadyai Universities is a survey of the residents in five provinces asking if they are confident that the government promises can be kept or not. The result is all of them have less confidence that the government can fight drugs, influential people, corruption and poverty in five years--especially the Songkhla people who have very little confidence.

Thairath - December 16, 2004

* Bloody news [the graphic/sensational photo on the front page] - The police arrest Mr. Somporn Songprasert , the owner of Grand Safety Guard and his team who got 150,000 baht to shoot Ms. Sirivipa Krajangsung, the ex-moviestar while she was driving new BMW on Soi Ramintra 5, Bangkhaen district. Afterward the police investigated that the minor wife of her Australian husband ordered the kill.

* The fourth son of Mr. Thong Kumla, the owner of 'Chaisee Bamikiew' company, a franchise noodle shop, was shot while he parked his car and was taking noodle equipment to the pushcart franchise. The thief stole the new car which was bought two week ago. There was 10,000 baht in the car.