Thai-language newspapers – December 17, 2004

Matichon - December 17, 2004

* Mr. Abdul Othaman, the religious adviser of Mr. Abdulla Amad Badawi, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, gave an interview that Muslims in the South should go to government schools to be familiar with Thai society rather than sending their kids to study at religious schools only.

* Prasarnmitr University agrees with the government to demolish the beer bars which damage the image of students. Some foreigners thought that the students are masseuses or sell their body. Meanwhile the Bangkok governor sets the team to investigate five similar areas at Huaykwang, Dindang, Wattana, Thonburi, and Buengkum.

* For this new year Samui and Pangan Island grabs the golden opportunity for lots of foreigners coming to travel. At present, accommodation is 90% booked which is equal to more than 5000 rooms.

Thairath - December 17, 2004

* According to Mr. Sutin Klangsaeng, the vice spokesman of TRT party asked the Anti-money Laundering office (AMLO) to investigate the politicians’ assets. He accuses that the mafia and drug groups cooperate to resist Thaksin and TRT returning to the government. Mr. Chuvit Kamolwisit counters that AMLO should check the Donmuang TRT candidate’s assets as well [Karun Hosakul--he was a candidate of Chat Thai before and is now a TRT M.P.].

* Some part of research of Chulalongkorn University on “hi-so junior” found that the most of their behavior consists of using money to decorate cars to race and persuade women to take drugs, party and have swinging sex.

* The lottery number for the lot of December 16 almost make the Government Lottery Office to be overrun because it is an auspicious number of the Queen‘s age (72) and many people want to buy this number.