Thai-language newspapers – December 19, 2004

Matichon - December 19, 2004

* Thaksin reveals that he has invited four foreigner advisors to speak to senior government officers about ideas to develop the country. The advisors will suggest using the poor who work hard to drive the economy.

* The national football player of Tiger Cup was arrested for drunk driving. He confessed so he got only a deferred penalty and will be on probation for one year. Meanwhile the Ministry of Education urges a survey of internet cafes as to whether the students assemble for unlawful purposes. The results will be send to schools to analyze.

Thairath - December 19, 2004

* Mrs. Napaporn Jitlert, a 41-year-old roast chicken seller at Wat Rangbua market, Phasichaloen district gave evidence to the police that she was punched by a monk, Pra Prathompong of Rangbua temple. He asked for payment of debt after lending her money. She did not have enough money to give him back and has to pay 20% interest per month. After she was punched, she kicked him in the groin.

* A giant crab weighing 3 kg. was caught by Mr. Chanvit Khaodee, a fisherman in [former P.M.] Chuan Leekpai's hometown in Trang Province. He neither dares to eat nor sell it, so he gave it to the Education Center of Sea Nature to study and cultivate.