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fredag 3. juli 2015

Slaven Myint kom hjem etter 22 år

Kilde:
http://www.vg.no/nyheter/utenriks/indonesia/slaven-myint-kom-hjem-etter-22-aar/a/23480873/

<p><i>HJEMME: I mai 2015 kom Myint Naing endelig hjem til landsbygda han forlot for to tiår siden. Han har i likhet med mange burmesere vært solgt og utnyttet som slaver i fiskeindustrien i Sørøst-Asia.<br/></i></p><p><br/></p> 

HJEMME: I mai 2015 kom Myint Naing endelig hjem til landsbygda han forlot for to tiår siden. Han har i likhet med mange burmesere vært solgt og utnyttet som slaver i fiskeindustrien i Sørøst-Asia.


Da Myint var 18 år pakket han sekken og byttet ut landsbylivet i Myanmar mot et par måneder og raske penger på sjøen. Lite visste tenåringen at reisen skulle bli 20 år lenger, og hans verste mareritt.

I 1993 skrittet Myint Naing ut av den lille landsbygda i Mon State sør i Myanmar, etter at en fiskehandler fristet med store summer for å få tenåringen til å jobbe på sjøen i noen måneder.
Destinasjonen var Thailand og reisen lang, men belønningen på 300 dollar var nok til å forsørge familien i ett år.
Han gjorde som flere av de lokale uutdannede ungguttene, og takket ja. Lite visste han at det skulle gå to tiår før han så sin familie igjen.
 – Livet mitt har vært så forferdelig at det gjør vondt å snakke om det. Jeg savner min mor, sier Myint Naing til AP.


«Dere er solgt. Ingen vil redde dere»

Historien til den 18 år gamle gutten som forlot hjemlandet i 1993 er lang og brutal.

«Dere burmesere vil aldri dra hjem. Dere er solgt, og ingen vil redde dere».

Dette ble tenåringens første møtet med kapteinen på fiskeskipet med destinasjon Thailand. Landet håver årlig inn en fortjeneste på 7 milliarder dollar fra den lukrative fiskeindustrien, og hvert år blir tusenvis av migranter lurt eller solgt inn i bransjen.
Nyhetsbyrået AP har intervjuet hundrevis av båtslaver som alle forteller historier, lik Myints, om de brutale arbeidsforholdene fra den skitne bransjen.




<p>BRUKT SOM FISKERE: Avsløringene til nyhetsbyrået AP viser at ofrene ble utnyttet som fiskere i Indonesia, og skal ha jobbet skift på opptil 22 timer hver dag.<br/></p>
BRUKT SOM FISKERE: Avsløringene til nyhetsbyrået AP viser at ofrene ble utnyttet som fiskere i Indonesia, og skal ha jobbet skift på opptil 22 timer hver dag.
Foto: Dita Alangkara, Ap
Fysisk mishandling, tortur og fangenskap er en del av hverdagslivet, og blir gjerne fulgt opp av lusen lønn og mangel på vann og ordentlig mat.
I 1996, etter tre år som båtslave fikk Myint nok og rømte. Han søkte tilflukt sammen med flere slaveflyktninger i jungelen på de indonesiske øyklyngene i Molukkene.
Noen startet nye familier med de lokale, delvis for å beskytte seg mot nye slavedrivere, men Myint ønsket seg hjem igjen.

 

Søkte tilflukt i jungelen

Men burmeseren kunne ikke henvende seg til myndighetene i frykt for at politiet skulle gjøre profitt ved å selge ham tilbake til slavedriverne. Myint våget heller ikke kontakte Myanmars ambassade fordi det ville avsløre ham som en ulovlig innvandrer.
I åtte år ble han værende på de indonesiske øyene, mens savnet etter familien i hjemlandet vokste seg større. Lettelsen var stor da han i 2001 kom i kontakt med en kaptein som skulle frakte fiskere over til Myanmar – mot at de ville jobbe for ham.




<p>GLEDESSYN: I 1993 når Naing forlot landsbygda i Mon State rakk han aldri å si farvel til sin mor. Her ser han henne for første gang på 22 år.<br/></p><p><br/></p>
GLEDESSYN: I 1993 når Naing forlot landsbygda i Mon State rakk han aldri å si farvel til sin mor. Her ser han henne for første gang på 22 år.


Arbeidsforholdene var like ille som første gangen, men det var den eneste muligheten han så.
Men etter ni måneder på åpent hav, brøt kapteinen løftet sitt – og Myint måtte rømme, igjen.
Han skylte i land på de samme indonesiske øyene han hadde søkt tilflukt på tidligere – der ble han værende i nye elleve år.
Men i 2011 endret alt seg.

Vendte hjem igjen

AP hadde endelig avdekket en forbindelse mellom slaveriet i den skitne fiskebransjen og de produktene som til slutt endte opp i amerikanske butikkhyller.
Presset på indonesiske myndigheter til å redde slavene ut av industrien var stor, og påfølgende frigjøring av tvangsarbeiderne pågår fortsatt den dag i dag – 800 er reddet og sendt hjem per dags dato.

Én av dem er 40 år gamle Myint Naing.
To tiår etter at han forlot sin familie i Mon State i Sør-Myanmar kom han tilbake til den lille landsbygda han hadde lengtet hjem til i lang tid.
Søsteren han forlot da hun var ti år gammel sto og ventet på ham.
– Vi trenger ikke penger. Vi trenger bare familie. Nå er du tilbake, og det er alt vi trenger, sa søsteren, Mawli Than, og omfavnet sin bror.




<p>TILBAKE: Myints mor, Khin Than, var sjeleglad over å få sønnen, hun trodde hun hadde mistet, tilbake.</p>
TILBAKE: Myints mor, Khin Than, var sjeleglad over å få sønnen, hun trodde hun hadde mistet, tilbake.
Foto: Gemunu Amarasinghe, AP

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lørdag 23. mai 2015

Immigration in Bangkok - extend Thai wife visa

If you have Thai wife and plan to stay in Thailand, then i will tell you a story.

My friends said before that if you stay in Thailand you have to deal with the most unfriendly people in the world.
Since i was new to this i not believe him so much. But after i have been staying in Thailand now for 2 years i have to say that is the truth.

Not in any other country you will see people that act like this. My friend also continued that they only smile because the not understand one sh..

And again i said no how can you say that. They smile and are friendly from you enter the plane.

"They only want people to visit so they can get money" my friend said.

Well after 2 years i must eat my own words.

If you want help with anything in Thailand you have to have money. No help get done for free.

But i will help other people today.

If you want to extend Thai wife visa then you need to know this. I have scanned this paper from Immigration to you. You will not find this information at immigration web page.

So what happen is that you go by taxi to immigration wait for a whole day. Then they say no you not have done this and that.


You need to have 40 000 baht a month or 400 000 baht that has been in a Thai account.

But trust me on this.
The officer will give you a hard time. They will say :

a)"You need to show an account in Thailand with ....."
b) " You need to have your ......"

The reason is so many.And only a Thai can fix all that these people find out.

What really is needed is a letter from your embassy that tell your income.
And make your income into Thai  Baht.

This letter immigration will take the original.

Where do i fix this

In Bangkok you need to go immigration

 Web page here : http://bangkok.immigration.go.th/intro1.html

Map and adresse:

http://bangkok.immigration.go.th/en/location1.html







Adresse:

Available Services for extension of temporary stay in Thailand, Notofication of address every 90 days, Permanent Resident Permit , Visa Issuing and Changing type of Visa, Re-entry Permit ,
Alien Registration, Endorsement and Re-entry Visa for Resident Certificate holders.
At The Govenment Complex Commemorating His Majesty The King Chaengwattana
Tel : 0-2141-9889 , Fax : 0-2143-8228

Office hour: Mon-Fri 8:30 - 12.00 and 13.00 - 16:30
Lunch time 1200 to 1300

Closed on OFFICIAL HOLIDAYS

Location :
The Govenment Complex Commemorating His Majesty , B Building , Floor 2 (South Zone)
Chaengwattana Road (Soi 7) , Laksi , Bangkok 10210
     

tell taxi this:
"Pai Chaengwattana Road (Soi 7) Govenment Complex, na krap"



If you want to see information on the webpage it is like this

http://bangkok.immigration.go.th/en/base.php?page=service
And how can you find out anything on this pag?


Here is how they want extend visa recipe (Download form under)

Form for extend Visa and the rules
































 





Forms you need:

Tm. 7 -  Download here

All forms that you need.
http://bangkok.immigration.go.th/en/base.php?page=download


Where do you go to do this.

You go to L section (See map i draw)

How much it cost ?
    • Single entry: 1,900.- Baht
    • Multiple entries within 1 year: 3,800.- Baht

onsdag 22. april 2015

Thailand bad drivers




I have many times got angry how Thai people drive. So i have now put a video camera in my car to show how the "Thai way" to drive is.


Thai people never got the education we have in the west. And i understand now why they not can drive in other places then in Thailand.

I will in an own Youtube channel put out videos about how bad Thai people drive.
Their biggest problem is "The circle" or as we say the roundabout.

Here is a lesson from youtube:

    



 



Also Thai people never use turning signal when they change lane, go out from the roundabout.

Also after years in Thailand i have friends that really open my eyes about "The Thai smile" or the land of the smile.

Thai people with education tell why people smile.
1. The not understand what you saying
2.To save face they smile

My friend say it straight out and that is that the rudes people in the world come from Thailand.
And i have to say i agree with him.

 So i will upload video to my new youtube channel "Bad drivers of Thailand"

 Until my channel is done watch these videos.


Crazy Thai drivers FAIL at stopping for red lights. Insane video!!!



Bad driver


 Watch how they drive past a car. They not think about a car can come in opposite direction at all.

They just want to save time, about 1 sec and are the rudes people in the world.







 Bad Driving in Thailand


Also i will post all about traffic learning in Thailand. In Norway you have to go long study how to drive.
In thailand you almost get the driving license in 1 day.

And now thai understand the markings on the road.

Ask a Thai this.

Download PDF fil of signs and what is mean and then ask


1."Can you tell me what these signs are

2. Ask a Thai to tell you what this mean on the road




 I believe a Thai never know what this is .

So i will give you the worst drivers in the world award to Thailand.

I want to see if any other country can beat this bad drivers

 "And the award goes to Thai drivers"
The worst drivers in the world

 Monkey driving a car 


Fail Compilation (Asia)


fredag 17. april 2015

Norsk toåring druknet i Thailand

kilde: http://www.abcnyheter.no/nyheter/2015/04/17/222242/norsk-toaring-druknet-i-thailand

En to år gammel norsk-thailandsk gutt har druknet i et basseng i Thailand, ifølge thailandske medier.

Utenriksdepartementets Astrid Sehl bekrefter overfor TV 2 at de er kjent med at norsk mindreårig borger har omkommet i en ulykke i Thailand.
Det skal være snakk om en norsk-thailandsk gutt som druknet i bassenget som er tilknyttet boligkomplekset familien bor i. Ulykken betegnes som et uhell, ifølge TV 2.

NLA set April 23 for the opening of impeachment case against ex-commerce minister Boonsong

Finally for us foreigner it seems that something is going to be done about the strong Baht.The strong Baht has to affect export in Thailand. And It now also hit Thailand. And i belive that now Asia will get same problem as Europe now have had for a while.

Read also:

Thailand’s economic outlook worst in 40 years

Mr Thanawat said however that there is a slim chance that exports will pick up because Thailand’s major trading partners such as the European Union and Japan are experiencing economic slowdown.

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Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Govt-tells-BOT-to-manage-baht-30258143.html

Economic ministers call for monetary easing; Premier to announce govt's achievements over past six months

The committee of economic ministers, chaired by Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, yesterday signalled the Thai central bank to pursue a monetary-easing policy in an attempt to shore up the export sector amid the global economic slowdown.

Meanwhile, Prayut along with relevant ministers will today announce his administration's achievements during its six months in power.

Deputy Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said after the meeting that the committee had instructed the Bank of Thailand to manage the baht and ensure it does not strengthen against the US dollar to the detriment of the business sector.

Speaking in his capacity as director-general of the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB), Arkhom said the committee was also given a briefing about the economic situation. Gross domestic product in the first quarter grew by 3 per cent year on year, resulting from recoveries in tourism and automotive exports.

The committee also acknowledged the country's current-account surplus of US$3 billion, derived from the drop in the global oil price.

He said NESDB was maintaining its forecast for Thai economic growth at 3.5-4.5 per cent.

However, he believes 3.5-per-cent growth in exports this year is possible even though the export sector has not seen much of a recovery because of the sluggish global economy.

Earlier, the Finance Ministry and the BOT had forecast GDP growth for this year in the range of 3.9 to 4.5 per cent despite exports contracting in the first two months by 4.82 per cent year on year.

In addition, the committee approved a Bt165.09-billion budget for the National Health Security Office for fiscal 2016.

Meanwhile, an event marking the government's claimed achievements over the past six months

will start at 9am at Government House.

The prime minister will be the main speaker, while some key ministers will also be present to assist Prayut in providing details on specific issues. This event will be aired live on National Broadcasting Television's Channel 11.

In its report, the government will outline the work done under its policies in 11 areas as mentioned earlier in its policy statement delivered to the National Legislative Assembly.

Emphasis will be on the restoration of peace and security and the national reforms because the government seized power at a time when the country was plagued with conflict.

Other achievements to be announced include action on the problems of human trafficking and illegal fishing and the registration of migrant workers.

Source:http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Arms-deals-with-Russia-in-pipeline-as-West-shuns-j-30258142.html

Arms deals with Russia in pipeline as West shuns junta

Despite Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha's insistence that the government's renewed relationship with Russia is not meant to counterbalance deteriorating relations with the United States, a top Russian minister said Moscow had high hopes for future arms deals with the junta now that Thailand's relations with the West had cooled.

Russian Commerce Minister Denis Manturov, a key member of the Russian delegation that accompanied Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to Thailand last week, said deals were also in the pipeline on rail services, military aircraft, and the sale of three Sukhoi Superjet transport planes to Thailand, with the shipment expected late next year.

Russia is reportedly planning to buy at least 80,000 tonnes of rubber from Thailand early next year, four times what it had already agreed to buy, in a government-to-government deal that would benefit Russia's automotive-tyre industry.

India and China are also increasing cooperation with Thailand in military training and logistical supports, as a result of the junta's foreign-policy shift. The intelligence services of Thailand and Russia will also collaborate to suppress international crimes and narcotics.

"All this should not be deemed as a policy shift by the junta aimed at counterbalancing the United States. Thailand's long-standing diplomatic stance has never been based on picking sides," the source said.

A Thai military expert said Thailand wanted to buy battle tanks from Russia, and Russia wanted to buy food from Thailand.

Russia is expanding its aircraft and military-hardware industries to other regions as its economy has been affected by a drop in the ruble's value due to sanctions by the European Union. This provided Russia with an appropriate opportunity to court Thailand, which is being pressured by the US and EU after the military coup last May.

Military inventory revamped

A source said the coming deployment of Russian-made weaponry should be regarded as a complete replacement of the US-made weapons in the current military inventory, as Thailand purchased a number of Russian-made weapons, including existing air-defence systems as well as a number of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles.

Russia will surely be a high-profile exhibitor at an arms exhibition to be held by the Defence Ministry in Thailand in November.

The surprise renewal of Thai-Russian relations, for the first time in 25 years, has signalled an interesting sign in the junta's foreign policy, including a visit to China on last week by Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan at the invitation of the Chinese military.

Through the Sino-Thai Defence and Security Consultation, the Chinese military has proposed a joint Thai-Chinese marine and air force military exercise, which Thailand is contemplating.

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PM says Russia is a friend of Thailand

 

Telenor gransker mulig korrupsjon i Thailand

Kilde: http://www.hegnar.no/bors/artikkel543997.ece

Telenor mistenker korrupsjon i det thailandske datterselskapet Dtac, og har igangsatt intern gransking.

Norges nest største selskap mistenker såkalt butikk-i-butikken og avtalt svindel, såkalt kickbacks, i det asiatiske mobilselskapet, skriver bladet Kapital.

Korrupsjonsmistanken er en av de siste sakene som Telenor-sjef Jon Fredrik Baksaas må håndtere før han går av som konsernsjef. Ifølge Kapital undersøker Telenor nå en rekke forhold knyttet til praksisen rundt gaver og donasjoner i Dtac. Mistankene knytter seg til ulike sponsoraktiviteter og gaver til offentlige myndigheter.

Dtac er Thailands nest største mobiloperatør, og Telenor er største eier med en indirekte eierandel på drøye 65 prosent.
Telenors styreleder Svein Aaser er varslet om korrupsjonsmistanken og den pågående granskingen.

– Dette er ting som har kommet opp gjennom blant annet internrevisjonen, så det er jeg kjent med, bekrefter Svein Aaser overfor Kapital.

Amerikaneren Jon Eddy Abdullah som var toppsjef i Dtac fra mars 2011 til han brått og uventet fratrådte i september i fjor fordi han ifølge eget utsagn ville ta med seg familien tilbake til USA, sier han ikke vet noe om saken. Han nekter også for at korrupsjonssaken har noe som helst å gjøre med hans plutselige avgang å gjøre

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