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Chinese New Year’s day declared a special public holiday in Thailand

 

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The government has declared Chinese New Year’s day, which falls on Friday February 12th, a special public holiday and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is encouraging Thai people, not just those of Chinese descent, to spend during the long weekend, as a boost for the economy, said Ms. Traisulee Traisoranakul, deputy government spokesperson, on Sunday.

 

As Thais of Chinese descent will be buying additional food, other festive items and offerings to their ancestors before Chinese New Year, she said that the prime minister has instructed the Internal Trade Department to make sure that vendors do not take advantage of consumers by hiking prices.

 

Traders are also required to display price labels or face legal action.

 

Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/chinese-new-years-day-declared-a-special-public-holiday-in-thailand/

 

 

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is encouraging Thai people, not just those of Chinese descent, to spend during the long weekend, as a boost for the economy

But PM, your people have all the money???

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Another brain dead idea, please stay home to help stop the spread of covid.

Oh never mind, have an extra holiday so you can travel around help covid spread, how bloody stupid.

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19 minutes ago, Geoffggi said:

I thought the government wanted to stop Chinese New Year celebrations to restrict the possibility of spreading CV-19 ....???

That was last week! 😏

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2 hours ago, sammieuk1 said:

Stranded me on the other hand will be boycotting my local Chinese chip shop the same as I have done for the last 353 days take that Xi 🤔 

Same here. Boycotting this disgusting new year. Why would we celebrate the country that has destroyed so many lives. Ridiculous 

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"to spend during the long weekend, as a boost for the economy"

Tourism world wide is on a permanent long weekend thanks to China, now beaches and nature can finally take a break from dirty farangs thanks to China, perhaps the holiday should be celebrated world wide as it is good for the planet.

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6 hours ago, webfact said:

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is encouraging Thai people, not just those of Chinese descent, to spend during the long weekend, as a boost for the economy,

Spend and congregate in large numbers, ensuring your hard work at containing Covid, supposedly, goes up in flames.  Enjoy the Chinese New Year folks, I was out last night and the mall at Central world was but a mere specter of a holiday Sunday prior to a week of celebrations and a Special Holiday.  Maybe they are all home breaking open the piggy banks to get the last satang they have and trying to figure out where to go for the Chinese parties.....I may just head over to China Town here in Bangkok during the week and see how it looks, of course doing it safely.

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Would not have expected less the Government declaring a special public holiday

Encouraging people to travel and spend money their money

hotels and restaurants  maybe even  bars in Pattaya will be welcoming 

People from Bangkok with open arms for the long weekend 

 

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1 hour ago, jaiyen said:

when China takes over Thailand after it has taken Cambodia !

With respect, this is not really true regarding Cambodia. First, Chinese New Year is NOT a public holiday here. Yes, there is a big Chinese presence in Cambodia, especially in the gambling and associated hospitality/construction/retail sectors, but as yet have not "taken over" the country. There are other big players including Japan, South Korea, Australia, India, the USA and the Netherlands. In fact this morning I saw this article in the news media here, which I found quite interesting - decentralization of Government (in contrast to China's centralization?):

 

"Interior Minister Sar Kheng met with German Ambassador to Cambodia Christian Berger last Wednesday, to discuss their renewed commitment to decentralize the government by ceding more control to sub-national authorities"

 

I also quote PM Hun Sen from the Khmer news media dated 3 February 2021:-

 

Cambodia’s foreign policy is looking all around us. Cambodia doesn’t look in one direction, therefore do not look at Cambodia as being only close to China, Cambodia can work with all. Cambodia looks at all corners in our foreign policy,” 

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5 hours ago, Geoffggi said:

I thought the government wanted to stop Chinese New Year celebrations to restrict the possibility of spreading CV-19 ....???

yes

But money talks

TIT

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3 minutes ago, quake said:

yes

But money talks

TIT

Well here you go.  A new Op that says it all.  IT is all under control, just like they said it would be.  Standby for 3 weeks from now in my view.  I may be totally wrong.  Stay safe.

Second wave of Covid all under control except for Bangkok and two provinces, top doc - Thailand News - Thailand Visa Forum by Thai Visa

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9 hours ago, webfact said:

Traders are also required to display price labels or face legal action.

since when, only places to show prices are the likes of 7-11's, supermarkets and department stores, even then the price on the shelf is not necessarily what you pay at checkout.

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2 hours ago, shackleton said:

hotels and restaurants  maybe even  bars in Pattaya will be welcoming 

restaurants and bars (that still exist) will be welcoming, are they going to lift the hotel shut-down they imposed on Pattaya

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1 hour ago, foreverlomsak said:

restaurants and bars (that still exist) will be welcoming, are they going to lift the hotel shut-down they imposed on Pattaya

It isn't imposed, it's voluntary, it allows staff to claim benefits without losing their jobs or the hotel actually going out of business.  When customers come back, a quick phone call to the staff and they're up and running again.

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