Prayut orders smuggling
Special panel for the investigation of state officials
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered police to form a special committee to investigate state officials involved in the smuggling of illegal migrants, who is accused of the latest Covid-19 outbreak.
Officials facilitating illegal migration will be prosecuted without exception, Defense Ministry spokesman Lt. Gen. Kongcheep Tantravanich said.
The instructions were given at a meeting of the Defense Council chaired by General Prayut, who is also the defense minister, a spokesman said.
General Prayut also ordered all military units to step up surveillance and patrols along the border to prevent illegal entry by land and sea to stop the spread of coronavirus from neighboring countries. The prime minister, meanwhile, has ordered the arrest of smugglers of illegal migrants.
Police and administrative officers have been ordered to set up checkpoints on routes believed to be used by traffickers.
General Prayut has ordered the establishment of a Polish hospital with 1,000 beds to treat Covid-19 patients in Samut Sakhon, the center of the latest outbreak, Lt. Gen. Kongcheep said.
The outbreak in Samut Sakhon focused on migrant worker communities.
Lt. Gen. Kongcheep said the army and navy would supply and equip a Polish hospital with 1,000 beds in Samut Sakhon. It had yet to be decided whether it would be set up in a factory, a residential area or a military camp.
The Polish hospital must be in the place where it has the most patients, so infected people would not have to be transported to areas outside, he said.
National Police Chief Paul General Suwat Jangyodsuk said yesterday that police now have some clues about traffickers.
Police targeted traffickers while illegal migrants would be spared, he said.
The government will treat infected migrants for good health and for the betterment of all of Thailand, he said.
It was time for migrant workers to trust government officials, General Pol Suwat said, adding that the prime minister had assigned Deputy Defense Minister Chaichan Changmongkol to deal with the issue of human trafficking.
Asked if there were any civil servants involved in the smuggling of migrant workers, General Pol Suwat said investigators were gathering evidence. Anyone found guilty will be prosecuted no matter who they are, he said.
Labor Minister Suchart Chomklin also said all ministry officials involved in the smuggling would face legal action.
Mr Suchart said that before the prime minister addressed the nation on a television show on Tuesday about the Covid-19 situation, he had consulted with the Ministry of Labor on measures to be taken to combat illegal traffickers.
Damrong Pudtan, a well-known television presenter and former senator, revealed on Facebook that his friend, who is a fisherman businessman, told him that some employers had paid labor smuggling gangs to bring migrants for 10,000 baht each to Samut Sakhon via natural energy. border crossings.
Sources say that the gangs smuggled migrants of 10,000-30,000 baht directly to Samut Sakhon.
Speaking at yesterday’s House of Government, General Prayut said the Covid-19 Center for Administrative Situation (CCSA) would decide today whether and how New Year’s celebrations would be conducted.
The meeting will also draw up a map that will use colors such as green, orange and red to illustrate the level of risk of Covid-19 in the provinces affected by the disease, the prime minister said.
He expressed concern over undeclared migrant workers and warned that harsh actions would be taken against illegal labor smuggling gangs.
“Some employers are selfish. They hired illegal migrant workers and did not pay them the salaries provided by law. I am fighting the problems and the goals of this gang,” the prime minister said.
General Prayut said another concern is that some factories that employ illegal migrants have decided to lay off workers or leave them to avoid legal penalties.