Government to Aid Victims of Southern Arson Attacks


The government has pledged support and financial aid to the victims of a series of arson attacks that targeted four southern provinces last Friday (Mar 23), calling on the Royal Thai Police to conduct a thorough investigation and ensure the affected individuals receive compensation.

In an effort to address the violence, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, over the weekend, engaged in discussions with Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, acknowledging Malaysia’s role in mediating peace talks with southern insurgent groups.

The attacks, executed in a coordinated fashion across 44 locations, are believed to be a demonstration of power amidst perceived security relaxations in Thailand’s southern region. The violence disrupted the peace during Ramadan, claiming the life of a Myanmar woman in Pattani and prompting the discovery of an explosive device at a gas station, which was successfully neutralized by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit.

Yala Deputy Governor Anan Bunsamran has announced the formation of a joint compensation center to evaluate the damage and assist affected residents, although the timeline for this process remains unclear. Further supporting the recovery efforts, the Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth) has secured additional funding from the World Bank, aimed at providing continued assistance to the communities in Thailand’s far South.

The preceding is a press release from the Thai Government PR Department.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.