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Foreigner database to be ready in six months

By The Nation

 

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The Immigration Bureau and the Interior Ministry were instructed on Wednesday to speed up the implementation of a single-platform online database of foreigners entering and leaving the kingdom.

 

The order was given by Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan when he chaired the meeting of the fifth government committee in charge of bureaucratic reforms at Government House, said deputy government spokesman Kongcheep Tantrawanich.

 

The single platform database would help prevent crimes by foreigners, such as call-centre scams and those related to underworld activities, Kongcheep said.

 

The two agencies were told to have the new system fully functioning in six months.

 

As part of the new system, the Immigration Bureau will cancel the use of the Immigration 6 form and instead use e-passport data, Kongcheep said.

 

He said each immigration checkpoint would be equipped with identity-checking equipment, such as fingerprint readers and passport scanners, to enter information into the database.

 

At the same time, the Interior Ministry’s Provincial Administration Department must ensure that all hotels, apartments, guesthouses and other accommodation services keep and report records of foreigners using their services by informing the nearest immigration office or police station, which will in turn feed the data to the database.

 

“This measure must be implemented in six months so that the arrivals, departures and accommodation of foreigners can be comprehensively monitored to reduce security threats, especially from transnational criminals, foreign mafias and international terrorists,” Kongcheep said.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30338826

 
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12 minutes ago, webfact said:

arrivals, departures and accommodation of foreigners can be comprehensively monitored to reduce security threats

This paranoid military "government" will cost Thailand a lot in tourist revenue if they keep on with this stupidity.

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Well done. What's next? Will I soon get a big scarlet-red "F" stamped in my passport, too?

 

I just hope there also will be a single-platform database for Thai nationals, because I hear there occasionally are criminals among the local population as well. Some of them are even in cahoots with those dangerous foreigners.

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49 minutes ago, Misterwhisper said:

Well done. What's next? Will I soon get a big scarlet-red "F" stamped in my passport, too?

 

I just hope there also will be a single-platform database for Thai nationals, because I hear there occasionally are criminals among the local population as well. Some of them are even in cahoots with those dangerous foreigners.

And just seem to be able to leave the country when it suits them even when under criminal investigation. 

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1 hour ago, webfact said:

The two agencies were told to have the new system fully functioning in six months.

 

Wanna bet???

 

My only question is, can they find enough Windows 98 certified software engineers to help them get their platform off the ground?

 

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It won't work.

 

The I.T. will fail. The data protection will be non-existent. The smaller hotels, condos, apartments, etc. won't comply.

 

But most importantly, when it gets down to the level of actual application, the lofty goals will be long since forgotten and it will simply be turned into a revenue-raising exercise like all other initiatives.

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1 hour ago, webfact said:

“This measure must be implemented in six months so that the arrivals, departures and accommodation of foreigners can be comprehensively monitored"

They can could do this now, but it's just sheer ineptitude if they think a new system will make a scrap of difference.

At present they have the same data available, just don't don't do anything useful with it.

The only plus thing I can see is the scrapping of the TM6 card, although that's not really a big deal.

 

Obviously I shouldn't really mention that it was only a few months ago there was the great idea to "improve" the existing TM6, by making it shorter, but from what I've heard, the boxes you need to fill in are smaller, making it more awkward.

 

[Sarcasm mode: on] Must be implemented in six months, eh? That's doublespeak for nothing will happen and they all hope everyone will have forgotten about it. I wait eagerly to be proved wrong. [Sarcasm mode: off]

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Two problems I see with this. 1. To have a system up and running (bug free) in six months is a very tall order. Tall as in Mount Everest tall. 2. This will mean hour upon hour upon hour of line ups at immigration coming into the country. Having to enter your own info at electronic stations. I forcast that it will be one big cluster at the airports.

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3 hours ago, HiSoLowSoNoSo said:

This paranoid military "government" will cost Thailand a lot in tourist revenue if they keep on with this stupidity.

Yes indeed, keeping criminals out will be really bad for Thailand.

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