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Life coach in the firing line over donations for fighting forest fires

By The Nation

 

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Sean Buranahiran, a famous life coach and social media influencer, could find himself in legal hot waters after a firefighter in Chiang Mai province claimed that they had not received any money from Sean's campaign for donations to help put out wildfires in Chiang Mai on March 30.

 

The life coach had recently found himself heavily criticised after he praised Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, who is disliked by many Thais for political reasons.

 

Netizens then tried to dig up his past and alleged that he had not disclosed the money that he had raised through donations to fight the wildfires near Doi Suthep.

 

A firefighter then contacted the administrator of the popular Mam Pho Dam web page and said that they had not received any financial aid. After the story was revealed, Sean then revealed that the donations amounted to about Bt800,000.

 

The web also said that Sean had used the money to buy face masks for hospitals, which was not the stated purpose of the donations, and he had receipts only for 8,000 units while he claimed 30,000 units had been bought.

 

Srisuwan Janya, the Association to Protect the Thai Constitution’s Secretary-General, posted on his Facebook account explaining that Sean’s donation campaign was open from March 30 to May 1 and he reportedly spent Bt254,516.53 of the total Bt875,741.53 for his public relations.

 

The association sent a complaint letter to the Department of Provincial Administration to inspect if the donations had violated the law.

 

Revenue Department director-general Ekniti Nitithanprapas said the statement of donated money had to be revealed for tax exemption.

 

“The department can inspect the money,” the director said. “If the money was donated, all of it should be given for the donation.”

 

Pol General Krisana Pattanacharoen, deputy spokesman of the Royal Thai Police, said Sean's action might be a case of fraud and asked all affected people to report to the officers.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30390445

 

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They should cancel the burning season that causes the horrendous air pollution and turns Chiang Mai into the world's most polluted city for six months of the year. That would go a long way to end the so called "forest fire" issue. Eben better fine the greedy multinational agro corporations that take advantage of Thailand at the expense of the local peasantry's health and quality of life. 

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3 minutes ago, Venom said:

They should cancel the burning season that causes the horrendous air pollution and turns Chiang Mai into the world's most polluted city for six months of the year. That would go a long way to end the so called "forest fire" issue. Eben better fine the greedy multinational agro corporations that take advantage of Thailand at the expense of the local peasantry's health and quality of life. 

Would point out the burning in CM is almost entirely hill tribe farmers and local yokel mushroom hunters.

No greedy corporations involved.

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15 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

Would point out the burning in CM is almost entirely hill tribe farmers and local yokel mushroom hunters.

No greedy corporations involved.

Sure about that?

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9 minutes ago, jak2002003 said:

Sure about that?

100%, I can see the fields and mountains from my house (That's Doi Suthep).

Never any clouds of smoke from the fields, it's always the forests on the mountains being burned.

 

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43 minutes ago, Venom said:

They should cancel the burning season that causes the horrendous air pollution and turns Chiang Mai into the world's most polluted city for six months of the year. 

 

Absolute utter nonsense. Not the first time you've stated this lie. Please desist.

 

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Link: https://www.iqair.com/world-most-polluted-cities

 

Chart above is the average PM2.5 for the whole of 2019. Korat was the most polluted city in Thailand last year.

 

Historically the high level of air pollution in Chiang Mai is from mid-Feb to mid-May (three months) depending on the arrival of rainfall. This year 2020 it was shorter than usual as the rain came early. CM can hit the top spot during some of this time.

 

Air pollution is both a regional and a national problem that requires a concerted effort by regional and Thai governments. Your attempts to demonise Chiang Mai are silly and unhelpful.

 

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49 minutes ago, Antonymous said:

 

Absolute utter nonsense. Not the first time you've stated this lie. Please desist.

 

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Link: https://www.iqair.com/world-most-polluted-cities

 

Chart above is the average PM2.5 for the whole of 2019. Korat was the most polluted city in Thailand last year.

 

Historically the high level of air pollution in Chiang Mai is from mid-Feb to mid-May (three months) depending on the arrival of rainfall. This year 2020 it was shorter than usual as the rain came early. CM can hit the top spot during some of this time.

 

Air pollution is both a regional and a national problem that requires a concerted effort by regional and Thai governments. Your attempts to demonise Chiang Mai are silly and unhelpful.

 

showing the year round pollution rate hides the issue, it is the 3 month a year that it is well over 100 and at that time presents clear and present danger and permanent health damage

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1 hour ago, jak2002003 said:

According to a many  Thai agronomists the increased smoke over the last 10-15 years comes from the growth of contract farming of corn for animal feeds. The big agribusinesses create incentives quick monocropping.  They have also encouraged farmers to plant corn after rice harvests.. leading to more pollution from clearing the land to plant it.

Never seen much corn around Chiang Mai, most of the little there is, being on the Hill Tribe farms.

Loads of people like to comment who don't ever get out and about in Chiang Mai.

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8 hours ago, webfact said:

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, who is disliked by many Thais for political reasons.

Many ? I think 'most' would be more applicable 

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25 minutes ago, jak2002003 said:

Maybe you stay in one small area of CM. You know the province is very large, right? 

If I post about Chiang Mai it's the town, and a 15k circle around it, I don't care about the province.

(Chaila added to my ignore list, for being the reincarnation, of a previously ignored member)

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