MOFA to as­sist blast vic­tims in col­lect­ing Thai com­pen­sa­tion

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

The gov­ern­ment says it will help Tai­wanese cit­i­zens who were in­jured dur­ing the re­cent Bangkok blast to file for Thai­land gov­ern­ment-is­sued com­pen­sa­tion.

The Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs ( MOFA) spokes­woman Eleanor Wang ( ) said yesterday that it had not yet re­ceived of­fi­cial in­for­ma­tion from the Thai author­i­ties re­gard­ing more com­pen­sa­tion de­tails, af­ter the lat­ter re­port­edly pledged to sup­port those af­fected by the deadly ex­plo­sion near the Erawan Shrine late Mon­day.

”We will con­tinue to check with our Thai coun­ter­parts to learn how to file for the com­pen­sa­tion on be­half of all R.O.C. cit­i­zens in­jured dur­ing the in­ci­dent,” she added.

More than 20 peo­ple were killed and more than 100 oth­ers were in­jured dur­ing the deadly ex­plo­sion near the pop­u­lar tourist site in Bangkok late Mon­day, among them six Tai­wanese. Two smallscale ex­plo­sions oc­curred on Tues­day, leav­ing no ca­su­al­ties.

Mul­ti­ple for­eign news out­lets yesterday quoted Thai Public Health Min­is­ter Ra­jata Ra­jatanavin as say­ing that the gov­ern­ment would pay for the med­i­cal treat­ment of all peo­ple in­jured.

Ac­cord­ing to a Rights and Lib­er­ties Pro­tec­tion Depart­ment an­nounce­ment is­sued in four lan­guages — Thai, English, Chi­nese and Rus­sian — the Thai gov­ern­ment will pro­vide the vic­tims up to 20,000 Thai baht for med­i­cal bills and 200 Thai baht per day for a pe­riod of one year in lost earn­ings.

Up to 50,000 Thai baht will be pro­vided to fam­i­lies whose loves ones were killed, 20,000 Thai baht to cover fu­neral rites and 30,000 Thai baht in com­pen­sa­tion to those in­jured, ac­cord­ing to for­eign media re­ports.

Cur­rently, four R.O.C. cit­i­zens are still hos­pi­tal­ized and in sta­ble con­di­tion in Bangkok fol­low­ing the blast.

Among other vic­tims, a fa­ther and his daugh­ter, both sur­named Chang, re­turned to Tai­wan on Tues­day af­ter­noon af­ter un­der­go­ing ini­tial med­i­cal treat­ment at a Bangkok hos­pi­tal.

Leave Info at BOCA Site be­fore

Trav­els

Mean­while, in the wake of the Bangkok ex­plo­sions, Wang yes- ter­day re­it­er­ated the min­istry’s long­time urge for na­tion­als to go to the min­istry’s Bureau of Con­sular Af­fairs’ (BOCA) web­site and register their per­sonal in­for­ma­tion and con­tact num­bers be­fore trav­el­ing over­seas.

The move would al­low the For­eign Min­istry to in­form Tai­wan’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive of­fices around the world about trav­el­ers’ up­com­ing vis­its.

The in­for­ma­tion en­ables over­seas of­fices to es­tab­lish con­tact with R.O.C. na­tion­als if emer­gen­cies arise, like with the re­cent sit­u­a­tion in Bangkok or nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, ac­cord­ing to BOCA.

The BOCA ser­vice has been in place since Au­gust 2002. How­ever, very few peo­ple have taken ad­van­tage of the ser­vice, ac­cord­ing to BOCA.

Ac­cord­ing to Shirley Hsueh, di­rec­tor of BOFA’s Doc­u­ment Au­then­ti­ca­tion Di­vi­sion, only 100 Tai­wanese cit­i­zens vis­it­ing Thai­land in Au­gust have en­tered their per­sonal con­tact in­for­ma­tion into BOCA’s sys­tem so far.

Sta­tis­tics pro­vided by the Thai­land Tourism Bureau show that more than 80,000 Tai­wanese vis­ited Thai­land this past July alone.

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