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News : Bill Approved to Use 911 as Main Hotline
Bangkok, Thailand, July 14, 2015 -- Thailand will soon use 911 as the main emergency telephone number which can connect to more government agencies than the existing 191.
The cabinet approved the bill on emergency telephone numbers on Tuesday, said Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd, a deputy spokesperson of the Prime Minister's Office.
The currently used numbers 191 and 1669 still work but misuse of the new 911 may lead to prosecution under the bill, he said.
The cabinet chose from two numbers: 911, the hotline used in the United States; and 112, used mainly in European countries.
"The cabinet thought 911 was more appropriate since people might confuse 112 with Section 112 [of the Criminal Code] and this may tarnish the [royal] institution," he said.
Section 112 is the lese majeste law of which penalty ranges from three to 15 years.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Wednesday, July 15, 2015