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Ban on charity lifted in poor Chiang Mai village after controversial YouTube video

Ban on charity lifted in poor Chiang Mai village after controversial YouTube video

MONDAY, January 11, 2021
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An order banning teachers in a remote Chiang Mai district from receiving charity was cancelled on Monday, following controversy over a YouTube video that went viral last week.

The video showed YouTube influencer Pimrypie (real name, Pimradaporn Benjawattanapat) donating Bt500,000 plus a solar power system, wide-screen TV and shoes for poor local children in Mae Kerb village, Omkoi district. She explained that villagers in the Chiang Mai community lived in poverty, with no electricity or other basic utilities.

Released Friday on the eve of Children’s Day, the video went viral, with millions of comments praising Pimrypie but also attacking the government for allegedly ignoring the plight of this remote community.

On Saturday, the local Office of Non-Formal and Informal Education (NFE) banned Omroi teachers and educational staff from receiving or commenting about donations.

However, the NFE office reversed the ban on Monday afternoon, claiming it had misunderstood the issue.