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‘I’ll be back’: Phuket's Governor Chamroen vows to return

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada, who will leave Phuket to take up the post of Governor of Nakhon Sri Thammarat Province on October 1, has vowed to return.


Tanyaluk Sakoot

Wednesday 14 September 2016, 04:04PM


Phuket Governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada identified the clearing of Surin Beach as his greatest achievement. Photo: Yutthawat Lekmak
Phuket Governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada identified the clearing of Surin Beach as his greatest achievement. Photo: Yutthawat Lekmak

“It is time for me to go to Nakhon Sri Thammarat. I will leave Phuket on September 30 to start work there on October 1. I will miss you all,” Governor Chamroen, a Phuket native who has served as Governor of Phuket since October 1 last year, told the press today (Sept 14).

“I have done the best as I can for people. Thank you for everyone for your support,” Gov Chamroen said.

Gov Chamroen repeated that he has a list of projects, including the Patong Tunnel project, that he wants to voice his support for directly with Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha during the Prime Minister’s visit to Phuket on Friday. (See story here.)

“I especially want to raise transportation and highway projects, as the road from Pa Khlok to Heroines Monument and a new road from Chalong to Patong,” he said.

“I would like to see these projects be approved. I will speak with the Prime Minister about it on Friday,” he assured.

Gov Chamroen identified the clearing of Surin Beach as his prime achievement while in office as Governor. “Surin Beach is at the top of my list of successes, as it has been transformed into a public area for the people,” he said.

“The project to transform Surin Beach not finished yet, but Surin Beach has been the most challenging project because of the effect it has had on local people. I understand this, but I do my job,” he said.

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“Throughout my term as Governor I have received many negative comments, but I don’t mind. I don’t take offence,” he added.

“Sometimes I did things that were uncomfortable for others. I am saying I apologise to you all, but I just doing my job. Some of the projects I have overseen can’t be called a success, mainly because I don’t have absolute power to enforce what is required,” Gov Chamroen explained.

Gov Chamroen called on people to support the incoming Governor, Chokchai Detamornthan, who will take office as Governor of Phuket on October 1.

“Please don’t worry about unfinished projects in Phuket. I know the new Governor, “ he said.

Gov Chamreon, who forged his reputation on spearheading the police-bolstered campaign to take down the Phuket taxi mafia during his years as Phuket Vice Governor, vowed to return.

“I will be gone for a couple years, at the least. Then I would prefer to come back Phuket. After that, who knows?” he said.

“But Phuket is my hometown, I will return, even if as a volunteer to help the province,” Gov Chamroen said.

 

 

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Kurt | 15 September 2016 - 11:02:55

Yes, a 1 year governor ship doesn't make sense.
Time means nothing for thai people. 
They can talk 'quick', but to executive urgent matters take looong time.
And sometimes executiving is not their real aim.

When this Governor, previously in his capacity of Vice Governor voiced to tackle/ take down the tuk tuk and taxi mafia, well, the outcome of it that we know?  ZERO!

Now, at the moment he leaves Phuket he says to talk with the Prime Minister this week about patong Tunnel project, etc.
To late!  Should have done that 9 months ago.
( Patong tunnel building supposed to start in June 2016, as said by Governor last year)

Thai people are family/tribe thinking people.
Sure this Governor will come back to Phuket, as he is born here, just hopefully as a retired person only.

Now, he better not talk about anything anymore, to late.

Leave further governing to next Governor.

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jeroentak@hotmail.com | 14 September 2016 - 17:14:21

So a governor stays one year on the job and than move to the next province. I think this is rather ineffective. To my opinion should be at least three years the same person to get things done. New governor has new priorities and jet ski mafia, tuk tuk and violence against tourists will never be solved.

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Kurt | 14 September 2016 - 17:09:09

If the Surin Beach is his the prime achievement so far, top of he list of successes ( which successes?), than no need to come back. What is SUrin Beach now?   
Never again a Phuket governor who has Phuket as his 'home town'.
To many friends and family NOT to disappoint on Phuket.
Phuket needs Governors who have no roots, no family or friends on Phuket. 
A man from outside who stands above any party. A real captain on the ship.

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