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New regional Army chief “satisfied” with Phuket officials

PHUKET: The new Commander of the Fourth Army Region, Lt Gen Piyawat Nakwanit, visited Phuket to meet provincial officials and receive their report on tackling local problems

tourism, transport, military, corruption,

Saturday 29 April 2017, 05:19PM

Gen Piyawat met governor Norraphat Plodthong and a bevy of high-ranking local officials at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday (Apr 28). Speaking at the meeting governor Norraphat singled out about ten key issue he and his team are currently working on. The list included beach management, unlawful occupation of public land by car rentals and other businesses, foreign workers, illegal tour guides, public transport, hotel management, security and more.

“Some mentioned issues have to be resolved urgently. First, illegal occupation of public land by business, such as vehicle rentals occupying parking spaces and businesses encroaching on Surin beach. Then, public transport improvement such as drivers wearing uniforms and keeping their vehicles ready for service. Third, public transport management at Phuket International Airport where service must be faster,” governor Norraphat said.

To this Gen Piyawat answered that he is satisfied with Phuket officials and urged them to continue working. Regional Army chief agreed that the issue of illegal occupation of public land by business should be a prioritised.

“I am satisfied with your work and I ask all of you to solve the issue of encroachment so Phuket could become a model for other provinces. Uniforms for public transport driver are also needed, as they will help tourists to identify and recognise those providing this service,” Gen Piyawat said.

The Commander of the Fourth Army Region also reminded local officials about the issue of so called “influential people” in Phuket, not all of whom are equally good.

“There are two types of influence people in Phuket. Those belonging to the first group are well known in area, they are good men so try to make them part of your public work. Those of the second type break the law for their own benefit and make troubles. Themust get out of this area,” Gen Piyawat said.

“Any state official must put serving to the public in the first place and their own business in the second. All official organizations must cooperate to support both people and the private sector. All officials must follow the law, and if you find somebody being corrupt, the Royal Thai Army is ready to accept all the relative information. Every official must report on their work to local residents and tourist on a regular basis, while police and army are always here to support you,” he concluded.



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malczx7r | 01 May 2017 - 14:33:45

"public transport improvement such as drivers wearing uniforms and keeping their vehicles ready for service" good to see they are not too worried about dangerous driving by the taxi, minivan, tuk tuks!

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Kurt | 01 May 2017 - 12:22:40

Words, words, words, of someone who downgrade his position by showing not to know what is going on at Phuket island.
To eager, to quick just to talk-talk only.
No experience with how to deal with press either.

Who on Phuket shares this satisfaction?
Unbelievable how a newcomer can express himself like that.
Not very promising. 

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BenPendejo | 01 May 2017 - 11:30:45

Over 2 years into the beach management is hard to see what the General is satisfied with...and the taxi/tuktuk mafia still dominates the roads in Patong.  And listing taxi drivers wearing uniforms as a priority???...jeez, how about making sure they're not drunk and /or on drugs, and getting weapons out of their cars?

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Rorri | 01 May 2017 - 11:00:39

We always see "satisfied", the general is satistied, the pm is satistied,  the mayor is satisfied the Thai po-lice are satified etc... but what actually are they satisfied with, never do we see the truth ie, NOT satisfied,  maybe the truth hurts too much, but until the truth, and a few kicks in the a..e are given, nothing will change, and by this I mean for the long term, not the short term changes that are very shortly forgotten.

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Sam hayman | 30 April 2017 - 23:57:09

"businesses encroaching on Surin beach."

The beach mafia are there every day.

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Andy | 30 April 2017 - 09:43:02

Fine words from the General, let's see what progress is made.

Oh, and how about the good general look into some of the land titles in Phuket and how they were obtained. e.g. The sea front land north of Layan.

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Discover Thainess | 29 April 2017 - 19:04:00

Seeing as none or those issues have been successfully resolved, look at Beach Road in Patong for example, one has to wonder why the army is "satisfied". I think I would be rather "dissatisfied" if it were me. I would have the army down beach road cleaning it up tomorrow morning ......

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