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Phuket expat praised for fixing holey road, local administrations panned

PHUKET: A foreign man as gained high praise on Facebook for fixing a huge potholes in a road in Nai Yang, on Phuket’s west coast, instead of waiting for local authorities, who local residents have blamed for the road falling into such poor condition.

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Monday 27 March 2017, 03:19PM

The post, which includes photos and a video, posted by “FF Porkar Lukchin Ping” (“FF roasted meatball vendor”) on Friday (Mar 24), said, “He mixed cement and sand to fix the road by himself. No government offices responded to the small road surface problem.

“This road is three km away from Phuket International Airport. I am very ashamed. There are more than 10 holes in the road. I was driving past him while he was fixing the road. He is around 50 years old. Thank you to the foreigner, speechless for the government offices.”

An outpouring of comments from Thais thanked the foreign man and complained about government offices. Some comments said how shameful the road was for Thai people.

One resident confirmed, “This road is Soi Bangmalauw 11 Moo 1 in Thalang.” The soi extends west from the main road through Nai Yang, which leads to Phuket airport, and heads east in the Bang Khanoon protected forest area.

“This dusty road is tarred but now it is damaged and has holes. The man in the photo lives on that road,” said the resident.

“Lots of trucks carry soil along that road from a well-known housing estate in the area. The road has been repaired twice before by Phuket OrBorJor (Provincial Administration Organisation, or “PPAO”).

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“The way to solve this problem is that the Sakoo OrBorTor (Tambon Administration Organisation) must restrict the trucks who use this road. Residents in the area are going to (file a) complaint,” the resident added.

Sakoo OrBorTor Chief Kittikorn Pratheep na Thalang was not available when The Phuket News called today, but his secretary, who asked not to be named, said, “We have checked with our lawyer and this road is not under our jurisdiction. It is ‘near’ (sic) the Bang Khanoon protected forest area – the last time this road was fixed it was fixed by the OrBorJor – it would be best to ask them.”

However, an officer at the Phuket OrBorJor Division of Public Works, who also asked not to be named, told The Phuket News, “Technically, we are not responsible for this road either.

Regarding the two times the OrBorJor carried out repairs to the road, he noted, “Those instances could have been the result of special requests for assistance.

“Once the complaint about the state of the road has been filed, we’ll see what we can – or cannot – do to help,” he added.



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Rorii | 28 March 2017 - 11:30:02

The saying goes "it only takes one good man" saidly, in Thailand, there is no such man, at any administrative level, from that useless ol' cha cha down.

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Sue Yu2 | 28 March 2017 - 11:15:12

One of the problems is that there's more than one 'authority' supposedly responsible (or not) for the state of the roads. Surely things would be easy if there was just ONE, then ANY roadworks would be done by them. After all, I pay my road & Municipality taxes like most other people - I deserve good service, not arguments over responsibility & do-nothing thinking.

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Timothy | 28 March 2017 - 08:17:07

He'll probably be kicked out of the country for working without a permit...Oh, and making the useless OBorJor look....well, useless. 

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Lazy Government | 28 March 2017 - 04:58:07

How about the steps at Surin Beach? They have not been cleaned for years and the bushes have over grown the steps so only half the width of the steps is now usable making it very dangerous, especially at night or when it rains.

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skip | 28 March 2017 - 03:25:48

Well done for your efforts sir. The local residents appreciate your DIY efforts! Yes, in thailand i have noticed if you polish one shoe, the other polishes itself, hopefully this will be enough media exposure to get a "crackdown" on potholes to be initiated. The loss of face by the authorities for not doing their job may also incite a humbled manager to pull out the "work permit" card on this helpful expat.
Shame on the manager if he tries that gutless stunt.

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BenPendejo | 27 March 2017 - 21:22:48

Classic Thai official response..."not my pobpem"... no help or assistance...just deflect and get back to doing nothing.  There are other roads in Nai Yang that people have tried to fix, but then other locals just ride right through the wet cement and create an even more dangerous roadway.  There are many gateways that welcome tourists to the island, and Phuket officials should be ashamed of most of them.

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Kurt | 27 March 2017 - 19:37:55

When the Phuket Governor reads this he can swallow all his sayings about 'Phuket Smart City'.

How to create a Phuket Smart city with Phuket officials who not want to be named, who just say that it is not their responsibility, etc, etc.

The most shame full thing is that now all Phuket officials are sitting on their hands in aircon office arm chairs, 'waiting' for incoming complains.

This thing is going now all over the world.
Why Phuket officials now not immediately take action, instead of ducking/running away?
What kind of mentality is that?

Phuket Smart City? Don't make me laugh. Even a simple piece of road they not able to handle or worse, NOT willing to handle.
As government I would feel ashame seeing the photos seeing a Resident doing a government job!
( regardless or he is foreigner or thai)

The state of Phuket roads are the responsibility of Phuket government officials, falling under the Phuket Governor.

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Christy Sweet | 27 March 2017 - 19:19:27

" We'll see what we cannot do.." Comedy Gold !! That man might find the labor dept paying a visit. tsk tsk Embarassing Thais, er,.. I mean performing work without a permit is a deportable offense

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