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Phuket request for Patong nightlife 4am closing shrouded in silence

PHUKET: Provincial officials and leading nightlife operators in Patong have reported that they have no idea on how the formal request by former Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan to allow entertainment venues along Bangla Rd to stay open until 4am is progressing.

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Wednesday 19 April 2017, 10:18AM

Revellers on Phuket's main party street Bangla Rd in Patong. Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot
Revellers on Phuket's main party street Bangla Rd in Patong. Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot

Ex-Governor Chockchai dispatched the initial request to Bangkok before Feb 16. (See story here.)

He later requested to extend the later trading times to venues in the entertainment zone in Karon as well. (See story here.)

Phuket Provincial Chief Administrative Officer (Palad) Thawornwat Kongkaew told The Phuket News yesterday (April 18) that Ministry of Tourism & Sports officials made enquiries related to the request just before the Songkran holidays (April 13-15).

“They just asked some details about Patong from the Phuket Provincial Office before Songkran,” he said.

Asked will the Phuket Provincial Office, which is headed by the new Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong, will follow up, Mr Thawornwat replied, “We have done our job.”

Asked, how long processing the request – whether approved or denied – was expected to take, Mr Thawornwat said, “I have no idea. They just asked for information from us. They need time to work on the official process.”

Asked specifically what the ministry officials enquired about, Mr Thawornwat said, “They just asked for numbers of tourists and expats (in Phuket), and feedback from public hearings about entertainment zones. There’s no need for you to ask so many questions.”


Meanwhile, Weerawit Kuresombat, President of the Patong Entertainment Business Association (PEBA), told The Phuket News that he has received no updates at all about the request.

The PEBA instigated the late-trading request from Governor Chockchai after a crackdown on bar and nightclubs along Bangla Rd saw hordes of revellers evicted onto the streets at 1am in late January. (See story here.)

“I have not heard any updates about the 4am closing,” he told The Phuket News.

“Also, now that former Phuket Governor Chockchai has been transferred (effective immediately, see story here), he is no longer in Phuket – and he was the main man taking care of this issue,” Mr Weerawit said.

“We have done everything we can. I have tried many ways to follow up on this, and now there is nothing but silence,” he explained.

“This conflicts with some people’s interest, even at the national level, I am honest to say out loud, but hopefully the 4am closing will be considered soon,” Mr Weerawit said.



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Christy Sweet | 24 April 2017 - 19:57:46

Sorry guys,  I'm really wrapped up these days single-handedly saving America from the Trump scourge, maybe next week I'll be able to completely revamp Thailand. Thanks for the confidence!!

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Eagle | 22 April 2017 - 16:19:13

Timothy,seems like you dont read all my comments,as i stated more then once before,that phuket is far from being perfect.But i dont cry about it every day or use every article here to complain,insult,give untrue informations , drag someone/something through the mire or just for the reason of getting a bit personal attention.And thinking i would be involved in some activity that benefits from the current system,is as stupid as the comments i react on,yours included.

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Jor12 | 22 April 2017 - 16:01:09

Timothy.. somewhat presumptuous of you to know what I think. Where have I said that it is her job to rid the island of corruption? If a citizen has earth shattering problems which one believes is not being resolved, it behoves that citizen, given that we live in a civil society, to report the matter to proper authorities. You can even do it yourself.
Don't know where you get your clarity of persons being involved beneficial activity from the current "system".  It's just like every other commentator here...all wind, no substance, just say what you like. 

You obvious don't pay heed to criticisms I have made. Mostly though, like most, they are to correct outlandish, childish and ridiculous comments, that are made on here. 

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Timothy | 22 April 2017 - 08:55:49

Christy, it seems that Jor12 thinks that it is your job to rid the island of corruption! He seems to think you are more than capable...  "Why aren't you doing something about it?"..It's very clear from comments posted, our friends, JorJoe12, Eagle, Matt are more than likely involved in some activity that benefits from the current "system". It's clear as day. Never a negative thing to say about even the most stupid, frustrating, backward things that go on here...Everything here is them. Any sensible person would disagree. Not these guys... 

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Jor12 | 21 April 2017 - 18:14:50 with your indepth knowledge of corruption, why aren't you doing something about it?? All wind and no go.

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Christy Sweet | 21 April 2017 - 10:25:14

Kurt I'm quite sure it reached the top of the corruption pyramid- which is why there is silence. The under table payments to operate late night must be in the millions- every month. No one is going to bite off that hand.

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Kurt | 19 April 2017 - 16:18:53

Phuket Officials have no idea about how the formal request of previous Governor for Bangla Road not longer to be open illegal till sunrise but legal till 04:00AM is progressing?
I not believe it.
Why they not know? This was not a 1 man action ( governor), yes?

I will be not surprised if we later learn that such a official request never reached BKK authorities.
Imagine, how many Phuket/Patong money coffers they have to throw away if the decades illegal opening times become legal?

Only some PEBA people will get richer. But their coffers are already full.

I am sure mr Weerawit knows what thai silence means.
( keep quiet, and forget it)

Decades there are no 'conflicts' with the illegal opening times till sunrise.
What conflicts? Jealousy about money channeling?
It is all about money only. For your pocket or mine.
Just Officials/'law enforcement'( not want to loose present incoming money) opposite PEBA ( want that extra money).

This is plain about local corruption, as Thai Justice Minister said in PN on 28 September last year.
( Phuket local administration plagued with corruption, with political and permanent officials being the most corrupt)

When mr Weerawit 'upscales' this Bangla Road nonsense to 'national levels' he overplays his hand.
A big laugh.

And is it not funny that a high ranking thai Phuket official said: "There is no need for you to ask so many question".
Hello, this official is working in service of the people of the province of Phuket. ( Hiding something?)
It sounds more like he talks to his children at dinner table. 
Clearly not understand his function/role as a servant of the people.
Give us more of such officials and it never gets Phuket anywhere better.

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