The first thing I would like to say in this letter to The Phuket News readers is: thank you all for your support during the Asian Beach Games – you have done a great job.
We received a lot of encouragement from the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), sport players and all attenders that Phuket people are very nice, volunteers – both Thai and foreigners – assisted them a lot with coordinating.
We didn’t expect many people to attend the competitions during the day, as we expected most people to be at work on weekdays. However, we received a lot of good feedback that the events were busy and crowded, particularly the Thai boxing.
Secondly, in honour of and to celebrate HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 87th birthday on December 5, which is also Father’s Day, I would like to try and persuade everyone to wear a yellow shirt – the colour of Monday (when the King was born) throughout the entire month.
On December 5 the ceremonies will kick off at 6:30am with the Governor and a host of other public dignitaries offering alms to 86 monks, as part of a blessing ceremony to honour HM The King at Queen Sirikit Park in Phuket Town.
Later on in the morning, officials and well-wishers will be given the opportunity to pay allegiance to HM The King by signing the public birthday book for him at Phuket Rajabhat University’s main conference hall.
At 10am, officials can pay allegiance by taking an oath to be honest officers. A candle-lighting ceremony will be held at Saphan Hin at 7pm.
The third event in December will be the [2004 Boxing Day] Tsunami 10th anniversary, with a big event being held in Phang Nga as well as many other activities in different areas in Phuket.
Originally, we planned to have a full-scale evacuation practice involving Rawai, Patong and Kamala. However tourists made it clear they did not want to hear the siren or any evacuation alerts on that day, so we have postponed it to low season. Anyway, we still have other activities which will make it a special day, reminding everyone that we will never forget.
Throughout high season, thousands of tourists will come to Phuket each day. Ensuring everyone’s safety is very important and a big priority for us. CCTV will really help police to find suspects and protect people from criminals.
At the moment Phuket has a total 1,422 CCTV cameras – the 113 broken cameras are now being fixed. We recently received a budget from the Tourism Department to install more cameras around Phuket; 18 fixed cameras and three dome cameras in Phuket City; 65 fixed cameras and five dome cameras in Patong; 16 fixed cameras and three dome cameras in Karon; and four cameras at Tah Chat Chai.
In addition, we have asked 19 private sectors led by the Phuket Tourism Association and Thailand Southern Hotel Association, to install two camera points in public areas.
Moreover, I approved a B800,000 budget for the bicycle police project to assist tourists in tourist attraction areas. Its aim is to reduce crime and boost public safety in popular tourist spots during the high season by the addition of at least four officers.
Bicycle patrol officers can easily be recognised in their white polo shirts, with police insignia and dark shorts. They are also setting a good example by wearing protective head gear.
A good command of the English language is one of the core skills required by officers assigned to bicycle patrols.
All of the things we have done is for the safety of our tourists and local people. These measures that we set out are expected to ensure the safety of tourists, while they are travelling in Phuket. So please, enjoy your holiday.
Phuket Governor Nisit Jamsomwong, 52, was born on September 24, 1962 in Ratchaburi Province. He graduated with a BA in Political Science from Chulalongkorn University with a gold honorary gift (the result from achieving a first) followed by a scholarship from HM King Bhumibol to study for a master’s degree in the same university.