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Head of Patong police, deputies transferred over late-night hotel parties

Head of Patong police, deputies transferred over late-night hotel parties

PHUKET: Five top police officers at Patong police station have been ordered to work at the provincial head office in the wake of a video showing the entertainment venues at a hotel opened beyond the legal time limit.

By Bangkok Post

Sunday 17 April 2022, 06:40PM

Assistant national police chief Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn said on Sunday (Apr 17) the "Big Five" at Patong police station would work at the provincial headquarters to clear the way for a fact-finding police panel to look into the case. The team will investigate whether the hotel violated the rules and question senior police responsible for the area.

The so-call Big Five are the police station chief and his deputies, reports Bangkok Post.

On Saturday (Apr 16), lawyer Sittra Biabangkerd posted a 3-minute video clip on his Facebook page saying he had received complaints from Phuket residents that the Patong Bay Hill Resort Hotel had opened its entertainment venues beyond the legal closing time for years, annoying the public with excessive noise.

Mr Sittra said had he informed the authorities but no action was taken. He came to Phuket and saw with his own eyes that the hotel’s nightspots operated throughout the night until daybreak, he wrote.

The lawyer questioned why the Phuket police chief had not enforced the law and turned a blind eye to violation of COVID-19 rules.

"I think it is not possible for entertainment outlets in the hotel to have operated beyond the allowed opening hours, catering to about 1,000 clients per day, without the knowledge of the authorities. Large bribes may have been paid," Mr Sittra said.

His video clip showed a poolside venue with music playing to a number of late-night patrons.

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Later on Saturday night, about 50 staff of the hotel rallied in Soi Bangla in Patong to protest against the video expose. The hotel employees started the protest at about 11pm, holding aloft placards reading "We are hungry" and "We don’t want to go jobless."

A shareholder in the hotel, who asked not to be named, said the lawyer had acted without any authority. Since what he had done might cause some hotel staff to feel they could lose their jobs, they came out to make a symbolic protest, he added.

Many other business operators could also be affected, he said.

A protester said since the outbreak of Covid-19 the people of Patong had struggled to make ends meet. "We only hope he understands our plight," he added.

Stringent COVID-19 restrictions, including closure of eateries, were previously imposed in this southern island resort province. Since the province re-opened to tourists under various schemes, opening hours for restaurants and other places serving alcohol have been extended to 11pm.

The lawyer on Sunday ignored the protest and said he worked for people who had no one to turn to on the violation of the provincial orders that made loud noises in the area.


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DeKaaskopp | 18 April 2022 - 16:22:44

@Horst & @ Maverick   100% agree !  

christysweet | 18 April 2022 - 12:44:40

That's right, laws are not followed, corruption is rampant and Thailand will never progress past status as prostitute to the world and most importantly, if you don't like it leave it to the people who do and  want to exploit  the status quo.  (Psst. Invest accordingly. )

Kurt | 18 April 2022 - 10:05:07

@BigaResort, understand your approach, but going along with your thinking means accepting corrupt RTP 'mediation' means you pay 'skin tax', more than double a Thai pays, of course. It needs a deep breath to be taken for such ride. Anyway, this affaire is 100% entertaining Thai-Thai-Thai. Probably a jealous BKK that not enough money flows from here to them.

maverick | 18 April 2022 - 09:40:56

BigAResort@ spot on, plenty of seats available on flights out for those who can’t deal with living in a developing country - imagine what Europe and US was like 300 years ago.....try looking at the positives the BS ain’t going away because people want to whinge about it we all have choices I have been coming here since the 70’s and there has been huge progress and upliftment in peoples lives

ThorFinger | 18 April 2022 - 09:29:35

Brave man Mr Sittra

BigaAResort | 18 April 2022 - 09:16:14

com on guys,stop parking,live with it or leave,has been like this and will NEVER change,look on the bright side,you always can pay your way out ,perhaps one time you need to also !  horst

Kurt | 18 April 2022 - 09:09:02

Do we see here the 'long arm' of general Prayut, who must be really P..... Off that Patong Officials, including the Big-Five Patong RTP ignored him? In a head shaven job you follow orders. Otherwise you will feel the full (political) force of the laws you refused to enforce. The 'Big-Five' will be made a example. At any cost must PEBA Republic Patong be terminated by 'Bangkok&#...

JohnC | 18 April 2022 - 09:08:55

Nothing new here. This type of thing has been going on longer than any of us have been here and will continue long after we are gone. Money money money, it's always about the money...

maverick | 18 April 2022 - 08:57:28

What does it actually achieve I ask myself, apart from throwing a bunch more people out of work - many venues flirt with the rules, one has to ask why these rules are still in place - most of the population has already had Covid and majority of patrons of these venues are protected by vaccines as are the staff. The righteous will always prevail over reason in the world we now live in

Kakka2 | 18 April 2022 - 07:51:14

@fascinated...PN wont do a thing as we know... despite everyone knowing PN  same as the Governonr just pretend not to know... some sort of alzimer that make oyu forget the true all the time...lol 

Fascinated | 17 April 2022 - 22:45:11

No secret which familyowns this resort although the original leader 'slipped on the tiles' in Phuket town. The well known 'scion', as PN likes to refer to him, still has a finger in that pie which explains why nothing was done. A little research by PN would reveal the company records. The place would not have been built in the first place without family 'influence'.

Capricornball | 17 April 2022 - 22:10:54

Good...it takes a lot of sack to call out the corrupt police and the corrupt entertainment mafiosos that can afford to buy them off, while other businesses follow the rules (unless, that is, they payoff other corrupt penny-ante cops at the street level). And the cheesy hotel/bar staff get as much sympathy from me as the lowlife taxi/minivan scum do.

Kakka2 | 17 April 2022 - 21:56:36

one lawyer with balls... he might be the 4rd Songkran accident in Phuket! lol ...going straight to Prab face and shut his business usually not an healhy choice..lol


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