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Patong business leader calls for urgent government humanitarian, business aid

Patong business leader calls for urgent government humanitarian, business aid

PHUKET: Patong hotel and restaurant businessman Preechavude “Prab” Keesin has called for urgent measures by the government to help people in Patong, both those suffering from not having any income and for businesses so they can start providing jobs for the community.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 6 May 2020, 06:54PM

In a live interview yesterday (May 5), Mr Preechavude pointed out that the COVID-19 situation has left the usually busy streets of Patong empty, and the forced shut down of businesses has left many people without work.

The first and most important aid needed was to help people who do not even have enough money to feed them themselves, Mr Preechavude said.

“The government needs to survey how many people are in which areas, and this is for the whole of the country,” he said.

“Once we have clear information, the government and the private sector can work together to get help to those who need it,” he added.

Mr Peechavude also called for the urgent deployment of soft loans for businesses, especially those operating in the tourism sector.

“The loans provided would help the people first. They will no longer be unemployed,” he said.

However, Mr Preechavude branded the volume of funds being made available as government loans as “too small”.

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“In total the amount needed [for the whole country] needs more than B5-10 trillion, equal to the size of GDP, because we are in this very deep,” he said.

“Tourism will take six months to a year to recover. During this time the government has to expend a lot of money in order to develop people so that we do not lose skilled  workers, and if possible we have to do another type of marketing [to develop tourism].

“Simply put, if you have a cheap soft loan, you can do business. There are options, soft loans can have no repayments for three months, six months to a year, but once there are soft loans available they will help to reduce unemployment.

Mr Preechavude also called for a skills development project for the tourism sector, so that when tourism does eventually resume, workers will be upskilled to cater to tourists, making the workers more valuable employees and making Phuket more attractive to tourists.

“Of course, people cannot travel at this time and airlines cannot resume [international] flights, and we need to manage the COVID situation, but we can use this time to improve skills so that we are ready when the market does return,” Mr Preechavude explained.

“We must be prepared, and we can train here to be among the best. It can be a new platform that both the public and private sectors can do together. We can develop our human resources to accommodate the changes in COVID-19 will bring, and hoteliers can use this time to develop their rooms as well,” he concluded.

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DeKaaskopp | 08 May 2020 - 17:38:49

@Kurt   How do you know that Mr.Keesin  doesn't open his " money coffers"  to provide help for the needy ? Because we don't read about it or did you look in your famous crystal ball again ? How about your own donations ? What did you provide so far ?

DeKaaskopp | 08 May 2020 - 16:40:25

Ro, "open" like not being under a lock down anymore like those villages in BangTao. Really that hard for you to understand ?

Rorri_2 | 08 May 2020 - 16:24:06

Dek, are you trying to tell us that all bars, all hotels, all entertainment venues, all restaurants etc are open for business... mate really.

Kurt | 08 May 2020 - 15:29:58

Why this very rich Patong business 'leader' not follow the example of Mr Jens and khun Arttie, Cherng Talay, open his money coffers, cook, provide first food for the suffering Thai in Patong before talking about business? His thinking is just about money. When he knows about suffering in Patong, the Mayor knows it too. What they and other rich Thai NOW do to help their country men?

Kurt | 08 May 2020 - 10:48:10

Christy Sweet, you are right about Sars and Smers. And don't forget AIDS, already 40 years they try to make a vaccine. Until now there isn't one.  ( only medicines to block degradation of T cells)

DeKaaskopp | 08 May 2020 - 09:58:13

@Newuser66    Why you think Patong  didn't open ? Only "Bangla Road" is still closed .

Capt B | 08 May 2020 - 05:34:36

,,,,,in anything but the rice farming & tourism sector, there's not much hope for them. 

Capt B | 08 May 2020 - 05:31:17

The best thing the Borisat  Leader could do is urge the Thai Govt to totally scrap its Social Security system, especially the racist own rules one in Phuket. The longer an employer employs a Thai person, the more they get THB shafted. Makes sense. Really negative encouragement to employ people. Since Patong comes under the Null n Void intelligence sector with few of its inhabitants having skills, 

Newuser66 | 08 May 2020 - 02:14:14

When is the new false Dawn for Patong I read 30th May is THIS likely to be correct ?

Newuser66 | 08 May 2020 - 02:11:47

Patong didn't open on 30th !! When is the NEW false Dawn ? I heard 30th May. !! Is that correct ??

Christy Sweet | 07 May 2020 - 18:53:11

SARS 1 and MERS  still do not have vaccinations- this closely related virus may well never get one either. 

Kurt | 07 May 2020 - 12:22:17

Guess the WHO has to come with international Covid19 vaccination guidelines. I myself have a international vaccination book with stamps/signatures for taken vaccinations against Yellow fever, Hepatitis A & B, and Cholera. As soon I can get a Covid19 vaccination I go for it, after a vaccine comes available.

Christy Sweet | 07 May 2020 - 11:44:34

Capricornball- ditto that for the entire planet, USA especially. While the world is focused on the virus, TrumpCo has been busy rescinding environmental protections. It's like they know it's too late - or something.

Kurt | 07 May 2020 - 11:39:23

Phuket Authorities and influential business people  have to reset themselves and start now to work out the 'NEW NORMAL' for Phuket Island. Sustainability, not just used as a word in a speech, but practising it. A complete different thinking/acting has to come up to safe Phuket and make it attracting again.

ThorFinger | 06 May 2020 - 20:53:41

So..... is vaccination going to be mandatory?

Capricornball | 06 May 2020 - 20:36:59

I agree that this is a good time for Phuket to "reset" and understand the true meaning of sustainable. But it won't happen, as looking ahead is not a Thai thing. My guess is they will barrel ahead trying to make up for lost time, and will sacrifice the island's resources to start racking baht. I think no lessons will have been learned, and opportunities will be lost.

Kurt | 06 May 2020 - 19:34:59

Phuket has to reset herself. Lesser inhabitants ( the out going Exodus of up to 100,000 Thai helps partly. Tourist accommodation building/construction has to stop to limit numbers of tourists.No more black toxic exhaust smoke blowing busses on the road. We now experience a much fresher/cleaner  environment on Phuket. Practise sustainability for sake of Phuket's future.

Kurt | 06 May 2020 - 19:25:31

Previous Phuket tourism template never will return as it was. A whole new way of traveling ( by plane, by bus), living, shopping, entertaining, eating in restaurants, etc has to be developed/worked out on Phuket. At least until anyone on Phuket, inhabitants and tourists have been registered vaccinated, and that will take at least a 1.5 years.


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