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Phuket Governor ordered out

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana is to be transferred out of the province by order of the Cabinet at a date yet to be announced.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 15 April 2020, 06:20PM

Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana speaks to the press earlier today (Apr 15). Screenshot: Eakkapop Thongtub

Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana speaks to the press earlier today (Apr 15). Screenshot: Eakkapop Thongtub

The news was confirmed by today (Apr 15) by Trisulee Trisaranakul, Deputy Spokesman of the Prime Minister’s Office, who revealed that the Cabinet meeting today resolved to relocate provincial governors in three provinces in accordance with instructions from the Prime Minister.

Ms Trisulee explained that the Cabinet had resolved to transfer Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana to Petchaburi, where he is to serve as governor.

Petchaburi’s current governor Kobchai Boonoranais to take up the position of Governor of Chaiyaphum province.

Chaiyaphum’s current governor, Narong Woonchiew, will arrive on the island to replace Governor Phakaphong.

The date that the transfer order will become effective has yet to be announced, but will become public when it the transfers are published in the Royal Gazette, Ms Trisulee said.


Asked about his transfer earlier today, Governor Phakaphong avoided answering the question directly, instead telling reporters, “That depends on the Prime Minister’s decision. My part is just to do my job the best I can.

“Our team is harmonized – [we] don’t focus on one person, we work as a team,” was all he would say.

Reports online have questioned the measures implemented by Governor Phakaphong to try to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus on the island, with some saying he did too little too late, while others reported that the measures he rolled out were too harsh.

Phuket currently has the second-highest reported per capita rate of infection in the country, according to Thai health officials.

Additional reporting by Eakkapop Thongtub

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nbarcroftr | 16 April 2020 - 18:32:43

Congratulations, the new Governor has done an amazing job in reducing the new Covid-19 infections to zero in just 24 hours.  

Rorri_2 | 16 April 2020 - 16:19:37

GerryT81, a rather stupid comment.. but hey, K couldn't do any worse, so there is only one way, and that is up, existing, and previous governors, certainly in recent memory, have only managed to hit rock bottom.

Capricornball | 16 April 2020 - 15:33:22

Of course, it is easy to criticize when looking back in hindsight, but those were difficult decisions for anyone, including someone that had the competence and expertise that was so lacking in this Gov'nr.  This guy will leave with absolutely "0" contributions to Phuket or Thailand, and will likely continue bumbling along to his next stop, until he drifts away into nothingness. Good ...

CaptainJack69 | 16 April 2020 - 00:20:25

Per capita? This again. How many of the cases here are not Phuket registered Thai nationals? Any "per capita" figures for somewhere like Phuket with its huge numbers of 'visitors' are completely meaningless.

GerryT81 | 15 April 2020 - 19:08:00

Not really a surprise.They change governors every 18-24 month anyway.But what really shocks me is that they ignored the highly competent Khun K. again.Probably didn't even consider him for a promotion.That's sad. Now Phuket's future looks bleak again for the next 2 years.


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