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Phuket officials to patrol Rawai pier to check for begging sea gypsy kids

PHUKET: The Mayor of Rawai Mr Aroon Solos has confirmed that with effect from today (June 22) there will at least be one official allocated to patrol the area at and around Rawai pier to check for begging sea gypsy children.

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By Shela Riva

Thursday 22 June 2017, 11:36AM


The confirmation came following Mayor Aroon holding a meeting at his office at the Rawai Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor) at 10am yesterday (June 21) aimed at tackling the issue of begging sea gypsy children.

Present at the meeting were Superintendent of Chalong Police Station Lt Col Pratuang Ruangthong, Village headman of Rawai Moo 2 Mr Jarung Thaojan, Rawai Deputy Mayors Nikorn Foosaksomboon and Teeraphong Taodang, police officers and Rawai municipalilty officials.

During the meeting, Mayor Aroon confirmed, “As an initial solution we will set up a checkpoint. Either a Village Security Team or Civil Defence Volunteer will be stationed at this checkpoint every day starting from tomorrow from around midday until 9pm,” Mayor Aroon said.

Mayor Aroon noted that the municipality has already discussed the issue with the parents of the children responsible, but “their cooperation is not as it should be”.

“Basically, the families of the beggars are very poor. In the past we have tried to negotiate with parents to send their children to study at Wat Sawang Arom School, to meet basic education according to the policy of the state. This is free of charge, but some don’t even have money to buy uniforms.

These children do not have the courage to go to school because some of them are bullied, or have a different physical appearance, like dark skin or curly hair.

Further, their parents do not see the importance of education, so they think there is no harm to with the children being uneducated and going out begging. So this problem arises.

But it should also be acknowledge that some of these families do see the value of education, and that some of the sea gypsy kids go on to study bachelor degrees too,” said Mayor Aroon.

“There is a further plan to invite the leaders of sea gypsy community to talk and find mutual a solution with the Rawai OrBorTor to resolve this issue,” he noted.

Mayor Aroon had warned on Tuesday of police intervention if initial solutions do not solve the problem. (See story here.)

Village headman of Rawai Moo 2, Mr Jarung ,explained, “All the children come from the same village (Moo 2). They are a group of about twelve now. It is starting to become a big problem, where before it was a small problem, with only one or two of them begging.

“It has gotten to the point where we need to patrol these tourist areas. The officials stationed there will hopefully scare them away,” he said.

Mayor Aroon and several officials present at the meeting then went to Rawai pier to inspect the site, discuss the checkpoint, and draw attention to the separate, ongoing issue of messy parking.

The officials stationed at the new checkpoint won’t only patrol to check for begging children, they will also be prepared to help arrange the parking area around here.

“They will coordinate with relevant agencies to help solve these two problems in the long term,” Mayor Aroon said.

 

 

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Jor12 | 24 June 2017 - 17:45:52

Rorii....collude is not your word but mine, that was used to describe the interaction between parent and child, to be - as you describe it - "secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy in order to deceive others." i.e. as a parent, does one really need to be labelled and stigmatised as a modern day Fagan? I draw your attention to the article which states, "their cooperation is not ...

Rorri | 23 June 2017 - 16:22:57

Jor12... Collusion:secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy in order to deceive others. 
Once again, not the correct usage, and I did NOT say collusion, simply, for simple minds, which you again failed to understand that the kids didn't come up with this "idea" without the help/knowledge of their parents.
"entrepreneurial" does NOT equate to being able to take instruct...

Jor12 | 23 June 2017 - 15:52:45

Rorii..there is no evidence of collusion by parents. However, if there is, it lends further credence to my analysis of the kids being entrepreneurial in that they are capable of taking instruction. 

Anti-discrimination law? yes I agree, there should be no discrimination between rich and poor. Uniforms, if you haven't noticed is worn by school kids. Even Christy knows about that, and doesn&#...

Laughing Out Loud | 23 June 2017 - 12:16:43

Sounds noble.  Could it be though that these officially non-thai citizens / children... are not sharing a cut of thier earnings with.....    Aaaaah.  Now it makes sense.

Rorri | 23 June 2017 - 07:07:45

Jor12, perhaps it is the parents you need to employ, they are the ones who know how to exploit children. It's not the kids who are "enterprising."
Two things this article does highlight, Thailand's lack of anti discrimination laws and why is a uniform necessary for education.

Jor12 | 22 June 2017 - 17:45:38

What great enterprising kids! Excellent. Shows great initiative. They know where the money is and actively go out and get it. In 10 years time I'd like them to come and work for me.

Kurt | 22 June 2017 - 15:17:33

Simon01: To be honest I never been approached by beggers in the streets of Patong.
In Patong I only have been approached by doormen of sex clubs, remember, these clubs the police don't know about their existence, but the army knows.

In Patong there was a plague of foreigners on motorbikes who tried to catch you and bring you to holiday property sharing sessions. Complete illegal.
I dunno ...

simon01 | 22 June 2017 - 14:07:41

Why pick on the Sea Gypsies. There are hundreds of beggers on the streets of patong everyday and have been for years. Why not pick on them too as they are far worse impact as they hassle thousands of tourists everyday. Seems to me they are just finding ways to pick on the Sea Gypsies. 

Kurt | 22 June 2017 - 13:34:20

The real problems are very well expressed in this article.
Now 'just' a good and working way to handle it, for the best future interest of the gypsy kids, and the surrounding society.

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