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Phuket Opinion: Hiding the truth

Phuket Opinion: Hiding the truth

PHUKET: Confidence in Thai officials to be transparent and truthful in reporting the current situation in Thailand concerning the COVID-19 coronavirus took a huge hit this week with Deputy Director-General of the Department of Disease Control (DDC) Dr Kajohnsak Kaewjarus flying all the way from Bangkok just to refuse to confirm or deny whether a Chinese national in Phuket had been confirmed as infected with the virus.

By The Phuket News

Sunday 8 March 2020, 09:00AM

DDC Deputy Director Dr Kajohnsak Kaewjarus in Phuket on Wednesday (Mar 4). Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot

DDC Deputy Director Dr Kajohnsak Kaewjarus in Phuket on Wednesday (Mar 4). Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot

Dear Phuket officials and the Ministry of Public Health, you can spin it any way you want, but not telling all the facts in the hope of deceiving people into believing what you want them to believe instead of what is actually true is plain old lying. The coming to light of the fact that a Chinese tourist in Phuket was confirmed as infected with the coronavirus as far back as early last month now explains why Phuket officials mid- last month began to refuse to confirm what happened to the 10 people who were last reported as only “suspected” of being infected with the virus. Now we can just guess.

Dr Kajohnsak claimed that he had inspected and checked the report, but still would not confirm whether the Chinese patient in Phuket had tested positive for the virus. One thing is for certain, if the patient had tested negative he would have said so.

This is the problem that these officials have yet to understand. Once you have been caught lying, people get to choose whether or not to believe anything else you might claim to be true. If you can’t believe one thing a person says, how can you believe anything they say?

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If Phuket officials, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Ministry of Tourism & Sports also knew about this case, they are no better. But now these officials, in trying to “build confidence among tourists in coming to Thailand”, have to convince foreigners and their governments that it is safe to travel to Phuket.

How do they expect people to believe them when they cannot even tell us where that Chinese tourist was identified as being ill, how the tourist travelled to Phuket and the people in close contact during the flight, where the tourist stayed in Phuket, which restaurants the tourist and friends and/or family ate at, or where that tourist went during his or her holiday.

And if we don’t know any of that about that one tourist, what else don’t we know?

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Rorri_2 | 10 March 2020 - 18:18:42

Once again, Jor12, mate, you go off topic, but for you, a nomibee who actively takes part in day to day company business is NOT illegal. Glad you and your bedmate took the bait, we missed your useless tirades. Jor13 the hypocritical racist... yes mate, without "proof" yoy labelled all Chineses as filthy, your words mate... you and your bedmates critisise those who say "all Thais.&qu...

DeKaaskopp | 10 March 2020 - 15:30:25

"I'll through this thought out" I am not sure what the old man keeps waffling about. And who cares what you think about confirmed cases in Italy or Thailand.Believe it or not,unless you bring up some facts proving other figures it's useless anyway.

Jor12 | 10 March 2020 - 12:15:19

To describe a set of hygienic practices cannot be described as racist. It's like describing officials as "useless", again baseless childish innuendo that has no basis in fact, otherwise the officials would not be there. Bit like saying nominee shareholders are not illegal when officials are prosecuting. So commentators can make their fake remarks for what good they do. 

Rorri_2 | 10 March 2020 - 11:45:18

As I commented earlier, the silence, from Jor12, Pascale, Dek etc is deafening.  I'll through this thought out.. I find it hard to believe Italy would have more confirmed COVID-19 cases than Thailand... so just what is going on.

Christy Sweet | 10 March 2020 - 11:30:14

Thais might shower constantly but their hygiene is grotesque-like the 
 constant nose  picking that's  completely acceptable and a main way respiratory pathogens spread-as gross as it gets along with the very public pimple popping one sees daily.  

Kurt | 09 March 2020 - 17:54:40

Well, today it became a official fact that the world shifted from a coronavirus epidemic into a pandemic! Hello Thai Officials, this counts for Thailand as well !!  Time Thai Officialdom makes herself familiar about what that means for Thailand. In this framework it would be crazy to have during Songkran water splashing. Specially a grand one at Bangla Road, Patong, Phuket.

Rorri_2 | 09 March 2020 - 10:56:46

This " If the filthy Chinese " from the very same person who calls others racists.... mate, you are the biggest hypocrite. I did notice you're unable to defend the officials, that previously you "bagged" other commenters for questioning their usefulness. 

malczx7r | 09 March 2020 - 06:09:08

Amazing how they fail to see all this "face saving" just makes them.look even more stupid than just telling the truth!

Capricornball | 08 March 2020 - 22:40:37

Thanks for calling government officials out publicly, but I think they have all proved their dishonesty and unreliability long ago...speaking down to Thai populace as if they think anyone believes them. I have ZERO confidence about anything that comes out of any Thai official. Come to think about it, these days, I don't believe any government, including the USA and EU, and of course Russia et....

JSombra | 08 March 2020 - 19:47:01

Hell forget the truth,  they cannot even get thier story and orders straight as demonstrated by the still ongoing fiasco regarding quarantines from "hot zones" (which originally included places that are not hot zones just to keep the Chinese happy)

Kurt | 08 March 2020 - 19:21:39

Well, we are now worldwide just at the beginning of this coronavirus thing. It is to early to say were it all brings us this year 2020. But Thailand should start working very hard to develop other 'money makers' than just tourism. Phuket will be non-tourism until into 2021.

Papa paul | 08 March 2020 - 17:33:41

You don't  have to be a rocket scientist to know they are lying.  Even the village idiot can work that out. Not that i am down on village idiots.  Happy days.

Jor12 | 08 March 2020 - 16:46:49

Who really cares. Even the WHO says its an overreaction. More people die from influenza than this treatable outbreak. If the filthy Chinese start smartening up their act in relation to their hygienic standards in food preparation, we should see a lessening of the results of their filthy disgusting habits. I saw market butchers, smoking with dirty fly blown rags above them, wiping down their bench.

Offshore Migration | 08 March 2020 - 15:54:59

We are advising out clients to AVOID attending VFS Global Bio Metric Data collection Centres as they are a serious risk to public health and saefty.  If the appropriate national government will not act it is incumbent on the Host nation to consider closing them down. It is negligent and irresponsible tor government to require person to attend these centres under the circumstance . 

Nasa12 | 08 March 2020 - 14:22:54

A very good and correct article, stop all this lying from this Government.  One beautiful day comes the truth and it does not become beautiful.

goldwing | 08 March 2020 - 11:48:09

Very true, if these people told me the sun is shining I would have to look out the window to make sure.
We all know there have been infections in Phuket but these people think we are stupid as they are

Kurt | 08 March 2020 - 11:23:18

..That is now a big thai problem...

Kurt | 08 March 2020 - 11:21:59

Thai Officialdom is now professional in lying, denial, refusals, spinning, and talking around the bush with 'words'. What is a woman who 'informal' worked in South Korea? Don't Thai officials realise due to their unreliable behaviour the public loose faith in Thai Government?  The public start now with 'not believing' when Thai Government opens her mouth. That is now a ...

JohnC | 08 March 2020 - 10:15:22

Sadly this is typical of the current military government here. Believe everything we tell you and all will be fine..... Absolutely pathetic!

Rorri_2 | 08 March 2020 - 10:07:43

Wow, a very damning report, I await that small "gang," Jor12, Pascale,Dek etc to counter this article, though I suspect their silence with be deafening.

Kurt | 08 March 2020 - 09:14:04

Yes! Right!  When a high ranking Official is lying, denying, deceiving, the lower Thai officials follow in that like sheep. So, can not trust any Thai Official now.


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