THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET
THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


Phuket Opinion: Hobbled by Bangkok

Phuket Opinion: Hobbled by Bangkok

PHUKET: Governor Norraphat Plodthong publicly tearing into officials for failing to get much-needed safety and infrastructure projects completed – or even underway – was very well received by the expat community this week. Phuket has many problems, much needs to be done to fix them – but isn’t.

opiniontourismconstructioneconomicspolitics
By The Phuket News

Sunday 17 December 2017, 09:00AM


Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong publicly tearing into officials this week for failing to get much-needed safety and infrastructure projects completed was well received by the island's expat community – but can he achieve success to get the problems fixed? Photo: PR Dept

Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong publicly tearing into officials this week for failing to get much-needed safety and infrastructure projects completed was well received by the island's expat community – but can he achieve success to get the problems fixed? Photo: PR Dept

Officialdom is failing us on so many fronts that the Governor is right – we are becoming the laughing stock of a country where putting a Band-Aid on top of an existing Band-Aid to treat a gaping wound is standard procedure.

And this comes from Bangkok’s appointed representative in Phuket – not an elected official. An understanding of what this means screams loud about how dire the situation is.

Gone are the days of elected officials holding top office in Phuket. Once upon a time the Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation (PPAO, or OrBorJor) led the way – with a president elected by the people of Phuket at the helm of the most important development policy decisions, with Bangkok there to provide assistance.

That all changed with the Thaksin administration, which restored the strings of power to link directly to Bangkok – where all major policy decisions are now made – with every single decision involving a budget requiring a Bangkok official’s consent. Figure that one out for yourself.

To be sure, the move to centralise policy through Bangkok wasn’t to make sure Bangkok could help Phuket develop. After upgrading the airport from a simple airfield in the 1980s, Phuket never needed Bangkok’s help. Foreign expertise in hotels and the fledgling expat community along with Phuket locals with drive and foresight led the way in developing the island’s tourism industry.

Many others would like to take the credit for it, but this is how our tourism grew.

BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET

That has stayed so much the same that the Tourism Authority if Thailand (TAT) still does not promote Phuket through its own major promotional events. It doesn’t need to.

Check the TAT website if you want. Phuket is obvious in its omission, though Pattaya and especially Chiang Mai are still strongly supported despite both being very well known and heavily promoted by private tour companies both here and abroad.

Perhaps Pattaya needs positive promotion, or perhaps it is for show for the Bangkok masses and their capital-centric leaders.

As for Chiang Mai, well who could argue with ditching all attempts to build a major convention centre in Phuket for two decades and instead finally take the budget allocated through a World Bank Development Fund loan – promoted locally at the time as the “Thai Khem Kaeng fiscal stimulus policy” – and build a convention centre in northern capital.

That all came with great support from the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), whose former president is our now Tourism & Sports Minister. At least that guy knows how to get things done in Thailand. Let’s see if our Governor can achieve the same success.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Christy Sweet | 19 December 2017 - 16:40:03

Maybe us foreigners can start a Go Fund Me and buy Phuket ? 

Kurt | 18 December 2017 - 20:27:32

Some one suggests the Phuket Governor should invite expats to talk about Phuket problems.
Well, that 'instrument' exists already!
The foreign Consuls represent all the expats/tourists. The Consuls are very well informed about many in's and out's on Phuket from a foreigners point of view. Foreigners they meet and talk with, and help them with problems at consulair level.
It is up...

Fascinated | 17 December 2017 - 22:39:31

There is one fundamental issue missing from this article. The fact of local people being elected means 'favortism'(or massive corruption as its better known). This is the key issue of why things in Phuket are in such a shocking state. No one has been able to break the cycle- it's too entrenched. Every tome a Gov makes waves he's moved on due to the influence of 'dark forces'...

Kurt | 17 December 2017 - 20:54:13

As always, a great PN Public Opinion! 
Problem is:  This Governor seems to be abandon/sabotaged by every single Phuket local government department in his efforts to make Phuket Island a normal functioning society.
As last year a minister said,..to many corrupt officials on Phuket island ( article PN)
Where is NCPO? The Junta coup was mend to change all this , yes?
Did they exclude Phuket?
Jus...

Mika | 17 December 2017 - 16:50:02

It says in the opinion that expats helped in the 80's to develop Phuket.30 years later i see here some expats posting with an incredible knowledge about everything.Maybe the governor should invite them for a talk.Together they could solve all the problems Phuket faces and turn it into a real beauty.Even turning it into a smaller version of Singapore is possible with their expertise.All in no t...

 

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Phuket water-supply pipeline from Phang Nga approved by Cabinet

The water supply pipe line to Phuket should already have been there. Now we start first a few years ...(Read More)


Phuket water-supply pipeline from Phang Nga approved by Cabinet

It would seem that creating new and enlarging existing reservoirs in Phuket would be much more effic...(Read More)


TripAdvisor blocks 1mn fake reviews

Comical. There's a pricey restaurant here in Kamala that was getting mixed reviews back in the ...(Read More)


Patong bar owner ‘Sia Auan’ gets life for double murder

Petty jealousy and 'little boys' with guns. Life is cheap here....(Read More)


Phuket water-supply pipeline from Phang Nga approved by Cabinet

Looking like more poor planning here...just robbing Peter to pay Paul, while doing little to address...(Read More)


NACC busts school kickbacks

About accused of criminal activities 'school directors/officials', what is happening next? C...(Read More)


Thai Navy seize IUU boat off Phuket

It is remarkable that always the highest thai generals/admirals/Colonels show up at press conference...(Read More)


Pa Khlok powerless as electricity poles collapse

When we witness how deep power poles are placed ( better say: 'shallow') no one wonders anym...(Read More)


Europe trade body wants end to TM30

In the name of National Security! National Security?? Only on Immigration working days from 08:30...(Read More)


Thai Navy seize IUU boat off Phuket

Have a look at OneOcean's 3rd World European Website. It is a Not For Profit Non-Government outf...(Read More)