THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Phuket Opinion: Progress meets Phuket

PHUKET: The recent order from the PM Prayut for Governor Chockchai to be transferred after just six months in office highlight’s the seemingly intractable issues that face the island and the lack of direct impact the governor, any governor, has when it comes to addressing them.

politicscrimecorruptioneconomics
By The Phuket News

Sunday 9 April 2017, 09:00AM


Chockchai Dejamornthan had his hands full from Day One of his term in as Governor of Phuket, Photo: PR Dept

Chockchai Dejamornthan had his hands full from Day One of his term in as Governor of Phuket, Photo: PR Dept

Dr Chockchai’s whirlwind romance with Phuket, his “dream” posting, began in late September last year, just weeks before the country would be plunged into mourning. To his credit, Dr Chockchai fulfilled his duty as the Phuket’s highest official admirably and has helped guide the island through this difficult period calmly and competently.

But is wasn’t long before the many critical issues that face Phuket reared their hydra-like heads and forced Dr Chockchai to take a position. First came the old chestnut of virgin beaches, which initially seemed like a cut-and-dried issue to the Governor – the law calls for virgin beaches, therefore we shall have virgin beaches, he said, with a charming innocence that would soon be confronted by the reality of Phuket.

His first backtrack on the beaches, to allow 10% zones to be re-established, set the tone for the many rude awakenings he would receive during his tenure as Governor of Phuket. Again, to his credit, the Governor was quick to correctly identify some of the major problems in Phuket.

EPL Prediction Competition 2018-2019

He announced his “Top Five issues” to tackle as: “Organising” Phuket’s beaches; taxi management; land encroachment and wastewater management; mafia and entertainment venues; and gambling and corruption. A good start, but let’s not forget sea gypsy land rights, lack of public transport, illegal hotels, waste management and road safety.

It’s a pretty big laundry list for any politician to tackle, but Dr Chockchai gave it a red hot go. He declared a war on motorbike-riders without helmets, told illegal hotels they would be demolished if they didn’t register, championed a local business consortium’s plans for a public transport network, signed a petition to the PM asking to extend trading hours in Bangla Rd, launched Keep Phuket Clean’, ordered probes into corrupt officials and launched recycling initiatives.

Wow, did he really do all that in six months? I hear you say. Well... not exactly, but he certainly did say that’s what he was doing. For an official that can be arbitrarily moved from his position after less than six months on a whim of the PM, with no reason given, that’s about all he could have done.

 

 

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.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

Foot | 09 April 2017 - 18:13:53

The best thing Dr Chockchai did was to attempt to make Phuket a legitimate tourism destination.  Hopefully, whoever comes next will continue the effort.
If so, business and real estate will rebound from the last three years of decline.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Phuket van driver falls asleep at the wheel, slams into street lamp

Judging by the way these van driver drive I thought they were all asleep at the wheel...(Read More)


Phuket Immigration to launch ‘Drive Thru’ service

I am sitting in car at right side, the way you have to Drive Thru should be the other way around whe...(Read More)


Thais arrested for charging ‘access fees’ to Freedom Beach

"Typical Thai low life scum...." Once again, feel the love from P44!...(Read More)


Phuket van driver falls asleep at the wheel, slams into street lamp

Here we see the RTP nationality discrimination thinking. A few days ago a Philippina lady was charg...(Read More)


Hanoi ‘must end eating of dogs before Formula 1 arrives’

We learnt here that dogs can actively help the mentally handicapped,the lonely and even those with a...(Read More)


Thais arrested for charging ‘access fees’ to Freedom Beach

Typical Thai low life scum, extorting foreigners seems like a national past time, they should be mad...(Read More)


Thais arrested for charging ‘access fees’ to Freedom Beach

Really, so before it was made a protected national forest it was okay to charge "foreigner"...(Read More)


Thais arrested for charging ‘access fees’ to Freedom Beach

Freedom Beach has been a few years ago also under the 'Authorities' magnify glass. For same ...(Read More)


Phuket Immigration to launch ‘Drive Thru’ service

.... Already more than a year you not have to fill out any form for 90 day report. The Immigration ...(Read More)