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Phuket shakedowns, extortion, corruption not on list of ‘urgent issues’ handed to army

PHUKET: Despite the ongoing headlines, illegal hotels and the corruption allegations into Phuket officials extorting money from migrant workers and targeting other foreign workers in cash shakedowns were not identified as key areas that Phuket officials needed assistance from the Royal Thai Army in resolving.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 7 February 2017, 02:31PM

The commander of the Royal Thai Army’s main base in Southern Thailand was handed a list of top issues that need “urgent” attention at a meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday afternoon yesterday (Feb 6).

Lt Gen Piyawat Nakwanit, Commander of the Army Region 4 headquarters in Nakhon Sri Thammarat, and his Deputy Commander Maj Gen Pornsak Poonsawat, were handed the list, as defined by Phuket Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan.

Also present at the meeting were Phuket Provincial Police Chief Maj Gen Teerapol Thipjaroen and Phuket Vice Governors Snith Sriwihok and Siwaporn Chuasawad.

“We have come to support the government of Phuket in dealing with – and improve on – issues that affect the people of Phuket and tourists,” Maj Gen Pornsak said.

V/Gov Snith explained that Governor Chockchai had identified key areas that need attention. Among the problems that needed “urgent attention” were the beaches, parking areas for rental vehicles, encroachment on public land, illegal hotels, foreign workers, illegal guides, public transport, security inside Phuket International Airport and security across the island, namely through the police checkpoints.

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However, at the meeting, the long list of problems plaguing Phuket was cut down and re-organised into three main categories that were to be given top priority.

First were the beaches, with sun loungers, umbrellas, hawkers, beach vendors, rental vehicle parking areas, illegal buildings and other encroachment onto public land identified as the top concerns.

The second most urgent area needing corrective action was public transport, which included parking areas, driver’s licences, fares, and of great importance, the issue of drivers’ uniforms.

The airport and security checkpoints across the island was noted as the third area needing attention.
No recommendations for action were made at the meeting.

Apparently that is to be addressed at another meeting to be held on a date yet to be confirmed.



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simon01 | 07 February 2017 - 19:08:59

Ha Ha. Non of these are the main problems. These are just the small time petty issues. of course they dont want help with corruption as if they said that was a problem then they will be opening themselves and their offices, friends, family and everyone they work with open to investigation. There will be no one to look into it as no one will " really investigate themselves. Sun loungers are a...

KCPhuket | 07 February 2017 - 17:17:48

Extortion corruption is a merry go round here. No one wants to get off and they sure dont want it to stop. More important to chase the beach chairs. Sad

Kurt | 07 February 2017 - 17:14:02

Phuket shakedowns, extortion, corruption, not on Governor's list of 'urgent issues' handed to army.
That says enough. Yes?

It is about time that Central Government in Bangkok clarifies what is the job/function of a Governor on Phuket.

Phuket thai/expat/tourist community deserves that.

Phuket needs a captain on the ship, not swerving nothing saying dolls.

Kurt | 07 February 2017 - 16:47:53

Mr Somkiat Tankitvanich, Thailand Development Research Institution Chief said today in BangkokPost:
.."Government must prove quickly it is committed to wiping out corruption"...
It seems Phuket is not included.

Kurt | 07 February 2017 - 16:34:41

Not a single recommendation made at that meeting?
A shame. It was about urgent issues, yes?
A meeting about long time problems Touristic Phuket is suffering.
This mentioned meeting looks like a class of school boys had a morning/afternoon out, with drinks.

Thai:..Next time meeting we talk about the same, but do nothing.
Why should we? 

Nasa123 | 07 February 2017 - 16:11:12

What every body ned in Immigration in Phuket are CCTV Camera ? Whay you don`t do that BIG Money ?

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