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Phuket Opinion: Making it personal

Phuket Opinion: Making it personal

PHUKET: Palang Pracharath Party Member of Parliament Sira Jenjara pulled no punches this week, telling Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana to his face that he can be expecting to be hearing about investigations by the Ministry of Justice and the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) over construction of The Peaks Residences condo project in Kata Noi.

By The Phuket News

Sunday 25 August 2019, 09:00AM

Palang Pracharath Party MP Sira Jenjara points to an image showing where the condo project has been built during a protest by local residents in Kata Noi last Sunday (Aug 18). Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Palang Pracharath Party MP Sira Jenjara points to an image showing where the condo project has been built during a protest by local residents in Kata Noi last Sunday (Aug 18). Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Mr Sira also made it plain that he will be questioning the Governor’s superiors themselves, the Ministry of Interior in Bangkok, where Mr Sira’s connections are likely to be more direct than those of our provincial head honcho, and asking how such complacency had been allowed under the current governorship.

And that message was delivered literally just after Mr Sira had filed a complaint with the Provincial Ombudsman’s Office to investigate the project.

Even before talking with the Governor, Mr Sira confirmed that he had already contacted Department of Land Director General Prayoon Rattanasenee and filed a formal request to investigate the project.

It’s almost as if Mr Sira knows that if you file enough complaints with the right agencies, you’re bound to hit one that has not been paid enough to take a bullet for allowing a construction project to proceed.

Yet, with the project valued at B2.1 billion, at that price it is possible for enough people around here to provide all the stamps needed.


But the icing on the cake was Mr Sira also announcing that he will be calling on the Anti-Money Laundering Office to investigate the assets owned by and any financial transactions involving any officials involved in the case in any way. That alone is normally enough to prompt most Thai “influential figures” to call off their gunmen.

It’s easy to think that all of this is a bluff, but at his press conference on Wednesday Manassanan Nararattanawee, the CEO of Kata Beach Co Ltd, as the owner of The Peak Residence development, failed to denounce or deny the death threats. Also odd is that no law-enforcement agencies have affirmed that the death threats are to be treated as genuine.

If the death threats are genuine, then whoever made that call just made it personal.

And Mr Sira will have support. His party will not have forgotten the SorPorKor scandal, and the mass corruption behind the theft of huge tracts of state land. Failing to resolve that issue led to the fall of the Democrat government within just six months.

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Kurt | 25 August 2019 - 10:22:17

Lets hope no corruption at high level Phuket Officialdom is playing a role is this affair. That would be very very bad for, and more damaging Phuket's image.

Kurt | 25 August 2019 - 10:17:31

Mr Sira is force fully shaking many trees.
Sure some things will start moving. Probably a start with replacing a few high ranking Phuket Officials.

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