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Popular Phuket night market caught selling alcohol – again

PHUKET: After a week of warnings issued to vendors across Phuket for illegally promoting and selling alcohol at New Year, Phuket Provincial Health Office have postponed taking any action against vendors at a popular market near Samkong School until next week.

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By The Phuket News

Friday 9 March 2018, 11:37AM


Vendors at Chillva Market in Samkong have been caught out selling alcohol again, despite being caught illegally selling and promoting alcohol on multiples counts – including trading on expired licences – at New Year. Photo: Supplied

Vendors at Chillva Market in Samkong have been caught out selling alcohol again, despite being caught illegally selling and promoting alcohol on multiples counts – including trading on expired licences – at New Year. Photo: Supplied

Dr Prapa Nakara, who as Director of the PPHO’s Non-communicable Diseases division directly heads the enforcement of alcohol-related regulations on the island, told The Phuket News earlier this week that her office was unaware that vendors at the popular Chillva Market in Samkong were still promoting and selling alcohol, despite a raid at the market on Dec 26.

During the raid, health officials explained that no vendors at Chillva Market were permitted to sell alcohol at all, nevermind promote it, as the market was within 300 metres of a school.

Worse, it was also discovered that the operators of the seven bars at the market were selling alcohol on the pretence that they were legal – but could only provide permits that had already expired a year earlier. (See story here.)

The raid initially was aimed at bringing the vendors into line as they were flagrantly breaking alcohol-promotion laws by promoting and providing two-for-one deals, special discounts and including alcohol among the “specials” along with food.

The return of alcohol sales at the market came to light with a visitor presenting photographs showing a venue plainly promoting alcohol on a board outside its premises.

“We will start collecting evidence on this, starting with this sign,” Dr Prapha said.

“These vendors have already been warned – and been found breaking the law – about the illegal sale and promotion of alcohol.

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“Next, I must send a warning notice to that business and send a formal request to local police and the municipality asking them to do their job. I have to tell them,” Dr Prapa said.

However, she added, “I am not available right now as I have working in Bangkok. I will follow up next week.”

After the raids over the Christmas holidays in December, Dr Prapa said that from Dec 29, the PPHO had been ordered to take legal action against any offenders caught breaking the law, follownig orders from Bangkok.

“Also, any offenders caught will be reported to the Office of the Alcohol Control Committee in Bangkok,” Dr Prapha said.

However, the actual enforcement will be left to the police, Dr Prapha admitted.

“All of these provisions are for the local police to enforce. If the police do nothing, there is nothing the PPHO can do,” she said. (See story here.)

 

 

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Kurt | 09 March 2018 - 12:32:32

Vendors were warned, now get another warning notice. Why?
-Police and Municipality will be requested to do their job! Why?Not ordered?
And:
-Actual enforcement will be left to the Police. Great news for Vendors.
-If the police do nothing there is nothing PPHO can do! Great for vendors and police.
Vendors and Police must be very happy for getting space to deal in harmony with each other.

malczx7r | 09 March 2018 - 11:55:48

Selling alcohol within 300 metres of a school, because no school kid has a motorbike and can drive further!  Maybe the retailer should ask for proof of age, all Thais carry ID cards right? Logical, but then that's not how things work here.

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