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Prab’s brother enters election for Patong Mayor

Prab’s brother enters election for Patong Mayor

PHUKET: Pakrit Keesin, younger brother to influential Patong businessman Preechawut ‘Prab’ Keesin, has announced that he will contest the seat of mayor in the upcoming municipal election in Patong to be held on Mar 28.

By The Phuket News

Monday 25 January 2021, 01:13PM

Mr Pakrit, whose nickname is ‘Puen’, the Thai word for “gun” [Mr Pakrit chooses to spell his nickname this way], made the announcement at The Royal Paradise Hotel & Spa in Patong yesterday (Jan 24).

The announcement came as the Rak Patong Party announced all their candidates for the Patong municipal election.

Rak Patong Party was founded in 1994 by Mr Pakrit and Mr Prab’s father, longstanding Patong Mayor Pian Keesin. Mr Pian led the party until his death in 2014.

Mr Pakrit has now taken on the role of leader of the Rak Patong Party.

Mr Pakrit announced at the press conference yesterday that the Rak Patong Party is an alternative political party that aims to help resolve problems of the Patong people, from local residents to businesses.

“Patong needs a leader with a good international perspective. He must not only have good policies, but must also listen to the local people – especially in this current situation,” Mr Pakrit said.

“We must be aware of basic well-being, including basic utilities, the needs of the people and stimulating tourism to the international level, especially during the COVID-19 crisis,” he added.

Asked why his brother Mr Prab is not running for election, Mr Pakrit explained, “He has to mainly take care of the family’s business.”

“I want to follow up and carry on our father’s will in order to listen and solve problems of people,” Mr Pakrit said, adding that when he was young he often went on field trips with his father while Mr Pian was in office as Mayor of Patong.

“I want to follow the quote that my father always said, ‘Nayok na dam prachachon nasai’ [Dark-faced mayor, bright-faced people],” Mr Pakrit added.

The Rak Patong candidates announced yesterday, all men, were:

Patong Voting District 1: Manot Thonghom, Wasan Chaisit, Charuay Phet-heung, Somchai Kwanyuen, Prasitichai Patkor and Mana Panchalard.

Patong Voting District 2: Thanin Attasap, Sahat Tamchu, Wirat Prateep Na Thalang, Banyat Somnam, Suthikan Vanyanaporn and Boontan Piromrit.

Patong Voting District 3: Manit Yuyen, Pritsapakom Setthong, Pongpisut Kitkosab, Methasit Kanjana, Sanakorn Keesin and Saichon Sombat.

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Kurt | 31 January 2021 - 11:13:46

Do study the face photo of this Keesin family member who runs for Patong mayor. What do you see?  1 Keesin running Patong business + 1 Keesin running Patong government wise?  A disaster. To many eggs in 1 family basket.

Kurt | 25 January 2021 - 23:01:00

...This is not a man with 'international perspective'.  Patong perhaps complete in hands of the Keesin family, business wise and government wise.? Wow, a family dream. Poor Patong.

Kurt | 25 January 2021 - 22:57:07

May be a next Patong Mayor of the infamous Keesin business family? With the nick name 'Gun'?
Hope for Patong they prey that 'Gun' not become Mayor. I will pity the Patong residents with such Mayor. Hope we read soon what this guy so far established in public service. Guess they only know him about 'business' doing till now. This is not a man with 'international perspec...

Fascinated | 25 January 2021 - 22:38:51

Nice to see them keeping Patong in the family. Anywhere else there would be a conflict of interest with his brother's position but in Patong its clear who runs the place. They just had a break while someone else had a piece of the pie.

Capricornball | 25 January 2021 - 13:47:52

Ahhh...enough beating around the bush...let's just dive straight into mob rule for all to see, rather than having it operate under-cover.  This is a classic case of letting the fox guard the chicken house.  This seems like a REALLY bad idea for law in order and for trying to stem corruption.  I hope, for the sake of Phuketians, that this never happens.


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