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Prab, Tiger Kingdom push for new Patong Hill road

Prab, Tiger Kingdom push for new Patong Hill road

PHUKET: Preechawude ‘Prab’ Keesin, head of the Pisona Group of companies in Patong, and the owner of the Tiger Kingdom tourism attraction in Kathu, has donated B300,000 to officials for the development of a new road up the Kathu side of Patong Hill.

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By The Phuket News

Wednesday 2 November 2022, 11:13AM


The donation was handed over yesterday (Nov 1), confirmed a report by the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department (PR Phuket).

The report noted that the donation was made by the Patong Development Foundation, “as a road construction operator”.

“Dr Preechawude” is Founder of the Patong Development Foundation, the report said.

The money was given to the foundation by Tiger Kingdom Phuket, managed by Managing Director “Major General” Kochakorn Chaibutt, added the report.

The report did not explain why Maj Gen Kochakorn or Tiger Kingdom did not make the donation directly to officials, instead of directing it through the foundation.

The report also did not confirm exactly which official or government agency the donation was made to.

The report did not even explain exactly what the donation is for.

The donation is to facilitate the creation of a new road up the Kathu side of Patong Hill, starting from behind the Patong Go-Kart Speedway on Phra Barami Rd in Kathu to the Chao Pho Suea Shrine at the top of the hill.

The opening of the new road would be of direct benefit to Tiger Kingdom, which is located some 500 metres from the Go-Kart track. The road would give the Tiger Kingdom tourism attraction, which keeps tigers in captivity, direct four-wheeled road access to tourists staying in Patong.

The road will be about 2.5 kilometres long and is expected to be completed within two weeks, said the report.

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“It is currently in the process of resurfacing the road and slope adjustment before pouring concrete to make it a standard road,” the report said.

The road will be open for public use.

“People can travel safely. It will accelerate the process to be completed in November as a backup route instead of the main road ‘Kathu-Patong’, which is currently being renovated,” the report said.

The report made no mention of what is to happen at the top of the hill where vehicles using the new road will join traffic over the hill. The road over Patong Hill is currently open to motorbikes only.

“We have now cleared the entire route, a distance of about 2.5km, but we still need to adjust the slope of the route in some parts so that cars can use the route easily,” Mr Preechawude said.

“And we will speed up the work to make this reserve road usable in the next two weeks,” he added.

“Accelerating the construction of this road will not only solve the problems of traveling in and out of the Patong area, it is also very important to the economy of the Patong area. We are now entering the [tourism] high season, when businesses in the Patong area and the local economy are expected to be active again after having to stagnate until the town almost became abandoned during the COVID-19 crisis,” Mr Preechawude said.

“Patong can’t miss this opportunity. This year’s high season is everyone’s hope. This alternate road is like seizing an ‘opportunity’ that is slipping away, to get it back into our hands again.

“Everyone has made sacrifices for this road, which does not cut through only my land. Many other landowners have made sacrifices as well,” he said.

“In addition, many people have contributed to the construction of this reserve road through Bangla Road Entertainment Entrepreneurs Club and the Patong Development Foundation. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their strength. Thank you for participating in the development of Patong, our home town,” Mr Preechawude concluded.

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Capricornball | 03 November 2022 - 18:45:13

So, the benevolent Prab gets his personal vice pipeline to keep people flowing into his prostitution dens, while the main animal abusing crook can also get some new exposure to his drugged animals. Mark my words, this ram-rod road will be plagued with failures in no time, but officials and their owners only looking as far as the coming high baht season. Inmates running the asylum once again.

Prab | 03 November 2022 - 15:03:16

300K official donation and surely another 30+M split in few different envelope not to bother with permit and all things .. this is the great example on how to survive here ..hehe most here in this forum should learn where and who need to pay for anything lol 

skorchio | 03 November 2022 - 14:40:36

the opportunity he refers to is probably to get that tract of land opened for development - which is probably blocked at the moment. Anyway 2 weeks to build 2.5km of road with a steep gradient? LMFAO .......

Prab | 03 November 2022 - 13:37:25

@JohnC,
not only the tiger park, he own all the Pisona group and that include: Half of banglar, illuzion, Kudo, patong bayHill, he is the leader of taxi and tukTuk cartels, a bunch of hotels  all in Patong, and another 250 company in Phuket... so this is purely on his own interest and no one dare to ever stop him... his Father use to kill, he is a bit more flexible but still do what he want.. 

maverick | 03 November 2022 - 10:19:22

Good to see the rapid response to the unfortunate land slip - will reduce the dependence on Patong Hill in the future and spread the traffic load especially in high season - cynics on this forum of course have another view this is a developing country after all - we all have choices rather than being GOM :-) 

JohnC | 03 November 2022 - 09:41:55

So the owner of the Phuket Animal Abuse Kingdom is now trying to further his own interests by getting as much media attention as he can by appearing to do something good for a change. A very untrustworthy person indeed...

Kurt | 03 November 2022 - 01:05:42

Collapsing Patong Hill Rd, and in less than 2 weeks time private people from Patong Republic already constructing a new road? Out of the blue! Not a single word about it from Land Office, the 4 Governors, the Mayors of Kathu and Patong?  No requests/consideration time for all permits/licenses needed? Budgetting ?  What a difference with Kata Hill repairs. What do I miss to understand here?

Prab | 02 November 2022 - 12:08:31

here we are, the real ruler of this island making his own road to save his village of Patong .. and surely "standard concrete" ...  his father over developed all possible corner to patong and his now doing the same with the forest areas left now..300K for him is less than change money.. 

Kurt | 02 November 2022 - 12:05:33

"This alternate rd is like seizing a opportunity that is slipping away, to get it back in our hands again". Clear statement. So, they roll out openly the red carpet bribe machinery to grip back what they feel they lost. Just follow the money. Even a Major-General involved. Long live the heavy guns. For 300,000THB no one gets a new road. This year's High Season every one's hope? G...

Fascinated | 02 November 2022 - 11:50:00

Now our 'scion' is a 'Dr' is he? what next title will be endowed on this great philanthropist? The whole thing reeks of envelopes and profiteering.

 

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