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Uproar in Phuket over Expo row

PHUKET: Local administrative bodies across the province are up in arms against Interior permanent secretary Suthipong Juljarern’s suggestion that the province drop its planned bid to host the Specialised Expo 2028.


By Bangkok Post

Thursday 5 January 2023, 08:34AM


Interior permanent secretary Suthipong Juljarern. Photo: Interior Ministry

Interior permanent secretary Suthipong Juljarern. Photo: Interior Ministry

Mr Suthipong made the suggestion recently, saying the province should consider not seeking to host the global event if it cannot deal with its waste problem, reports the Bangkok Post.

His remark prompted all 19 tambon administrative organisations (TAOs) in Phuket and the Phuket Provincial Administrative Organisation (PPAO) to submit an urgent letter to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Wednesday (Jan 4) to reiterate the province’s readiness to host the Specialised Expo 2028.

On hand to receive the letter from TAO executives led by PPAO President Rewat Areerob were the Phuket Vice Governors Amnuay Pinsuwan and Anupap Rodkwan Yodrabam.

The letter says the expo would sharpen the country’s competitiveness in medical tourism and reinforce its position as a medical hub and a world-class provider of medical tourism services.

Thailand made a name for itself after hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) 2022 summit in November last year, which shows the country can be a venue for other world events, they said.

This could boost Phuket’s chances of winning the right to organise the 2028 expo, which carries the theme “Future of Life: Living in Harmony, Sharing Prosperity”, according to the letter.

Mr Amnuay said he would pass the letter on to the Interior Ministry. The local bodies had shown they are willing to play host of the expo, he said. The province has also shown resilience in pulling through critical problems such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent floods, the vice governor added.

Meanwhile, Mr Suthipong admitted he made the suggestion during a meeting with senior officials of the Interior Ministry via a video conference on Dec 27. The meeting was to follow up on key policies, including waste management.

He was also depicted in a video clip telling the meeting to find measures to take care of the garbage, particularly in Phuket where he was told by the Department of Local Administration of the need to ramp up local participation in managing wet waste produced by households.

The department said that only 1.28% of households in Phuket took part in the management of wet waste. He instructed the provincial office to campaign for effective garbage handling and disposal.

He said his remark about dropping the bid to host the expo was meant to motivate the province to work harder to take better care of the environment. He had no intention of undermining the province. Mr Suthipong earlier drew flak for berating a subordinate during a video conference meeting.

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Prab | 06 January 2023 - 10:19:52

Suthipong will be persecuted for false information or blackmailed him and his family for clearly speaking the true... 

Fascinated | 05 January 2023 - 14:29:30

Hurt feelings for someone stating they are below par- how old are these people? maybe if they got their act in order things would be different.

Old guy | 05 January 2023 - 10:14:03

Or, instead of all the normal Thai doubletalk and bull, they could actually clean things up. 

Kurt | 05 January 2023 - 09:45:09

I compliment Secretary Suthipong! Indeed, let Phuket Officialdom first tackle all the long time existing Phuket infra structural/environment problems instead of starting new-new doings onder the banner of Expo-28, instead of the commission money trough flow securing.

 

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