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Villagers protest new Phuket shipyard

Villagers protest new Phuket shipyard

PHUKET: Some 200 people from Phuket’s fishing industry gathered at a public meeting held yesterday (Sept 3) to protest the government’s support for a new shipyard to be built on Koh Siray.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Friday 4 September 2020, 01:09PM

Marsan Public Company Limited held the public hearing to gain feedback on the project, which will see a new shipyard and boat repair yard built on 66 rai near Phuket Fishing Pier belonging to the Phuket Fishing Pier Fisheries Organization.

Marsan has been selected to develop the project.

Led by Somyot Wongboonyakul, President of the Phuket Fishermen’s Association, the 200-strong group of protesters held banners denouncing the project, accusing it of being conducted only for personal gain and claiming that Phuket’s fishing fleet did not need another shipyard.

The group urged the government to stop supporting the project, and asked for the shipyard to be built elsewhere.

Phatthawin Chongwisarn, Chief Executive Officer of Marson Public Company Limited, explained that the shipyard was to support the building and repair of fishing boats, cruise ships and yachts from the tourism industry.

The aim of the project was to have more vessels built and repaired in Phuket, instead of going outside the country to have shipworks completed abroad.

“In the past, our company has developed quality systems and certified standards in all aspects. Therefore, in developing a part of the area at the Phuket Fishing Port to become a shipyard and ship repair facility, we can be confident that we will be able to manage the project efficiently and provide quality work, and not affect the environment, and uphold the necessary occupational health and safety standards,” he said.

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“The company has assigned Innovation Consultant Company Limited to prepare a report on the study of measures to prevent and correct the impact on the quality of life of local residents, protect the environment and uphold the safety of the project required in order to apply for a factory business license. If the villagers still do not agree, this will be further reviewed,” he said.

The project was one of the complaints presented to MP Rangsiman Rome, who is spokesman of the House of Law, Justice and Human Rights committee, during his visit to Phuket last month.

Also of note is that the project is to be built in Moo 1 Rassada, where local villagers have already held a protest calling for an investigation into allegations of corruption against village chief Maitri Duangchan.

“For 10 years as the village head, he has never held any public hearings about anything that affects us,” villager Suthon Pontha said during the protest last month.

“This headman never informed villagers about a construction project at Koh Siray that affected the lives of local residents. He also has asked for bribes from fishing pier owners and taxi drivers at the queues at a hotel on Koh Siray,” he alleged.


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LALALA | 05 September 2020 - 20:10:33

Galong, this virus is a flue like corona virus, a bit more aggressive but not really that deadly as the media want to make us believe hence I not see the reason to wear a mask and till now I successfully refrained from doing so. 

Jor12 | 05 September 2020 - 18:43:26

lol...malczx... so everyone with a mask in the photo has covid and wearing it so others wouldn't contract it? The one with no mask is covid free. 

Galong | 05 September 2020 - 17:22:59

@harald OMG, what an absurd position. There are plenty of studies that prove that quality masks offer protection. Even cheap mask offer various levels of protection. You are quite simply wrong. BTW, your English is impressive. I'll bet you've misspelled your name here. 

malczx7r | 05 September 2020 - 14:48:46

Harald, masks aren't to prevent you catching it but to prevent a person with the virus expelling the virus in their breath, the same reason a surgeon was a mask to prevent any germs from them going into the patient!

harald | 05 September 2020 - 12:48:43

@ Galong. only stupids wearing masks believing this is a protation against a flu virus. not even a certificated ppt3 mask protect again this virus. 

harald | 05 September 2020 - 12:43:33

i guess this demonstators were well paid to demonstrate. from others marinas and others fearing loosing money. as more marinas phuket get as better is it for business competion. for sure some with ripping off prices for rent small sailing yachts and so on will at least suffer a little bit

Kurt | 05 September 2020 - 09:58:46

Put hold on all projects on Phuket until after the local elections. The present local government settings did fade away from what the people like/want. It became non democratic 'power stations'. Not serving the people.

Galong | 05 September 2020 - 09:02:21

So, there is ONE PERSON with a mask on. The others aren't covering their noses or simply aren't wearing one.  


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