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PHUKET TOWN: Over 1,000 people last night flocked to a rally organized by the Democrat party to launch Phuket MP Anchalee Vanich-Thepabutr as its candidate for the March 14 election to choose a new President of the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor). Also on the podium at the outdoor Chatuchak market on Phang-nga Rd were the glamorous and popular Abisit Vejjajiva, the Democrats’ Deputy Leader, and Chamni Sakdiseth, the party’s Deputy Secretary. The turnout far exceeded those at the launch of the other two candidates – independent Wisut Santikun and Samroeng Chaisorn, who is backed by Thai Rak Thai (TRT) – an indication of the Democrats’ enduring popularity in Phuket. K. Abisit told the crowd that in the old days people thought local politics were not important but nowadays things had changed and local politics were much more important in many countries around the world. He stressed that the Democrat Party, while in government, had pushed for the devolution of power from Bangkok to the provinces, but that the TRT government had not been willing to loosen its grip on the nation. Although the Government might not be keen on giving more power to the provinces, he said, it would be difficult, given current trends and the intent of the Thai Constitution, for the TRT to resist devolution. People could not yet choose provincial governors, he admitted, but at least now they could choose representatives to work for them directly, such as OrBorJor presidents. “K. Anchalee has made a decision to work for the people of Phuket,” he said, referring to the former party-list MP’s startling decision to step down from her seat in Parliament and run for OrBorJor President. “Phuket is important to Thailand in many ways, so any person who is involved in administering this special province should be special as well. “The Democrat Party sees her potential and wants to support her in leading Phuket through the changes to come.” K. Chamni described K. Anchalee as “an outstanding person for Phuket because she has been elected as MP four times in a row.” “This is the first time a national politician has decided to move back into local politics. It’s a deeper level of politics because Phuket is the international city in many ways, including education, tourism, commerce and investment.” He explained that in future local bodies would be more important to the development of cities than national ones. “Her decision [to run for OrBorJor President fits in well with] the Democrat Party vision of working by devolving power to local organizations such as municipalities and OrBorJor. Now there is a chance for people, if they choose us, to be a part of those organizations. “The party considers only those people who are suitable. Some may suit a role as MPs while others may be more suitable as administrators,” he added. “Not everyone can be an MP or a minister.” K. Chamni said that the Democrats would not be fielding candidates in all the coming OrBorJor elections, but only in those provinces they consider particularly important. K. Anchalee told the audience, “The party’s decision [to back my candidature] was made for a number of reasons. “The first is that Phuket is the famous tourist destination and earns more than 50 billion baht a year for the country, but also has many problems such as labor and the environment. “The CEO Governor system, which is a Government policy, seems to be concentrating administrative power [in Bangkok], so we need to have someone elected by the people to balance this power.” Addressing rumors that she had resigned as MP because the party had not appointed her to a senior post, she said, “This was just an attempt by some people to discredit me. It is Democrat Party’s strategy and vision to share administrative power with local organizations. That is why I am doing this. “I believe that the Democrats will win more seats in Parliament in the next election because people know very well that we understand their problems and that we will solve those problems in a long term. “From now on, local and national politics will be inseparable.”



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Mariam the young Krabi dugong dies

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The Phuket Marine Biological Centre has announced the sad news about the special young dugong ‘Mariam’, who was found in Krabi back on April 26.

Young Mariam died earlier today.

The centre posted on its official Facebook page that the vet team found that she’d stopped breathing and her pulse had stopped as well, so they brought her out of the water to try and stimulate breathing.

Initially, they found that she was still responding from her eyes so they return her back to the pond. After checking the pulse, they found that it stopped again so they used some veterinary medications to keep her alive and pulled her out of the water for a second time.

She was pronounced dead at midnight today.

In a post mortem the vets found that Mariam had consumed a quantity of plastic that may have been previously undetectable.

“Rest in peace Mariam, our little angel,” says the PMBC post.

Read some more about Mariam HERE.

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Government MP receives death threats after exposing illegal condo project in Phuket

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PHOTO: Sira Jenjaka MP, says he has received death threats

A government MP for Bangkok says he has received death threats for revealing a Phuket condo project that allegedly sits on land without the proper documentation. The project, at this stage, remains un-named.

Sira Jenjaka is an MP with the ruling Palang Pracharat Party and claims that two people had already died as a result of revealing the problems with the project.

He alleges the land documents had been revoked by the Administrative court in the past and says he will petition the Justice Ministry to have the project probed by the DSI (Department of Special Investigation).

Mr Sira says the un-named condo project, located in Tambon Karon (below), occupies land where the Nor Sor 3 Kor land ownership papers were revoked by the Administrative Court. He has alleged that the project is owned by a “retired high-ranking policeman”.

“If government officials were found to be involved in the alleged malpractice, the state could be sued for damages worth billions of baht”, according to a quote in the Bangkok Post.

He said that the potential buyers of the condominium apartments are mostly foreigners.

Mr Sirat said he planned to ask the Phuket governor to suspend the local mayor for alleged negligence in connection with the condominium project. He will also speak to the Phuket governor suspend construction of the project and cancel any contractor’s licences.

The MP says that some state officials may have their authority and been complicit in the approval of the Nor Sor 3 Kor document.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Turtle rescued on Nai Harn Beach, Phuket

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PHOTO: Aroon Solos

Today (August 15) at about 1pm, the lifeguard team at Nai Harn Beach rescued a small turtle, which had become stuck in a fertiliser sack.

They found the turtle washed up ashore with the sack wrapped up around its neck. They tried to carefully remove the sack from the turtle’s neck but found that the turtle had been injured around the neck so they contacted the Phuket Marine Biological Centre to take the turtle back to the centre for further examination and treatment.

Well done to the lifesavers at Nai Harn.

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