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Cash giveaway creates crowds, confusion

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Cash giveaway creates crowds, confusion | The Thaiger


PHUKET CITY: The first day for mid- and low-wage workers to pick up 2,000-baht checks offered under the government’s economic stimulus package saw a huge crowd form at Phuket Community Hall in Phuket City on yesterday.

Many people were confused by the process, which involves first making a trip to the nearby Social Security Office to see what day the checks will become available.

Those whose names were on the first of three batches were then able to pick up the check at the Community Hall, about half a kilometer away.

Island-wide, about 7,000 people got checks on the first day.

Qualified residents were able to cash the checks on the spot at a table set up by Bangkok Bank.

Central Festival and Big C also had booths and offered recipients extra purchasing power in the form of gift vouchers worth Bt2,200 and Bt2,100 for people exchanging the checks at their department stores.

The period to pick up the checks runs until April 8.

The checks are available to civil servants and those with jobs registered with the Social Security Fund making less than 15,000 baht per month. Foreigners are not eligible.

Over 100,000 people in Phuket’s three districts (Muang, Kathu, Thalang) will receive checks, which the government hopes they will pump back into the economy by spending.

Residents in most of Muang District can pick up their checks at Phuket Community Hall, where the checks will become available in batches determined in alphabetical order by surnames.

Residents of Chalong, Rawai and Karon will get their checks at Muang Phuket School in Rawai on April 2 to 8.

Thalang residents can pick up checks at Thalang Pranangsang School until April 8.

In Kathu, the checks will be available at Kathu Wittaya School from March 26 to 28 and at Wat Suwankeereewong School in Patong from March 29 to April 8.

Phuket Social Security Office head Pontip Tanthai told the Gazette she was confident that all those eligible for checks would get them and that nobody would be left out.

Most of the recipients the Gazette spoke to said they planned to spend the money on household goods needed by their families.

Similar scenes took place yesterday across the country. Overall, some eight million people will receive the checks, which make up about 10% of the government’s 117-billion-baht stimulus package.

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Democrats toppled in Phuket

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Democrats toppled in Phuket | The Thaiger

PHOTO: Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva resigned the leadership position last night amid dismal polls around the country

The Democrat Party in Phuket, once a reliable strong-hold of Democrat votes, has yielded its customary monopoly, ceding two House seats to the junta-aligned Phalang Pracharat Party.

The unofficial tally, as of late last night, gave Phalang Pracharat’s Sutha Prateep na Thalang the victory in Constituency 1 with 32,338 votes.

He beat Democrat Rewat Areerob, who got 25,198 votes.

The voter turnout was 70.80 per cent.

In Constituency 2, Natthee Thinsakhu of Phalang Pracharat beat Democrat Chaiyos Panyawai, 26,787 votes to 23,492.

Voter turnout was 72.57 per cent.

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Guyanese arrested over ‘magic’ bank note scam in Phuket

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Guyanese arrested over ‘magic’ bank note scam in Phuket | The Thaiger

PHOTOS: Surachete Hakparn

A Guyanese man has been arrested in Phuket after the owner of a local language school reported a money scammer with an unusual scam.

The Immigration Bureau Chief Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn reports that they have arrested the Guyanese man named Abdul Kalam Azad Sattaur at a mansion in Phuket Town last Friday.

The arrest follows a Thai woman, the owner of a language school in Phuket, filing a report to the Thalang Police that a suspect used a fake Facebook and LINE account and claimed that he was an American man who had worked in Syria.

He told the woman that he will send a security box which contained blank papers and a special liquid that would turn the blank paper into bank notes when she added the special liquid.

He claimed that the total money was 650,000 US dollar, about 20 million baht.

He said that the woman had to pay him an amount before he would send the security box. The victim had transferred money to the man’s bank account 10 times, a total of about 9 million baht.

Beware of magic bank notes!

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Russian ‘mafia’ suspect arrested in Phuket

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Russian ‘mafia’ suspect arrested in Phuket | The Thaiger

PHOTO: Siam Rath/Thai Immigration

A male Russian ‘mafia’ identity has been arrested in Chalong, wanted over a number of alleged offenses in his home country.

Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn says, “Officers have arrested a Russian man named Igor Tretiakov (spelt as ‘Ior’ on the Immigration poster), at an apartment in Chalong last Friday.”

“We were notified from the Russian Embassy about the man wanted over a number of ‘mafia’ style offenses in Russian. He was living in Thailand using a tourist visa.”

“He has threatened and extorted many people in Russian and then fled to Thailand. His visa will be revoked and he will be deported back to Russia to face charges.”

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