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Don’t pay money under the table, fight it in court – says Employment chief

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PHUKET: All foreigners who believe that they have been wrongfully arrested for breaching the conditions of their work permit must fight for their rights, said the chief of the Phuket Provincial Employment Office (PPEO).

“If the police insist on arresting you, let them do it. If they threaten to detain you, let them. You have the right to deny the charge in court. If you have done nothing wrong, you have nothing to fear,” PPEO chief Yaowapa Pibulpol told the Phuket Gazette last week.

“Do not pay any money ‘under the table’ if officers ask for it. This only encourages corruption.”

Ms Yaowapa was adamant that only genuine cases of foreigners working illegally would be upheld by the court.

“If you are not breaching the conditions of your work permit, Employment Office personnel will present themselves in court to explain to police [and the court] any ‘misunderstandings’ the officers may have had,” she said.

“Let the judge determine whether or not you are guilty. Many foreigners have successfully defended such charges from the police in the past.”

Ms Yaowapa confirmed that no penalties for people breaching the conditions of their work permit include deportation.

“The only people who should worry about being deported over working illegally are those caught working without being issued any kind of work permit. Doing so breaks immigration law, and immigration officers have the right to deport foreigners,” she said.

“Breaching work permit conditions incurs only fines. However, if you continue working after your work permit has expired – that’s a jailable offense.”

Even then, such a penalty can only be handed down by a judge, Ms Yaowapa added (story here).

Deputy Secretary-General of the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Prayong Preeyachitt voiced his full support for Ms Yaowapa.

He even advised wrongly arrested foreigners to take counter-action.

“If police bring you in for questioning, detain you, then send your case to court – and the court finds you not guilty, you have the right to file complaint against those officers,” he said.

Foreigners acquitted by the court could file a complaint at the police station where the officer works, with the officer’s commanding officer, with the PACC or with the Damrongtham center (ombudsman’s office) at Provincial Hall.

Prapan Kanprasang, chief of the Damrongtham Center, assured that his office was willing to investigate claims of police harassment.

“Police have the right to question anyone about suspicious behavior, but they should not repeatedly bring in the same people for questioning about the same matter.

If the same officers are bringing in the same person for the same charge, then it is time to fight back, said the recently reinstated Chalong Police Superintendent Sirisak Wasasiri

“These kinds of officers should be prosecuted. It will deter others from doing the same,” Col Sirisak said.

“The worse thing to do is give them money. Doing so only encourages them, and they will be back for more.”

— Saran Mitrarat

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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The security guard of a hotel in Nai Yang, northern Phuket, 52 year old Yingyot Butsabong, from Maha Sarakham province, was found dead yesterday (October 16) in his room. Police remain mystified how the man came to grief.

A woman named Supattra received a call from the hotel he worked at and was informed that he didn’t show up at work yesterday, so she went to his apartment to check on him.

She saw that his room was locked from the inside, so used the key she had in her possession to open the room and found Yingyot laying on the floor, face down. She thought he was just sleeping so she tried to wake him up but once she flipped him, she found that he already passed away.

She immediately called Saku police, and once on the scene, police found that there was some blood on the floor. The man had a 2 centimetre wound on his left eyebrow which was deep into his skull. There was also a wound on his chin about 1 centimetre long and about a centimetre deep. His left eye had a bruise which looked like he was attacked by a hard object.

Police report that he had been dead for around four hours in the room.

The room was not ransacked and there was no sign of fighting or theft. His body has been sent to Thalang Hospital for a detailed autopsy and to look into the cause of death.

SOURCE: Phuket Hot News

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‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people

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On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.

‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people | News by The Thaiger

From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.

The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.

One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.

‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people | News by The Thaiger

One of the works created by the Happening team; a painting of HM the King Rama 9 on a huge wall (Photo credit: Chawat Chumpasan)

There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.

This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.

This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.

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The world’s fastest growing tourist destinations

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PHOTO: Hello Phuket – destined for huge tourist growth in the next six years – fodors.com

In 2018, international tourist arrival traffic grew by 6% to reach a total of 1.4 billion world tourists, according to research by UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. And there’s a lot more to come with international travel predicted to increase by a massive 35% over the next six years to 2025.

But where is all that extra traffic going to go? Which destinations are quiet now that might be swarming with tourists in the years to come? Two destinations in Thailand are set for a prosperous future, according to the data. Whilst almost all the growth is excepted to be to Asian destinations, an under-visited resource for world tourism so far.

Euromonitor data has been used to simulate tourist growth models and reveal the fastest growing projected visitor arrivals in major cities and destinations around the world for 2025, compared to arrival figures in 2018.

In Thailand, Phuket’s tourist traffic is poised to increase up to 85% in the next six years, from nearly 12 million arrivals in 2018 to over 22 million in 2025. Bangkok is predicted to see the 8th most prolific rise in tourist traffic, with arrivals in Bangkok set to swell an additional 68% during the same period. Doha, the capital of Qatar, is set to explode with 104% increase in traffic over the next six years.

The data also predicts that both Bangkok and Phuket will rebound big time in 2020, Phuket in particular with a growth of around 20% for the next year, accord to the data from TravelSupermarket.com.

By 2025 the data predicts that Bangkok will be the world’s #1 tourist destination, a position it’s held before in recent years. The Thai capital will be followed by Singapore, Dubai, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur, making South East Asia the world’s emerging tourism hotspot.

Some of the world’s favourites – New York, Paris, London – will continue to grow their tourist numbers but not at the rate of most Asian destinations.

You can read the full list HERE.

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Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

The world's fastest growing tourist destinations | News by The Thaiger

Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

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