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Embassy clarifies visa rules – sort of

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Thai Embassy in Kuala Lumpur has clarified the reasons for its recent imposition of harsh “old” requirements for a Non-Immigrant B visa, in particular as they apply to any foreigner wanting to go to Thailand on a business trip. As reported by the Gazette Online yesterday the consulate in KL has, since May 21, been handing applicants a long list of the supporting documents it requires, including confidential company papers such as balance sheets, tax returns, etc. Tanee Sangrat, First Secretary of the embassy, told the Gazette that the requirements had existed for a long time, but that they were not previously “listed and recorded on paper”. In the past, he said, most people telephoned to inquire what paperwork was needed, but now the regulations are available in print [on arrival at the consulate]. “If you ask one of our officers, they will tell you the requirements, word for word from what is printed,” he explained. “They don’t have the authority to be flexible.” However, consular officers do apparently have the authority to be flexible when deciding whether an individual, having presented himself at the consulate, must actually provide all the documents. “It is not necessary that the applicant have all of the listed documents,” said K. Tanee, “but we will need as many documents as possible for countries that we consider [to] have problems.” K. Tanee declined to say which countries these are. “Our authorized officials will use their judgment in deciding how flexible they can be and whether to grant a visa or not.” He pointed out that confidential documents need not be given to the visa applicant. “In the case of confidential matters such as the company’s balance sheet, list of shareholders, income tax statement, and so on, these can be mailed to the embassy before the applicant arrives, along with a letter giving the name of the applicant and the date he or she will come to apply.” An embassy official who asked not to be named said, “Confidential company documents are usually faxed to us and we are the only ones to see them.” She denied that the more stringent requirements were aimed at making it difficult for Malaysians to visit Thailand on business. “These regulations are for the Thai embassy and consulates in Malaysia only, due to an agreement between the Thai and Malaysian governments. They are required of all [not only Malaysians] who come to apply here.” Thus the current policy is: everyone must supply all the documents on the list in support of a visa application. But, if they can’t get them all, they can still go to the consulate and hope that, first, their country is not one of those on the “problem” list and, second, that the official they deal with is prepared to be flexible that particular day. In addition to obtaining one of these esoteric visas, any person planning to visit Thailand on, say, a quick sales trip, is legally required to have someone in Thailand apply on his behalf for a short-term work permit. 🙂

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The 15th Mai Khao Marine Turtle fun run attracts more than 4,000 runners

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4,000 runners from Thailand and overseas took part in the 15th Mai Khao Marine Turtle Fun Run and Half Marathon 2019 yesterday, starting from the Phuket Gateway.

The event is expected to raise 700,000 baht for the charity, now in its 15th year. The money raised goes towards to The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, which is committed to protecting the marine and coastal environment, and ecosystems, for the wellbeing of sea turtles that nest in the Mai Khao beach and the surrounding areas.

The annual race also provides funds for thePhuket Marine Biological Centre’s Injured Turtle Rehabilitation Program and The Third NavalArea Command’s Turtle Hatchery Program.

The race was in its 15th year and runners of all ages and abilities took part in the race. The morning’s racing was divided into five categories – the 21.1km half marathon, 10.5km mini- marathon, 5km fun run and 3k family run and VIP participants for all the races. The route of 21.1 kilometre race took runners northwest along the Haad Sai Kaew beach towards Thao Thepkasattri bridge, past the rural road No. 3006, run along the road – Pi Lai viewpoint area returned back along the T. Baan Tha Nun to the iconic Sarasin bridge before finished the half marathon in the Phuket Gateway.

For Mini Marathon 10.5 km – Over all category, Mr. Chinnawat Changlek clocked 39 minutes and 40 seconds to clinch victory in the male half marathon, winning prize money and a trophy with the signature of Phuket’s Governor. The winner in the female mini marathon was Surakarn Wanna with a time of 47 minutes and 47 seconds.

Winners also received a prize gift voucher as well as a medal. Congratulations to all participants.

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‘Phang Nga Bay and Beyond’ exhibition by Marilyn Band at Mom Tri’s WOK Gallery Kitchen in November

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The Art exhibition “Phang Nga Bay and Beyond” by Marilyn Band is being held at Mom Tri’s WOK Gallery Kitchen, Chalong, Kata Hill, Phuket from November 30, 2019 – January 31, 2020. The opening will take place on Saturday November 30, 2019 at 6.30 pm.

Artist’s Statement

“For the current exhibition, I am presenting recent work, a more abstract expression of Phang Nga Bay’s beauty, which intends to encourage the viewer the opportunity to interpret and appreciate a little bit of paradise. I am quite excited about these more abstract works as it has allowed me to explore the essence of these limestone monuments in the bay.

“I find the natural world a beautiful, magical place. My paintings are inspired by many sea voyages. Though based on reality I try to introduce my own feelings and vision which will delight others.”

Biography

Marilyn Band has been creating art since childhood, influenced by a family who surrounded her with paintings and the creations of several generations of her ancestors who were famous stained glass artists. She went to Florence, Italy for life drawing and then went on to study graphics at High Wycombe Technical College in Buckinghamshire, England and started her career as a graphic designer in a variety of advertising agencies in London.

On Holiday in the Seychelles, she met her future husband, Nick Band, and they have been sailing around the Indian Ocean and SE Asia for more than forty years allowing Marilyn the chance to draw and paint the now disappearing tropical cultures from Zanzibar to Sri Lanka to Phuket, and beyond.

She arrived in Phuket in 1980 and immediately built a studio that has been the center of her art projects. Between sea voyages and other travels, Marilyn has become one of Phuket’s most significant artists with one person exhibitions at Mom Tri’s Boathouse and Villa Royale Galleries.

She has also designed and developed the graphics for the island’s world famous Phuket King’s Cup Regatta media.

She continues to explore new avenues of self- expression in acrylic, oil, watercolour, ink, collage and silkscreen.

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Thalang Police arrest local Phuket drug dealer with amphetamine pills

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Thalang Police have arrested a local drug dealer with more than 192 amphetamine pills. Thalang police in Phuket arrested 29 year old Wimon Songkong from Nakhon Si Thammarat with 192 amphetamine pills that he was carrying when they nabbed him in front of a 7-Eleven store inside a PTT gas station on Thepkasattri Road, in Thalang District.

The amphetamine pills were packed in a black zip-lock plastic bag, which was hidden in his grey shoulder bag. Two of the pills were green and 190 of them were orange, while each pill had the letters ‘wy’ printed on them.

Wimon was charged for possessing and trading illicit drugs and was sent to Thalang police station for further investigation and processing.

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