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PHUKET TOWN: More than 200 villagers gathered this morning to complain to Phuket Governer CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi about land problems. The Provincial Administration Organization building was jammed with villagers, including farmers, planters and representatives of many communities who complained that, following the SorPorKor investigation, their land had been declared as encroaching on forest preserve areas – the so-called Zone C land. Uthai Suksirisamphan, former chairman of a committee looking into farmers’ complaints, pointed out that the Ministerial Orders establishing the various pieces of Zone C land came after the farmers were already on the land. The government, he said, had announced that it was going to revoke papers to land that villagers can prove they occupied before the Nakkerd and Kamala hills were declared Zone C areas in 1967 and 1969 respectively. Some 35 years ago, K. Uthai said, officials had told people they must move off the Zone C land, but this did not mean they had to do so immediately. They were entitled to submit an objection within 30 days of the eviction order, and in 1,476 cases, people did so. Sumeth Waandee, one of the villagers at the meeting, said that he had a son and a daughter, both still in school. He had been granted four rai of SorPorKor land in Kamala. “I have only one piece of land and now it will be revoked because they say it’s in a forest preserve,” he said. “I make some money from selling rubber on the land. I also have to work in the construction industry to get more money. In total I earn about 3,000 baht a month. This is the life of a Nai Hua (influential person)? A total of 16 Ministerial Orders were issued between 1958 and 1985, designating as forest preserves a total of 105,809 rai in Phuket. Seven of these preserves cover mangrove forests, while the remainder cover tropical forest. Gov Pongpayome told the meeting that he could affirm that real farmers and planters would not be affected by the land probe. If there were mistakes, he would most definitely push for justice on their behalf. “If farmers have SorPorKor land that has been targeted for revocation because the land is in, or overlaps with, Zone C forest, the Phuket government will ask the relevant authorities to help solve their problems,” he said. He added that the provincial government would pass on people’s opinions to the Interior Minister and to the Minister of Agriculture. K. Uthai said that Deputy Minister of Agriculture Newin Chidchob should apologize to villagers “in order to show his good leadership”. “I’d like him to admit that he didn’t know what he was talking about when he referred to Phuket people who received SorPorKor land. He should stop talking now.” K. Uthai issued a warning that the farmers might use the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) meeting in Phuket as an occasion to demonstrate against the mishandling of the SorPorKor probe. “I can’t guarantee that we will not come to ask for justice when the Apec meeting is on,” K. Uthai said. “It’s up to K. Newin whether we do or not. “My demands are that K. Newin stop criticizing and set up one more committee to check SorPorKor land that people occupied before the forest conservation announcement.”



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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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