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“Foreigners grabbing Thai jobs’: Karon Mayor

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KARON: The Mayor of Karon Municipality has lodged a complaint with Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi that foreigners in the Karon area are “grabbing” jobs that Thais can do, and has urged the authorities to be more thorough about checking work permits and other licenses. The Mayor, Tawee Thongcham, told the Gazette that the Governor went to Karon on Saturday as part of his weekly “Drink Coffee with the CEO” project, to hear about local problems. K. Tawee said, “I told the Governor about the problem of foreigners grabbing Thai jobs, and pointed out that many local people have been complaining about it. “I told him that this was nothing new – it’s been happening for two or three years – but it’s going to get much worse if we don’t do something about it soon. K. Tawee said, “For example, if there are two beer bars, one belonging to a Thai and the other to a foreigner, most of the tourists will go to the one owned by the foreigner because of the cultural connections and language. That gives them an advantage over Thai people.” The Mayor told the Gazette that there is also a problem with Pakistanis or Burmese opening tailor shops, which outnumber any other business, and annoying tourists by trying to drag them into their shops. “About 50% of the businesses in the Karon area are part-owned by foreigners,” K. Tawee added. “Even when [foreigners] start businesses in our area and employ local people, the number they employ is still small.” Businesses that foreigners are mostly involved in, he added, are beer bars, dive shops, tour companies, restaurants, apartments and rooms for rent, and tailoring shops. The Governor, he said, replied that most foreigners opening businesses in Phuket do so legally, but that he would assign more officers to make more stringent checks on work permits, business licenses and payment of taxes. K. Tawee added that since he had spoken with Gov Pongpayome, many more officials have become involved in checking businesses in Karon in an effort to solve the problem.



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Water shut offs to hit parts of Cherng Talay for two weeks

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The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Cherng Talay will be shut off from March 19 – 31 at ‘some times’ during the day.

Water will be shut off while work is being carried out on moving main water pipes. Areas to be affected include parts of Cherng Talay.

“Residents in these areas should save water to use during the period of the shutoffs.  Water might have some discolouration after the repairs. We will complete the works as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

For more information, please call the PWA at 076 319 173, 082 790 1634

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25 year old electrical contractor electrocuted in Chalong, Phuket

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A 25 year old electrical contractor has died after accidentally touching a high voltage power cabling in Chalong. Police say that the power was still connected when the man was working.

Pakasit Raksakam was working on the cabling when he accidentally touched a cable that was still live, according to fellow contractors working nearby. Rescue workers arrived on Soi Na Yai off Chao Fah West road to find co-workers attempting to revive the man. He was working six metres above the ground when the incident happened some time shortly before 2pm on Saturday.

Pakasit was rushed to to the Emergency Centre of the new Chalong Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. He was a contract worker with the Sapcharoen Company.

Work colleagues say that Pakasit from Thalang was an electrical contractor installing high-voltage cabling on power poles.

Chalong Police are conducting an investigation and speaking to other contractors to determine whether to press charges.

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Water shut offs to hit parts of Patong, Kata and Karon for a week

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The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Patong, Kata and Karon will be shut off from 9am to 5pm from March 25 – 31.

Water will be shut off while work is being carried out in the repair and maintenance of the Reverse Osmosis (RO) water pumping station in Karon.

Areas to be affected include parts of Patong, Kata and Karon.

“Residents in these areas should save water to use during the period of the shutoffs.  Water might have some discolouration after the repairs. We will complete the works as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

For more information, please call the PWA at 076 319 173, 082 790 1634 or 1662.

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