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General coy about new job as minister

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PHUKET AIRPORT: Pol Gen Pracha Promnog was playing his cards close to his chest when he flew into Phuket today, just hours after resigning as Thailand’s Chief of Police amid announcements that he will be appointed Minister of Labor. Chart Pattana leader Korn Dabbarangsri, who is also a Deputy Prime Minister, announced on TV that Gen Pracha would be named Labour Minister, but the general was guarded in his response when asked by the Gazette to confirm whether this was true. Arriving in Phuket for a meeting with the Inspector General of the Malaysian Police, Tan Sri Norian Mai, he would say only, “It is too early to answer this question because I just decided to resign last night. “I have served in the position [of police chief] for four years now, so it was about time to give a chance to the others.” He added that he had never had any problems with former Interior Minister Sanan Kachornprasat, his successor Banyat Bantahthan, or Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai, all of whom are members of the Democrat Party. “We have a good relationship and have worked very smoothly together,” he said. “Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai has always understood and supported the Royal Thai Police. “I don’t want to say anything about [the new post] at this point because there are still a lot of steps that have to be taken care of.” When asked if he would join the Chart Pattana Party, Gen Pracha simply laughed. The cabinet reshuffle is expected to take place soon, following the resignation of Chart Pattana member Pavena Hongsakul who last week stepped down as minister responsible for tourism in order to run for Governor of Bangkok. Korn said Adisai Bhotaramik, Chart Pattana’s deputy leader, would take the tourism slot while the current Labour Minister, Wut Sukosol, will step down from the cabinet, making way for Gen Pracha. Political pundits believe that Chart Pattana wants the popular Gen Pracha on its slate in time for the general election toward the end of this year because of his reputation for fairness.



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Motorbike driver smashes through glass window after accelerator malfunctions

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A female motorbike driver has sustained injuries after her motorbike’s hand grip malfunctioned and she collided with a glass wall.

Chalong Police were notified of the incident at an air conditioning shop at 6pm yesterday on Chao Fa West Road in Chalong.

Police and emergency responders arrived and found the shattered glass wall and a damaged motorbike.

The injured 40 year old Naowarat Jankarn had already been taken to Chalong Hospital. She sustained injuries from cuts from the broken glass. polls of blood were found on the floor.

Ms Naowarat told police that she had parked her motorbike in front of the shop since Wednesday . The motorbike was underivable because the hand grip accelerator was malfunctioning.

Yesterday she started the motorbike, claiming she had forgotten about the broken accelerator.

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Police hunting for driver who threatened others with a gun on Phuket road – VIDEO

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PHOTO: Tiw Tiw

The Thalang Police are hunting for the driver who was threatening other motorists on Thepkrasattri Road by waving a gun around out of the driver’s window of his red sedan in Thalang this morning.

A Facebook user ‘Tiw Tiw’ has posted the video with a message reading “where are the police, please follow him. The incident happened this morning in Thalang.”

The video shows a car switching from one lane to another.  The driver shows a gun in his car window and then appears to throw it out (at least he used his indicator).

The Thalang Police are investigating the incident and want to find the car driver for questioning.

 

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Phuket’s hotel and property players look north

Bill Barnett

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by Bill Barnett of c9hotelworks.com

One of Greater Phuket’s real estate and hotel market’s that has a decided buzz of late is the area north of Phuket over the Sarasin bridge in Phang Nga.

In Natai Beach, the entry of the Baba Beach Club and nearby Akyra has created renewed visibility for the broad West Coast stretch of white sand beach, extending north beyond Phuket.

Two upscale hotels are in the development phase in the vicinity, with one being flagged to an international hotel operator.

Up at the 1,000 plus rai Thai Muang mega-project, movement is once again underway, as is a nearby massive Japanese-led mixed-use project including a golf course.

Land values are currently running amuck in the Koh Kloi area where the AOT (Airports of Thailand) has reportedly acquired land for an upcoming Phang Nga airport which will provide Phuket with a second gateway alternative.

Premium land transactions are taking place, with the most notable being the recent trade of the former oceanfront site in Bodan that was to be at various stages first a Raffles and later a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.

Looking at Phuket’s light-rail initiative, one knock-on effect will be the eventual linkage between the island and larger connection to a broader rail terminus in Koh Kloi. This will likely spur real estate speculators to acquire peripheral locations.

As Phang Nga’s West Coast four land highway expansion moves forward to Khao Lak and beyond, Phuket’s Northern neighbor is seeing a renewed push in its tourism, property and infrastructure.

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