Connect with us

Phuket

Gov defends “average’ satisfaction rating

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published

on

Gov defends “average’ satisfaction rating | The Thaiger

PHUKET TOWN: Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi today defended his performance during his first six months as Governor CEO, from October last year to March. The Governor’s defense of his record followed the release of the results of a survey by the Rajabhat Institute Phuket of local levels of satisfaction with Gov Pongpayome’s performance. Addressing a public forum held at the Thavorn Grand Plaza Hotel this morning, the Governor complained about lack of cooperation from bureaucrats, and indicated that he was under considerable stress. “I have had only a little time to deal with a lot of tough problems. I have authority to organize public departments, but I need help from government officers, and sometimes they seem unwilling to cooperate. “I’d like to say that I’m very tired and feel stressed every day. “During my first six months as CEO, we focused on environmental and tourism problems, which are very important. But it seems that we neglected to deal with poverty.” However, he added, “We have since followed through with this, tracking the 30-baht medical scheme, the million-baht-per-village scheme and the One Village, One Product project.” He also blamed some of his problems on a shortage of manpower. He pointed out that Phang Nga – which is being used as a “control” in the CEO experiment – has 14,908 Gov officers while Phuket has only 4,615. The same is true of the police, he said, noting that Phuket has only 800 police officers for a population of around 500,000. “I have requested Bangkok to give us 300-400 additional police officers.” Addressing corruption, Gov Pongpayome said, “To know who is corrupt, we must get tip-offs from both sides – such as the police and the public, or the land department and the land owners. So the prevention of corruption needs the public’s cooperation.” The Governor stressed that he reads every letter he receives from informants, and acts on all of them. Once again criticizing the local bureaucrats, he added, “Sometimes, it seems to annoy the government officers involved, because they think some of the issues that are raised in the letters are not true. But I never ignore the letters.” Chirawat Nitnaet, President of Rajabhat Institute Phuket, which conducted the survey of Gov Pongpayome’s performance, said that the people polled included members of both the public and the bureaucracy. The survey showed a higher level of satisfaction than in Phang Nga with efforts to deal with corruption and improve government services. But Phang Nga’s governor scored higher when it came to alleviating poverty and in terms of perceived leadership ability. “However,” K. Chirawat added, “I think the result cannot be regarded as very accurate because it covers only a six-month period.”



Read more headlines, reports & breaking news in Phuket. Or catch up on your Thailand news.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your e-mail address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Phuket

Indian tourist rescued from a near-drowning at Patong Beach

The Thaiger

Published

on

Indian tourist rescued from a near-drowning at Patong Beach | The Thaiger

PHOTOS: Patong Surf Life Saving

An Indian tourist has been rescued from drowning after getting into difficulty while swimming at Patong beach yesterday.

Patong Surf Life Saving report that around 1.30pm at Patong Beach an Indian tourist was spotted in the water, choking and fighting to stay afloat.

Lifeguards dived in and brought him back to the beach. He was not breathing and his heart has stopped beating by the time they got him back to shore. Lifeguards urgently applied CPR.

Mr Jhamnani’s heart started to beat again and he became conscious. He was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital where he is now recovering.

Well done to the team at Patong Surf Lifesaving. I think you can expect a visit from a grateful Indian tourist in a few days.

Indian tourist rescued from a near-drowning at Patong Beach | News by The Thaiger  Indian tourist rescued from a near-drowning at Patong Beach | News by The Thaiger Indian tourist rescued from a near-drowning at Patong Beach | News by The Thaiger Indian tourist rescued from a near-drowning at Patong Beach | News by The Thaiger Indian tourist rescued from a near-drowning at Patong Beach | News by The Thaiger

Continue Reading

Phuket

Polish man charged after threatening people with a gun in Patong

The Thaiger

Published

on

Polish man charged after threatening people with a gun in Patong | The Thaiger

PHOTOS: Patong Police

A Polish man has been charged with carrying a gun in public in Patong, Phuket.

Patong Police report that at 6.20pm last night (Tuesday) they were notified that a man was using a gun to threaten others at a hotel on Pisit Koranee Road in Patong.

Police headed to the hotel to find the Polish man. He denied any knowledge about the gun. Then Police questioned his Thai wife. She took police to a room where she gave the gun to police.

The Polish man has now been charged with illegal possession of gun and carrying it in public without a permit.

Continue Reading

Phuket

Phuket kratom-cooker robs pharmacies – VIDEO

The Thaiger

Published

on

Phuket kratom-cooker robs pharmacies – VIDEO | The Thaiger

Phuket police yesterday have arrested a thief while he was cooking up a batch of kratom. He had earlier robbed pharmacies in Chalong, Phuket.

Chief Investigator of the Phuket Provincial Police Col Prawit Engchuan says, “Yesterday we have arrested 25 year old Rattaphon Pales at a house in Chalong. Police seized 0.45 litres of liquid kratom.”

“On Monday night Chalong Police were notified that a man had robbed a pharmacy in Chalong (video below) with a knife. He stole 30,000 baht cash and sped away on that occasion.”

“We have continued the investigation and arrested a suspect while he was cooking liquid kratom at his home.”

“He had robbed the same pharmacy last week and another pharmacy in Vichit. In total he has stolen about 50,000 baht in cash.”

“He was taken to Chalong Police Station where he was charged with illegal possession of Category 5 Drugs and theft.”

PHUKETPhuket police have arrested a thief while he was cooking kratom after robbing pharmacies in Phuket.

Posted by The Thaiger on Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Continue Reading

The Thaiger Newsletter

Keep up with all the day’s news. Subscribe here.

The latest news and information from Thailand.

* indicates required



Trending