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Heated views at zoning seminar

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PHUKET: What might have been a dry discussion of the technicalities of zoning in Phuket turned into a wide-ranging and sometimes emotional discussion of Phuket’s ills when 150 people attended a Phuket Gazette-Nation seminar on Saturday. On stage to lead discussion of “Can Zoning Save Phuket?” at Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort were Dr Sommai Prijasila, Head of the Foreign Relations Office of the Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning; Bill Barnett of C9 Hotel and Property Development Consulting Co; Warwick Renolds, Director of Crystal Lake Properties; Tranai Tanngamtrong, an urban architect from Bangkok; and John Magee, Publisher of the Gazette. Acting as moderator was Pana Janviroj, Editor of The Nation K. Sommai gave a brief summary of progress toward completing the zoning plan for Phuket. In his introductory remarks Mr Barnett set the tone, asking, “If I buy a million-dollar house, what’s going to protect me from someone building a beauty parlor right next to me? This is an important issue.” K. Tranai described planning policy for Phuket as “very loose”, basically allowing “anyone to do any kind of business [anywhere] in Phuket”. He said he believed that in the next five years Phuket City would suffer from traffic jams, even if the proposed new International Conference & Exhibition Center (ICEC) is not sited in the town. He added that the government “should think about how we live and how to make us feel safe living in Phuket.” Mr Renolds noted that considerable progress had been made in Phuket in terms of infrastructure, but asserted, “We have a lot of headaches as well. There are laws here but they are not adhered to. They’re broken every day. “An example is in the area around where I’m doing a development. At 6 pm every day about 30 trucks come and dig out the whole hill, overnight. There are laws against this and they’re in the statutes – not to knock a hill down over 80 meters, not to touch it. That law is broken every day. “Tourism will die here if we don’t look after certain things. We need a plan that is enforceable and that will be enforced. At the moment, a lot of talk goes on but no action.” Dr Sommai noted that those who break regulations are fined only small amounts. She suggested a system of incentives, for example tax breaks for those who adhere to rules. Speakers from the floor repeatedly referred in disparaging terms to the government’s decision to site the ICEC in Phuket City’s Saphan Hin area, despite a local poll that indicated overwhelming support for a site at Tah Chat Chai in the north of the island. Many were suspicious that the Thaksin government would push through its own agenda and plans for Phuket without paying heed to the island’s needs. One speaker said he feared that the lack of reaction by people to depradations by powerful figures was not so much a case of mai pen rai (never mind) as it was of kreng jai (fear of powerful people). He worried that an atmosphere of kreng jai would allow projects such as the ICEC at Saphan Hin to be “rammed through” whether it was in the public interest or not. Dr Sommai and K. Tranai disagreed. K. Tranai argued that Thai people “know how to react properly. I am sure they will listen to your call.” Another foreigner, speaking in Thai, was more cynical in his view. “You say that all people have voices and ask why nobody here speaks out. Yes, we can all speak, but no one wants to die,” he said. All problems, he said, derived from nai hua (big bosses) and nothing useful would come from the seminar. “How can we believe that this will benefit us?” he asked. K. Pana pledged that The Nation would look closely into the ICEC situation and would organize a seminar to address the question of corruption. He said that The Nation‘s Thai-language sister paper, Kom Chad Leuk, would publish participants’ comments in Thai in order to draw their views to the attention of the authorities in Bangkok. “We need more debate,” he concluded.



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Phuket house keeper keeps 2,600 meth pills and 3kg of marijuana at house in Rawai

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A Rawai house keeper has been arrested with 2,600 methamphetamine pills and three kilograms of marijuana.

A team of Border Patrol Police has arrested 47 year old Wanlee ‘Mai’ Eiadkerd. Police seized 2,600 methamphetamine pills and three kilograms of marijuana inside a house in Rawai.

The arrest follows police first arresting a Thai woman with methamphetamine pills in Chalong. She told police she got the drugs from a woman called ‘Wanlee’. She said that Wanlee is a house keeper at a house in Soi Yanui, Rawai.

Police continued the investigation and found Wanlee at the house. Police didn’t find any drugs in the house but Wanlee volunteered information that she kept drugs in another house in Sai Yuan, Rawai where she also works as a house keeper.

She was taken to Chalong Police Startion and charged with illegal possession of Category 1 and 5 Drugs with intent to sell.

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Phuket police launch search for man in Facebook post pointing a gun at his head

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Last night Phuket Police launched a manhunt after a photo of a man pointing gun at his head went viral in social media.

The Phuket City Police took about five hours to find the house after the photo of the man, who was pointing a gun at his head, along with a depressing message, was posted on the man’s social media page.

Police finally identified the house at Koh Sirey in Rassada, east of Phuket Town. Police found the man had already gone to sleep in his bedroom.

Today police will be questioning him and checking the legality and ammunition with his gun. They will also be urging him to seek help if he is having problems.

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77 year old Swedish tourist rescued at Patong Beach – VIDEO

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PHOTOS/VIDEO: Patong Lifeguard

Lifeguards at Patong Beach rescued a 77 year old Swedish male tourist from drowning after he lost consciousness whilst in the water.

Lifeguards pulled the Swedish tourist, Berlin Goran, out of the water after he passed out whilst swimming at the beach.

Head of Patong lifeguard Somprasong Sangchart says, “We saw other swimmers wave their hands and call for help after they saw Mr Goran fainting face down into the water. We rushed in to retrieve him, he was about 40 metres off shore.

“Mr Goran was unconscious and his pulses was very weak. Lifeguards provided CPR and recovered Mr Goran’s pulse and conciousness. He was rushed to Patong Hospital.”

Doctor says that Mr Goran was very lucky that he was rescued immediately. They say if there was a longer delay he would probably have died.

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