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Illegal worker crackdown to start “this week’

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PHUKET: The multi-agency task force of government officers responsible for rounding up all illegal foreign workers throughout Southern Thailand is expected to start operations this week.

The news follows a meeting of representatives of the five regional teams in Bangkok last Friday.

Noppodol Ployudee, Chief of the Phuket Provincial Employment Office (PPEO), will lead the team for Southern Thailand.

“I have received the order from the meeting that they [the task force] could start their mission in the South within this week, and it will end on September 30 next year,” he told the Gazette.

“The mission is to monitor, suppress, arrest and prosecute all foreigners found working illegally without the proper permit – as well as their employers,” he said.

“We will submit reports of the operation to Deputy Prime Minister Sanan Kachornprasart every day,” he added.

“We are now waiting for the equipment and vehicles from headquarters. Once they give us the signal, we will start the operation immediately,” he said.

Mr Noppodol’s team consists of about 21 members from the Royal Thai Police, the Royal Thai Army, the Royal Thai Navy, the Department of Provincial Administration, the Department of Social Development and Welfare, and the Department of Employment.

“Our team will be divided into three smaller groups, according to the zone. One of the three teams will be responsible for Phuket, Ranong, Phang Nga and Krabi. We will go into areas such as restaurants, massage parlors and department stores.

“So, if anyone knows anything about illegal workers, feel free to report to us by calling the PPEO,” Mr Noppadol said.

The Phuket provincial task force concluded its operations on November 28. “It is also possible to combine the provincial team with the regional team,” Mr Noppadol said.

“In some provinces , we will request support from authorities such as Immigration Police and District Chiefs, as well as authorities of the local employment offices,” he said.

The Phuket provincial squad arrested 72 Burmese and three employers during their raids, Mr Noppadol said.

“I am satisfied with the number of illegal employees arrested. But regarding the number of employers, I think it is relatively small.

“As there was a high number of illegal workers arrested, the number of employers arrested should be high too,” he said.

Construction companies usually denied that the foreigners were working illegally for them, making it difficult for the team to press charges against them, Mr Noppadol said.

“Also, foreign workers who come illegally to Phuket have no identification documents about their employers. We do not have any evidence of the salaries paid to them, either. So, it is quite difficult to prosecute those employers, unless we catch them at the construction site,” he said.

— Janpen Upatising

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Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain

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The Thailand Meteorological Department issued a weather warning for southern Thailand with torrential rain forecast to hit the region throughout the weekend. The heavy monsoon over the Gulf of Thailand and south of the country is being blamed for the rough weather, with the TMD predicting flash flooding in many areas.

(Phuket, Hat Yai and Hua Hin’s forecast below)

“Waves are expected to reach 2 metres in height in the lower Gulf of Thailand and possibly higher at the height of the storm. Ships are advised to proceed with caution.”

For the north and northeast of Thailand, the TMD forecasts strong winds and cooler mornings as the arrival of the “winter” season, coupled with a moderate high-pressure system, causes temperatures to dip.

Hua Hin’s five day forecast

Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain | News by The Thaiger

Phuket’s five day forecast

Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain | News by The Thaiger

Hat Yai’s five day forecast

Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain | News by The Thaiger

SOURCE: The Nation | weather.com

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Now you see him, now you don’t… Patong Police hunt foreigner over $30k theft

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Patong Police have yet to develop any tangible leads tracking down a foreigner who made off with US$30,000 in cash from a currency exchange booth in Kalim, north of Patong in Phuket, last Tuesday.

The man is about 168 centimetres tall with grey hair and around 60 years old, Patong police told The Phuket News.

“We have no clue what nationality he is.”

He was last seen at the currency exchange booth wearing a purple polo shirt, blue jeans and black cap. Police have checked hotels in the area, police stations across the island and Phuket Immigration, but have yet to join the dots and come up with firm leads.

“Investigators have checked CCTV in the area and collected what evidence we have but we still do not know the man’s name or where he was staying.”

The man had visited the booth several times before Tuesday, when he disappeared with the $30,000 in US banknotes, according to police.

“It was always small amounts”, he added, noting that the amounts didn’t warrant staff at the exchange booth to check the man’s passport before making the exchange.

The man arrived at the booth again at about 1pm on Tuesday, saying that he had 900,000 baht cash to exchange.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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The security guard of a hotel in Nai Yang, northern Phuket, 52 year old Yingyot Butsabong, from Maha Sarakham province, was found dead yesterday (October 16) in his room. Police remain mystified how the man came to grief.

A woman named Supattra received a call from the hotel he worked at and was informed that he didn’t show up at work yesterday, so she went to his apartment to check on him.

She saw that his room was locked from the inside, so used the key she had in her possession to open the room and found Yingyot laying on the floor, face down. She thought he was just sleeping so she tried to wake him up but once she flipped him, she found that he already passed away.

She immediately called Saku police, and once on the scene, police found that there was some blood on the floor. The man had a 2 centimetre wound on his left eyebrow which was deep into his skull. There was also a wound on his chin about 1 centimetre long and about a centimetre deep. His left eye had a bruise which looked like he was attacked by a hard object.

Police report that he had been dead for around four hours in the room.

The room was not ransacked and there was no sign of fighting or theft. His body has been sent to Thalang Hospital for a detailed autopsy and to look into the cause of death.

SOURCE: Phuket Hot News

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