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MP calls for commission into farmers’ rights

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PATONG: Local Democrat MP Chalermlak Kebsup today called for a commission to be set up to determine local farmers’ rights to own land that they claim to have occupied before it was declared Forest Preserve or Zone C land – declarations that led to it being issued with SorPorKor 4-01 land occupation papers. K. Chalermlak said that people in Phuket were confused about SorPorKor land papers and about the current investigation. News reports, she said, had stated that the papers for many pieces of land occupied by local farmers would be revoked. “Talking to many villagers, I know they are curious about what the government will do with land on which it revokes the papers,” she said. “Many of these people owned their land before the Zone C announcement,” she pointed out. “I’d like the government to set up a committee to investigate villagers’ rights to own land. “They have made a living on the land for a long time so it would be better if the government gave them the land instead of [taking it away and] allocating it to other people who have never worked this land before.” K. Chalermlak was speaking after a meeting organized by the Agricultural Land Reform Office (ALRO) at the Patong Municipality Office, where ALRO Chief Surasak Saeng-aram addressed some 100 worried locals. K. Surasak explained the ins and outs of SorPorKor land and answered questions from the farmers. Afterward, he said he felt that the meeting had helped people to understand the issues more clearly and had alleviated their worries. He added that he would be happy to hold similar meetings anywhere in Phuket, if requested. “There’s been a chronic problem [for many years] of people demanding the right to own land that they say they occupied before the Forest Preserve and Zone C land announcements,” he added. K. Chalermlak agreed that the gathering had been helpful in clearing up farmers’ confusion. “Before today, people worried that the ALRO officers were trying to seize their land, so it was good that they arranged this meeting to explain what they are doing.” Jamnian Eiamsa-ard, 66, who has just under 28 rai of SorPorKor land in Patong, told the Gazette that he had gone to the meeting because he was worried about what would happen. Now, however, he understood that there was no problem with his land and that his name did not appear on any list of land papers to be revoked. “I’m a real farmer,” he said, adding that he became worried when investigators interviewed him. “I came to [today’s meeting] to hear about SorPorKor land matters and I understand things much better now.”



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Phuket tourist decides hotel awning more comfortable than his room

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PHOTOS: Rawai Rescue workers / Phuket Tourist Police

The Phuket Tourist Police have been notified that a tourist had jumped from a building in Rawai and ended up on a steel awning covering the bottom floor today. But that wasn’t, in fact, what had happened.

The local Tourist Police say the owner of the building told staff at the Tourist Assistance Centre that the tourist had checked into the room on February 13.

The tourist didn’t actually jump down from the building but had moved a mattress from his room on to the awning and slept on it (mosquitos!!) He was also drunk and damaged some property inside the room.

The man is a 37 year old Estonian tourist. He was staying at the room with a 25 year old male friend.

Chalong Police have charged them both with being drunk and damaging property. They have said that they will pay for all damages to the owner of the property. They are heading back home on February 26.

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Patong motorbike racer arrested and fined – VIDEO

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Patong Police yesterday arrested a motorbike racer after identifying him and his motorbike from video clips that were popular in social media this week.

Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after video clips went viral in local social media.

Read more about the racing around Patong’s streets HERE.

Patong Police report that they have now arrested one motorbike racer and charged him with the maximum fine.

Patong Police are also asking motorbike rental operators to explain basic traffic rules for motorbike drivers who want to rent a motorbike.

(The Thaiger is assuming this would be covered when they get their motorbike license, which they are required to have before a motorbike is rented to them.)

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500 free helmets handed out to motorbike drivers in Patong

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Patong Development Foundation together with Patong Police and Patong Municipality have given 500 helmets to motorbike drivers in Patong today under the campaign ‘Wear your helmet’.

Handing out the 500 helmets to motorbike user in Patong was led by Patong Police Chief Col Anothai Jindamanee, Patong Municipality Chalermluck Kebsup and President of Patong Development Foundation Preechawut ‘Prap’ Keesin.

Col Anothai says, “Many motorbike drivers have been injured and died in road accident. We want 100 percent of motorbike drivers and passengers wearing helmets. ”

“More motorbike riders are now wearing helmets as the number of not wearing helmet charges has been dropping in Patong with better enforcement.”

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