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Malaysia puts harsh brakes on Thai drivers

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KHUAN DON, THAILAND: In a move sure to bring frowns and grimaces to the Land of Smiles, Thailand’s neighbor to the south has introduced measures making it an almost hopeless enterprise for Thais to enter Malaysia by automobile. At the Khuan Don border (near Satun) this afternoon, Malaysian authorities in spiffy blue uniforms were handing out “Rules” flyers to scores of astonished Thai drivers in the immigration queue. Issued by the Department of Road Transport and bearing the greeting “Welcome to Malaysia”, the flyers advise the drivers that: – Their vehicle’s license plates must be Romanised; – Their vehicle’s registration certificate must be translated into Bahasa Malay or English; – The driver of the vehicle must have a driver’s license which has been translated into Bahasa Malay AND English; – Thai liability insurance is no longer acceptable – Malaysian insurance must be purchased; and – Vehicle window tint must not exceed 50%. Since all Thai license plates carry at least one letter from the Thai alphabet, there arises an immediate need for on-the-spot Romanisation. It was unclear how this would be accomplished. Thai driver’s licenses and vehicle registration certificates are issued in the Thai language only. A Malaysian official contacted at the border said that, despite the stipulations in the “Rules” leaflet, translation of only one of the documents would suffice. Translation should be obtained from the Thai motor vehicle office where the document was issued, he added. In the case of a driver’s license, translation into either Bahasa Malaysia or English – not both – would be “okay for a short visit”. Noting that many foreigners in Thailand do ‘visa turn-arounds’ by driving into Malaysia for a few minutes every 90 or 180 days, as needed to comply with Thai law, the Gazette asked an Immigration officer on the Thai side of the border whether the stiff Malaysian rules were being applied to foreigners other than Thais. “Yes,” he said. “Foreigners with a Thai driver’s license and a Thai-registered vehicle must get their licenses translated before arriving at the border. If they don’t know this in advance, they must turn back and go get it.” “But,” he noted from his vantage point less than 30 meters from the Malaysian immigration booth, “it seems that a lower percentage of Westerners in the queue are having to make U-turns than Thais.” With the Malaysian Embassy in Bangkok closed for public holidays today and tomorrow, the Gazette was unable to obtain clarifications or comment. The Malaysian Embassy in Bangkok can be reached at (02) 679 2190/5. The telephone numbers of the Phuket Motor Vehicle Department are (076) 211019 and (076) 211929.



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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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