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Parties slug it out over Phuket billboards

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PHUKET TOWN: Accusations are flying across the political divide in a slinging match that broke out on the eve of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s party congress in Phuket this weekend. With more than 300 Thai Rak Thai (TRT) MPs gathering from today in the heartland of the opposition Democrat Party, billboards began appearing around the island about three weeks ago, asking, “Is it true that the rich will not cheat?” In reaction, the PM was reported to have told a meeting of cabinet earlier this week, “It is true that the rich do not normally cheat, but those who cheat and are still not rich should watch out. “This Government will not spare these people. The person who put up the posters should also watch out, especially the wife who gave Sor Por Kor 4-01 to her husband in Phuket,” sources quoted PM Thaksin as saying. It was taken as an apparent reference to Phuket Democrat MP Anchalee Vanich-Thepabutr. Last night K. Anchalee joined fellow Democrat MPs Suwit Sa-Ngiamkul and Chalermlak Kebsab at the party’s offices in Phuket Town to talk about the TRT conference, the posters, and the PM’s alleged reaction. The MPs said that the posters were not intended to create antagonism, simply to remind the Government to be effective and honest. K. Anchalee said PM Thaksin should follow through on some of the development projects begun by former Democrat PM Chuan Leekpai if he wanted to win the respect of voters in the South. “K. Thaksin was the one who announced that he would fight corruption, yet there has been corruption in his Government recently,” she said. Asked about the quote from the PM that appeared to be directed at her, K. Anchalee said, “Did he really say that? I don’t think the Prime Minister of Thailand should descend to that kind of comment.” K. Suwit added, “We have the right to express our ideas. People who have a democratic soul or heart will not show disgust in something that they do not agree with. Only dictators do that.” There were about 15 of the billboards in Phuket but others could be found in Phang Nga and Krabi and in other parts of the country, he said. The TRT MPs will be meeting at the Phuket Arcadia Beach Resort until Sunday, to discuss, among other things, campaign strategy for 2005.



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Water shut offs to hit parts of Cherng Talay for two weeks

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The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Cherng Talay will be shut off from March 19 – 31 at ‘some times’ during the day.

Water will be shut off while work is being carried out on moving main water pipes. Areas to be affected include parts of Cherng Talay.

“Residents in these areas should save water to use during the period of the shutoffs.  Water might have some discolouration after the repairs. We will complete the works as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

For more information, please call the PWA at 076 319 173, 082 790 1634

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25 year old electrical contractor electrocuted in Chalong, Phuket

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A 25 year old electrical contractor has died after accidentally touching a high voltage power cabling in Chalong. Police say that the power was still connected when the man was working.

Pakasit Raksakam was working on the cabling when he accidentally touched a cable that was still live, according to fellow contractors working nearby. Rescue workers arrived on Soi Na Yai off Chao Fah West road to find co-workers attempting to revive the man. He was working six metres above the ground when the incident happened some time shortly before 2pm on Saturday.

Pakasit was rushed to to the Emergency Centre of the new Chalong Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. He was a contract worker with the Sapcharoen Company.

Work colleagues say that Pakasit from Thalang was an electrical contractor installing high-voltage cabling on power poles.

Chalong Police are conducting an investigation and speaking to other contractors to determine whether to press charges.

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Water shut offs to hit parts of Patong, Kata and Karon for a week

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The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Patong, Kata and Karon will be shut off from 9am to 5pm from March 25 – 31.

Water will be shut off while work is being carried out in the repair and maintenance of the Reverse Osmosis (RO) water pumping station in Karon.

Areas to be affected include parts of Patong, Kata and Karon.

“Residents in these areas should save water to use during the period of the shutoffs.  Water might have some discolouration after the repairs. We will complete the works as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

For more information, please call the PWA at 076 319 173, 082 790 1634 or 1662.

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