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Phang Nga Gov raps banks over slow loans

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PHANG NGA: Phang Nga Governor Anuwat Metheeviboonwut yesterday criticized banks and other financial institutions for taking too long to process applications for soft loans by business owners affected by the tsunami.

Gov Anuwat said, “The problem we have today is that 80% of the business owners are still waiting for loans from financial institutions to be approved.

“If the financial institutions were not afraid [of approving the loans], I think most businesses here would be ready to reopen for the next high season.”

Gov Anuwat said that financial institutions were taking a long time approving the loans because business owners could not provide all the paperwork necessary to satisfy the institutions’ requirements.

He added that local business people had told him that the financial institutions had little confidence that businesses in Khao Lak would be able to repay the loans.

“Although there are a few local business people who have lost family members in the tsunami and do not want to do business here anymore, most investors are ready to rebuild their businesses,” Gov Anuwat said.

“On February 19, when PM Thaksin Shinawatra visited Phang Nga and talked with local business owners, everyone was inspired to rebuild their businesses, but now that the financial institutions still have not approved the loans they have started to feel discouraged again.

“Twenty days ago [Deputy Prime Minister] Dr Somkid Jatusripitak came to explain to local business people how they can apply for the soft loans, but little has happened since.

“But because people continued to ask me for help [in getting the loans], I applied to Dr Somkid to help again. We didn’t know why the banks had a problem and couldn’t give the loans,” Giv Anuwat added.

He said that not more than 20% of businesses in the Khao Lak area had begun rebuilding. “The financial institutions should approve loans as soon as possible because the rains will come in May and impede reconstruction,” he said.

However, Gov Anuwat also pointed out that not all local business people suffering had a legitimate right to complain.

He explained that PM Thaksin had told the Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning to enforce the old law that no one may build within 30 meters of the high-tide mark, which meant that people who used to have their businesses right on the beachfront were not allowed to return.

Gov Anuwat added that some 60% of income in Phang Nga province derived from tourism in Khao Lak, but that currently there are only 1,000 rooms in hotels and guest houses open for visitors in the Khao Lak and Kuk Kak areas.

“Currently we have only 10% of the number of tourists that would normally be in Phang Nga because we have no accommodation and they are still afraid of what happened last year,” he said.

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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

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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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