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PHUKET: The opposition Pheu Thai Party has launched a bid to win seats in southern provinces in upcoming elections by setting up operations centers in key Andaman Coast provinces, including Phuket.

Party spokesman Prompong Nopparit said at the Phuket center’s opening ceremony on June 24, “We are ready to fight for representation in the next elections. Phuket is the first step.”

Along with Mr Prompong, the ceremony was attended by party leaders including Southern Region President Pichet Sathirachawal, former Finance Minister Suchart Thadathamrongwet, former Deputy Commissioner of Provincial Police Region 8 Pol Maj Gen Thawat Boonfueng, Red Siam group leader Surachai Danwattananusorn and around 200 Andaman red-shirt group members.

The new center, to be managed by Sorrathus Tanyalappitak, is located in a three-story commercial building in Phuket City Home residential estate in Rassada. It will initially oversee the party’s work in four provinces: Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi and Ranong.

The effort is part of a drive by the red-shirt-allied Pheu Thai Party to gain a foothold in the predominantly ‘yellow’ Southern provinces, most of which are represented in Parliament by Democrat MPs.

Mr Pichet said the party has divided the 14 provinces of the South into three ‘regions’: Andaman Coast, Gulf Coast, and border regions. Each will be developed with different strategies depending on local needs.

In the Andaman region, the Pheu Thai Party aims to push Phuket as a special economic or duty free zone in order to boost the tourism industry. They would also continue the ongoing expansion of Phuket International Airport, a project that dates back to the Thaksin era, he said.

The party would also like to build a railway link from the Gulf of Thailand to the Andaman Coast in order to facilitate easier passage of shipping containers from the South China Sea to the Indian Ocean. The long-dormant and now derelict route, first cleared by the Japanese Army during World War II, runs from the coast in Prachuab Kiri Khan province to Ranong.

Party strategy for the Gulf region, which covers Songkhla, Surat Thani, Nakhon Sri Thammarat and Chumphon as well as the landlocked province of Phatthalung, is to continue agricultural development projects, Mr Pichet said.

The third ‘border’ region comprises Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Satun as well as Trang, which does not have a border with Malaysia.

The Pheu Thai Party will follow a proposal by Party President General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh to turn the region into a “special administrative region” in the hope of creating a sustainable resolution to the ongoing insurgency.

Party spokesman Mr Prompong said that although the South of Thailand is rich in natural and human resources, it’s development has proceeded slowly.

The Pheu Thai Party would be better at managing these resources than the current government, he claimed.

The Phuket center will receive suggestions and complaints from citizens about current government polices in their effort to tailor Pheu Thai Party policies for the Andaman region.

Current Democrat Party PM Abhisit Vejjajiva “is not mature enough to govern the country, as he has not kept his word and solved the problems the nation faces,” Mr Prompong said.

The Southern region needs representation from parties other than the Democrat Party to provide checks and balances to the government, he said.

We now have three or four candidates [for Pheu Thai] in Phuket and we really need someone with good intentions and support from the people; not just a rich person or someone with a famous family name,” he said.

Comparing the party’s strategy to a football match, Mr Prompong said, “Politics is like the World Cup; there is always a chance to hit a goal. I’m quite sure Parliament will be dissolved soon, and we need to be ready.”

The party plans to open Pheu Thai Party centers in every province in the South, he added.

— Pimwara Choksakulpan

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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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‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people

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On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.

‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people | News by The Thaiger

From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.

The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.

One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.

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One of the works created by the Happening team; a painting of HM the King Rama 9 on a huge wall (Photo credit: Chawat Chumpasan)

There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.

This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.

This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.

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