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Phuket Andaman Halal 2010

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PHUKET TOWN: The Phuket Andaman Halal 2010 fair will showcase the island’s Muslim culture, traditions and foods in Saphan Hin from June 18 to 20.

The event has been organized by the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (PPAO) in conjunction with the Phuket Islamic Committee Office, the Halal Science Center of Chulalongkorn University, and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

The five-million-baht event, being held for the second time, will be chaired by Sheikhul Islam Aziz Phitakkhumphol, advisor to HM The King on Islamic affairs.

There will be many activities and stage performances, including a performance by the Malaysian Muslim band Royhan, who are well known in Malaysia and among Thailand’s southern Muslim population.

Around 70 halal food and product shops will be set up along with exhibits displaying local Muslim culture and way of life.

The fair will also host an actual Thai Muslim wedding ceremony, with a local couple tying the knot with blessings from Sheikhul Islam Aziz.

Some of the halal food shops participating event will be further promoted as recommended halal restaurants in a TAT guidebook.

PPAO president Paiboon Upatising said, “All of the restaurants chosen for the festival meet halal standards and we need to promote some of the delicious ones so that they are known among Muslim tourists.”

The PPAO aims to attract Muslims from Phuket and nearby provinces in hopes of boosting domestic tourism, he said.

It is also hoped that the event will help promote Phuket’s Muslim culture on the international stage, as the PPAO will be hosting an Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) seminar at the same time.

Mr Paiboon pointed out that Muslim halal businessmen and Muslim people from all three countries will be attending the seminar, and that, “They will be able to experience Phuket’s halal food and local Muslim culture at the fair.”

The IMT-GT was established in 1993 by leaders of the three countries as a framework for international economic cooperation to boost development in areas of Indonesia, Malaysia and Southern Thailand.

The seminar, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Dr Trirong Suankiri, will be held at the JW Marriott Resort and Spa in Mai Khao on June 19 and 20.

At the meeting, members will discuss standardizing the usage of the term halal.

Halal is used to designate an object or action, often food, as legally permissible according to Islamic law.

Creating a halal standard is one way to encourage economic development in the IMT-GT. Before, the only Thai area included was Haad Yai. Now the triangle has been expanded all the way to Ranong, meaning Phuket is now part of it,” said President Paiboon.

We are benefiting from that as more tourists from Indonesia and Malaysia are visiting Phuket,” he added.

— Pimwara Choksakulpan



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Slow loris released back into Phuket forest

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PHOTOS: Department of National Parks

Officers from of the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area have helped in the release of a slow loris back into the wild yesterday.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation reports that the head of Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area, Pongchart Chueahom, yesterday released the slow loris to the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Are in Thalang.

The slow loris was found near a furniture factory in Thalang last week. It was being treated at a pet hospital before being handed over to Khun Pongchart when it was ready to be set free.

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Seastead structure dragged back to shore by Royal Thai Navy

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A floating seastead has today been towed by a naval vessel back to the Port of Phuket in Cape Panwa. Meanwhile the Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam is challenging the owners and builders of the structure to take the Thai Government and Navy to the International Court of Justice.

The Royal Thai Navy’s Third Fleet ventured out with a group of reporters on Saturday to inspect the floating seastead, the first of about 20 planned Ocean Builders for the open waters about 22km from Phuket’s Koh Racha Yai.

Nothing valuable was found on board the octagon-shaped steel and aluminium structure which was attached to a floating platform.

Two vessels were used in today’s operation. The living quarters were detached and placed on the first vessel and the second towed the floating platform to the shore for safe keeping pending legal action against its owner as well as the builder, Ocean Builders Company.

Dr. Wissanu said yesterday that Thai authorities were authorised to remove or dismantle the floating housing unit with or without the consent of its owner after finding the structure could pose a threat to Thai national security and sovereignty in accordance with Article 119 of the Criminal Code.

He said that the structure also posed an obstacle to vessels and was located not far from an oil rig.

Regarding the threat by Ocean Builders Company to sue the Thai government in the International Court of Justice for the removal, the deputy PM says he welcomes the move, noting that no government anywhere would allow a seastead settlement near their maritime territory.

Seasteader Chad Andrew Edwartowski and his Thai wife, Mrs. Nadia Summergirl, are wanted by the Thai police for questioning after Thai immigration revoked the American’s non-immigrant visa and blacklisted him.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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Phuket taxi slams into tree in Phattalung

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PHOTOS: Phattalung Rescue

Two people have sustained serious injuries after a Phuket taxi slammed into a tree in Phattalung last night.

Phattalung rescue workers were notified of the accident in Mueang Pattalung District at 7.57pm last night (Sunday).

They arrived at the scene to find the Phuket registered taxi resting in front of the big tree on the side of the road near a temple. The front of the vehicle had extensive damage following the collision.

The two people who sustained serious injuries were 58 year old Wanchai Srithong and 64 year old Jamras Srithong. They were both taken to the Phattalung Hospital.

Pattalung City Police are continuing their investigation. There has been no explanation given at this stage as to why a Phuket taxi was in Phattalung.

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