Phuket Governor demands investigation into security memo leak

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada has demanded an investigation into the leaking of an internal memo that sparked concerns of an island-wide security boost, amid rumors that a group of trouble makers were planning unrest in the province.

Governor Chamroen was forced to allay panic among Phuketians after news spread on social media that he had written to local security forces asking them to prepare for possible unrest in the province.

“This was an internal memo that was not meant for public dissemination. There is no cause for concern whatsoever. The point of the memo was simply to ensure that security forces are prepared to quickly respond to whatever situations may arise, especially as Phuket is an international tourist destination,” said Gov Chamroen.

However, those responsible for leaking the contents of the memo must be held accountable and will face legal proceedings, warned the governor.

The governor confirmed that he had received word suggesting the possibility that certain people may intend to cause unrest in Phuket.

“Whether or not this is true, we can’t just ignore it; I sent out a letter addressed only to relevant security officials, asking them to boost security where needed, in order to ensure public safety,” said Gov Chamroen.

He took the opportunity to remind the public that it was up to all citizens to help each other keep Phuket safe by informing officials if they see anything suspicious.

— Kongleaphy Keam

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