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PHUKET: Eight of the island’s local business organizations have appealed to the central government to reconsider moving the Phuket governor a month from now.

The statement, issued in Thai language, was released on August 22 after the announcement to transfer Phuket Governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada to Nakhon Sri Thammarat on October 1 (story here).

The organizations issuing the plea to keep the current governor included the Phuket Chamber of Commerce, the ‘Federation of Phuket Industries’, the ‘Tourism Council of Phuket’, the Phuket Real Estate Association, the Phuket Tourist Association, the Thai Hotels Association Southern Chapter, the ‘Patong Hotel Association’ and the ‘Kata Karon Hotel Business Association’.

The statement referred to the growth in tourism figures for Phuket, saying that tourism income for the country was continually growing and amounted to billions of baht a year. The number of tourists visiting the island has also been increasing constantly, from 6 million in 2007 to 12.5 million in 2015.

Additionally, Phuket has been chosen by the central government to be a model province for several projects, such as the MICE city, marina hub, medical hub, maritime and yacht hub, and as a smart city. Phuket was also named as a city of gastronomy by UNESCO, the local organizations pointed out.

“Three Phuket governors have been reshuffled in the past four years. This affects the development of Phuket as management cannot continue properly when a new governor is selected. It takes time to understand Phuket and get to know all the officials who work for the island. If Phuket governors are moved out after only a short period of time like the current one, Phuket will likely lose its chance for continuous development, which will also affect investor confidence,” the statement claimed.

The organizations called on the central government to realize that the period of time to reshuffle the governor is very important.

“Phuket is unique and requires someone who suits the island well. It is a dynamic place and whoever is chosen as the governor must understand the needs of locals, investors and foreigners, and have a ‘great vision’ to drive Phuket forward properly. The Phuket governor must be one who really loves Phuket and will work to continually expand growth in every area, so that islanders can have a sustainable means of living. Only then can Phuket aim to be an Asian and regional economic hub,” the statement said.

— Chutharat Plerin



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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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