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Phuket to get new police chief in latest reshuffle

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PHUKET: Phuket will get a new provincial police commander as part of a nationwide reshuffle of top provincial-level officers.

Phuket Provincial Police Deputy Commander Chalit Kaewyarat today confirmed to the Phuket Gazette the results of the reshuffle announced at a meeting of the National Police Committee at Royal Police Headquarters in Bangkok yesterday.

Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung, who as Interior Minister oversees the Royal Thai Police, chaired the meeting to consider and approve the transfer of provincial police commanders and deputy commanders, Col Chalit said.

“Phuket Provincial Police Commander Chonasit Wattanavrangkul has been transferred to take up the position of Commissioner of Inspection Division 9, Office of the Inspector General, in Bangkok.

“His replacement will be current Narathiwat Provincial Police Commander Maj Gen Chote Chawanwiwat,” Col Chalit explained.

Col Chalit, a Phuket native who has also served many years as a police officer in Phuket, said he would be transferred to serve as Phang Nga Provincial Police commander.

“The order will be effective from October 1,” Col Chalit said.

As expected by many, yesterday’s gathering in Bangkok did not end without controversy. Pol Gen Achirawit Suphanphesat, who earlier criticized politicians for interfering in the reshuffle process and compromising its meritocratic component, walked out on the proceedings.

“Before the meeting started, I presented a document that included some proposed promotions that I deemed inappropriate in terms of qualifications and principles,” he said, adding that other promotions were raised in the course of the meeting with no real chance for deliberation by the board.

Gen Achirawit said he explained his concerns to the board, but that the chairman [Deputy PM Chalerm] simply carried on without even considering his opinion.

“When I realized they would not consider our view, I walked out without first informing any fellow commissioners,” he said.

“To be promoted to higher positions, a police officer must have good knowledge with outstanding work during the period they hold their positions… The reason I got upset was because there are so many police officers who did outstanding work, but did not get promoted. On the other hand, some officers that did not do much outstanding work got promoted to big positions,” said Gen Achirawit.

“For example, Chumphon Provincial Police Commander Maj Gen Somchai Aumthanom doesn’t have the same experience and performance results as Nakhon Sri Thammarat Provincial Police Commander Maj Gen Ronnaphong Saigaew, but he got promoted to be Police Region 8 Deputy Commissioner,” he noted.

“Also, Police Region 8 Deputy Commander Col Daoloy Muandej, who has done outstanding work in drug suppression and has lots of experience, did not get promoted. Instead, Phuket Provincial Police Deputy Commander Chalit Kaewyarat, who has less experience and produced less outstanding results, got promoted to the post of Phang Nga Provincial Police Commander,” Gen Achirawit said.

Deputy PM Chalerm insisted after the meeting that the entire process was both “fair and transparent”.

“No money was involved with the reshuffle list. I understand that there are people who are upset with the result; it always happens when there is a meeting like this. The result can’t please everyone, but we have considered this matter carefully,” he said.

Thai National Police chief Preophan Dhamapong said, “I am not worried about the reshuffle list. I just thought that police officers who walked out of the meeting should have listened to the explanation before walking out so that they might better understand why we made the decisions we did,” he said.

The Gazette notes that in 2003, Col Chalit was promoted from Deputy Superintendent to Superintendent of Chalong Police. He remained there until 2007, when he was promoted to Deputy Superintendent of Takuapa District Police, which also covers Khao Lak.

Last year, Col Chalit returned to Phuket, working under Maj Gen Chonasit as Deputy Superintendent of Phuket Provincial Police.

National reporting by Phuket Gazette’s Thai-language partner website Nation Breaking News.

— Chutharat Plerin



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Some restrictions lifted for superyachts in the region

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Thailand is poised to ease rules on bareboat charters as well as introducing new measures to attract more luxury and super yachts into the region.

The new measures were laid out in a presentation called “Highlighting Strategies for Attracting Yachts and Improving Safety at Sea” held at the 2019 Thailand Yacht Show and Rendezvous in Phuket.

Gordon Fernandes, Asia Pacific Superyachts co-founder, outlined new measures to attract Superyachts in the meeting attended by officials from Thailand’s Customs Department.

Representing Thailand’s Customs Department, Kanchana Suwanicho, updated delegates on the rules applying for a temporary stay for yachts as well as outlining revisions for bareboat charter rules.

ttrweekly.com reports that, under the revisions, bareboat charters will not need to hire a Thai registered captain and engineer to be present on board vessels for the sailing duration.

“Out-dated rules are being reviewed, but due to recent boating tragedies involving foreign tourists authorities are concerned about potential safety lapses.”

Stating that Thailand wants to continue being the ‘Yachting Hub for Asia’ Kanchana said bareboat charters would not be required to hire a Thai captain and engineer, but the charterer would be required to show they had qualified personnel to assume full responsibility.

The Revenue department confirmed it was actively working to resolve a stumbling block linked to Superyacht charter licences.

“Once this stumbling block has been removed foreign flagged yachts, over 30 metres long, will be allowed to legally charter in Thailand. This will be a major boom for the industry both in Phuket and across the region.”

The easing of restrictions for superyachts coming to the region has been a major issue of the founder of the Thailand Yacht Show and Singapore Yacht Show, Andy Treadwell.

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Attendees of the “Highlighting Strategies for Attracting Yachts and Improving Safety at Sea”

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Suspect hands himself in to police, denies charges in Saphan Hin shooting

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A suspect has handed himself in to police after an arrest warrant was issued over a Saphan Hin shooting last week. The suspect is denying the charges.

A Thai man was shot dead near Saphan Hin in eastern Phuket last week. An arrest warrant was issued for the suspect shortly after as police went hunting for the suspect identified by witnesses.

Read more about the shooting HERE.

Wichit Police Chief Col Nikorn Somsuk says, “The suspect is 23 year old Jakkrit Sangsaard. Yesterday he presented himself to police for the shooting and carrying gun in public changes. He has denied the charges and been bailed.”

“At this stage we believe that the suspect and the dead man, Teerasak, had a previous conflict.. Teerasak stopped his motorbike and tried to fire a shot at the suspect but the gun misfired. The suspect then shot back. We are continuing our investigation.”

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Legal action taken against people who removed beer cans from beer truck accident scene

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Legal action has already been taken against four people who ‘removed’ beer cans after a truck carrying boxes of beer cans overturned in Phuket on January 11.

A logistic company representative has filed a report with police after more than 80,000 beer cans, valued at more than two million baht, mysteriously “vanished” after the truck overturned in Rassada.

Read more about the incident outside a Rassada 7/11 HERE.

The Phuket City Police Chief Col Sompong Thiparpakun says, “Four people have now been arrested. They have admitted that they saw other people taking beer cans, so they did too. They say they have consumed the contents of all beer cans. ”

“If evidence can be provided that other people took these beer cans and sold them, legal action will be taken against them too.”

“It was illegal to remove these items from the crash scene.”

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