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Phuket land grab sparks full investigation

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PHUKET: The hasty construction of a handful of shelters and houses on an undeveloped plot north of Phuket Town has sparked a full investigation by the Phuket Land Office into who legally owns the land.

The issue came to a flash-point on February 22 when Pasinpon Sabtamrongkan arrived at the site to find about 40 local residents – and a hastily built fence – stopping him from accessing land registered as owned by his wife, Methinee Janpong.

“They told me the land belongs to them… It’s my land, I can enter whenever I want, but the people said I was not allowed in and threatened to hurt me,” he said.

Contention over the land, just south of the Bang Khu Intersection in Sapam, began two months ago.

“I came here and found people [literally] building houses and shelters on the land. I told them to leave but they just kept on building,” Mr Pasinpon explained.

“I hired a man called ‘Nuad’ to stay in a house on our land and to cut the grass and weeds. But people started encroaching onto our land after he left about six months ago,” he added.

After discovering three houses, some shelters and a brick wall had been built on his land – along with newly planted banana and coconut trees and wire fences marking off different areas – Mr Pasinpon asked the Land Office to investigate.

“Tanit Janpong, my father-in-law, bought the 24 rai from Suchart Khaisil, who was the original owner in 1979,” Mr Pasinpon explained.

“The whole plot used to be empty and later [Suchart] subdivided it to sell the smaller plots cheaply – from 20,000 to 40,000 baht each. Most of the land buyers were government officers,” he added.

“My wife bought the remaining land from her father eight years ago,” he said, adding that each plot was about 80 to 90 wah, covering “four to five rai” in total.

Also outraged by the land grab was Lt Col Jaran Boonsoparb of Phuket City Police.

“Dr Prasong Sangkhachai, my father-in-law, owns our plot of 87 wah. He bought it from Tanit Janpong. The Chanote was issued in 1989,” he said.

“We may have to talk and negotiate with them first because they may not know, but this is a warning to let them know: If the buildings stay, I will pull them down myself,” Col Jaran said.

Arriving at the site that morning was Nikom Ukati and a team of fellow surveyors from the Phuket Land Office.

“When we arrived, some people were ‘opposed’ to us measuring the land. But we explained the problem to them and they let us continue our work,” he said.

“I am here to measure the four plots of land [that Mr Pasinpon claims his wife owns] and to confirm the plot areas by identifying the boundary markers. In total, 25 plots are to be investigated,” he explained.

“At this time, I have yet to see any Chanote titles presented by people who have built houses and shelters here.”

After returning to the site on March 1, Mr Nikom told the Phuket Gazette that none of the people who occupy the recently-built houses and shelters claimed to have Chanote titles for the land they were now living on.

Observing the commotion at the site was Worrawit Uisakul.

“This is public land. Anyone can build here,” he told the Gazette.

Asked if he lived in the area or owned any of the houses in question, Mr Worrawit said he was “just a friend of someone here” and that he was “just here to help”.

Yet Mr Nikom denied any of the land was state land.

“None of the land here is public land. From the evidence I have so far, the land is privately owned,” he said.

Despite documentary evidence already confirming the ownership of the 25 plots, his team would continue measuring each and every plot – as requested, he added.

Most likely his team will complete the investigation by the end of March, Mr Nikom said on March 1.

Adding to the mix of complaints, Jamroen Pin-amorn told the Gazette, “I own 13 rai here. I did not buy it from [former gardening caretaker] Nuad, but I believe he sold land to other people.”

Mr Jamroen then showed the Gazette two very basic documents that he said proved he had full ownership rights to his land.

“This document was issued by the Royal Forest Department in 1979,” Mr Jamroen said.

Mr Pasinporn expressed his good faith in Mr Nuad, but he also had some doubt.

“I do not believe he sold my land, but we need to find him and ask him whether he did or not.

“But I think it would be quite difficult to find him now,” he added.

— Janpen Upatising

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Strong wind and waves this morning closes Phuket’s beaches, one swimmer rescued

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Phuket’s Rawai Mayor, Aroon Solos, ordered all beaches in the area to close after a foreigner was rescued this morning after being unable to make it back to shore. The foreigner was swimming off Ao Sane beach, just north of the popular Nai Harn Beach, when lifeguards were sent out to help bring him back to shore. The recent weather has been partly attributed to Tropical Storm Noul as other beaches areas around Patong have been closed since Friday.

Mayor Aroon ordered both the Nai Harn and Ya Nui beaches closed until further notice.

Noul crossed over the Vietnamese coastline in the early hours of Friday morning and tracked westwards into Laos, then Thailand’s north east, dragging in moisture from the Indian Ocean and intensifying the south-west monsoon.

The Chief of the Cherngtalay Tambon says that, once weather is more stable, the island’s beaches will reopen.

“All beaches in our area, Surin Beach, Bang Tao beach and other beaches, are closed today. We will reopen them when the weather improves.” Strong winds have contributed to falling trees and power outages across the island with one tree falling on the island’s main traffic artery, Thepkasattri Road, blocking traffic.

Officials are also warning road travellers to drive carefully after a car reportedly flipped over yesterday during wet conditions. The Thai Meteorological Department has also re-issued a weather warning today, saying that Noul has been now downgraded from a Category 3 tropical storm to a tropical depression.

The remnants of Noul currently sit over the Kancanaburi province after surging through Thailand’s north eastern and central provinces earlier today.

“Strong wind waves are likely in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. In the upper portion of both seas, the waves will be likely 2-4 meters high and more than 4 meters high in thundershowers. In the lower portion, the waves will be likely about 2 meters and in thundershower areas more than 3 meters high. All ships keep ashore through 20 September.”

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Phuket residents going hungry after local government assistance runs out

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Residents in Phuket, particularly those living in and around the west coast townships, are reportedly going hungry as the government’s municipal budget to provide food has been depleted. Despite efforts to revive tourism in the area, thousands of people are still in need of donated food to survive and continue to queue up for donated food every day. A public relations staff member at the Patong municipality says, sadly, there is no budget to do any more food handouts in the near future and that there is no word on when or if there will be any more handouts.

The Phuket Town Deputy Mayor told The Phuket News that there has only been 2 handouts since the pandemic struck the tourist-reliant area. One handout was in March while the last handout was in June with the mayor saying 28 million baht was spent in those 2 handouts. Meanwhile a number of foreign residents in the town have been providing supplies for food queues for many months to help the impoverished residents.

One Phuket expat says the majority of those affected in the Patong area are Burmese migrant workers, with long queues for private donations still being seen on the streets of Patong. Such private donations are a result of charity events that are being held across the island with the assistance of dedicated volunteers.

Like Thailand’s Mental Health Department, many are concerned about the impact that food insecurity is having on those struggling. According to the department, 2,551 people had killed themselves across Thailand in the first half of 2020, a 22 % increase, year on year. In response, the National Reform Committee on Labour was ordered on September 11 to issue an amnesty on all outstanding debts, while providing financial support anyone who remains unemployed on the island.

At a recent meeting, other requests were made that include the government giving incentives for more Thais to visit the island and to use social security funds and soft loans as support for local business owners. For now, the situation is grim as Phuket residents are resorting to relying on private charities for food donations.

Phuket’s vice governor Phichet saysd that Phuket has been badly affected by the Covid crises, and delivered 3 requests to the Senate Standing Committee on Tourism… to extend the financial support by the Social Security Office for a further 3 months, allow workers from other provinces to transfer their house registration to Phuket so the Phuket government can receive more funds to provide better care for them, and ask the Ministry of Labour to provide assistance to at least 1,000 unemployed in Phuket.

Whilst the government unveiled plans for a “Phuket Model” to revive tourism on the island, it came to nothing, despite a high power delegation of Ministers and Bangkok officials who visited Phuket 2 weekends ago.

One such charity is set to record a song by leading Phuket musicians with the hopes of continuing to help feed those in need on the island.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Heavy rain across the country this weekend – local forecasts

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Heavy rain is expected across much of Thailand over the next few days, mostly as a result of the intensity of a tropical storm crossing into Vietnam today, ‘Noul’, from the South China Sea. The low pressure cell will help intensify the effects of the south west monsoon too. But the remnants of the storm won’t “slam” into Northern Thailand as one news site claimed – rather it will be a lot of rain and increased winds. The storm is expected to cross into Thailand around the Mukdahan province some time early tomorrow,

Around the country, Saturday will be the worst with rains easing during Sunday. Thailand north east ‘Isaan’ provinces will be the worst affected as they are in the direct track of the storm as it crosses Vietnam, into Laos, and then crossing Thailand’s borders in the upper north east in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

Whilst tropical storm ‘Noul’ has been packing winds from 80 – 120 kilometres per hour as it reaches the central Vietnam coast areas, including popular tourist locations like Da Nang and Hoi An, the storm will continue to dissipate as it moves inland. The storm has been tracking across the South China Sea this week, gathering strength, in a west northwesterly direction.

Residents in the coastal town of Hoi An report that it rained continuously last night, with strong winds, and that they expect widespread flooding to be reported during the day.

The forecast for heavy rain in Bangkok will probably dampen some of the enthusiasm for tomorrow’s anti-government rally to be held in and around the Thammasat University Tha Prachan campus.

Here are the forecasts for Saturday and Sunday around the country…

Bangkok

Heavy rain across the country this weekend - local forecasts | News by The Thaiger

Phuket

Heavy rain across the country this weekend - local forecasts | News by The Thaiger

Chiang Mai

Heavy rain across the country this weekend - local forecasts | News by The Thaiger

Pattaya

Heavy rain across the country this weekend - local forecasts | News by The Thaiger

Khon Kaen

Heavy rain across the country this weekend - local forecasts | News by The Thaiger

Koh Samui

Heavy rain across the country this weekend - local forecasts | News by The Thaiger

Read more about Thailand’s annual monsoons HERE.

SOURCE: weather.com

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