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PHUKET: A representative of Phuket’s Tiger Group of entertainment and nightlife venues has publicly lashed out against the allegations made by controversial MP Chuwit Kamolvisit.

The entertainment group is even considering legal action, said Thamrongsak Boonrak, legal counselor to the Tiger Group management.

The threat of legal action follows Kathu Police yesterday afternoon conducting surprise raids of businesses run by the Tiger Group in Patong, following a slew of recent allegations by MP Chuwit that “the largest casino in Southern Thailand” was being operated in one their establishments, which was also allegedly involved in prostitution.

The raids, led by Patong Police Superintendent Arayapan Pukbuakhao, followed shortly after officers saw outspoken Rak Prathet Thai (Love Thailand) Party leader and party list MP Chuwit on Thai TV Channel 7.

Mr Chuwit earlier that afternoon complained to national and Police Region 8 officers that the Tiger Group was operating a casino out of one of their entertainment complexes in Patong that had a daily turnover of 100 million baht, said the report.

Another gambling den located in Thung Thong Police District turned over 70 to 80 million baht a day, he alleged.

Both venues were allowed to operate thanks to payoffs to high-ranking police officers, who were also involved in an underground lottery racket, said MP Chuwit.

With these allegations in mind, Col Arayapan led the media and Kathu District officers on a tour of some of the properties allegedly involved.

At one of them, the new Tiger Disco on Bangla Road, he met Thamrongsak Boonrak, legal counselor to the Tiger Group management. Mr Thamrongsak ruled out MP Chuwit’s allegations as sheer falsehood.

“First of all, Mr Chuwit’s allegations against us were not only completely out of line – they were rubbish. He said we have daily turnover of 100 million baht per day from operating a gambling den upstairs here. That is not true at all.

“In fact we are still under construction. Look around and you will see equipment all over the floor, technicians working. We are installing a 57-million-baht light and sound system, funded from a loan provided by Land & Houses,” Mr Thamrongsak said, referring to the is a national real estate development firm that has built several upscale housing estates on Phuket.

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Mr Thamrongsak also refuted another allegation recently made by Mr Chuwit that Tiger Group was one of many Phuket businesses involved in prostitution.

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“I’m willing to meet Mr Chuwit in front of the media – anytime, anywhere. Our design theme here is to have boutique stucco art to show foreigners. We are not in the prostitution business.

“It is true we have disco and beer bars downstairs, our dancers are not prostitutes. The dancing is not lewd. You know, a few week ago there was a pole dancing competition in Singapore. It is international, not at all obscene,” he said.

“What he [Mr Chuwit] said could really ruin our reputation and business. What will financial institutions think of us?” he asked.

Mr Thamrongsak was quick to remind reporters that before taking on the mantle of graft-buster, Mr Chuwit himself was allegedly involved in the sex trade.

“Mr Chuwit is a former massage parlor tycoon, involved in the business of prostitution,” he said.

“Is this the kind of person people should believe?” he said, adding that Mr Chuwit had been arrested and imprisoned in the past.

Mr Thamrongsak took his denial that Tiger Group was involved in gambling a step further – claiming that all of Patong was free of bon phanan (the Thai term typically translated as “gambling den”).

“I do not know about the past, but presently there is not single gambling den in Patong,” he said.

“Mr Chuwit’s complaint also included video images of strippers. These were in another bar, not ours. His information is all mixed up,” he said.

Mr Chuwit also attributed images of the new 200-million-baht Tiger Live Band complex as having been taken at Tiger Discotheque on Soi Sansabai.

“He thinks other people will do the same types of bad things that he used to do, but his allegations are all rubbish, really,” he said, clearly infuriated by the allegations.

“Police inspected both Tiger Discotheque and Tiger Live Band. We are now considering legal action against Mr Chuwit. We will wait to see if he apologizes to us. This is ruining not only our reputation, but the entire reputation of Phuket,” said the angry Mr Thamrongsak, who even chastised a reporter for referring to the member of parliament as “Khun Chuwit”.

“He should be called Ai Chuwit,” he said. Ai is a derogatory title in Thai, though it is sometimes used as a loose term of endearment among friends.

In contrast, Col Arayapan appeared unperturbed by the very serious allegations made by Mr Chuwit.

“He said there were police and other government departments involved, so I ordered Patong Police to coordinate with the District Office to investigate the places referenced,” he said.

Some 30 police and Kathu District officials took part in the raids, which also included the Bangkok Residence hotel on Soi Sansabai.

As for the new Tiger Disco complex, Col Arayapan said, “From what I have observed they run beer bars downstairs and upstairs is still under construction.

“These are the facts I will include in my report to the provincial police commander,” he said.

— Chutharat Plerin

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Phuket is rehearsing procedures to ready themselves for the Covid‐19 vaccine administration green light. A rehearsal at Vachira Hospital’s Lan Muang Khao open area was held late yesterday to iron out any kinks in the administration process. Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panapong watched over the procedures along with other health officials.

Pichet says the first vaccine round of 4,000 doses should arrive early in March, with the 2nd and 3rd set of doses, 16,000 and 48,000 respectively, to arrive in April and May.

“The government recognises the importance of the affected areas of the economy where the epidemic situation of COVID-19 must be stopped and has allocated the COVID-19 vaccine to Phuket Province to build herd immunity, restore the economy, return a smile to Thailand.”

“We are preparing to COVID-19 mass vaccination to build confidence among the people that they will receive a quality, safe vaccine and to receive follow-up care after it has been administered.”

Pichet says Phuket’s first target groups to receive the vaccine include medical and public health personnel, with others on the frontlines to come next.

Then, workers aged 18-59 years old, people with underlying diseases including chronic respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, cerebrovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity will follow.

“People with severe neurological conditions and pregnant women should be wary of taking the vaccine, as well as women who are breastfeeding and people with immunodeficiency.”

The procedure to get vaccinated starts by recipients undergoing screening by having their temperatures taken, and then sanitising their hands before entering the administration area. Then, they will move their way through a series of steps, detailed below:

Step 1: Register

Step 2: Record weight and blood pressure

Step 3: Pass the screening process by have their medical history and risk assessment recorded and then signing a consent to receive the vaccine

Step 4: Wait for vaccination

Step 5: Vaccination

Step 6: Rest for 30 minutes, while being observed for symptoms. Then scan the official Line account “หมอพร้อม” (“Doctor Ready”)

Step 7: Pass a final check before receiving a document confirming vaccination

Pichet says health workers will follow up with vaccine recipients after 1,7, and 30 days from being vaccinated to monitor any adverse reactions.

Those who are set to receive their second jab will have appointments made for them. Those who receive the Sinovac vaccine will be scheduled to have their second doses 2 to 4 weeks after the first. AstraZeneca vaccine receivers will be scheduled for their second doses 10 to 12 weeks after the first.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Phuket police officer charged with attempted murder for shooting and critically injuring a noodle vendor

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The drunk, off-duty police officer in Phuket who has caught on camera shooting and beating a noodle vendor on Bangla Road is now facing attempted murder charges as well as charges of carrying a firearm in public without a necessary reason and firing a weapon in a public area. The commander of the Phuket police station said he ordered investigators to prosecute the officer Pornthep Channarong with every criminal charge that can be applied.

The officer had gotten into an altercation just before dawn yesterday and shot a young vendor who was walking by. Surveillance camera footage show the 25 year old suddenly falling to the ground after being shot. The officer walks up and shoots the vendor at a close range, but it appears the second shot did not hit the vendor. The officer also slapped the vendor in the face, picked him up and shoved him over, and then kicked him as he lay on the ground.

The vendor has a 4 year old daughter and 3 month old son. His wife says normally he works as a motorbike driver, but he was helping his mother selling noodles. He was shot while he was walking back from collecting a noodle bowl, she says. The vendor is in critical condition and being cared for at Vachira Phuket Hospital’s intensive care unit. He’s in need of Type B blood.

“For his condition, the doctor told me that the bullet went through his lung. He lost a lot of blood. We need a lot of Type B blood for him.”

A disciplinary investigation into the incident was launched by police and Pornthep was officially dismissed from the Royal Thai Police force. Region 8 Police Commander Kitrat Panpetch says the incident does not reflect the police force in Phuket.

“The incident was caused by an officer who did something wrong that our organisation does not want. We are a big organisation with more than 200,000 officers under our control. Our officers are not all bad like this.”

Phuket Provincial Police Commander Pornsak Nuannu says he has reminded the police chiefs across the island to discuss reasons for carrying firearms in public.

“Carrying firearms is to prevent any type of crime that may happen, not to commit a crime by themselves like this incident. If I see any police doing such a thing, I will decisively proceed in terms of both officer discipline and criminal charges.”

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Thai Vietjet resumes Phuket-Chiang Rai flights, launches promotion on air fare

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The following is a press release from Thai Vietjet on its new promotion “Welcome Back to the Sky” and the resumption of Phuket-Chiang Rai flights.

Thai Vietjet today announced the flight resumption of its domestic cross-regional service between Phuket – Chiang Rai, in response to the increasing travel demand after the government began relaxing travel measures in each province. The airline will resume the service for four (04) round-trip flights a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, with the flight duration around 2 hours and 5 minutes, starting from 26 February 2021 onwards. The flight details are as follows:

Flight No.Departure from PhuketArrival at Chiang Rai Flight No. Departure from Chiang RaiArrival in Phuket
VZ4008:15am10:20amVZ40110:50am12:55pm

In addition, the airline also announced the resumption of other domestic cross-regional services including the flight between Hat Yai – Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai – Nakhon Si Thammarat from 19 March 2021 onwards.

Following the service resumption announcement, the airline launched special promotion “Welcome Back to the Sky”, offering special fares from just THB 99 (not inclusive of taxes, fees, surcharges, and add-ons) for Thai Vietjet’s flights between Phuket – Chiang Rai and the flights to/from Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi). The special fares are available for booking from 24 – 28 February 2021, with travel period between 8 March – 30 June 2021 on SkyFUN.vietjetair.com

As the COVID-19 situation is under control, Thai Vietjet has been adding flight frequency in line with the increasing demand for travel. The airline has also recently introduced its new product on SkyFUN, the ‘TRIP EASY PLUS’ – travel insurance with coverage of COVID-19 starting from THB 180, which provides further convenience and travel confidence to passengers to travel with the highest level of safety during the pandemic. For more information, please visit https://skyfun.vietjetair.com/insurance.

The promotional fares are available on SkyFUN.vietjetair.com, applied to Thai Vietjet’s domestic flights in Thailand from Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket, Krabi, Udon Thani, Hat Yai , Khon Kaen, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Ubon Ratchathani and the domestic cross-regional flight Phuket – Chiang Rai. The tickets are also available on all other distribution channels including www.vietjetair.com, mobile app “Vietjet Air”, via Facebook at facebook.com/VietJetThailand by clicking “Booking” tab, as well as travel agencies and booking offices. Payment can be easily made with ‘True Money Wallet’ and international debit/credit cards.

Thai Vietjet is committed to providing on time scheduled flights with the highest safety complied with the standards and regulations of the relevant authorities. Thai Vietjet was named the fastest growing low-cost airline in Thailand 2020 by The Global Business Outlook Award. The airline also owns one of the worlds newest and most modern fleet with an average age of only 2.7 years and was awarded the highest ranking for safety with 7 stars by the world’s only safety and product rating website airlineratings.com. The carrier has been strictly performing aircraft disinfection dailythroughout its fleet in compliance with Thai Ministry of Public Health.

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