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Poor turnout for SorPorKor meeting

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PHUKET TOWN: Only 67 people of the 515 people in Phuket holding SorPorKor 4-01 land occupation papers registered at a meeting with Phuket Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi yesterday. With the central government about to send dozens of investigators to Phuket to check all SorPorKor papers, Gov Pongpayome had asked SorPorKor holders to a one-hour meeting at the Phuket Provincial Meeting Hall. The aim of the meeting was to explain the thinking behind the original issue of the papers, and to answer questions on issues raised by the current investigation ordered by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Afterwards, the Governor said, “We invited people with SorPorKor papers to the meeting because we wanted to ensure they understood what was happening. “People should not be surprised if officers go to see them and ask for their help,” the Governor added. They should cooperate fully and openly, he stressed. “This means that if, for example, you are a hotel owner who has 10 rai of SorPorKor land, you should not tell officials that you are farmer. “The government will examine your sources of income. For instance, if you have profits from a hotel of 10 million baht a year and you get 200,000 baht from your farm, does this mean you are a farmer? “When checking, we will still use the same criteria [as were set out when the SorPorKor scheme was launched in 1994]. We’re not changing the rules. “Don’t worry about anyone giving false information against you, because after we have checked, everything will be doublechecked by the new high-level government committee [under Deputy Prime Minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh],” the Governor added. The Agriculture Land Reform Office in Phuket has reissued the rules governing the original allocation of SorPorKor papers, which demonstrate how things became so messy in the first place. The rules defined two groups of people who qualified for SorPoKor papers: farmers, and those who wanted to become farmers. But there was no definition of the word “farmer”. Those in the second group had to show that they met one of three criteria: that they were poor; that they had studied agriculture; or that, oddly, they wanted to join the SorPorKor system. The second group also had to prove that they had no land, or that they had not enough land to cover the basic costs of living. “Phuket is different from other provinces,” the Governor said. “In those provinces, farmers applied enthusiastically for SorPorKor papers, but in Phuket not many people were keen [to take up papers that did not confer ownership of land].” Some 30 to 40 officers from the Agriculture Land Reform Department in Bangkok were due to arrive in Phuket yesterday to start checking on SorPorKor papers, but Gov Pongpayome announced that their arrival has been postponed to next Monday so that they can receive additional briefing on how to check the titles. The investigation is part of a wider probe into circumstances surrounding the assassination of the Assistant Chief of the Phuket Provincial Land Office, Pongtorn Hiranyaburana, on April 25. In Phuket, there are 515 parcels of land with SorPorKor titles, covering a total of 10,400 rai.

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The second baby dugong ‘Yamil’ dies in Phuket

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The second young dugong, being cared for by vets at the Phuket Marine Biological Centre, has died.

Yamil, the baby dugong stranded on a Krabi beach on July 1, died of “shock and cardiac arrest” last night (Thursday) after suffering indigestion and gastroparesis.

The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources report that Yamil was sent from the Phuket Marine Biological Centre to Vachira Hospital last evening for an endoscopy to observe its gastrointestinal tract, which was found to be full of sea grass – a dugong’s normal food.

“But the sea grass had obstructed Yamil’s gut, causing its digestive system to stop functioning. This resulted in a buildup of gas in the digestive system, leading to the rupture of blood vessels and infection.”

Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari named the dugong ‘Yamil’ when he was moved from Krabi to Phuket for treatment and rehabilitation by marine vets. The animal was originally rescued by villagers from a Krabi beach where it washed up. His care has been sponsored by the Princess. Yamil, in the Yawi dialect, means “handsome young man of the sea”.

Last Friday night, baby dugong ‘Mariam’ died of shock while being treated in protected area near Koh Libong in Trang province.  Vets later found several pieces of plastic in its stomach.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Official complaint filed with the DSI over The Peaks Residences Condominium in Phuket

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PHOTO: Inspections at the property in March this year – Kritsada Mueanhawong

Bangkok MP Sira Jenjaka has gone ahead and filed a long list of formal complaints over The Peaks Residences Condominium project being built in the hills above Kata Noi in Phuket.

The Palang Pracharat MP has also claimed to have had death threats made against him over his investigations and accusations over the condo’s land titles and ownership in recent weeks.

The MP filed an official complaint with the Department of Special Investigation chief in Bangkok this morning.

The complaint alleges that the Karon Mayor Tawee Thongcham and the municipality “neglected their duties” by issuing permits to Kata Beach Co Ltd, the developer of the The Peaks Residences Condominium.

In February this year the Karon OrBorTor issued a construction permit for the project but in April municipal officials also sent a letter acknowledging the ongoing legal proceedings over the legitimacy of the land title, the NorSor 3 Kor Number 1863.

The complaint alleges that the project is being built on land with a NorSor 3 Kor No. 1863 land title. The complainants allege that the legal land document would have had to have been presented to obtain building permits and construction to proceed. But they claim that, as the NorSor 3 Kor for that land was under consideration by the Administrative Court, a legal building permit could not be issued.

In August 2017, the Regional Administrative Court ruled that the NorSor 3 Kor No. 1863 land title was invalid. Furthermore it determined that the land was “protected forest land”.

The DSI formally received the complaint documents this morning.

Meanwhile, the developer of The Peaks Residences Condominium, Manassanan Nararattanawee, the CEO of Kata Beach Co Ltd, maintains that the project’s paperwork is all “proper’ and that “everything is under the law”.

“Our company has already suspended construction to wait for the judgment of the Supreme Administrative Court.”

Officials from the Internal Security Operations Command inspected the property in March this year as the owners promised to ‘slow down’ construction. Read that story HERE.

Official complaint filed with the DSI over The Peaks Residences Condominium in Phuket | News by The Thaiger

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Phuket marine vets report on the progress of dugong calf ‘Yamil’

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A veterinary team at the Phuket Marine Biological Centre has removed the remaining partially-digested sea grass from the 3 month old dugong calf Yamil’s stomach to prevent complications from possible infection.

The calf still suffers from excess stomach and intestinal gas, abnormal heart rhythms and occasional seizures.

X-ray results showed liquid food is still passing through Yamil’s digestive track, so veterinarians were removing the remaining sea grass from its stomach and would provide the marine mammal with liquid nutrients and minerals, as well as painkillers and antibiotics. Veterinarians say they are keeping a close watch on the young dugong.

The male baby dugong was found washed ashore on Krabi’s Bo Muang Beach on July 1 with abrasions on more than 50% of its body. It is currently in the care of the Phuket Marine Biological Centre until it is old enough and strong enough to be returned to the sea.

SOURCE: The Nation

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