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PATONG: In one of his last acts as Interior Minister, Purachai Piemsomboon signed an order instructing Patong Mayor Surasak Maneesri and one of his two deputies to step down because of allegations of disreputable behavior. The order, signed on Wednesday, K. Purachai’s last day at the Interior Ministry before taking up his new post as Minister of Justice, was delivered to the office of Phuket Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi yesterday evening. The Governor today countersigned the order and sent it to Kathu District Office for enforcement. The order cites evidence from Suthat Pantana, a representative of Navajessada Transportation and Construction Co, who on November 15 last year went to the Patong Municipal Offices to pick up an instalment of the payments for construction of the town’s water treatment system. K. Suthat said that he met with K. Surasak and his deputy, Sakorn Cheuayuan. K. Sakorn told K. Suthat that he must bring 2 million baht, failing which K. Surasak would not sign his instalment check. He also handed him a slip of paper on which was written “2.0 million no check.” Four days later, on November 19, K. Suthat went back to the Mayor’s office to ask for payment of a further check. Again it was refused, and K. Sakorn asked him again about the payment of 2 million baht. K. Suthat said that discussions over the payment to the Mayor and K. Sakorn went on until the end of December, when the company finally made two cash payments totaling 1.08 million to K. Surasak. Both K. Sakorn and Mayor Surasak denied being at work on November 15, but Ministry investigators unearthed documents signed by the two, and dated that day. Handwriting experts compared documents known to have been written by K. Sakorn with the slip of paper that K. Suthat said he had received from K. Sakorn, and found they were written by the same hand. In addition, K. Suthat secretly recorded both the November 19 meeting and those on December 26 and 27 when the cash was handed over. Having examined the evidence, K. Purachai ordered K. Surasak and K. Sakorn to quit their posts for behavior likely to bring the Municipality into disrepute. The timing of the order is exquisite – the council was dissolved yesterday anyway, to clear the way for elections. K. Surasak and his deputy now have 90 days to appeal against the decision in the recently established Administrative Court in Bangkok, which handles grievances against the central government. In the meantime it is not clear whether the two men may stand in the Patong elections, which must by law take place by November 18. Gov Pongpayome said that the law governing the elections is complex, especially as it has not yet been decided whether Patong will remain a tessabaan tambon or will be upgraded to a tessabaan muang. That decision is expected on Monday (October 7). “However, under the tessabaan muang election rules, anyone removed from office because of corruption or bad behavior is not allowed to stand for election,” he added. Neither K. Surasak nor K. Sakorn was available for comment today.



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Phuket tourist decides hotel awning more comfortable than his room

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PHOTOS: Rawai Rescue workers / Phuket Tourist Police

The Phuket Tourist Police have been notified that a tourist had jumped from a building in Rawai and ended up on a steel awning covering the bottom floor today. But that wasn’t, in fact, what had happened.

The local Tourist Police say the owner of the building told staff at the Tourist Assistance Centre that the tourist had checked into the room on February 13.

The tourist didn’t actually jump down from the building but had moved a mattress from his room on to the awning and slept on it (mosquitos!!) He was also drunk and damaged some property inside the room.

The man is a 37 year old Estonian tourist. He was staying at the room with a 25 year old male friend.

Chalong Police have charged them both with being drunk and damaging property. They have said that they will pay for all damages to the owner of the property. They are heading back home on February 26.

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Patong motorbike racer arrested and fined – VIDEO

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Patong Police yesterday arrested a motorbike racer after identifying him and his motorbike from video clips that were popular in social media this week.

Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after video clips went viral in local social media.

Read more about the racing around Patong’s streets HERE.

Patong Police report that they have now arrested one motorbike racer and charged him with the maximum fine.

Patong Police are also asking motorbike rental operators to explain basic traffic rules for motorbike drivers who want to rent a motorbike.

(The Thaiger is assuming this would be covered when they get their motorbike license, which they are required to have before a motorbike is rented to them.)

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500 free helmets handed out to motorbike drivers in Patong

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Patong Development Foundation together with Patong Police and Patong Municipality have given 500 helmets to motorbike drivers in Patong today under the campaign ‘Wear your helmet’.

Handing out the 500 helmets to motorbike user in Patong was led by Patong Police Chief Col Anothai Jindamanee, Patong Municipality Chalermluck Kebsup and President of Patong Development Foundation Preechawut ‘Prap’ Keesin.

Col Anothai says, “Many motorbike drivers have been injured and died in road accident. We want 100 percent of motorbike drivers and passengers wearing helmets. ”

“More motorbike riders are now wearing helmets as the number of not wearing helmet charges has been dropping in Patong with better enforcement.”

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