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PHUKET: As the crackdown on work permits in Phuket takes effect, both Thai and foreign shareholders in companies that have failed to restructure their shareholdings to conform with the Alien Business Law (ABL) of 1999 face close scrutiny and the possibility of severe penalties. As one of the members of the committee set up by Provincial Governor Pongpayome Vasaputi to examine work permits, the Phuket Commercial Registration Office (CRO) will be examining every company that applies for work permits to ascertain whether it complies with the ABL. One of the major provisions of the law swept away the old rules that allowed companies to be set up with Thai nominee shareholders. The old rules resulted in many firms being established with tuk-tuk drivers, maids or chauffeurs listed as investors. Now, Thai shareholders in a company with foreign participation must be bona fide investors who can show that they have invested money in the company. The CRO has sent faxes out to local law offices and consultancies specializing in establishing companies, advising them of the salient points of the law and the penalties for infringing it. These penalties range up to three years in jail and/or a fine of up to 1 million baht. The penalties will apply both to Thais found to be infringing the ABL, and to their foreign partners. The Office is understood to be installing computer software that will enable it to identify Thais who appear as “shareholders” in large numbers of companies, and to access information on all those companies. The Gazette understands that Thai shareholders may be subject to visits in their homes to ascertain whether they have a lifestyle compatible with being shareholders. They will also be required to sign an affidavit confirming that they are genuine investors, and will then have to prove that they did, indeed, invest. If they are unable to do so, they and the foreign partners in the business face criminal charges. If they decline to sign the affidavit, the company will be regarded as being majority foreign-owned and must be reincorporated as such – if this is possible, which, in most cases, it will not be. For further information on the work permits crackdown see also “Work permits: Governor gets tough” at https://phuketgazette.net/news/index.asp?Id=1345.

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Hotels and restaurants raided, 50 arrested for allegedly cheating “We Travel Together” subsidy scheme

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Several hotels and restaurants in Phuket and Chaiyaphum were raided this morning and 50 people were arrested for allegedly stealing from the government subsidy scheme “We Travel Together.” The scheme was launched to help businesses that were financially hit by the lack of tourists during the Covid-19 pandemic and to stimulate the battered economy.

Last month, the Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Yuthasak Supasorn filed a criminal complaint against 312 hotels and 202 shops for allegedly cheating the scheme which covered 40% of room rates and offered e-vouchers. Instead of lowering prices to draw in more travellers, some hoteliers and restaurateurs allegedly raised their prices to get more subsidies.

This morning, police arrested 38 people in Chaiyaphum and 12 people in Phuket suspected of cheating the subsidy scheme. Suspects, including hotel and restaurant operators, face charges ranging from fraud and false identification to misusing electronic cards and adding fraudulent information to the computer system.

Nation Thailand says the verification system for the scheme was not stringent and people were able to register fake hotels and list fake bookings. Some hotel operators recorded higher prices for rooms to get a bigger payoff from the government.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Phuket eases restrictions, bars back to late-night hours

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Things are getting back to normal in Phuket. The provincial government eased disease control restrictions, allowing restaurants, bars and entertainment venues to go back to their normal operating hours – no more midnight closure order – and lifting the late-night alcohol ban.

While bars can now stay open late and serve alcohol after midnight, dancing is prohibited and venues cannot serve alcohol in containers that will be shared among groups of people.

The Phuket Communicable Disease Committee agreed to ease the restrictions yesterday and an order allowing late-night hours and alcohol sales was posted today by the Phuket’s Public Relations Department.

“As the Covid-19 situation in Phuket has improved that there are no more Covid-19 infections found, the committee agreed to cancel the late-night alcohol ban in order to revive the economy of Phuket.”

All businesses related to gathering activities are warned to follow the Covid-19 preventive measures.

SOURCE: Phuket News

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2 shot dead at Phuket Bus Terminal Saturday night

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Police say 2 men were gunned down at the Phuket Bus Terminal by a colleague at the terminal along the stretch of Thepkasattri road heading into Phuket Town last night. The incident happened at about 10:15pm with the local police chief arriving along with medical staff from Vachira Hospital shortly after the incident.

60 year old Wian Iadchuthong, the alleged gunman, was waiting to surrender at the scene when police arrived. Police say Wian appeared to be drunk and told them he had a serious argument with the 2 men and decided to take their lives with the gun. Police say they found 50 year old Yod Sae Lee lying on the ground in front of a taxi service stand, badly wounded. He was given CPR before being rushed to Vachira Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

54 year old Prakob Chuthong was also found lying dead by the counter of a 24 hour car park service kiosk. Police say he had been shot 2 times, once in the left side of his head and once in his left rib cage, according to Bangkok Post.

Witnesses say before the shooting, Wian was quietly drinking alone. But after getting drunk, he walked to the counter of the car park service kiosk and allegedly fired 2 shots from a 9mm gun at point-blank range, killing Prakob instantly. Wian then ran towards Yod, who was sitting in front of the taxi service stand. Yod saw Wian coming at him with the gun and he ran away to 1 side of the terminal building, only to be intercepted by Wian who allegedly fired 5 shots. Yod was hit 1 time in the head, 2 times in the torso and 2 times in the legs. Yod was also rushed to Vachira Hospital where he later died.

An initial police investigation found that the 3 were close colleagues at the workplace, but often engaged in heated fights over motorcycle taxi and taxi services at the bus terminal.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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