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PHUKET CITY: In the latest in a back-and-forth dispute between opposing village groups, developers and the governmen, about 200 villagers from Baan Yamu in Pa Khlok staged a peaceful demonstration outside the Phuket Provincial Hall on May 29 to show their support for a controversial marina project at Cape Yamu.

The planned 60-million-baht project, to be constructed by The Yamu Company, would also include a 39-berth marina, a hotel covering 100-rai hotel, and other facilities.

The group had a letter addressed to Phuket Governor Niran Kalayanamit showing their support for the project.

The marina would end the villagers reliance on subsistence fishing, move them into more modern vocations and provide better prospects for their children’s futures, the letter said.

The group arrived in two buses, which arrived at around 10 am.

By 10:15 am, Phuket Province Chief Administrative Officer (Palad) Piya Bharatasilpin came down to accept the letter on behalf of Gov Niran.

The leader of the pro-marina group was 56-year-old Bangsod Densiri.

“We came here to show our support for the Yamu marina project. Nobody put us up to this. We came by ourselves because we want Yamu to enjoy the benefits of development, just as parts of the island have,” he said.

“Phuket is a tourist destination…but the development is happening very slowly at Baan Yamu. We want the project to give villagers more jobs, more money and a better life,” he said.

Pariyes Rattanadilok Na Phuket, General Manager for The Yamu Company, was also at today’s protest.

When asked if her presence was sheer coincidence, she said: “We are here only to observe. We want to be fair to both sides. It’s up to the villagers to decide.”

“Our project currently employs more than 40 workers from the local villages to work as gardeners. We will also be considering Yamu villagers first to hold other positions at the marina. We want them to get jobs with us.”

Responding to the concerns raised by local groups that the development would harm the environment, K. Bangsod said, “The sea grass and dugong are nearly all gone. The actual situation is different from the way environmental groups portray it in the media. Those people aren’t local villagers, so they don’t see what it is really like here.

“The villagers here know very well that the seagrass and dugong have almost disappeared. They may be gone entirely.”

Pa Khlok-based Phuket Province Local Fishermen Groups Coordination Network, an umbrella group representing six local fishing rights groups who oppose the project, maintain that the marina development could damage the seabed, coral, seagrass and in the waters off Cape Yamu.

Phuket’s highly-endangered dugong population depend on seagrass as its sole source of food.

These assertions have been supported by research conducted by marine experts at the Phuket Coastal Fisheries Research and Development Center at Cape Panwa,

The May 29 demonstration follows on the heels of an anti-marina protest May 17, when 10 village representatives presented a letter to Gov Niran and the Phuket Provincial Marina Transportation Office protesting a new road proposed in Baan Yamu. If the development plan goes ahead, the current road would be closed and diverted around the hotel developments, a detour some villagers oppose.

There were also a series of meetings between government officials, representatives of the marina, and villagers held on May 3, April 22 and April 20.

These meetings produced mixed results. Villagers opposed handed in letters of protest, while The Yamu Company pointed to a survey it conducted of 200 villagers showing that 75% of the local population support the marina project.

After receiving the protest from the group on May 29, K. Piya took the document and left by car. Gov Niran previously said that Vice-Governor Worapoj Ratthasima will organize a meeting to discuss the issue soon, but no date has yet been announced.



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Police hunting for driver in hit and run – Patong

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Patong Friday, January 18, 2.06am – Police are trying to locate the driver of this hit and run silver sedan in Patong. If you have any information please contact the Tourist Police or Patong Police – 1155 or 191 (Thai)

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PHUKETWARNING: Extreme graphic contentPatong Friday, January 18, 2.06am – Police are trying to locate the driver of this hit and run silver sedan in Patong. If you have any information please contact the Tourist Police or Patong Police – 1155 or 191 (Thai)VIDEO: Newshawk Phuket

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UPDATE: Response to Rabies zone in Chalong

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‘Following the earlier reported rabies incident in Chalong, the Soi Dog Foundation yesterday (Friday, January 18) teamed up with The DLD and Chalong OBT to carry out vaccinations in the area the infected dog was discovered.

Jointly, the team was successful in vaccinating 128 dogs in a swift response to what is hoped to be an isolated case.

Working alongside the Chalong OBT and DLD, they carried out a door-to-door exercise, alerting local residents of the specific area in order to perform precautionary vaccinations of their pets, as well as street dogs in the vicinity.

Soi Dog Foundation, along with the Chalong Public Health Representative and DLD Representative, Dr.Suthat, are keen to urge the public that this is not an outbreak and are hopeful that it is an isolated incident.

However, as a further measure to ensure this remains as such, the team will continue with the rabies vaccination program on Monday, January 21.’

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Police searching for the killer after shooting near Saphan Hin

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A Thai man has been shot dead near Saphan Hin in eastern Phuket earlier today. The arrest warrant has already been issued for the suspect.

The Wichit Police were notified of the incident on Rattanakosin 200 pi Road near Saphan Hin at 3.40am this morning.

Police and rescue workers arrived to find the body of 30 year old Teerasak Saeong from Phuket covered with blood and laying on the road. Two bullet wounds were found on his right and left temple.

Seven bullets were also found around Mr Teerasak’s body. Nearby they found a motorbike. His body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital for full autopsy and identification.

Witnesses told police that Mr Teerasak was stopped on his motorbike and was talking with the suspect who was in a black car. The suspect shot at Mr Teerasak and sped away.

Mr Teerasak was the son of a member of Rassada’s Municipal Council. At this stage police believe that the two had personal conflicts. Police are now searching for the driver of the vehicle who shot Mr Teerasak.

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