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Phuket sells cheap food packages to struggling inhabitants

Jack Arthur



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Starting yesterday, to help ease the strain of financial hardships from Covid-19, a Phuket organization has made cheap food packages available for sale.

15,000 food packages from the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization were made available at 24 locations throughout the Island.

The packages cost 70 baht per set. They include:

  • 5 Kilograms of rice at 40 baht per pack
  • 1 bottle of cooking oil at 15 baht per bottle
  • 15 chicken eggs that cost 1 baht per egg.

Officials reportedly saw strong demand for the packages. However, the officials say everyone adhered to stringent disease prevention measures.

The affordable packages mirror a program that Phuket began earlier in the week in the form of “survival bags” that reportedly retailed for between 550 and 600 baht. The bags consisted of:

  • 2 x 5 kilogram packs of rice
  • 1 x bottle of cooking oil
  • 12 cans of canned fish
  • 12 packs of instant noodles

It has also been announced by PR Phuket that more “survival bags” from the PPAO are coming on June 12. These bags will include:

  • 2 kilograms of rice
  • 10 eggs (animal variety not given)

These additional food supplies were donated by the Charoen Pokphand Group which provided 24,000 kilograms of rice and 100,000 eggs.

SOURCE: The Phuket News



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    Sunday, June 6, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    Cheaper than feeding 11 elephants

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, June 6, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    Just a moment where did these packages come from. Where they collected by the supposed poor receiving them free from well meaning ferangs?
    If the packages are too expensive, consult the advertisement above for Best Weight Loss Diet.

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    Sunday, June 6, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    One can wonder how much the local elite contributors and supports with

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    Sunday, June 6, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    Maybe foreigners, moved by the difficulties of the peopleof phuket, who have already distributed food paid for by their own pockets have shamed the local Phuket Authorities into action….

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, June 6, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    @Jason – You have a good point here Jason.

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    J West

    Sunday, June 6, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    From B600 to B70 … offered to people down to their last ten baht… that’s not charity…..wholesale prices are not charity…wholesale still weighs a profit margin. Charity is giving…not selling near cost.

    People who made billions off Whore Bars and Beer can’t cough up real charity? An article in today’s BP writes of how Thai “can smile and lie at the same time”.

    Meanwhile Thai HISO are buying vaccine tours to Russia for a jab of Sputnik and some luxury brand shopping for B 220,000 per seat….booking solid through July.

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    Mr cynic

    Sunday, June 6, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    The concept of ultra wealthy people making contributions to charity is not really part of the culture in asia.warren buffet once tried one of his scheme’s in the region where the uber wealthy pay a fortune for lunch with him and it gets donated to charity.the uptake was extremely poor.the uber wealthy local tourist from germany holds billions of usd cash notionally on behalf of all the thai people.if ever there was an appropriate time for that money to be put to good use it is now.not seen or heard of any action worth mentioning from him or his family either besides donating a few bags of dog chow for strays in bangkok near the start of the crisis.

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    Simon Small

    Monday, June 7, 2021 at 11:41 am

    “the uber wealthy local tourist from germany holds billions of usd cash notionally on behalf of all the thai people.”

    That’s no longer the case, even “notionally”. The rules were changed – all reported, albeit quietly.

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    Monday, June 7, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    @Mr cynic – Could it have something to do that in Asia wealth or luck in general, is bestowed on you by the heavens? Unlucky poor people are not singled out by the gods and rich mortals feel they should not interfere with this. They rather spent their money on rituals and offerings to honor their benefactors. Others might see poverty as bad karma so you have to go through that stage.

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    Mr cynic

    Monday, June 7, 2021 at 7:56 pm

    I’m completely aware the loot is now sat in his own bank account.
    Does not change the fact of where it all come from in the first place and how it ended up there.
    More importantly plenty of well educated formerly yellower than yellow shirted thais are also aware and highly pissed off about it.
    At the present time the law protects him and his family.
    Something has got to give long term about this.

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