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Supreme Court says Layan beachfront is ‘public land’

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Today the Phuket Gazette visited Layan Beach following the verdict in the Thai Supreme Court that confirmed that the land, where six beach restaurants and businesses continue to operate, was public land. The land in question spans the an entire 3 kilometre frontage including stretches of Layan and Laypang beaches and covering some 178 rai of land.

Phuket Gazette approached three of the businesses. At the iconic Tony Restaurant, situated at the southern end of the 3-kilometre stretch of beach, the staff were reluctant to comment and even claimed they didn’t know who the Manager or owner of the restaurant was (which we found difficult to believe). They handed us a business card with two phone numbers. Both phone numbers were answered by the same person who stated they were not sure about the Court verdict and had no comment to make on the matter. When asked if we could have the Owner’s contact number they said ‘they weren’t sure’.

At two of the other restaurants the ‘Managers’ both spoke to us on condition of anonymity and stated, in essence, that they are aware of the Court verdict and were now waiting for local authorities to act. They were resigned to the fact that eviction notices would be placed on the beach restaurants, chair rental and beach toy businesses some time soon.

Meanwhile, the President of the Cherngtalay OrBorTor, MaAan Samran, says “the DSI will definitely ask for arrest warrants from the court if they don’t move off of the public land. Two of them have already been sentenced to jail and another one will be judged on February next year.” The ‘two’ he was referring to include people the DSI claimed were involved in the issuing of fake title deeds.

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President of the Cherngtalay OrBorTor, MaAan Samran

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The Supreme Court on November 1 confirmed the 6 businesses who tried to sue the government have lost their battle against Phuket local government offices including Thalang Land Office officers, Phuket Land Office Chief, Thalang District Chief, Phuket Administrative Office and Land Department.

The prosecutors include Orapan Ploypetch, Sodsai Ongsritrakul, Pitak Boonpotjanasunthorn and Sawat Thongpaiyuth, who had businesses on Layan Beach, were given warnings from the officials to move out as the location were public land.

Initially, this land was set on three Nor Sor 3 Kor but later the Land Department set a committee to revoke the papers in 1984.

Later on, Thalang Land Office filed the 178-rai land plot to be preserved as public land following the agreement of Land Administration Committee and Land Act Section 20, year 2001.

After the case was filed, there were several high-ranking military officers trying to issue a land deed on the plot. The Governor by then set a new committee to investigate the cases and that’s when the prosecution started, claiming that the authorities were claiming the land as public land on allegedly privately owned land.

“This case concerns Phuket’s natural resources and environment which the Department of Special Investigations took on as a special case. The final judgement proves that the land is public land and the DSI will coordinate with all official sectors on the island to enforce the law, making the 6 business owners and their staff move out,” said Pol Lt Col Montree Boonyayotin, Director of Natural Resource and Environment Case Division, Department of Special Investigation (DSI).

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Pol Lt Col Montree Boonyayotin, Director of Natural Resource and Environment Case Division, Department of Special Investigation (DSI)

The DSI, alongside the local authorities, held a meeting on Thursday (November 2) at the Cherngtalay Administrative Organisation (OrBorTor) to discuss the next steps now that the case has been finalised.

“Now that this case has been finalised and the judgment handed down, the next step is for local authorities to place eviction notices on the properties to force the people encroaching on the land illegally to move out,” he said after the meeting.

“We will also continue to keep records of the encroachers, both the initial ones and the ones who came later. When the appropriate time has passed for them to move we will have to bring the arrest warrants from the Court. If anyone from the encroachers is arrested, I will not approve for bail. For the people who issued land papers after the land was announced to be public, they will be prosecuted for encroachment.”

 



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Three injured in fresh seafood pickup accident in Krabi

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A pickup truck has lost control and collided with a fresh seafood pickup truck in Krabi. Locals helped to collect the fresh seafood and take it back to the pickup truck. The incident is the third ‘seafood’ crash incident this week.

Klongtom Police were notified of the incident yesterday afternoon on Petchkasem Road in Klogtom.

Police and emergency responders arrived to find fresh and other seafood scattered all over the road. Nearby they found two damaged pickup trucks.

Three injured people were stuck inside the pickups. They sustained serious injuries and were taken to the local hospital.

Witnesses say one pickup truck lost control then collided with another pickup truck which was carrying the fresh seafood. Locals were helping to collect the fresh seafood and pack it back in the storage boxes.

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IKEA Thailand launches full online store

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“…it took IKEA about two years to study the market demand, develop the infrastructure, and prepare everything before launching their e-commerce service in Southeast Asia.”

by Kwanchai Rungfapairsarn

IKEA Thailand has announced the official launch of its IKEA Online Store as it gets set to better provide for individual customers across the Kingdom.

IKEA Thailand say the seamless online shopping experience will offer the same journey and impression customers get when they visit a physical IKEA store.

“We see the potential – it is a potential in Thailand for IKEA. We have only been accessible within Bangkok so far, and now we will be accessible for people from across the country,” Lacia Sherlock, the deputy retail manager for Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines, said.

“The delivery prices need to be affordable and all the services need to be accessible for consumers living outside of Bangkok, so that they are able to get the assembly or whatever they need.”

IKEA has developed the full e-commerce platform for modern shoppers providing a convenient channel to access it products and inspirations, 24 hours a day and from anywhere in Thailand.

Sherlock said it took IKEA about two years to study the market demand, develop the infrastructure, and prepare everything before launching their e-commerce service in Southeast Asia.

“We aim to provide an impressive online shopping experience similar to the shopping experience customers get when visiting our physical stores. The online store has been available in Singapore and Malaysia within Southeast Asia.”

“We are pleased to now be able to provide this access to Thais. We have been wanting to do this for a long time, along with providing them with a superior experience and inspiration through both of our two Bangkok stores,” said Sherlock.

IEA soft-launched its e-commerce service in Thailand on March 26 in order to test the system and procedures and ensure they were fully functional before yesterday’s official launch.

“We are looking at achieving 17,000 online orders this year. We believe that the IKEA Online Store will help strengthen IKEA Thailand and drive sustainable growth, as our popular in-store shopping experience is complemented by our new online offering.”

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Watch out Thailand, here comes Vietnam

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“Vietnam is poised to take advantage of the next wave of digital technologies such as blockchain, AI (artificial intelligence), internet of things and cloud-based services to become Asia’s next high-performing economy and improve the living standards of its residents.”

Dr Lucy Cameron, from Australia, lead author of the report “Vietnam’s Future Digital Economy Towards 2030 and 2045”, says the country should carefully navigate a number of risks while undertaking digital transformation. She was presenting her findings in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday.

“Vietnam has been one of the world’s fastest-growing economies and has already become one of the most dynamic countries in East Asia,” she said.

“A boom in digital hardware and software exports has occurred, and Vietnam’s young population is rapidly taking up new mobile internet services,” according to the report.

But the report also noted some challenges.

“The population is ageing, while climate change and rapid development is straining the environment and food production as the country rapidly urbanises. The workforce needs to learn higher-level skills, especially as jobs are becoming automated in the agriculture and manufacturing sectors.”

Australian Ambassador Craig Chittick said the report was the first major output of the Aus4Innovation partnership between Australia and Vietnam.

“It will guide our work over the next three years as we deepen the collaborative linkages between our two countries and help strengthen the Vietnamese innovation system as it adapts to the challenges and opportunities of the digital economy,” he said.

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