Phuket Gazette

PHUKET: With the New Year rapidly approaching, we wait to see just how effective efforts mandated by the Phuket Provincial Police will be in ridding the island of illegal actions by numerous, unregistered taxi and tuk-tuk ranks by its specified “D-Day” of January 1.

Any long-term resident of Phuket can only hold hope that the promised effort will bear some fruit in reclaiming the streets from these disparate groups of self-entitled thugs, but the reasons to expect otherwise are many.

For a start, the timing could not be worse: New Year’s Day, when all involved in the annual storm of drunken revelry are recovering from the night before. This sad reality is proven by the fact that police in some locales do not even try to close down nightlife spots at the mandatory closing hours on that night, regardless of the law.

In fact, the announcement of “deadlines” as they pertain to law enforcement in Thailand seldom bode well for success, as we have seen here in Phuket many times in the past. More often than not, they pass with few or no results, emboldening violators in the same way spoiled children respond to empty threats by parents: actually worsening the situation.

There is a long tradition in Thailand of authorities and elected officials promising that “this project will open” or “that initiative will take effect” with the arrival of January 1 “as a New Year’s gift to the public” (story here).

This attitude is yet another insult to the intelligence of the tax-paying citizens who are always the ones stuck footing the bill for the incompetence of corrupt politicians and the officials who collude with them. In what realm other than Thai politics could government officers get away with labeling as a "gift” something that the public had already paid for?

Given the past track record, April 1 would seem a more appropriate deadline for implementation of most of these pronouncements. In the case of the so-called tuk-tuk deadline, it would also be a far more practical date, coming at the beginning of the low season rather than at the peak of the high season.

As is clearly seen from recent street protests, there is a huge, pent-up hostility against the social inequalities and status quo in this country, but thus far the next generation of would-be oligarchs seem to be successfully turning the masses against one another and diverting their attention from the root causes of our current woes: wide-scale corruption at every level of society.

We would love nothing more than to see 2014 start off with a massive crackdown against illegal taxi and tuk-tuk operators as promised, but years of experience tell us there is little likelihood of this. Nothing would make us happier than to be proved wrong.
– Phuket Gazette

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Strange coincidence, but as I sat reading this story, my Thai neighbour was busy loading up his 'bling laden chariot' with home made taxi signs. Nope, I don't see anything changing anytime soon.

Posted by agogohome December 29, 2013 09:00:05AM

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We read articles and comments like this on this forum week after week, but do they ever reach the desk of the Governor, Police Chief, or even MPs? Does the Gazette have the guts to have this article translated into Thai and sent to those whose responsibility it is to clean up the corruption and apathy that the editor and all commentators [sic] agree is at the root of all of Phuket's ills. Editor comment please?

Posted by Dave December 29, 2013 09:10:58AM

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The much vaunted DSI investigations into corruption on Phuket seem to have faded away into oblivion as well. This article well summarises the empty 'attempts' to clean up the province and the futility of ever seeing any real action. Though the main thing that affects the lives of long-term residents is the lack of parking in Patong and intimidation, but that's hardly an issue as few choose to visit the town anymore.

Posted by Mister Ree December 29, 2013 09:12:53AM

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We read articles and comments like this on this forum week after week, but do they ever reach the desk of the Governor, Police Chief, or even MPs? Does the Gazette have the guts to have this article translated into Thai and sent to those whose responsibility it is to clean up the corruption and apathy that the editor and all commentators [sic] agree is at the root of all of Phuket's ills. Editor comment please?

Posted by Dave

The governor is fluent in English and reads the PG on a regular basis. He also has PR department staff reading it daily, and translating it where necessary for any involved key officers. The problem is not "English" or simple lack of awareness of opinions on issues; it's about ability to act in accordance with everyone's wishes – in this case, your, our and many others' wishes.

Please note that it was the Governor himself who issued the proclamation last month to clean up the illegal parking. He would appear to be in full agreement with your thoughts on the matter. So, as said in the concluding sentence of our editorial, let's hope that the implementation exceeds your, and our, expectations. If it doesn't, what might you be able to do to help?

Posted by Editor December 29, 2013 10:17:53AM

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We read articles and comments like this on this forum week after week, but do they ever reach the desk of the Governor, Police Chief, or even MPs? Does the Gazette have the guts to have this article translated into Thai and sent to those whose responsibility it is to clean up the corruption and apathy that the editor and all commentators [sic] agree is at the root of all of Phuket's ills. Editor comment please?

Posted by Dave

The governor is fluent in English and reads the PG on a regular basis. He also has PR department staff reading it daily, and translating it where necessary for any involved key officers. The problem is not "English" or simple lack of awareness of opinions on issues; it's about ability to act in accordance with everyone's wishes – in this case, your, our and many others' wishes.

Please note that it was the Governor himself who issued the proclamation last month to clean up the illegal parking. He would appear to be in full agreement with your thoughts on the matter. So, as said in the concluding sentence of our editorial, let's hope that the implementation exceeds your, and our, expectations. If it doesn't, what might you be able to do to help?

Posted by Editor

Thanks for putting me right about this. Let's see what the new year brings. As for the parking on the beachfront in Patong, the major cause of congestion is double parking by the locals and the cops simply drive by.

Posted by Dave December 29, 2013 10:27:52AM

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The much vaunted DSI investigations into corruption on Phuket seem to have faded away into oblivion as well. This article well summarises the empty 'attempts' to clean up the province and the futility of ever seeing any real action. Though the main thing that affects the lives of long-term residents is the lack of parking in Patong and intimidation, but that's hardly an issue as few choose to visit the town anymore.

Posted by Mister Ree

An interesting mix of reality and fantasy, the latter being the "...but that's hardly an issue as few choose to visit the town anymore." Wishful thinking? The stinking place is teeming with people, bursting at the seams.

Posted by Burt Leonard December 29, 2013 10:33:10AM

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We read articles and comments like this on this forum week after week, but do they ever reach the desk of the Governor, Police Chief, or even MPs? Does the Gazette have the guts to have this article translated into Thai and sent to those whose responsibility it is to clean up the corruption and apathy that the editor and all commentators [sic] agree is at the root of all of Phuket's ills. Editor comment please?

Posted by Dave

The governor is fluent in English and reads the PG on a regular basis. He also has PR department staff reading it daily, and translating it where necessary for any involved key officers. The problem is not "English" or simple lack of awareness of opinions on issues; it's about ability to act in accordance with everyone's wishes – in this case, your, our and many others' wishes.

Please note that it was the Governor himself who issued the proclamation last month to clean up the illegal parking. He would appear to be in full agreement with your thoughts on the matter. So, as said in the concluding sentence of our editorial, let's hope that the implementation exceeds your, and our, expectations. If it doesn't, what might you be able to do to help?

Posted by Editor

Thanks for putting me right about this. Let's see what the new year brings. As for the parking on the beachfront in Patong, the major cause of congestion is double parking by the locals and the cops simply drive by.

Posted by Dave

Yes, the police non-performance of duty in Patong is spectacular. But look on the bright side: at least there is no attempt whatsoever to hide it:)) Happy New Year.

Posted by Editor, Gazette Online December 29, 2013 10:42:52AM

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We read articles and comments like this on this forum week after week, but do they ever reach the desk of the Governor, Police Chief, or even MPs? Does the Gazette have the guts to have this article translated into Thai and sent to those whose responsibility it is to clean up the corruption and apathy that the editor and all commentators [sic] agree is at the root of all of Phuket's ills. Editor comment please?

Posted by Dave

The governor is fluent in English and reads the PG on a regular basis. He also has PR department staff reading it daily, and translating it where necessary for any involved key officers. The problem is not "English" or simple lack of awareness of opinions on issues; it's about ability to act in accordance with everyone's wishes – in this case, your, our and many others' wishes.

Please note that it was the Governor himself who issued the proclamation last month to clean up the illegal parking. He would appear to be in full agreement with your thoughts on the matter. So, as said in the concluding sentence of our editorial, let's hope that the implementation exceeds your, and our, expectations. If it doesn't, what might you be able to do to help?

Posted by Editor

Thanks for putting me right about this. Let's see what the new year brings. As for the parking on the beachfront in Patong, the major cause of congestion is double parking by the locals and the cops simply drive by.

Posted by Dave

Yes, the police non-performance of duty in Patong is spectacular. But look on the bright side: at least there is no attempt whatsoever to hide it:)) Happy New Year.

Posted by Editor, Gazette Online

Yesterday a cop at the Rat-u-Thit end of Bangla was stopping tourists not wearing helmets while allowing unhelmeted locals to drive up Bangla the wrong way! Do I dare point this out to them?

Posted by Dave December 29, 2013 10:55:47AM

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We read articles and comments like this on this forum week after week, but do they ever reach the desk of the Governor, Police Chief, or even MPs? Does the Gazette have the guts to have this article translated into Thai and sent to those whose responsibility it is to clean up the corruption and apathy that the editor and all commentators [sic] agree is at the root of all of Phuket's ills. Editor comment please?

Posted by Dave

The governor is fluent in English and reads the PG on a regular basis. He also has PR department staff reading it daily, and translating it where necessary for any involved key officers. The problem is not "English" or simple lack of awareness of opinions on issues; it's about ability to act in accordance with everyone's wishes – in this case, your, our and many others' wishes.

Please note that it was the Governor himself who issued the proclamation last month to clean up the illegal parking. He would appear to be in full agreement with your thoughts on the matter. So, as said in the concluding sentence of our editorial, let's hope that the implementation exceeds your, and our, expectations. If it doesn't, what might you be able to do to help?

Posted by Editor

Thanks for putting me right about this. Let's see what the new year brings. As for the parking on the beachfront in Patong, the major cause of congestion is double parking by the locals and the cops simply drive by.

Posted by Dave

Yes, the police non-performance of duty in Patong is spectacular. But look on the bright side: at least there is no attempt whatsoever to hide it:)) Happy New Year.

Posted by Editor, Gazette Online

Editor – That has to be the boldest and freshest opinion I have ever read here!

Posted by James Bond December 29, 2013 12:14:35PM

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"Yes, the police non-performance of duty in Patong is spectacular. But look on the bright side: at least there is no attempt whatsoever to hide it:))" So, Police and senior civil servants do not care at all about what Phuketians and expats think about their mismanagement and the corruption plaguing Phuket. Hopeless situation until they are removed to other provinces to clean up the local administration.

Posted by Asterix December 29, 2013 12:51:44PM

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For as long as I have been travelling to Thailand, about 8 years, the problem with the taxis and tuk-tuks is and always will be the same. It's run by thugs and the police and politicians turn a blind eye. All you will see is action on any who don't pay the fees to the thugs running the show. This is supposed to look like action being taken, but it's just a ruse. Fools no one.

Posted by Tez December 29, 2013 04:00:29PM

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We read articles and comments like this on this forum week after week, but do they ever reach the desk of the Governor, Police Chief, or even MPs? Does the Gazette have the guts to have this article translated into Thai and sent to those whose responsibility it is to clean up the corruption and apathy that the editor and all commentators [sic] agree is at the root of all of Phuket's ills. Editor comment please?

Posted by Dave

The governor is fluent in English and reads the PG on a regular basis. He also has PR department staff reading it daily, and translating it where necessary for any involved key officers. The problem is not "English" or simple lack of awareness of opinions on issues; it's about ability to act in accordance with everyone's wishes – in this case, your, our and many others' wishes.

Please note that it was the Governor himself who issued the proclamation last month to clean up the illegal parking. He would appear to be in full agreement with your thoughts on the matter. So, as said in the concluding sentence of our editorial, let's hope that the implementation exceeds your, and our, expectations. If it doesn't, what might you be able to do to help?

Posted by Editor

Thanks for putting me right about this. Let's see what the new year brings. As for the parking on the beachfront in Patong, the major cause of congestion is double parking by the locals and the cops simply drive by.

Posted by Dave

Yes, the police non-performance of duty in Patong is spectacular. But look on the bright side: at least there is no attempt whatsoever to hide it:)) Happy New Year.

Posted by Editor, Gazette Online

Are you sure? I did read that businesses are providing weekly/monthly lists, for the arrest/success statistic. Looks to me as a kind of hiding. Happy new year to PG, too.

Posted by AFriend December 29, 2013 06:55:17PM

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We read articles and comments like this on this forum week after week, but do they ever reach the desk of the Governor, Police Chief, or even MPs? Does the Gazette have the guts to have this article translated into Thai and sent to those whose responsibility it is to clean up the corruption and apathy that the editor and all commentators [sic] agree is at the root of all of Phuket's ills. Editor comment please?

Posted by Dave

The governor is fluent in English and reads the PG on a regular basis. He also has PR department staff reading it daily, and translating it where necessary for any involved key officers. The problem is not "English" or simple lack of awareness of opinions on issues; it's about ability to act in accordance with everyone's wishes – in this case, your, our and many others' wishes.

Please note that it was the Governor himself who issued the proclamation last month to clean up the illegal parking. He would appear to be in full agreement with your thoughts on the matter. So, as said in the concluding sentence of our editorial, let's hope that the implementation exceeds your, and our, expectations. If it doesn't, what might you be able to do to help?

Posted by Editor

Thanks for putting me right about this. Let's see what the new year brings. As for the parking on the beachfront in Patong, the major cause of congestion is double parking by the locals and the cops simply drive by.

Posted by Dave

Yes, the police non-performance of duty in Patong is spectacular. But look on the bright side: at least there is no attempt whatsoever to hide it:)) Happy New Year.

Posted by Editor, Gazette Online

"at least there is no attempt to hide it"!! I'm sure this was simply your attempt at making light of the problem, but I also think that maybe, just maybe, you've been here too long. A trip back to the West to reset your sense of normality may be in order.

Posted by Chas December 29, 2013 09:40:08PM

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We read articles and comments like this on this forum week after week, but do they ever reach the desk of the Governor, Police Chief, or even MPs? Does the Gazette have the guts to have this article translated into Thai and sent to those whose responsibility it is to clean up the corruption and apathy that the editor and all commentators [sic] agree is at the root of all of Phuket's ills. Editor comment please?

Posted by Dave

The governor is fluent in English and reads the PG on a regular basis. He also has PR department staff reading it daily, and translating it where necessary for any involved key officers. The problem is not "English" or simple lack of awareness of opinions on issues; it's about ability to act in accordance with everyone's wishes – in this case, your, our and many others' wishes.

Please note that it was the Governor himself who issued the proclamation last month to clean up the illegal parking. He would appear to be in full agreement with your thoughts on the matter. So, as said in the concluding sentence of our editorial, let's hope that the implementation exceeds your, and our, expectations. If it doesn't, what might you be able to do to help?

Posted by Editor

Thanks for putting me right about this. Let's see what the new year brings. As for the parking on the beachfront in Patong, the major cause of congestion is double parking by the locals and the cops simply drive by.

Posted by Dave

Yes, the police non-performance of duty in Patong is spectacular. But look on the bright side: at least there is no attempt whatsoever to hide it:)) Happy New Year.

Posted by Editor, Gazette Online

"at least there is no attempt to hide it"!! I'm sure this was simply your attempt at making light of the problem, but I also think that maybe, just maybe, you've been here too long. A trip back to the West to reset your sense of normality may be in order.

Posted by Chas

"Normality"? If you mean high taxes, high crime, high unemployment, high nanny-state theft of personal assets, and now high-tech invasions of my privacy.... well, that's just the kind of thing I left the West to get AWAY from. Things may be a bit wild here at times, but it's a damn sight better than the boring, drab 'normality' that's beset the UK and North America.

Posted by Ted Wheeler December 29, 2013 10:22:59PM

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This fact is more disconcerting than comforting.

Posted by Who'll be the judge December 30, 2013 07:41:33AM

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This fact is more disconcerting than comforting.

Posted by Who'll be the judge December 30, 2013 07:41:33AM

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We read articles and comments like this on this forum week after week, but do they ever reach the desk of the Governor, Police Chief, or even MPs? Does the Gazette have the guts to have this article translated into Thai and sent to those whose responsibility it is to clean up the corruption and apathy that the editor and all commentators [sic] agree is at the root of all of Phuket's ills. Editor comment please?

Posted by Dave

The governor is fluent in English and reads the PG on a regular basis. He also has PR department staff reading it daily, and translating it where necessary for any involved key officers. The problem is not "English" or simple lack of awareness of opinions on issues; it's about ability to act in accordance with everyone's wishes – in this case, your, our and many others' wishes.

Please note that it was the Governor himself who issued the proclamation last month to clean up the illegal parking. He would appear to be in full agreement with your thoughts on the matter. So, as said in the concluding sentence of our editorial, let's hope that the implementation exceeds your, and our, expectations. If it doesn't, what might you be able to do to help?

Posted by Editor

Thanks for putting me right about this. Let's see what the new year brings. As for the parking on the beachfront in Patong, the major cause of congestion is double parking by the locals and the cops simply drive by.

Posted by Dave

Yes, the police non-performance of duty in Patong is spectacular. But look on the bright side: at least there is no attempt whatsoever to hide it:)) Happy New Year.

Posted by Editor, Gazette Online

"at least there is no attempt to hide it"!! I'm sure this was simply your attempt at making light of the problem, but I also think that maybe, just maybe, you've been here too long. A trip back to the West to reset your sense of normality may be in order.

Posted by Chas

"Normality"? If you mean high taxes, high crime, high unemployment, high nanny-state theft of personal assets, and now high-tech invasions of my privacy.... well, that's just the kind of thing I left the West to get AWAY from. Things may be a bit wild here at times, but it's a damn sight better than the boring, drab 'normality' that's beset the UK and North America.

Posted by Ted Wheeler December 29, 2013 10:22:59PM

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We read articles and comments like this on this forum week after week, but do they ever reach the desk of the Governor, Police Chief, or even MPs? Does the Gazette have the guts to have this article translated into Thai and sent to those whose responsibility it is to clean up the corruption and apathy that the editor and all commentators [sic] agree is at the root of all of Phuket's ills. Editor comment please?

Posted by Dave

The governor is fluent in English and reads the PG on a regular basis. He also has PR department staff reading it daily, and translating it where necessary for any involved key officers. The problem is not "English" or simple lack of awareness of opinions on issues; it's about ability to act in accordance with everyone's wishes – in this case, your, our and many others' wishes.

Please note that it was the Governor himself who issued the proclamation last month to clean up the illegal parking. He would appear to be in full agreement with your thoughts on the matter. So, as said in the concluding sentence of our editorial, let's hope that the implementation exceeds your, and our, expectations. If it doesn't, what might you be able to do to help?

Posted by Editor

Thanks for putting me right about this. Let's see what the new year brings. As for the parking on the beachfront in Patong, the major cause of congestion is double parking by the locals and the cops simply drive by.

Posted by Dave

Yes, the police non-performance of duty in Patong is spectacular. But look on the bright side: at least there is no attempt whatsoever to hide it:)) Happy New Year.

Posted by Editor, Gazette Online

"at least there is no attempt to hide it"!! I'm sure this was simply your attempt at making light of the problem, but I also think that maybe, just maybe, you've been here too long. A trip back to the West to reset your sense of normality may be in order.

Posted by Chas December 29, 2013 09:40:08PM

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We read articles and comments like this on this forum week after week, but do they ever reach the desk of the Governor, Police Chief, or even MPs? Does the Gazette have the guts to have this article translated into Thai and sent to those whose responsibility it is to clean up the corruption and apathy that the editor and all commentators [sic] agree is at the root of all of Phuket's ills. Editor comment please?

Posted by Dave

The governor is fluent in English and reads the PG on a regular basis. He also has PR department staff reading it daily, and translating it where necessary for any involved key officers. The problem is not "English" or simple lack of awareness of opinions on issues; it's about ability to act in accordance with everyone's wishes – in this case, your, our and many others' wishes.

Please note that it was the Governor himself who issued the proclamation last month to clean up the illegal parking. He would appear to be in full agreement with your thoughts on the matter. So, as said in the concluding sentence of our editorial, let's hope that the implementation exceeds your, and our, expectations. If it doesn't, what might you be able to do to help?

Posted by Editor

Thanks for putting me right about this. Let's see what the new year brings. As for the parking on the beachfront in Patong, the major cause of congestion is double parking by the locals and the cops simply drive by.

Posted by Dave

Yes, the police non-performance of duty in Patong is spectacular. But look on the bright side: at least there is no attempt whatsoever to hide it:)) Happy New Year.

Posted by Editor, Gazette Online

Are you sure? I did read that businesses are providing weekly/monthly lists, for the arrest/success statistic. Looks to me as a kind of hiding. Happy new year to PG, too.

Posted by AFriend December 29, 2013 06:55:17PM

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For as long as I have been travelling to Thailand, about 8 years, the problem with the taxis and tuk-tuks is and always will be the same. It's run by thugs and the police and politicians turn a blind eye. All you will see is action on any who don't pay the fees to the thugs running the show. This is supposed to look like action being taken, but it's just a ruse. Fools no one.

Posted by Tez December 29, 2013 04:00:29PM

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"Yes, the police non-performance of duty in Patong is spectacular. But look on the bright side: at least there is no attempt whatsoever to hide it:))" So, Police and senior civil servants do not care at all about what Phuketians and expats think about their mismanagement and the corruption plaguing Phuket. Hopeless situation until they are removed to other provinces to clean up the local administration.

Posted by Asterix December 29, 2013 12:51:44PM

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We read articles and comments like this on this forum week after week, but do they ever reach the desk of the Governor, Police Chief, or even MPs? Does the Gazette have the guts to have this article translated into Thai and sent to those whose responsibility it is to clean up the corruption and apathy that the editor and all commentators [sic] agree is at the root of all of Phuket's ills. Editor comment please?

Posted by Dave

The governor is fluent in English and reads the PG on a regular basis. He also has PR department staff reading it daily, and translating it where necessary for any involved key officers. The problem is not "English" or simple lack of awareness of opinions on issues; it's about ability to act in accordance with everyone's wishes – in this case, your, our and many others' wishes.

Please note that it was the Governor himself who issued the proclamation last month to clean up the illegal parking. He would appear to be in full agreement with your thoughts on the matter. So, as said in the concluding sentence of our editorial, let's hope that the implementation exceeds your, and our, expectations. If it doesn't, what might you be able to do to help?

Posted by Editor

Thanks for putting me right about this. Let's see what the new year brings. As for the parking on the beachfront in Patong, the major cause of congestion is double parking by the locals and the cops simply drive by.

Posted by Dave

Yes, the police non-performance of duty in Patong is spectacular. But look on the bright side: at least there is no attempt whatsoever to hide it:)) Happy New Year.

Posted by Editor, Gazette Online

Editor – That has to be the boldest and freshest opinion I have ever read here!

Posted by James Bond December 29, 2013 12:14:35PM

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We read articles and comments like this on this forum week after week, but do they ever reach the desk of the Governor, Police Chief, or even MPs? Does the Gazette have the guts to have this article translated into Thai and sent to those whose responsibility it is to clean up the corruption and apathy that the editor and all commentators [sic] agree is at the root of all of Phuket's ills. Editor comment please?

Posted by Dave

The governor is fluent in English and reads the PG on a regular basis. He also has PR department staff reading it daily, and translating it where necessary for any involved key officers. The problem is not "English" or simple lack of awareness of opinions on issues; it's about ability to act in accordance with everyone's wishes – in this case, your, our and many others' wishes.

Please note that it was the Governor himself who issued the proclamation last month to clean up the illegal parking. He would appear to be in full agreement with your thoughts on the matter. So, as said in the concluding sentence of our editorial, let's hope that the implementation exceeds your, and our, expectations. If it doesn't, what might you be able to do to help?

Posted by Editor

Thanks for putting me right about this. Let's see what the new year brings. As for the parking on the beachfront in Patong, the major cause of congestion is double parking by the locals and the cops simply drive by.

Posted by Dave

Yes, the police non-performance of duty in Patong is spectacular. But look on the bright side: at least there is no attempt whatsoever to hide it:)) Happy New Year.

Posted by Editor, Gazette Online

Yesterday a cop at the Rat-u-Thit end of Bangla was stopping tourists not wearing helmets while allowing unhelmeted locals to drive up Bangla the wrong way! Do I dare point this out to them?

Posted by Dave December 29, 2013 10:55:47AM

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We read articles and comments like this on this forum week after week, but do they ever reach the desk of the Governor, Police Chief, or even MPs? Does the Gazette have the guts to have this article translated into Thai and sent to those whose responsibility it is to clean up the corruption and apathy that the editor and all commentators [sic] agree is at the root of all of Phuket's ills. Editor comment please?

Posted by Dave

The governor is fluent in English and reads the PG on a regular basis. He also has PR department staff reading it daily, and translating it where necessary for any involved key officers. The problem is not "English" or simple lack of awareness of opinions on issues; it's about ability to act in accordance with everyone's wishes – in this case, your, our and many others' wishes.

Please note that it was the Governor himself who issued the proclamation last month to clean up the illegal parking. He would appear to be in full agreement with your thoughts on the matter. So, as said in the concluding sentence of our editorial, let's hope that the implementation exceeds your, and our, expectations. If it doesn't, what might you be able to do to help?

Posted by Editor

Thanks for putting me right about this. Let's see what the new year brings. As for the parking on the beachfront in Patong, the major cause of congestion is double parking by the locals and the cops simply drive by.

Posted by Dave

Yes, the police non-performance of duty in Patong is spectacular. But look on the bright side: at least there is no attempt whatsoever to hide it:)) Happy New Year.

Posted by Editor, Gazette Online December 29, 2013 10:42:52AM

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The much vaunted DSI investigations into corruption on Phuket seem to have faded away into oblivion as well. This article well summarises the empty 'attempts' to clean up the province and the futility of ever seeing any real action. Though the main thing that affects the lives of long-term residents is the lack of parking in Patong and intimidation, but that's hardly an issue as few choose to visit the town anymore.

Posted by Mister Ree

An interesting mix of reality and fantasy, the latter being the "...but that's hardly an issue as few choose to visit the town anymore." Wishful thinking? The stinking place is teeming with people, bursting at the seams.

Posted by Burt Leonard December 29, 2013 10:33:10AM

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We read articles and comments like this on this forum week after week, but do they ever reach the desk of the Governor, Police Chief, or even MPs? Does the Gazette have the guts to have this article translated into Thai and sent to those whose responsibility it is to clean up the corruption and apathy that the editor and all commentators [sic] agree is at the root of all of Phuket's ills. Editor comment please?

Posted by Dave

The governor is fluent in English and reads the PG on a regular basis. He also has PR department staff reading it daily, and translating it where necessary for any involved key officers. The problem is not "English" or simple lack of awareness of opinions on issues; it's about ability to act in accordance with everyone's wishes – in this case, your, our and many others' wishes.

Please note that it was the Governor himself who issued the proclamation last month to clean up the illegal parking. He would appear to be in full agreement with your thoughts on the matter. So, as said in the concluding sentence of our editorial, let's hope that the implementation exceeds your, and our, expectations. If it doesn't, what might you be able to do to help?

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Thanks for putting me right about this. Let's see what the new year brings. As for the parking on the beachfront in Patong, the major cause of congestion is double parking by the locals and the cops simply drive by.

Posted by Dave December 29, 2013 10:27:52AM

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We read articles and comments like this on this forum week after week, but do they ever reach the desk of the Governor, Police Chief, or even MPs? Does the Gazette have the guts to have this article translated into Thai and sent to those whose responsibility it is to clean up the corruption and apathy that the editor and all commentators [sic] agree is at the root of all of Phuket's ills. Editor comment please?

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The governor is fluent in English and reads the PG on a regular basis. He also has PR department staff reading it daily, and translating it where necessary for any involved key officers. The problem is not "English" or simple lack of awareness of opinions on issues; it's about ability to act in accordance with everyone's wishes – in this case, your, our and many others' wishes.

Please note that it was the Governor himself who issued the proclamation last month to clean up the illegal parking. He would appear to be in full agreement with your thoughts on the matter. So, as said in the concluding sentence of our editorial, let's hope that the implementation exceeds your, and our, expectations. If it doesn't, what might you be able to do to help?

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The much vaunted DSI investigations into corruption on Phuket seem to have faded away into oblivion as well. This article well summarises the empty 'attempts' to clean up the province and the futility of ever seeing any real action. Though the main thing that affects the lives of long-term residents is the lack of parking in Patong and intimidation, but that's hardly an issue as few choose to visit the town anymore.

Posted by Mister Ree December 29, 2013 09:12:53AM

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We read articles and comments like this on this forum week after week, but do they ever reach the desk of the Governor, Police Chief, or even MPs? Does the Gazette have the guts to have this article translated into Thai and sent to those whose responsibility it is to clean up the corruption and apathy that the editor and all commentators [sic] agree is at the root of all of Phuket's ills. Editor comment please?

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Strange coincidence, but as I sat reading this story, my Thai neighbour was busy loading up his 'bling laden chariot' with home made taxi signs. Nope, I don't see anything changing anytime soon.

Posted by agogohome December 29, 2013 09:00:05AM

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