preparations begin for the year 2000
The new year to bring
The year 2000 is approaching fast. Many believe the new
year will bring about national elections and vast changes in many local
Articles in the 1997 Constitution stipulate that
district and sub-district officers, Pattaya City’s mayor and city
council members all be elected by local residents, as opposed to being
appointed or elected by the city council.
An election committee for Area 6 has been set up to
prepare for the upcoming elections and ensure proper procedures are
Assistant Professor Chana Pranomsri has been named the
caretaker of Area 6 elections. Area 6 consists of: Naklua, Nong Prue, Nong
Pla Lai, Takhientia, including Banglamung District, and Thung Sukhla in
Sriracha District and Tha Thaweng in Si Chang Island District.
Chana Pranomsri is responsible for controlling the
election and supervising the volunteer election officials. It is his job
to make sure the elections are conducted according to the guidance
contained in the 1997 Constitution.
Forty-eight volunteer election officials will ensure
Area 6 voters are aware of those regulations. The volunteer election
committee members also identify eligible candidates and polling locations,
as well as select officials to count the ballots.
Chonburi province is divided up into seven election
areas. Each area has one representative in parliament. Only one member
from each province is elected to the Upper House (Senate).
City council shows vote
Pattaya’s city council voted to re-elect Pattaya City
Mayor Pairat Suthithamrongsawat for another term. The decision was made
during a bimonthly conference on 31 August.
The conference meeting date to decide the mayor’s
term of office was established and scheduled two years ago when Mayor
Pairat first took office. The date was set in accordance with procedures
contained in National Article 35, dated 1989, concerning Pattaya City
Administration Procedures. Article 35 stipulates that the election of the
mayor must take place within 15 days of the end of the mayor’s two-year
term in office.
Pattaya’s City Council is made up of 17 people; nine
elected by public vote and eight appointed by the Ministry of Interior. In
accordance with the 1989 Article, the 17 elected officials (in this case
minus 2 individuals who were absent) re-elected Pairat Suthithamrongsawat
to sit in the mayor’s position for an additional term.
There is a possibility, however, that the mayor may not
be able to complete a full two year term under the current system, as the
city’s administration may undergo some changes after the new year which
would necessitate the mayor be elected by the public.
Ran roadblock, seriously injuring police
Pattaya Police brought in a suspect who later confessed
to holding up the Bang Chak Gas Station at the intersection of North
Pattaya Road and Sukhumvit. The suspect, identified as Ranawat Cheunchom,
age 19, was the same armed robber who ran a police roadblock in Sriracha,
seriously injuring a police officer.
Station attendants identified Ranawat as the man who
forced them at gunpoint to hand over 2,200 baht before fleeing the area.
Cheunchom demonstrates to police how he robbed at gunpoint a number of gas
stations in the area.
When arrested, Ranawat had in his possession the .38 mm
weapon used in the robbery.
During the robbery he had the attendants fill his tank
before drawing his weapon and taking the money from the attendants. He
then drove off in his taxi towards Chonburi. A roadblock was set up in
Sriracha to intercept him, which he drove through causing serious injury
to a police officer.
Police took Ranawat to another Shell gas station on
Sukhumvit Road in Naklua where he reconstructed for police how he held up
the attendants there in a similar manner, taking 5,200 baht after shooting
off a few rounds into the station building.
Ranawat told reporters that he always wanted to be a
police officer but somehow got involved in drugs. He said he uses up to 30
amphetamine (ya ba) tablets a day. He said he stole to support his habit.
Ranawat confessed to police that he robbed over 10 gas stations in the
bust car theft ring
Fleecing car rental firms
Pattaya Police were notified by the owners of a car
rental company that two men wanting to rent a car were using
identification that appeared to be fake. Investigating Police officers
found the two men still waiting at the car rental in front of the Grand
Sole Hotel on Pattaya 2 Road.
Chaiphryk Srisawat, age 24, from Chonburi and Banjong
Ketkeo, age 48, from Bangkok, were both arrested after inspection of their
Thai identity cards and one driver’s license showed them to be fake.
The two later told police they were hired by two men,
Chairat Ratwichien from Sakeo and Chaiyot Ruangjinda from Trang Province,
to rent the vehicles. They also told the police that the two men were
waiting for them in a South Pattaya room to return with the rented
Police had Chaiphryk and Banjong take them to the room,
and sure enough, the two other men were still waiting for them. Police
took all four to the police station for further investigation. Police also
confiscated a Toyota pick-up truck registered in Lopburi.
The four men confessed to police that they were
planning to take the rented vehicles to an agent along the Thai-Cambodian
border. They said the agent was to pay them up to 70,000 baht. The
vehicles were destined to be sold in Cambodia.
Police are continuing their investigation and are trying to locate the
agent purchasing the stolen vehicles at the border. Meanwhile, while the
four men are in custody waiting to stand trial.
busted with marijuana
Italian tourist Paolo Di Losso, age 27, was arrested by
tourist police last week for possession of a small amount of marijuana.
tourist Paolo Di Losso was arrested for possession of a small amount of
marijuana. If convicted, he faces a fine and deportation.
Di Losso had been under investigation after tourist
police received information he was in possession of the drug. Ten tourist
police officers took part in the investigation.
After monitoring Di Losso ‘s activities, officers
arrested Di Losso from his room in an apartment complex in Soi Yen Sabai
on September 1st. A search of the room turned up one small plastic bag
containing pressed marijuana at the head of his bed.
At the Tourist Police Station, Di Lasso confessed to
purchasing 500 baht of marijuana from an unknown person on Beach Road for
his own personal use.
Di Lasso is being charged with possession of a class 5 illegal drug and
is waiting trial. If convicted, Di Lasso faces a fine and deportation.
Critical procedures outlined
for handling vaccines
Dr. Prasong Fakjareunphon from the Chonburi Disease
Control Office held a conference to discuss the urgency of improving the
disease prevention program. Health officials from seven provinces in the
eastern region attended the conference.
Currently, the measures used in prevention and control
of contagious diseases is by continuing the vaccination program, which for
the most part has been a successful program throughout the country. Only a
few remote areas have been excluded.
Prasong Fakjareunphon from the Chonburi Disease Control Office held a
conference on the urgency of improving the disease prevention program.
The quantity of polio vaccines are sufficient, but in
some cases the methods used to get the refrigerated vaccines to some areas
of the country are inadequate causing the vaccines to lose their
effectiveness. The objective of the conference was to increase awareness
relating to the critical procedures required by people involved in
handling the vaccines.
The conference discussed various suggested procedures
to ensure the proper handling of vaccines and the crucial importance of
keeping the vaccines constantly refrigerated.
The conference was held at the Pattaya Merlin Hotel.
Health issues new policy for prevention of rabies
Stay away from strays!
The Ministry of Public Health’s new policy for the
prevention and treatment of rabies identifies the urgency in treating all
patients with animal bites as emergency cases. The policy stresses that
these cases require immediate medical attention.
This policy was presented during a recent seminar
organized by the Chonburi Department of Communicable Disease Control held
at the Pattaya Dusit Resort Hotel. Deputy Public Health Minister Khamron
Lamphun chaired the seminar.
Public Health Minister Khamron Lamphun chaired a seminar at the Dusit
Resort Pattaya on the “Management of Rabies patients and Prevention of
Current statistics show that deaths from dog bites in
Thailand have steadily decreased from 370 recorded in 1980 to 44 recorded
so far in 1999. All regions in Thailand have demonstrated a significant
decrease, except for the central region. The central region statistics are
causing alarm and have been the main reason behind producing a new policy.
The central region is experiencing more cases involving animal bites
due to the large number of stray dogs throughout the region. Statistics
show that most fatal cases involve bites from small dogs, three months
old. The victims are mainly young children who do not perceive the
possible dangers associated with the small and sometimes cute animals. The
new policy includes making the public more aware of the dangers involved
with stray animals.
municipalities prepare for the Year 2000
Deputy Director-General talks about
The Deputy Director-General of the Ruling Department
from the Municipal Administration Section Mr. Sarod Khachamad identified
issues of concern during a conference with a special lecture entitled
“Municipalities in the Year 2000”.
The conference took place at the Laem Chabang Municipal
Building in Sriracha and was hosted by Chonburi Governor Sujarit Pachimnan.
Municipal Community officials from nine provinces in
the eastern region attended the conference, including Saensukh
Municipality Mayor Somchai Khunpleum and Pattaya Mayor Pairat
right) Pattaya Mayor Pairat Suthithamrongsawat, Deputy Director-General of
the Ruling Department from the Municipal Administration Section Sarod
Khachamad, Mayor of Saensukh Municipality Somchai Khumpleum, Chonburi
Governor Sujarit Pachimnan and the Chairman of the Standing Committee on
Tourism of the House of Representatives Santsak Ngamphiches (far left).
The conference was assembled to issue guidance to
municipal leaders in order to clarify the status and roles of the new
level of administration.
105 new members were added to the existing 26 members
in the eastern region after many sub-districts were recently changed into
Since the change there has been some confusion
concerning the new role and status of the municipal level. Arguments have
surfaced among some leaders on various matters.
The change brought about 980 new municipalities in
Thailand, added to the former number of 149 localities in the National
Municipal Alliance of Thailand, which now receives new procedures in
administration under the Ministry of Interior.
Also in the Municipal Alliance are the Provincial
Administration and Sub-District Administration Organizations, including
Bangkok and Pattaya.
Important issues in Mr. Sarod’s lecture covered the
Ministry’s decision to require the mayors in each municipality to be
locally elected officials. However, the government perceives that the
local administration organizations are not yet prepared for the changes.
The problem appears to be disagreements between the
municipal mayors and the municipal permanent secretaries. Both sides have
submitted documents to the Ministry requesting guidance and decisions on
Deputy Director-General Sarod said that the two parties
must adjust to the new administration system and work together in order to
function efficiently in the future.
Sarod identified three other important issues during
his lecture. The first covered the problems of collecting revenues from
the hotel room tax, and cigarette and fuel taxes at the provincial level
of government. He said that it was up to the provincial administrative
organizations to rectify their own internal problems on this matter.
The second issue covered the problem of allocating the
authority the Ministry of Interior has given to the provincial level of
government, but will soon be issuing new authority guidance to the
sub-district and provincial administration organizations, including the
municipality level of government.
Lastly, Sarod referred to the lack of clearly defined
procedures for assessing various projects at the different levels of
government. He declared that the opinions of local residents in respective
localities must be included when considering and identifying various
projects to be implemented.
Sarod also made it clear to the audience that the current constitution
still contains the authority to remove administrative officials not
suitably performing their duties.
visit from JICA Institute
Professor (Rev.) Akiie Henry Ninomiya from the Japan
International Co-operation Agency ‘JICA’ Institute, Khwansai Kaku-In
University in Kobe, Japan visited Pattaya Mayor Pairat Suthithamrongsawat
this week to follow-up on the project to establish conveniences for
handicapped persons in Pattaya.
The many visitors coming to Pattaya each year has made
the city into a well-known tourist attraction around the world. Therefore,
the city should have all the features that other well-known up to date
tourist locations offer. Pattaya has most of the features and a few that
others don’t have, but is lacking adequate conveniences for handicapped
persons, which has received much attention in other major cities around
the world in recent years.
Mayor Pairat Suthithamrongsawat shakes the hand of Akiie Henry Ninomiya
from the Kobe Social Service Community Holistic Social Service Research
Center in Japan. The Research Center is offering assistance in developing
handicapped conveniences in Pattaya and is taking a look at the on-going
progress of the project.
Wheelchair ramps along walkways have been included in
many of the local government facilities but are not available throughout
the city. The city now plans to implement the ramps along with other
conveniences for handicapped persons. The goal is to provide equal
opportunity to handicapped persons, including convenient access to hotel
accommodations and restroom facilities for both residents and visitors to
The Pattaya Redemptorist School for the Blind initiated
a plan to institute the changes in 1998, in conjunction with Tourism
Authority of Thailand, Central Region 3. This year some of the
conveniences were implemented along Pattaya 2 and Pattaya 3 Roads, Chalerm
Prakiat Road and Jomtien Road. However, due to limited funds the changes
made are just the beginning of a much larger project that expects to
receive additional funds from O.E.C.F. in the amount of 1,400 million
baht, of which 17.5 million baht will go towards the completion of the
project. Hopefully, in the year 2000, the project will be completed,
affording the conveniences for handicapped persons in the area and
attracting foreign tourists with physical handicaps to visit Pattaya.
Akiie expressed he was very pleased to hear of the Pattaya Mayor’s
interest in completing the project and said to feel free to contact the
JICA Institute if any further assistance is needed. He also intends to
inform the handicapped community in Japan of the good news with the coming
improvements in Pattaya. The members of the JICA Institute will be
continuing their coordination with the Chonburi Redemptorist Center for
the Blind in Pattaya.
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