city council meets for the first time
“Security of personal property and the physical
safety of the community are police responsibilities and as provincial
governor and advisor to the city administration,” he said, “I will
issue instructions for police agencies to provide their full support to
the city administration. If full cooperation is received among all
agencies, and everyone works together effectively, even problem areas like
the ‘song taew’ disorganization and visiting tourists being taken
advantage of are not beyond our capabilities to correct.”
Chaisawangwong, Chairman of the Pattaya City Council, and Sunthorn
Prasertdee (front), Secretary of the Pattaya City Council.
To open the meeting, council member Faruk Wongborisut,
being the senior member at the age of 62, temporarily took the position of
temporary council chairman while the other 23 council members voted for
the permanent chairman.
Thawit Chaisawangwong was voted in as council chairman,
with Adisorn Phonluk-In selected as the first deputy chairman and Patana
Bunsawat selected as a second alternate deputy.
After Thawit Chaisawangwong took his seat as city
council chairman, the selection for the city council standing committees
began. The standing committees are basically two groups of members
consulting on various matters pertaining to the city council. The standing
committees will conduct research and submit their findings to the council.
The members selected to the first standing committee,
which will conduct general research, were Banlyy Kunlawanich, Thongchai
Adsong, Miss Jidapa Subhalak, Ratanachai Suttidechanai and Phraiwal Arom.
The second standing committee, which will take the
collected data gathered by the first group and compare the information
with Pattaya City’s Constitutional Codes to ensure it complies legally,
will be made up of council members Phisai Phanomwan Na Ayuthaya, Suwit
Nongyai, Uryt Nantasurasak, Anthawud Phokeo and Phansak Saengjan.
Mayor Pairat Suttithamrongsawat then submitted the
names of Watana Chantanawaranon, Niran Watanasatsathorn, Wutisak
Rermkijakarn and Wirawat Khakhai to be his deputy mayors. Governor Sujarit
recorded the names.
Niran Watanasatsathorn, a former city manager, will
undertake responsibility for Larn Island and the Office of the City
Manager. Watana Chantanawaranon will assume responsibility for the Social
Welfare Department. The Environmental and Sanitation Department
responsibilities will be delegated to Wutisak Rermkijakarn, and the
Treasury Department will be under the responsibility of Wirawat Khakhai, a
former deputy city manager. The City Maintenance and the Educational
Planning Departments will fall under the control of the mayor himself.
The mayor has inherited added responsibility from new
constitutional authority, which affords the city mayor full administrative
control, as well as responsibility for the actions of all city councilors
and other appointed subordinates.
Somchai Khunpleum has been appointed as the mayor’s
advisor, along with Chonburi Governor Sujarit Pachimnan and Mr. Bhinyo
The city council will next convene for general reviews on 1-30 March
and 1-30 August.
arrested for drugging and robbing fellow countrymen
Caught trying to leave country from Chiang Mai
A Pakistani suspected of drugging and robbing his
fellow countrymen in Pattaya, Ali Mojal Gulzar was arrested in Chiang Mai
last week whilst trying to board a flight home to Lahore.
Hussain Maazafar, Ahmed Khurshid and Ali Liaqat
complained to police that their money, valuables and friend went missing
during a drug induced sleep. It was later confirmed that Gulzar, 40, had
supplied the drugged drinks and food to his partners at the hotel where
they were staying, B. R. Inn on Soi 12, the night before he disappeared.
Mojal Gulzar was arrested for drugging and robbing his fellow countrymen.
He was returned to Pattaya to stand trial after being arrested trying to
leave the country from Chiang Mai airport.
The three men told police officials that upon waking,
they experienced dizzy sensations and a strange taste in their mouths, and
soon discovered all their valuables totaling nearly US$12,000 was missing.
Police from the Foreign Crime Suppression Office in
Pattaya sent out information on Gulzar to all exit points, and were later
able to announce the successful arrest of Gulzar just as he was about to
board the aircraft in Chiang Mai.
When the police apprehended Gulzar at the airport he
was found to be carrying a bag containing Hussain’s passport and what
was left of everyone’s money.
Gulzar is now behind bars and will go to trail in Chonburi.
out at Leos
A billboard outside one of Pattaya’s most
controversial go-go-bars that advertised “A Valentines Show with a
Difference” really brought the crowds in, or should we say out.
Big Leo Paris A-Go-Go really gave their male clients a
night to remember - and so did our local constabulary when they raided the
pub just before midnight on February 12th. The customers were enjoying a
live, on stage, uncensored re-run - Thai style- of The Full Monty.
After the bar was cleared of patrons, the 10 “all
male” performers were escorted from the stage and fined 500 baht each
for performing unsavoury acts in public.
The 25-year-old Manager, Chalermkiat Linjee is to stand
trial for operating without the proper permits.
The German owner could not be charged or identified, as
Manager Chalermkiat did not know how to pronounce his name.
Whoever said you don’t get more than you paid for in our fair City?
Quick action by
police foils paint ball theft
Suspect caught gathering loot from hiding place
The ‘Sniper Zone’ paint ball park was last week
robbed of nine paint ball guns valued at 14,000 baht apiece. However, quick
acting police managed to capture one of the miscreants and recover all of
the stolen items.
Kriangsak Ratanawong, caretaker of the ‘Sniper Zone’
paint ball park, contacted the Pattaya police on the evening of 17 February
to report the theft. Kriangsak told police that the theft had occurred
whilst he had left the facility temporarily unattended earlier during the
night. Upon his return he found the guns missing, along with one motorized
lawn mower and three fishing poles.
Rodkhong was caught while trying to collect some of the items he had stolen
from the ‘Sniper Zone’ paint ball park.
Police officers immediately conducted a search of the
premises and of the thick jungle area surrounding the facility off
Thepprasit Road and noticed a male aged about 25 years of age loitering in
The officers then took up hidden positions in the deep
vegetation, closely watching the man’s movements. The unlucky suspect soon
started retrieving the stolen loot hidden in the overgrown area. The police
moved in, scoring an ‘on the spot’ arrest.
Montree Rodkhong, age 23, confessed to all, and
identified his partner in crime as a person named Sanga. He and Sanga stole
the items, he said, with the intention of pawning them a few at a time. He
was caught whilst collecting some of the loot.
All of the stolen items, along with a few minor items the
manager hadn’t noticed missing, were returned to the park and their
Montree, a resident of Phanat Nikhom District, will be
tried for forced entry and stealing private property.
Meanwhile, police continue searching for his partner, Sanga.
Two arrested for
maintaining wild animals for tourist pictures
Tourist turns them in
A foreign tourist contacted Pattaya police to report
two people were using wild animals and charging tourists to take pictures
with them. Mr. and Mrs. Chala Insaad from Nong Prue were arrested near Soi
Marine along South Pattaya Beach.
Chala Insaad and his wife (not shown) were arrested for using wild animals
to make money off tourists.
Mr. Chala was in possession of a large iguana and his
wife, Mrs. Nutriam was a few meters away with two python snakes, one in
Although the animals they were using are not considered
endangered, they are nonetheless wild animals and it is considered cruelty
to animals to use them in the tourist trade.
The husband and wife admitted to allowing interested
tourists to take pictures with the reptiles for 100 baht a picture. The
two told police they had no other employment and were uneducated, and
neither realized that what they were doing was illegal. They said that
there seemed to be so many tourists wanting to have their pictures taken
with the animals, they thought it was acceptable.
Police explained the nature of their wrongdoing and released them after
fining them 300 baht apiece (the price of 3 pictures).
dealer arrested in eatery
Restaurant customer notifies police
21 year-old Sarawud Phothong from Suphanburi was
arrested for possession of amphetamines at a small restaurant in Central
Pattaya after a customer at the restaurant notified police.
The customer told police that as the man was eating his
meal, he was offering to sell the drug to passers-by, and seemed to have
no apparent fear of getting caught.
Police arrived in time, as Sarawud was still in the
restaurant. When he saw police officers approach he began to get up from
his seat, but was immediately restrained. Police searched his person on
the spot and found 20 “yaba type orange” amphetamine pills in his
A stunned Sarawud acknowledged the pills were amphetamines but insisted
he had no idea how they got in his jacket pocket. Sarawud, an employee at
the Serene gay bar in Soi Pattaya Land 3, is being charged for both
possession and distribution of a Class 1 illegal narcotic.
arrested with drugs
Disturbing the peace of hotel guests
Two men and four women between 18-23 years of age were
arrested from their hotel room at the Marina Inn. The dirty half-dozen
were caught gambling and doing drugs.
All six confessed, telling police they had been
gambling and partying in the hotel room for the past month.
They may have been able to continue if they had been a
little quieter while doing so. However, the management of the Marina Inn
called Pattaya Police because the group was causing undue noise, which was
disturbing other guests.
Police confiscated 30 amphetamine pills and gambling
equipment from the room.
Mr. Thawee Ruangthong, age 19, Mr. Sanan Sawangsin, age 20, Miss
Somphorn Muang Prasit, age 22, Miss Bunsom Nakromyayee, age 19, Miss
Duangkhae Saensuk, age 23, and Miss Noknoi Jumrin, age 18, were charged
with illegal gambling and using and possessing illegal drugs.
senate candidates reinstated
Receive favorable ruling from Constitutional
The two senate candidates from Chonburi who were
disqualified from running for election had that decision overturned. The
officials, Admiral Preecha Padibatsornkij and Wiron Tantrabhorn have been
reinstated by the Chonburi scrutinizing committee.
The reversal of the judgment came at a meeting at the
Banglamung District Offices, where it was announced that the
Constitutional Court ruled in favor of both gentlemen. No details were
given as to why the decision was overturned, only that the two candidates
were disqualified in error and that both candidates are indeed authorized
to run for office.
However, a flier was sent out identifying 19 senate
candidates, which included their pictures, educational background,
positions held, and each candidate’s ballot number. Candidate #7’s
information made it into the flier, but candidate #19’s information was
left out, and a note was attached saying the candidate’s application was
withdrawn. There has been no further information supplied clarifying why
candidate number 19, University of Burapha board member Wiroj Tantrabhorn,
didn’t make the flier.
Thailand’s first election of members to the Senate
will be held on 4th March. The campaign requirements outlined in the new
constitution seem to be confusing to a lot of people. Much of the
confusion stems from different interpretations of the required criteria to
run for office.
Confusing areas include authorized campaign procedures
and authorized methods of circulating campaign posters. Also unclear is
the stipulation prohibiting anyone with previous government affiliation
from running for the Kingdom’s senate.
Admiral Padibatsornkij was initially rejected because he was a member
of the government police committee, and Tantrabhorn because of his
government affiliation as a Burapha University board member.
Australian Ambassador, H.E. William Fisher visited the
Royal Cliff Beach Resort to acknowledge the current Australian Meat and Wine
promotion being held there till the 13th of March.
Ambassador, H.E. William Fisher visited the Royal Cliff Beach Resort to
acknowledge the current Australian Meat and Wine promotion being held there
till the 13th of March.
Following an introduction by the M.D. of the resort,
Panga Vathanakul, the Australian Ambassador said that he was very proud of
the increased market share being experienced by the Australian wine
producers. In addition, the Australian Thomas Hardy brands had actually
increased not only market share, but total litres exported to Thailand as
well. This is despite the huge hike in duty payable on imported wines.
The food promotion is in the Grill Room of the main hotel
and offers Australian lamb as well as beef, which can be washed down by a
choice of 24 wines, both red and white.
To celebrate the promotion, the Royal Cliff Beach Resort
is also selling the wines at cost. The prices range from 450 baht to 900
baht ++ per bottle, and are undoubtedly the cheapest you will see this
standard of wine offered for some time.
The Pattaya Mail’s Miss Terry Diner was seen at the wine tasting and
rates the Hardy’s Chardonnay very highly.
Winners of the
‘Pattaya City Image Contest’ announced
5 University students take top award
Five students at the University of Fine Arts took home
the 50,000 baht first prize in the PBTA “City Image Contest”.
The Pattaya Business and Tourism Association (PBTA) and
the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) announced the results this week at
Mike’s Shopping Mall.
representatives of the five winning contestants in the PBTA “City Image
Students and community members were invited to
participate in the contest, portraying their ideas and architectural
vision, using the areas of Central Pattaya, Beach and 2nd Roads as their
drawing board. A written explanation, in Thai and English, supporting each
plan was required by the panel of judges.
Representatives from the Royal Siam Architects
Association, the Regional Architects Association and different Planning
Committees judged the entries, awarding a 50,000 baht cash award for the
most innovative plan.
The winning entry, submitted by a group of five
students from the University of Fine Arts, was their plan aptly named,
“Pattaya: Recreation & Entertainment City”.
The Group’s vision for the city’s new image
portrays a fun-filled city with attractions specifically directed at local
residents and tourists of all ages, taking into consideration the existing
All the architectural plans that were submitted to the
competition will be on display on the 4th floor of Mike’s Shopping Mall
until 28 February.
From March, they will be presented at other locations in Pattaya.
challenged receive valuable training
Pattaya Redemptorist Vocational School
The Pattaya Redemptorist School for the Disabled is the
first and only school in Pattaya providing free room and board for
students and vocational training. The teachers at the vocational school
have changed the lives of more than 1,000 handicapped persons and credibly
the teachers themselves are disabled persons guiding the students on their
way to self-sufficiency.
learn electronics at the Pattaya Redemptorist Vocational School.
Many disabled people possessing the desire to learn
apply for the one year electronics course or two year computer course.
Upon successful completion, employment opportunities open up for the
student whose future was once uncertain.
What is most remarkable about the students, or disabled
persons in general, is their attitude and approach to life. They seem to
possess no apparent discouragement or despondency. They accept their
physical limitations and are fully prepared, in spirit, to pursue life’s
many obstacles. Consistently, on a scale of social misbehavior, disabled
persons do not present the problems affecting society caused by other
adolescents with full physical abilities.
One of the students at the Redemptorist Vocational School said he has
been enrolled at the school for a year and a half now. He said there is no
cost for his training or his room and board. Upon completion of his course
he looks forward to previously imaginable employment.
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