City and police
adopt aggressive baht bus policy
To eliminate 40 illegal baht buses every
The city announced new policies and plans with hopes of
implementing driver discipline in the city’s baht bus scheme. Illegal
parking, erratic driving and discourteous behavior will be targeted, and
with police help, the city has set a target of getting rid of 40 renegade
baht buses every month.
Pairat Suttithamrongsawat addressed the annual Pattaya Transportation
Cooperative conference and announced new plans to reign in the growing
baht bus problem.
The new plans were announced during the annual Pattaya
Transportation Cooperative conference held at the Grand Sole’ Hotel on
Pattaya mayor Pairat Suttithamrongsawat and Pattaya
highway police inspector Pol. Capt. Somchai Pongsai attended, along with
700 co-op members and the chairman of the transportation cooperative’s
board of directors, Suthap Sukkhochai.
Mayor Pairat told the conference that plans and policy
changes were about to take place once the city police revert to the city’s
control. The mayor referred to the long awaited corrective action needed
in the city’s baht bus transportation scheme, specifically identifying
illegal parking, erratic driving and discourteous behavior.
Pattaya Beach Road, 2nd and 3rd Roads, and all
connecting routes will be mapped out into clearly identified routes with
fares conveniently posted for tourists to recognize. The mayor requested
the transportation co-op’s support in complying with new the policies.
Pol. Capt. Somchai added that members of the city
police assessment committee have expressed concern over the urgent need to
organize the baht buses operating in Pattaya. He said a survey is
currently in progress to identify suitable baht bus stops. He said he
expects the survey to be completed by the end of June.
Whilst asking for the transportation co-op’s
assistance in accepting the changes to come, Pol. Capt. Somchai outlined a
plan to support the co-op by implementing action to eliminate the many
illegal baht buses (black plates) operating in Pattaya, which are taking
business away from registered drivers.
He said on the 15th of every month his office intends
to report actions taken against the renegade drivers, with the initial
target of arresting 40 drivers illegally operating each month.
chief conducts his own night beat
Goes home empty handed - it must be hell to be
How would you like it if you got all your cronies
together and headed out for a night of "raiding" sex show bars
only to have every one of them slam and lock their doors as soon as they saw
you coming? That is exactly what happened to Banglamung district chief
Vichien Chawalit on Monday, May 28.
district chief Vichien Chawalit (center) and his crime busting buddies
failed to see even one naked body on their night out raiding bars.
The district chief, escorted by district security
officers and a group of crime prevention volunteers from the district,
conducted a late night tour of Pattaya’s night scene intending to find
lewd entertainment after hearing reports that sex shows, entertaining tours
from China, were operating in various Pattaya bars.
The district chief and his crew hit the streets at 11
p.m., making their first stop at the Pattaya Show in North Pattaya, but
hopes were dashed when the place was found locked up and it was discovered
that the notorious showplace had closed for the night just moments before
the district chief arrived.
Not yet discouraged, the crew proceeded to better haunts
of ill fame, stopping at a spot aptly named the Sin Show, but it too had
just closed for the night.
Still not discouraged the crew moved on to the Show Girl,
a popular place recently busted for busty entertainment. The Show Girl,
located opposite Alcazar on 2nd Road, was still open but as soon the
district chief and his crew entered and exposed themselves, the disgusted
manager stopped the show and announced that everyone must leave the
premises. The steady stream of Chinese tourists, hiding their eyes from the
overzealous district chief and his crew, poured out of Show Girl preventing
the district chief and his crew from picking up any suspects.
Putting a beautifully bureaucratic twist on the affair,
the district chief later said that the impromptu early closing of each venue
made it obvious that illegal entertainment was still operating in Pattaya
(even though he, disappointedly, didn’t get to see any of it). He said the
late night inspections would continue and any business found presenting
sexually explicit content will be shut down while performers and managers
would be remanded to police custody and interrogated by the crusading
Perhaps the District Chief would have better luck if he
went on the Nite Beat Show with Dr. Iain?
EEI chosen as
(interim) manager of Pattaya’s wastewater treatment plant
Company bids lacked transparency
Pattaya City administrators, having neither the
expertise nor manpower to run Pattaya’s new wastewater treatment plant,
decided to contract out the job to a private company.
In mid April, city administrators set the bidding for
the water treatment plant concession at 12 million baht. Five companies
showed interest in managing Pattaya’s 1.8 billion baht wastewater
treatment plant, and on May 4 city officials opened those company’s
On June 1, the names of the five companies and their
bids were revealed. At that time, the city also disclosed that there may
have been a lack of transparency in some of the bids.
The bids for the chance to manage the operation of the
city’s wastewater treatment plant were (in ascending order): East Water
Company 9.2 million baht, Environment and Energy International (EEI) Co.,
Ltd 9.9 million baht, Global Utilities Services Ltd. 11.6 million baht,
BJT Water Co., Ltd. 12 million baht and Green Engineering Co. Ltd., 16
During the initial review of the bids on May 4, no
complaints were received; however, on May 9, the mayor was contacted by a
member of the board of directors at EEI, Saiyan Thiparat, who said that
two of the five companies submitting bids were in violation of the Office
of the Prime Minister’s contract regulation. EEI, the second lowest
bidder, pointed out to the mayor that the lowest bidder, East Water, and
the third lowest bidder, Global Utilities, were in fact companies in the
same corporation. The notice suggested that in light of the new
information the bids should be reconsidered.
City hall investigated the allegations and discovered
that Mrs. Anchalee Chawanich, currently the director of the Industrial
Estate Authority of Thailand, is indeed the chairperson of the board of
directors of both East Water and Global Utilities. The city at that time
decided to award the contract to EEI.
Then, on May 22, the mayor received another notice,
this time from the director of technical administration at BJT Water,
implying that EEI did not meet the qualifications to manage the plant as
stipulated in the conditions and requirements previously provided to
City administrators have now contacted the Thai Embassy
in Japan and have asked for confirmation that EEI does indeed have past
experience in managing the operation of wastewater treatment plants in
In the interim, EEI remains the winner of the contract,
which was signed on May 22.
charged with drunk and disorderly conduct
Enraged over broken love offair
Residents of the Hakhone Condo on Thepprasit Road
caught quite a show on May 27. However, it was not one they wanted to
hath no fury like a woman scorned... Suphan Nakhun was busily destroying
her apartment before police were able to calm her down.
Thirty-two year old Miss Suphan Nakhun had gone into a
drunken rage, and by the time police arrived she was busily destroying
belongings inside her apartment and throwing other items out the window,
which were smashing to the ground 5 floors below.
Police stood outside, knocking on her door for a while
before she allowed them in. Once inside, officers had a bit of a struggle
containing the enraged woman.
In time, she allowed police to escort her to the
station where she was given a room to recover from her inebriated
Miss Suphan eventually told police of her,
"shattered expectations destroyed by her chosen life partner,"
who she refused to identify by name, although she often referred to the
person as a good for nothing parasite.
Armed robbers slit
throat of Pattaya Mail’s neighbor
Storeowner stabbed whilst resisting robbery
Miss Em-orn Khanitawan, the 36-year old owner of the
"Flinstone’s Store", a small convenience store on 2nd Road
next door to the Pattaya Mail offices and less than 50 meters from the
tourist police station, had her throat slit whilst resisting a robbery
attempt in her store on June 2.
Sae-eung, 20, from Trat, and Warawut Budsaban, 20, an employee at Big C
from Korat were arrested for robbing and slitting the throat of a
convenience store owner.
Miss Em was rushed to Memorial Hospital. At press time,
Miss Em was out of intensive care, but there was no further information
about her condition. An 8-year-old boy was also injured during the
Ryt Sae-eung, 20, from Trat, and Warawut Budsaban, 20,
an employee at Big C from Korat were arrested before dark on the same say
at a rented room on North Pattaya Road.
When police burst into their room, the two thugs were
counting out the stolen money before heading out of the city on the next
bus. Police found the knife in the room, along with blood stained clothing
and 17,300 baht stolen from the market.
The two suspects admitted to police that when they saw
Miss Em alone in the store on the quiet afternoon, they planned the
robbery. They also told police incredulously that they "did not
expect her to resist".
The two robbers said Miss Em refused to hand over the
money in the cash register, so they put a knife to her throat. When she
continued to resist, they slit her throat. At that instant, a boy entered
the store, so they punched him in the face before grabbing the money from
the cash register and running from the store.
Elderly Brit caught
naked in bed with 12-year-old boy
Police took photos, confiscated Crisco as
Philip Vivian Thompson from Trehafod in the UK, who had
just turned 62 on May 3 this year, was caught naked in bed with a
national Philip Thompson was caught naked in bed with a 12-year-old boy.
Thompson’s neighbours had reported to police that
they suspected Thompson of sexually abusing minors, as they often saw
young boys being brought to his house.
Pattaya’s tourist police, led by Pol. Maj. Noradech
Klomtuksing, staked out Thompson’s house, and on May 30 they observed an
older Thai male delivering a young boy. As soon as reinforcements arrived,
they raided the house.
When police burst inside, officers immediately started
photographing the activities as evidence. At the time, Thompson was
allegedly sodomizing the young boy. Thompson allegedly then began running
in circles, looking for a place to hide.
The boy later told police how he was persuaded by an
older Thai male to go see the foreigner, and he was told to do as the
foreigner instructed. He said the man told him the foreigner would pay him
The boy said the foreigner told him to shower and then
instructed him to the bed where the foreigner began applying the greasy
substance. The boy said he didn’t resist because he feared the large man
and was unsure what to expect.
Thompson was charged with sexually molesting a minor
under the age of 15. The photos and the can of Crisco were recorded as
evidence, along with the statements from the 12-year old boy. Thompson was
later transferred to the Banglamung police station for further
Barry Kenyon, local correspondent for the British
Embassy, told Pattaya Mail, "Lawyers acting for Mr Thompson obtained
bail for him at Banglamung police station last Thursday (May 31). The
matter is now in the hands of the public prosecutor."
Bangsaen ready to
charge for wastewater treatment
Charges to be added to water bills
Saensuk Municipal mayor Somchai Khunpluem (Kamnan Poh) on
May 22 announced that the system is in place for Bangsaen to begin charging
for wastewater treatment.
Municipal Mayor Somchai Khunpluem (Kamnan Poh) announced that Bangsaen will
begin charging for wastewater treatment.
The charges will be taken from meter readings at a rate
of 2.50 baht for each cubic meter of water (one cubic meter = 1,000 liters).
However, the Saensuk mayor said the initial charge to consumers would only
be approximately 50%, or around one baht per cubic meter, with increases
applied later. The water treatment cost is to be added to water bills
starting June 1.
Since October 1999, water treatment plants located in the
south and north areas of Saensuk Municipality have been under the control of
the Wastewater Management Authority, a government enterprise in the Ministry
of Science, Technology and Environment. Costs of operating both plants
average 15 million baht each month, which has been subsidized by the local
municipal government and the Wastewater Management Authority.
The Saensuk mayor said the local government has been
absorbing almost five million baht of each month’s 15 million baht cost to
operate the two plants, with the balance covered by the Wastewater
"Community assistance in supporting the 800 million
baht investment is crucial in order to continue efficient operation,"
Kamnan Poh said. He added that, "The additional cost would be worth the
benefits," and that, "the costs to Thai consumers was comparably
small compared to water treatment costs in other countries."
Kamnan Poh also said that Saensuk’s payment plan,
"would lead the way for other communities in the province, such as
Pattaya, Laem Chabang and Sriracha."
PEACH hosts 44th
National Municipal League of Thailand Conference
Chakrapong Akkaranant and Veerachai Somchart
Government officials from 1,129 municipalities assembled
at the Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall (PEACH) in the Royal Cliff
Beach Resort for the 44th National Municipal League of Thailand Conference
held May 28-30.
The permanent secretary from the Ministry of Interior,
Chanasak Yuwaboon opened the municipal assembly, welcoming more than 5,000
officials and employees from Thailand’s municipal level of government from
around the nation.
Chonburi governor Sujarit Pachimnan and Pattaya mayor
Pairat Suttithamrongsawat were amongst a host of notable figures from the
eastern region in attendance.
Policies and changes in governing were the main topics of
the seminar, and the main objective was to create more efficient functioning
at the local level of government.
During the opening ceremony the permanent secretary
presented awards of recognition to individuals and municipalities for
Minister Chanasak then reiterated policy statements
concerning local government made by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to the
council of ministers on February 26, emphasizing the urgent need to
eliminate corruption, drug trafficking and poverty. He also referred to the
government’s plan to relax farmers’ debts, and the million baht that
will be allocated to each community plan, specifying that local communities
would decide how to best allocate the funds to benefit their communities.
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