Pattaya gets new fleet
of fire trucks
Pattaya City’s firefighters are now better equipped
to handle emergencies. On October 3, a new fleet of fire trucks arrived in
Included with the new equipment are eight vehicles with
various fire-fighting capabilities. The new fire trucks were requisitioned
from the Ministry of Interior, at a cost of B171.3 million. The civilian
disaster prevention office in the department of local administration under
the ministry of interior was instrumental in acquiring the fleet of fire
and rescue vehicles to reinforce the fire fighting capabilities in
Two of the eight vehicles have cherry picker baskets
capable of extending up to 68 meters. They both also have large water tank
capacity, and each cost B68.7 million. Two additional fire trucks cost
B5.7 million each, and two water transport trucks with 10,000 liter
capacity cost B3.1 million each.
Also in the inventory is two 45 KVA mobile generator
vehicles with flood light capabilities costing almost B5.2 million each,
and two fully equipped emergency rescue vehicles at a cost of B2.9 million
The costs for the new fleet also included the training
of 30 fire fighting officers in Pattaya to become fully knowledgeable in
the use of the various equipment during emergency situations.
Two elephants born
The Pattaya Elephant Camp and Ban Thin Chang Thai both
welcomed baby elephants into the world on the same night.
Wong-ngeun”, age 15, gave birth to this healthy female.
Around 2.00 a.m. on October 1, the first of two elephants
was born at the Ban Thin Chang Thai in Soi Chaiyapruk. Tha Sarangam, the
50-year old mahout of the mother and baby elephant, proudly told reporters
on the following morning how he had mated the 14-year old mother named
“Phang La-ongta” with a 30-year old bull elephant also residing at Ban
Thin Chang Thai named “Plai Buaban”. La-ongta carried the baby elephant
for almost 22-months and completed a safe delivery producing a healthy
Just one hour following the birth at Ban Thin Chang Thai
another elephant was born at the Pattaya Elephant Camp located a little
further down Sukhumvit Road. “Phang Wong-ngeun”, 15-years-old, gave
birth to another healthy female.
The news of two baby elephants born on the same night
created a big stir at both businesses.
Currently, the elephant birth rate in Pattaya is
averaging 2-3 per year.
Drug agent arrested
with 600 methamphetamine pills
Prayun Chuaysri, a 45-year old man from Udorn, was
arrested on the evening of September 30 with 600 methamphetamine pills in
finally got Prayun Chuaysri after months of surveillance.
Pattaya police deputy superintendent Pol. Lt. Col.
Sakrapee Phiawphanich said Prayun’s activities were under surveillance
but he was able to allude police by changing vehicles and often changing
his address in Pattaya. Close monitoring of his movements finally resulted
in an arrest.
The arrest was made in Soi Roilang off of the
Pattaya-Naklua Road where Prayun was waiting in a Toyota sedan to deliver
the drugs to other agents for further distribution in Pattaya, but he
ended up selling to undercover police officers.
Prayun’s remarks were similar to many other drug
agents taken into custody: blaming the nation’s depressed economy and
only low paying jobs available as the reason for entering the drug trade.
Prayun was charged with possession and distribution of illegal narcotics
carrying class 1 penalties.
Customers steal new
motorbike from hired driver at gunpoint
Residents in the area of Soi Nong Krabok in Moo 11,
Nong Prue contacted Banglamung police at around 2.30 a.m. on October 4
reporting screams for help heard in the neighborhood.
Police officers investigating the report found Panya
Tawong trussed up lying off to the side of the road with a pair of police
handcuffs fastened to both wrists behind his back and both legs tied up
with rope. He was still calling out for help when police officers
approached, with his screams muffled from the jacket wrapped around his
As police removed the handcuffs and ropes, Panya
explained his brand new motorbike was stolen. The information was
immediately relayed to other police units in hopes of apprehending the
bandits on the main roads.
Panya, a resident of Huay Yai Sub-district in
Banglamung, told police how two Thai men hired him to drive them from in
front of the World Gems Center on North Pattaya Road to an area opposite
of Lotus Shopping Center on Sukhumvit for a fee of 80 baht.
Nearing the location he was told to enter Soi Nong
Krapok where the two men had him stop. Panya said one of the riders
withdrew a pistol and the other pulled out a knife. They forced him to
give up his new Honda. He said they drove off after handcuffing and
lashing his legs together leaving him screaming for help at the secluded
spot in the middle of the night.
The two men were described as unusually tall with dark
complexions and between the ages of 25 - 30 years old. Both remain at
officer’s unruly behavior lands him on opposite side of the bars
Wirawat Deebunchai registered a complaint at the
Pattaya police station at 3.50 a.m. on October 4, claiming a police
officer, allegedly from Bangkok, physically assaulted him causing black
marks and open wounds covering his body.
Wirawat told police he arrived at the Kamnan Pub in Soi
2 off of 2nd Road with his girlfriend earlier that night and a group of
men were seated at a nearby table. Wirawat described how one of the men
sauntered over to their table and in a drunken manner began making
advances on his girlfriend, who tried to ignore the impolite advances.
When the woman refused, the man became angry and made a
scene, alarming everyone inside the pub. Wirawat said he tried to
intervene but the man withdrew a pistol and bashed him in the ear. He then
continued beating him in a frenzied rage that ended with him firing four
shots into the air and making threatening remarks.
Police investigated the incident and learned that the
man identified by Wirawat drove off in a black Nissan truck with his
friends. The vehicle was soon found parked in front of the Tropicana
Hotel. All individuals associated with the vehicle were taken into
custody, after local police found a 9-mm weapon, recently fired, and with
a half-empty magazine inside the Nissan truck.
Pol. Lance Corporal Lerpongphan Buaphetch, assigned
clerical duties at the Phrakhonong station in Bangkok, adamantly denied
Wirawat’s charges. However, witness statements weighed heavily against
him and he will now stand trial for charges of assault with a deadly
weapon, illegally carrying a loaded weapon in public and discharging a
weapon in public endangering the lives of others.
for new governor’s tour
Chonburi’s new governor, Chaded Insawang, conducted a
tour of Pattaya’s entertainment areas on October 4, sizing up the
situation and taking a glimpse of what he was forewarned about prior to
taking over the governor’s office on October 1.
However, Pattaya’s nightspots portrayed a good
showing for the new governor’s nightspot tour, as he found no lewd
shows, no underage patrons and no drugs, although 10 Russian females were
females were arrested for working without permits and for their
involvement with sexually explicit entertainment.
The provincial police commander Pol. Maj. Gen. Sene
Khamthieng accompanied the new governor, as did the deputy governor and a
group of officials, including Banglamung district chief Vichien Chawalit.
Following the governor’s introductory tour he
expressed how grateful he was that no outlandish entertainment was
encountered and he thanked the entertainment business community for
uniting together and adhering to the minister of interior’s plan to
establish social order.
The tour was more an inspection of the various types of
nightlife in Pattaya, including beer bars, discos and go-go bars,
specifically looking for violators allowing underage patrons inside and
venues offering sexually explicit shows. As for drugs, the new governor
said he thought it was better for police to conduct thorough
investigations to expose drug-related crimes rather than conduct late
night urine tests.
Governor Chaded said the main problem he anticipated
was to do with businesses remaining open past the 2.00 a.m. closing time.
He also made a comment on the probable exclusions that
would surely be possible once the final zoning plan was implemented,
eventually allowing extended business hours. Although once zoning becomes
official, he said any business located outside of the identified
entertainment zone and violating the 2.00 a.m. closing time would be
prosecuted on a case-by-case basis.
The new governor asked to publicize the suggestion
boxes that will soon be appearing around the city to collect public
opinion on the MOI plan to restore social order. The yellow suggestion
boxes will be affixed to electrical poles and identified as “Klong
Purachai” allowing the public to submit their personal views pertaining
to zoning and implementing social order.
As pleased as the governor was with the overall tour he
once again reiterated his stance against any entertainment venue operating
with sexually explicit shows. He also referred to 10 Russian females
arrested for surreptitiously working without permits at the France Sexy
Show on 2nd Road and asserted that each would be turned over to
immigration police for deportation after recording personal data.
New governor of
Chonburi introduced at city hall
Expounds on policy, expectations and closing hours
Chonburi’s new governor, Chaded Insawang introduced
himself at city hall and talked of Pattaya’s special status, how it is
important to get the public involved in local government, and how different
levels of government must work together.
The new governor, accompanied by deputies and close
officials, was in Pattaya on October 8 to explain his views on various
policies and interactions between the Chonburi government and Pattaya’s
Chaded Insawang took over the provincial governor’s
office on October 1, exchanging positions with former governor Sujarit
Pachimnan, who takes Chaded’s vacated position as director of the
community development department in the ministry of interior. Sujarit had
been Chonburi’s governor for 5 years.
new governor, Chaded Insawang
Governor Chaded began by saying he hasn’t yet been in
office long enough to expound on matters of policy and future direction
concerning Pattaya, and that he would need to gain a more thorough
understanding of on-going actions. However, he did address a few of his
Firstly, Governor Chaded said he feels that Pattaya’s
special status doesn’t imply to the city’s budget of over 600 million
baht, or the area governed, but instead refers to how that budget and area
are administered. “The term ‘special’ and the status applied to
Pattaya,” he said, “is directed at the method involved in administrating
Pattaya’s government, which is in a constant state of change, requiring
“For example,” he said, “promoting tourism did not
necessarily mean only striving to attract more tourists to Pattaya by any
possible means whilst ignoring the negative impact, both immediate and on
future generations. An alternative approach would involve the inclusion of
positive social change that could not only improve tourist numbers but also
have positive affects connected to every type of business.”
“Implementation of social order is only one part in the
overall scheme to develop the tourist industry,” he added. “(Improving
tourism) also includes improvements in areas such as sanitation,
entertainment zoning, eliminating weapons in public, and integrating new
technology.” The governor also said the use of closed circuit cameras to
monitor traffic conditions would be a key asset to reduce crime.
Secondly, the new governor talked of the importance of
public participation in government to establish positive social change. He
said, “From here on it would not be entirely up to the ministry of
interior, the provincial governor, the Pattaya city mayor or local
politicians and police, but the public and private sector must get
involved.” He was adamant that the public has an important role in
deciding the future of the nation.
The new governor then stated that different levels of
government need to work together. He said he was confident that he could
work amiably and productively with everyone, no matter what office or
department was involved.
Governor Chaded later met with local proprietors to
address zoning and entertainment. He indicated that the MOI was close to
completing the changes contained in the 1966 entertainment act associated
with types of entertainment business not previously covered, such as beer
bars, karaoke and specific types of massage venues.
He said the changes were in the last phase, and were
waiting to go before the cabinet and parliament. He added that once they
were in effect, it would be absolutely necessary to adhere to the laws as
He also said that it would be a mistake to think that the
social reforms implemented by the MOI would be a single negative factor
affecting tourism. He said that contrary to popular opinion in the nightspot
arena, the social reforms being implemented could very well be a positive
step in attracting more tourists to Thailand.
Chaded said the three main points continually advocated
by Purachai Piumsombum, the Minister of Interior, could prove to be very
positive factors in creating a more desirable and acceptable environment for
tourists to enjoy during their holiday in Thailand. The main points are:
eliminating drugs from nightspot premises, keeping the underage from
entering such establishments, and eliminating lewd entertainment in these
businesses, which, Governor Chaded said, “Could even prove to increase
sales in the alcohol beverage industry.”
The new governor also stated that if entertainment
businesses were to continue operating around the clock, the outcome would
add to social problems and increase the number of crimes and drug related
He reasserted the minister of interior’s statement
requesting businesses in the entertainment and nightlife arena to wait for
regulations on local zoning to become final. Afterwards, he said, it would
be more feasible to pursue requests for relaxing hours of operation.
Governor Chaded said he anticipates the responsibility to
insure no drugs, no underage and no lewd shows would switch from police
agencies to proprietors themselves. The new governor said what he
anticipates in the foreseeable future would be awarding certificates of
honor to post at establishments operating in accordance with the law.
Businesses not complying with the new law could face
closure of 30 days up to 90 days, being black listed on tourist lists and
company chartered tours, and being publicized on various websites on the
The governor pointed out that other changes with similar
mechanisms were included making it clearly evident that competing for
honorable awards in the long run would be more worthwhile.
separated, but need help
Operation incomplete, parents have no money
Sangthong Osopsri and his wife Laksana contacted Pattaya
Mail requesting assistance in revealing their desperate need for help in
ending the torture that their children have endured since birth.
Fourteen months ago Laksana gave birth to twins, Acharee
and Akhana, who were joined at the bowels. Doctors in Chonburi were able to
separate the two daughters but after 40 stitches each the surgery was
incomplete, leaving the intestines exposed at the naval and requiring bowel
evacuation from the same area.
and Akhana, joined at birth, need help to complete their separation
The twins were crying when reporters arrived and the
parents explained how the children lived in continuous pain from the long
wounds that refuse to heal.
Sangthong, age 34, and his wife Laksana, age 33, related
to reporters their life of poverty and described how they hardly make enough
to eat each day, and said they can no longer bear the torture that their
children must endure.
Their hope is that through gaining media attention, they
might alert some official in a high enough place to come to their aid, such
as Khun Sudarat Keyuraphum, the minister of public health. After seeing
their children’s agony each day, they are no longer too proud to ask for
help and are quite willing to accept help from anywhere.
When asked why they don’t take advantage of the
government’s 30-baht health coverage plan Mrs. Laksana tearfully explained
how both her and Sangthong were not Chonburi residents, excluding them from
participating in the government health coverage plan.
The government plan stipulates the 30-baht authorization
cards (gold cards) can only be obtained in the provinces where individuals
are registered. Both parents are registered in Udorn, therefore, in order to
seek medical assistance on the 30-baht plan they must return to Udorn and
obtain the 30-baht authorization cards before seeking medical assistance,
and only in that particular province.
Scores of people
show for Kamnan Poh’s 64th birthday
Politicians and individuals from all over the eastern
region started showing up early in the morning on September 30, bringing
bouquets of flowers and gifts for wishing a happy birthday to Somchai
Khunpluem (Kamnan Poh), the eastern region overseer and municipal mayor of
Thai Party leader Banharn Silpa-archa was among the many who helped Kamnan
Poh celebrate his birthday.
Among the many distinguished guests were Chart Thai Party
leader Banharn Silpa-archa, and Prawat Uttamot, consultant to the Ministry
of Interior. Many local politicians from the Eastern Seaboard area also
attended, including Chanyut Hengtrakul, Chart Thai Party List member and
personal consultant to the minister of science, technology and environment;
Pattaya Mayor Pairat Suttithamrongsawat and some city council members;
Banglamung District Chief Vichien Chawalit; Chansak Chawalit-Nittitham and
other Chonburi MP’s.
Following his young days as a crewmember on fishing boats
and with only a minimal education, Somchai Khunpluem first started making
his mark in the business realm by marketing fishing rights in Cambodian
waters. He later turned to businesses on land, assessing construction
contracts and associated concessions, steadily progressing until today
having contacts with almost every business imaginable
Somchai and his wife, Mrs. Satil, have five children,
four of whom are involved in politics at different levels. The eldest son,
Sonthaya, is currently the minister of science, technology and environment,
and he was previously with the ministry of interior. Withaya holds the post
as secretary in the ministry of labor and social welfare. Their daughter,
Miss Jiraporn, is the chairperson of Ban Bangsaen and Ittiphol is a Chonburi
MP from constituency 5. Their 4th son, Narongchai, has not yet entered the
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