Residents encouraged to report suspected drug activities
Government’s war on drugs, phase 4, to begin April 1
Phase 4 of the government’s war on drugs is scheduled
to begin April 1, and locally, Banglamung district residents are being
encouraged to report drug related activities to the Banglamung Drug Operations
The center has outlined a “road map” plan to defeat the
drug problem within the district. The plan is to gather information from
residents and members of the community. These residents are being encouraged to
report suspected drug activities to relevant officials with the aim to reduce
the drug problem where it no longer presents a danger to society.
It was decided that 10 people from each community would be
delegated to provide reliable information to enable law enforcement agencies to
act on suspicious behavior, as well as prevent further spurts of activity in
Through this plan, district officials once again hope to
eradicate drugs in the area.
To discuss and begin implementing the road map to defeat
drugs in the district, Worawit Supattanpol, Banglamung district chief, last
week chaired a meeting with officials from the Banglamung Drug Operations
Center. The meeting took place at the Banglamung offices, and police, community
leaders and members of the private sector were in attendance.
Phase 4 is scheduled to conclude September 30 this year.
City educates community leaders and students to watch over the local environment
Local community leaders from 27 villages, students and
teachers packed into city hall last Thursday as part of a volunteer training
seminar. The seminar offered further insight into the responsibilities required
to care for the local environment.
Niran Wattanasartsathorn presides over the opening of the seminar.
Wannaporn Jamjumrat from the Pattaya Health Hygiene and
Environment Department told them, “The environment and natural resources are
important and as of now we must look at development to sustain them, especially
in Pattaya. The Pattaya Health Hygiene and Environment Department has
instigated a volunteer project for community leaders, students and teachers to
learn and spread the word among their peers to preserve our environment.”
The environmental volunteer program began with a 2-day
seminar in which practical demonstrations were given on how to better care for
the environment. Lecturers from the provincial department were on hand to give
advice on waste reduction, recycling processes, and compost creation, the later
being taught by the Wat Yarn Agriculture Vocational Training Center.
On the second day of training, attendees left the confines
of city hall to inspect first hand what was required.
Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn presided over the opening of the seminar and
said, “This training program on environmental care will greatly benefit
everyone ... people of the community, especially those volunteering, will be
able to develop important conservation efforts throughout the city and make
Pattaya a better place to live and visit.”
Officials move out to help residents
The Larn Poh area in Naklua was the latest target for the
city administration’s mobile service unit. The monthly project aims to
provide services to residents and address their problems.
Residents turned out in droves for free haircuts, medical
and dental checkups, and pet vaccinations. The mobile unit also provided
needed supplies to those less fortunate.
haircuts to those in need.
Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn was joined by his deputies
and city councilors in providing advice and listening to various issues.
The garbage recycling project, where residents exchange
items for eggs, yet again proved successful, whilst city administrators
handed out dried foods, clothes and consumables donated by local department
stores and supermarkets.
The city is growing rapidly and there are people who are being left
behind in the progress. Local administrators have had the foresight to see
their plight and have carried out this project every month, giving advice
and listening to residents. City officials see these people as an important
part of their work to ease suffering and create a better quality of life for
all citizens. Many of them are also eligible voters.
Provincial administrators call for 3-year development plan
Focus on improving quality of life and ports
As part of the government’s strategy, provincial officials
were given the task of providing a strategic development plan to improve the
lives of citizens. Chonburi administrators called a meeting with over 290
district and sub-district officers to lay down the policies for development.
Pisit Boonchuang, Chonburi deputy governor, chaired the
meeting at the Tide Resort in Bangsaen, outlining the needs for strategic plans
for 2006-2008. The focus for each municipality and district is to improve the
quality of life for residents, further industry and improve local
infrastructure. Plans will be updated annually.
Boonchuang, Chonburi deputy governor chairs a meeting at the Tide Resort in
Bangsaen with over 290 administrators from the province to discuss a 3-year
Pisit laid down the guidelines for local administrators to
enable them to grasp the need for planning and development in Chonburi if it is
to get ahead of other provinces.
“This seminar is to present the 3 year development plan
for the province from 2006-2008. We see the importance of Chonburi being at the
forefront in development for each area in economic and social growth. It is
important that we also maintain the same ideals to move forward as one,” said
The seminar also focused on environmental planning issues,
local governing by administrative authorities and a leap in researching the
correct course of action in building stable growth in all facets of industry
The aim to improve the Laem Chabang port was raised, since
it is the main port for Thailand and rated 16th in the world.
The deadline for completion of the 3-year plan has been set for June 2005.
City security committee set to enforce tight controls on boat operators
To ensure tourist safety
Pattaya boat operators from Naklua to Jomtien, sea rescue
personnel, water police and marine transport authorities met at city hall on
Monday, March 14 to implement stricter controls on marine activities.
Pattana Boonsawat, deputy mayor and Pattaya security
committee chairman presided over the meeting, which looked at enforcing
tighter safety controls on the city’s 1,000 plus boats.
Those attending the meeting were in favor of the new
guidelines which separated vessels into four main categories; First being
dining and entertainment vessels officering food, drink and live
entertainment; Second, passenger boats from Pattaya to Koh Larn and boats
for hire; Third category for the city’s 990 speedboats and 25 banana
boats; and Fourth for jet skis. The new standards include all vessels
(subject to the category) to have life preservers and lifejackets for
passengers, and stricter mooring controls with vessels being anchored out of
high traffic areas.
At the close of the meeting it was decided that all boats
and operators are to be registered with the relevant authorities to enable
officials to inspect the vessels and operators. Further details of how and
when are to be discussed at a further meeting in the near future.
Discussions continue over Bali Hai management
Rental fees still undecided
The issue of who will manage the Bali Hai pier remains
unresolved with officials unable to place a real figure on rental fees for
the building. The latest meeting, held at city hall last week, made little
progress on the issue.
Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn chaired the meeting with
officials to hammer out further details on fee structures. First on the
agenda were fees for boat moorings. Initial rates mentioned included
passenger vessels using the pier at 100 baht per time, yachts 500 baht per
time, jet skis 20 baht per use and supply vessels 50 per use. Boat operators
would also have to register with the city to be allowed a concession on the
rates with large boat paying 500 baht per year and smaller boats at 300 baht
per year. The suggestions were noted, with further details and a final
decision to be made after officials meet with operators.
officials still can’t decide how much to charge to rent facilities at Bali
Setting times for allowing vehicle to use of the pier was
also raised, with yet again no conclusion forthcoming. The initial morning
and afternoon periods of 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. were
discarded. The latest suggestion is to ban vehicles from the pier from 6 a.m.
to 7 p.m.
Finally, rental fees for the four rooms in the Bali Hai building were
discussed, with initial suggestions put at 8,000 baht per month per room and
additional fees for operating the bathroom facilities for 60,000 per month,
parking lot at 30,000 per month. The suggested monthly fee for the terrace,
which is to be used as a cafe style facility, was 120,000 per month. Some
officials said that the rates were over inflated. However, suggestions were
based on figures from volunteers operating the pier that selling food and
drinks averages an income of 12,000 baht per day. No definitive figure was
decided on and discussions are set to continue at the next meeting.
City officially takes over town planning responsibilities for region
Part of new self-governing strategy
Earlier this month, an important signing ceremony took
place at city hall. During the ceremony, Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn and
Thanu Srichoo, Chonburi civil engineering and town planning director,
signed the paperwork necessary to combine town planning between Pattaya
City and surrounding districts without having to go through a provincial
This allows the city administration to proceed with town
planning under its own authority.
Niran Wattanasartsathorn (right) and Thanu Srichoo (left), Chonburi civil
engineering and town planning director, sign the paperwork necessary to
combine town planning between Pattaya City and surrounding districts
without having to go through provincial approval processes.
Chonburi Governor Pisit Ketphasook was also present at
the signing ceremonies when provincial authorities officially handed over
town planning controls to Pattaya City.
Local government administrators, government department
heads, city councilors and members of media witnessed the ceremony at
Pattaya City Hall at 1:30 pm on March 2.
Anawat Suwandech, city plan analysis officer said,
“The central government’s policy is to decentralize authority and to
transfer duties to local administrations. City planning is just one of the
duties the local administrations must take over. The announcement to
combine Pattaya City with outlying districts came from an Interior Ministry
order on May 22, 2003 and will expire on May 21 2008.”
This order for Pattaya covers Pattaya City, Na-Jomtien
Municipality, Huay Yai Municipality, Nongprue sub-district, Nongplalai
sub-district, Pong sub-district, and Na-Jomtien sub-district.
Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn said that city
administrators will be able to handle this responsibility, but in order for
it to work most effectively, administrators need cooperation from each
Governor Pisit Ketphasook commented that this is an important step
towards developing a good layout plan for the city, regarding utilities,
traffic, and construction, and continue to develop Pattaya as an
international tourist location.
City officials talk rubbish
Meet with East Waste Management Company representatives
City officials and department heads met
with East Waste Management Company representatives to review and resolve
problems associated with the company’s garbage collection contract. Tawit
Chaisawangwong, city council chairman, and Wuttisak Rermkijakarn, deputy mayor
in charge of public health, chaired the meeting at city hall on Tuesday, March
Wuttisak said that since the company has taken over the
contract in 2003, the results have been quite satisfactory, but there are
certain problems that need to be corrected.
Issues such as foul smell, liquid waste leaking from the
collection trucks and increased numbers of large refuse receptacles were
raised. City administrators called for the company to taken action on the
various points and continue to improve their services.
“The company operations are quite satisfactory,” said
Tawit. “As far as the problems associated with collecting waste, residents
must also do their part to ensure such issues don’t arise. A public
relations campaign would benefit everybody, specifically on timing and how to
properly dispose of waste,” said the city council chairman.
City health officers pointed out two areas where the
campaign was needed, along Sukhumvit Road and Pattaya Third Road where
specific timings are needed or the problem could eventually escalate.
“A firm plan of action is needed to resolve the problem
and keep these areas clean,” said Pramote Supsaeng, Pattaya Health
Jomtien Mini-mart robbed at gunpoint
Reign of terror in Pattaya continues
Armed robbers made off with 12,000 baht in cash and pistol
whipped the cashier last week at the Orange Mini-mart and Internet Cafe in
Officers from the Dongtan police box in Jomtien were called
to the store at around 1 a.m. on March 18 when the woman tending the register
at the mini-mart reported the robbery. Officers arrived on the scene to find
Rungtip Potecharlie, 18, visibly upset and bleeding after the robbers had
pistol whipped her.
Mini-mart cashier was visibly upset and bleeding when police arrived.
She told officers that two men, aged 17-19 years, entered
the shop and pretended to shop. One of the youths stepped up to the counter,
produced a gun and demanded money from the cash register. Rungtip complied with
the demands and handed over the cash, but the young thug then hit her over the
head. She said the thieves also made off with over thirty One-2-Call telephone
cards priced at 300 baht each. She said the pair sped off on a motorcycle in
the direction of Pattaya.
Police attending the scene radioed officers in an attempt to
capture them, but were unsuccessful and both men are still at large.
This latest robbery is just one of numerous crimes that have been committed
by gun toting teens, from ordinary snatch and grab robberies to beatings of
residents and tourists and armed holdups in convenience stores and banks.
Despite their efforts, police appear to be unable to stop the crime wave now
sweeping the city.
American man drowns
American citizen Jean Eugene Mesnard, 69, drowned in
Pattaya Bay on March 14.
A security officer and some bystanders took him to
Pattaya Memorial Hospital in Central Pattaya to try and save his life, but
it was too late for the medical team to revive him.
Police Lieutenant Colonel Anan Thamachaikul was called to
investigate, and an initial police inspection revealed no signs of an attack
Police were unable to determine where he was staying,
only that he had taken a walk on the beach in front of the Royal Garden
Plaza in South Pattaya.
The American Embassy has been notified.
Following standard procedure, the body was transferred to
the Police Forensic Institute in Bangkok for further examination.
Local policeman’s nephew shot dead in North Pattaya
Sakdichai Ditbunjong, 20, the nephew of a local policeman,
died on his way to hospital after being shot in the chest three times with a
Witnesses told police that three men, aged 19-21, had
followed Sakdichai and shot him before fleeing on an unregistered motorcycle.
The shooting took place at the intersection of Pattaya Third
Road and North Road at around 2 a.m. Thursday, March 17. Witnesses told police
that they saw a man waiting at the lights, and that three men rode up and shot
Investigations revealed that Sakdichai Ditbunjong had been
to a nearby club, and that a rival gang had turned up and began to create
problems. According to the dead man’s friend they left the pub to avoid
trouble, but the gang followed them. One of the gang members was identified
only as Pad.
It was also revealed that before the shooting, the armed
teens were seen talking to a security guard. Police are interested in talking
to the guard to find out the identity of the shooters.
Sakdichai Ditbunjong’s body was sent to the forensic
institute for a post mortem examination.
Woman commits suicide after argument with partner
Police were called to a Pattaya Third Road residence at
around 2 a.m. on March 14 to investigate a report of a suicide. A woman,
later identified as Woraporn Khumduang, 22, had apparently hung herself from
the curtain rod.
Police examined the body and presumed that she had been
dead at least an hour before being discovered. Officers recorded the details
and sent the body to the Police Forensic Institute for a post mortem
Police questioned the woman’s partner, a 57-year-old
Englishman who appeared to be in a state of shock over his girlfriend’s
Officers discovered that the pair had lived in the house
for around 1 month and had had an argument that night before going out for
Neighbors told police that they heard the argument. A
while later, the man came out of the house in a distressed state and said
that his girlfriend had hung herself.
Scot injured in scuffle with German
A 57-year-old man from Scotland suffered minor head injuries
during a scuffle with a German man at a beer bar in Soi Yamato at around 2 a.m.
on March 18. Hans Maier, 46, from Germany, allegedly hit Eric Murray over the
head with a bottle.
Murray received a bottle upside the head when he rang the bell at a bar on Soi
When officers arrived, the two men were still engaged in a
confrontation. Police broke up the fight and led both men to the station, with
the Scot bleeding from the head.
Murray told police that he had come to Pattaya with his
family and was visiting the bar on the night in question. In a good mood,
Murray rang the bell, buying a drink for everyone, but apparently Maier took
offense to Murray’s gregariousness.
Maier allegedly assaulted Murray, hitting him over the head
with a bottle.
At the station, Maier confessed to his actions and agreed to
pay for medical treatment and provide compensation of 50,000 baht.
The pair agreed in front of police and the details were recorded before both
Man dies at the hands of teenage gang
Srinual Bunpot, 50, died on the way to hospital after he was
beaten and shot in the chest by a gang of 5 teens. The man apparently yelled at
the teens for making too much noise in front of his house in the Takientia
sub-district. The gang, riding motorcycles, turned around and attacked the
older man in his front yard.
Police responding to the report of the shooting later
arrested a 17-year-old youth, identified only as Jack. The teen was part of the
same group and told officers he did not pull the trigger but did partake in the
beating. The boy told police that a boy by the name of Pui had shot Srinual in
for drug dealing
Suriya Yarnsingoor, 37, and Nares Klongtintoen, 27, were
arrested in a police sting operation. The pair was caught with a total of 100
methamphetamine pills and 8,000 baht cash in the Soi Chaiyaopreuk operation.
The arrest comes following a police investigation into the
men’s activities, both known to be painters in a Sattahip housing project.
Suriya and Nares confessed to police that they were selling
the drugs on the side to supplement their income. They added they were
preparing to deliver a stash of pills to a Pattaya customer when they were