Jumbo sweep rounds up 9 elephants for begging on city streets
Impounded pachyderms will be deported
Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn said he is determined to get
wandering elephants of Pattaya streets permanently.
In light of this, Pattaya has finally taken stern action
against the mahouts who bring their elephants begging into the city, with Mayor
Niran Wattanasartsathorn and Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh coordinating a
roundup in which nine pachyderms have been impounded.
The mahouts, accused of pestering tourists and leading their
charges into possible danger from traffic, now face stiff fines.
The elephant roundup teams comprised volunteers, civilians,
municipal officers and volunteer tourist police. City hall also coordinated
with mahout training schools and the Thai Elephant Conservation Center in
Lampang province to help catch the elephants and take care of them.
Nine elephants were rounded up from locations throughout
Pattaya, including the Dolphin Roundabout, North Pattaya, Thepprasit Road,
South Pattaya Road, Soi Korpai, Pattaya Third Road, Pattaya Beach Road and
Jomtien Beach Road.
The mayor explained to the mahouts who cooperated well that
the elephants would be sent to Pattaya Elephant Village for a period not
exceeding three months. He also explained that the mahouts would be prosecuted
for the offenses, and are liable to a fine not exceeding 10,000 baht.
The elephants may later be sent to Khao Kheow Open Zoo, although following a
visit by the mayor to see the impounded beasts there is a possibility they will
be sent back to their native province of Surin.
Woman struck by lightning while asleep under tree
Rescue workers of the Rochana Thamsatthan Foundation in
Sattahip were called out on October 5 to attend to a woman who had been
struck by a lightning bolt near the beach road entrance to the Strategic
Fleet Naval Base.
At the scene, the team found the motionless Mrs
Thanachaphorn Saisri, a 26-year-old Sattahip resident. She had suffered
severe burns to her body and right hip. The rescue team took her to Queen
Thanachaphorn’s 16-year-old brother, Thavee
Wongsalee, said that he and his sister were selling fruit as usual under a
big tamarind tree at the entrance to the naval base. There was a heavy
thunderstorm with strong winds. His sister was sleeping behind the stall
while he was packing up for them to return home. There was a loud cracking
sound as the thunderbolt hit the stall where his sister was sleeping. The
force sent him flying but he suffered only minor injuries.
Thanachaphorn is now out of critical condition and
recovering from her injuries, but will have to remain in hospital a little
Keep Pattaya Clean campaign part of enhancing international image
The start of the “Keep Pattaya Clean” campaign was
announced on October 5, Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn leading a gathering
in the car park of Tops Supermarket. Mayor Niran signed a declaration and
handed out stickers to passers-by and motorists.
left ) Wuttisak Rermkijakarn, Pattaya deputy mayor, Pattaya Mayor Niran
Wattanasartsathorn, Thanet Supornsaharungsri, president of Pattaya Business
& Tourism Association and Wannaporn Jamjumras director of the Department
of Public Health and the Environment campaign to keep Pattaya clean.
Also taking part were members of the Federation of
Pattaya Shop Owners, the Pattaya Business & Tourism Association and
government and private sector organizations.
Mayor Niran, addressing the rally, said that Pattaya is
our home, no matter what nationality or religion. “Let’s make Pattaya a
home that has valuable tourism resources, let us conserve natural resources
and the environment so that people from all over the world wish to visit
Thanet Supornsaharungsri, president of the Pattaya Business & Tourism
Association, said that keeping the city clean is all part of projecting an
Deputy mayor orders fast remedial works at Jomtien Beach
Responds to complaints about state of beach
Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh led a delegation of
officials from the departments of public health, environment, public works
and sanitation to Jomtien Beach on October 5 to investigate complaints that
beach concessionaires had lodged with council member Sanit Boonmachai.
Ekasingh (center in black), Pattaya deputy mayor and Sanit Boonmachai,
Pattaya council member (right) and officials inspect the scene.
Ronakit told reporters that after Sanit received the
complaints he carried out an inspection and found that the beach
operators’ comments were justified. The problems included electricity
seepage from a pillar near an umbrella and deckchair stand, and trees that
had been cut down and left blocking the footpaths. Parts of the footpath had
been damaged by the sea and remained in disrepair.
“I therefore ordered all parties responsible to remedy the situation
urgently as there was a danger that operators and tourists could get injured
and destroy the good image of Jomtien Beach,” said Ronakit. “The
problems will be remedied as soon as possible. All issues have the same
level of importance.”
Expert Group tackles energy efficiency
Part of regional program
The Department of Industrial Promotion (DIP) and the
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) jointly staged an
Expert’s Group Meeting at the Garden Seaview Resort to discuss innovative
means of improving the efficiency of industrial energy end use throughout
the Southeast Asia region.
This was the first step in a Thai government/UNIDO
program to link energy-efficient operation with existing quality and
environmental or energy management systems.
Building awareness amongst government and industry
decision makers on measures to refocus business practices on core industry
values is seen as being an essential part of the program, particularly in
terms of global competitiveness, cost reduction, increased productivity and
As fuel costs continue their steady increase in many
Asian developing countries, improving the efficiency with which firms use
energy is becoming a necessity. The meeting examined a different perspective
designed to shift the focus of industrial markets from buying and selling
energy-consuming equipment components such as motors, pumps, fans,
compressors and boilers to the purchase and provision of services that
result in optimization of industrial energy systems.
Tour company threatened with legal action over persistent bus parking offences
Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh, counselor Sanit Boonmachai
and others visited the Srimongkol Tour Company at Building No 425/82-83 on
Pattaya Third Road, close to the Pattaya Klang traffic lights, to follow up
on complaints from the public that the company continually parked a big bus
too close to the traffic lights, causing an obstruction and affecting traffic
Sanit Boonmachai (left) and Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh (middle) discuss
the matter with the company.
Company administrators were told they needed to introduce
a parking system and allow only one bus at a time to stop to pick up
passengers. If the company continues to violate this directive the matter
will be taken further.
Ronakit said that this problem had been ongoing for a long
time and they had made representations to the company via the Chonburi
governor that they should stop parking the bus there or further action would
be taken against them. The company had acknowledged the complaints and did
comply with the directive for a while.
City hall has now given Srimongol a week to comply with the latest
directive otherwise the case will be referred to legal representatives with
an order to close down the company’s offices permanently.
New voting system outlined for senate elections on October 16
Narong Piworn, deputy director of Pattaya School #3, was
speaker at a meeting of teachers conducted at Pattaya District Office to
explain the new voting procedures for the election of Chonburi senators,
due to be held on October 16.
Piworn, explains voting procedures to teachers to prepare for the elections
on October 16.
Chonburi is the third province in Thailand to implement
the new voting system. Teachers from all 10 schools under the jurisdiction
of Pattaya council attended the meeting.
Narong said the system should be better than before, but
it needs more preparation as the voting forms are stamped rather than being
marked with a pen. He described the procedures and the method of checking
good and bad vote forms to the teachers and assigned their duties for a
The public can check their voting eligibility at Pattaya District Office
in order to prepare for the 16th. Voting hours are between 8 a.m. and 3
Big turnout in advance voters for senate election
Voters turned up in large numbers at the advance polling
station at Banglamung Community Center to vote for Chonburi senators ahead of
the official polling day of October 16.
The election is being held to replace outgoing senators who
have completed their terms of office.
exercises their rights in large numbers.
Thirasak Chutuphong, head of the Pattaya Public
Administration Office, said that the advance polling station was set up to
allow citizens to exercise their right to vote even if they could not do so on
the official day.
Some who did not reside in District 6 also turned up to
vote but had to be turned away. District 6 includes Pattaya City, Banglamung
Municipality, Laem Chabang Municipality, Koh Sichang Municipality, Nongprue
Administration District, Nong Pla Lai Administration District and Takiantia
Voting procedures have been changed with the use of rubber
stamps to stamp the ballots instead of marking them with a pen. The ballots
also show photos of the seven candidates so that voters are sure of whom they
are voting for.
The seven candidates are Rear Admiral Krarim Phichaikul,
Vichien Tangtham, Thanet Songthanavongse, Sarancha Sricholvatana, Kasem
Hluangoon, Sanay Somsri, and Chao Maneewongse.
On questioning voters as to why they were exercising their right to vote in
advance, most stated that they were busy on the 16th, some had to travel
outside Chonburi or travel abroad. Amongst the advance voters was Pattaya
Deputy Mayor Wirawat Khakhai, who told polling station officials that he was
traveling abroad on October 15.
Culprits sought in chemical dumping at Khao Pancham Valley
Police and Plutaluang sub-district authorities are looking
for those responsible for the unauthorized dumping of chemical waste in the Khao
Following complaints from villagers, volunteer police went
into the deserted area late at night where they found a truck bearing Chonburi
license plates and a railroad truck, also carrying Chonburi identification,
parked in the valley and pouring chemical substances onto the ground.
police officer points to toxic waste illegally dumped at Khao Pancham Valley in
As soon as he saw the officers the driver locked his door and
ran away into the forest. The vehicle was impounded and taken to Plutaluang
Taweep Tangkaew, chief of the Plutaluang sub-district executive, said the
villagers have reported the truck had been dumping the chemicals into the valley
every night. A report has been made to Sattahip district chief Pongpat
Wongtrakul, and the chemical substance is being analyzed. The authorities assume
it came from Rayong Province.
No sweat - police use hi-tech drug tester on Lucifer revelers
More than 70 police officers led by no less than five
deputy commanders raided Lucifer Entertainment on Walking Street just after
midnight on October 6 in search of drug abusers and dealers.
test Lucifer revelers’ sweat for drug residue.
To prevent anyone making a break for it the police parked
a bus and more than 20 police cars at the street exits. Then they set up
their latest hi-tech drugs detection equipment, an Ion Scan that reads sweat
samples in which it can detect narcotics residue.
While customers carried on drinking and dancing the
officers tested 503 people, Thais and foreigners, with 345 women and 158 men
providing sweat samples.
Out of this total, five women tested positive. Police
then carried out a urine test on the five to confirm the results. They were
later released to await the official test results from the Institute of
Pol. Maj. Gen. Somdache Chawcham, deputy commander of Region 2, said that
the raid was carried out to help prevent the return of drugs to tourist
spots and entertainment complexes and to prevent under-aged children from
Girl doped British man’s wine, stole his money and computer
Police have arrested a woman for doping a British visitor
and stealing his notebook computer and 35,000 baht in cash.
Pongprasert was arrested for doping her John, then stealing his valuables.
An arrest warrant was issued for Miss Ratsamee Pongprasert
on July 20. Police eventually found her on Beach Road, outside Royal Garden
Plaza, on October 1. She was arrested and taken to Pattaya police station.
Ratsamee, a 22-year-old service girl, admitted that she
had conspired with her partner Suthee Charoenrat, who is already in prison,
to put a sleeping pill in a glass of red wine given to the British man in
order to subdue him so that they could steal his valuables, namely a notebook
computer and 35,000 baht in cash.
After stealing the valuables Ratsamee hid in the Pattaya Hill area until
police arrested her. She said that she had stolen the man’s valuables as he
had not paid her for services rendered.
Swiss customer attempts
to strangle waitress
No kiss, food or drink for this man
A Swiss man attempted to strangle a Kiss Food & Drink
waitress for no apparent reason, then paid her 5,000 baht to prevent any
legal action against him.
Hermann Kehl (left) allegedly lost his cool and ended up paying a total of
6,000 baht because of it.
Police were called to the restaurant in Soi Diana Inn on
Pattaya Second Road on October 1 where they found Miss Patcharee Pareeliam,
a 23-year-old Chiang Rai native, in a state of distress. She said that an
intoxicated Swiss man had attacked her. The man, identified as Elmar Hermann
Kehl, age 44, was still at the scene.
Patcharee told police she was serving customers in the
restaurant when the man came in. She had stepped aside to let him pass but
for no reason whatsoever he grabbed her neck and started to choke her. One
of her colleagues came to her aid and freed her from the man’s grip. Kehl
was subsequently invited to the police station.
After being questioned Kehl asked Patcharee to forgive him for his
behavior and agreed to pay damages of 5,000 baht to her if she would drop
the case against him. Before freeing him police fined Kehl a further 1,000
baht and warned him that any repetition of this behavior would result in
legal action and the possibility of his being deported.
Youth from gay bar murders Japanese man in hotel room
A Japanese man murdered in a hotel room was probably
killed by an employee of a gay bar invited back to the room by the victim,
Responding to a call, officers on October 7 went to the
Day-Night Hotel in Nongprue district where they discovered diluted blood
seeping under the door of room 1117. Inside, blood and water covered the
floor. In the bathroom the tap was still on, and face down in the bathtub
was the body of Takei Hiroyuki, a 70-year-old Japanese national.
The dead man was totally immersed in the water. He was
wearing blue shorts and a gray t-shirt. Both hands were bound with a vest
and both feet were bound with a t-shirt, as was his throat. His skull showed
a three-inch open wound as if he had been hit with a heavy object and his
arms, eyes and mouth were bruised. Police estimated he had been dead for
about eight hours.
There was evidence of a fight in the room, which had been
ransacked. Two large beer bottles lay broken on the floor and there was a
broken soda bottle covered with blood splattering.
From the state of the room the killer probably used the
three bottles on the victim’s head, knocking him unconscious before tying
him up and drowning him in the bathtub. He then ransacked the room and took
the valuables before disappearing. A cleaner had discovered the blood
seeping under the door.
On questioning witnesses, police found that the victim
had taken a young man to his room from the gay bar next to the hotel. Both
the victim and the young man were not seen again. Police have surmised that
the visitor murdered Hiroyuki, and are now searching for him.
A motorcycle taxi driver allegedly raped his 14-year-old
stepdaughter and made her pregnant, according to the girl’s mother.
Mrs Nak Phoolairiab, age 29, took her daughter Cat (an
alias) to Pattaya police station along with the girl’s 27-day-old son and
asked officers to take action against her husband, Sangaun Tang-On, 29,
currently residing in Pattaya Prison.
Nak said she had separated from her first husband, the
girl’s father, and married Sanguan 12 years ago. Her husband worked as a
motorcycle taxi driver at Jomtien Beach until Cat was in secondary school
In July, police arrested Sanguan for drug use and he has
been in Pattaya Prison for the past four months. He is due to be released on
Cat told police that on a Saturday in December last year
she was sitting alone in her home while her mother went out to work. Sanguan
then returned home unexpectedly. He locked the doors and forced her into a
bedroom where he raped her. He threatened her by telling her if she told
anybody about the rape he would kill her. She was very frightened and kept
Her stepfather raped her on a number of occasions in the
following weeks and she eventually fell pregnant. It was then she felt she
had no choice but to tell her mother and leave school. She has now given
birth to a son.
Nak reported the matter to police because she is afraid
that when her husband is released from prison at the end of this month he
will continue to attack and rape her daughter.
Driver flees after water
truck runs over 1-year-old boy
The driver of a water delivery truck that hit and killed
a one-year-old boy in Soi Wat Bunsamphan 9 behind Pattaya Hill Village fled
the scene before police could arrive.
Officers found the body of Tawan Cheenpuang lying on his
back wearing only a white t-shirt and no pants. He had died after the
six-wheel truck ran over his body and fractured his skull. The blood stained
vehicle, a green Hino owned by Marine Presser Co Part Ltd, was next to the
The boy’s parents, Amnat and Srinual Jeenpuang, said
that the truck regularly delivered water to the village. The couple worked
outside every day and often let their son run around alone in front of the
They said someone had telephoned them and told them about
the accident and that their son had been killed. A Sawang Boriboon
Foundation officer transported the body to Banglamung Hospital. Police will
find the driver and charge him with careless driving resulting in death.
Two teenagers shot after
dispute outside go-go bar
Two teenagers were shot after a dispute as they stopped
their motorcycle at a Pattaya Klang traffic light.
The shooting happened just after midnight on October 2.
Officers attending the scene at the entrance of Soi Nernplubwan found
18-year-old Waethin Noinil lying in a pool of blood next to a green Honda
Wave motorcycle. He had been shot with a .38 caliber gun, the bullet
entering his left chest and exiting through his back. Karan Kingkaew, also
18, had been shot with the same weapon and hit in the right wrist and left
hip. Police transferred the injured men to Bangkok Pattaya Hospital.
Police searched the scene and found three .38 caliber
bullets on the road. Witnesses said that two men on a Honda Wave motorcycle
had fired a total of five shots at the two youths before fleeing in the
Sukhumvit Road direction to North Pattaya.
Karan, whose condition was stable, gave a statement to police at the
hospital that he and Waethin had earlier had a dispute outside a go-go bar
on Soi Diana Inn with the men who subsequently shot them. He told police he
would identify them. Waethin meanwhile remains in the intensive care unit.