Deputy PM Suwat checks
new stadium progress on eve of 1st ASEAN Indoor Games
Deputy Prime Minister Suwat Liptapanlop inspected the new
Indoor Stadium, the venue for the 1st ASEAN Indoor Games, during a visit to
Pattaya on November 5. The Games are being hosted by Thailand and will be
staged from November 12 to 19.
sports stadium is almost 100 percent complete, but outside the sports stadium
is still worrisome.
The inspection revealed that construction of the frontage
and the car park was not yet complete, while inside the stadium all
construction had been completed and all that remained was the installation of a
remaining few spectator seats.
Constructed under a budget of more than 480 million baht,
the Indoor Stadium is a 108x120 meter four-story reinforced steel concrete
building with a seating capacity for 4,000. The stadium can be used to stage
indoor sports along with concerts, fairs, trade fairs and other events.
The first floor is an air-conditioned sports stadium with
seating and operation rooms. The second to fourth floors contain the seating
areas and utility rooms. The stadium has a 200-meter, six-track oval running
track, an eight-track straight running track, a long and triple jump track, a
pole vault track, a high-jump area and a shot-put area. Italian specialists
Mondo have manufactured the field.
“The governor of Chonburi and Chonburi Provincial
Administration Organization have been ordered to see that the
yet-to-be-completed construction around the stadium be completed at least one
day before the games are due to start. However no problems are foreseen in this
respect,” said Suwat.
The Sports Authority of Thailand is offering an incentive to Thai athletes
with a two million baht payment for every gold medal earned, one million baht
for silver and 500,000 baht for bronze.
Beach chiefs suggested keeping deckchair vendors in order
Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn and Deputy Mayor Ronakit
Ekasingh addressed over 200 deckchair vendors at a meeting on November 1
to try to make them understand the regulations of the beaches and to
propose that the vendors choose a leader for each beach to ensure order
and public safety.
beds and umbrellas await the new arrangement.
Deputy Mayor Ronakit said that Pattaya is preparing for
many international meetings, including the Asian Indoor Games, which are
to take place later this month and there will many businessmen and
tourists visiting the city during this period. Therefore the council wants
to improve the appearance of the beaches. He said that the deckchairs,
umbrellas and sun loungers were not laid out uniformly and were not all
the same color. Ronakit said that he had ordered a designer to draw up a
suitable design and he was trying to find sponsors for the scheme.
The deputy mayor said that there are 16 rules for beach
vendors to obey. Anybody infringing the rules for the first time would be
fined and persistent offenders would have their license revoked. The
council planned to have a nominated chief for Pattaya, Dongtan and Jomtien
beaches. The beach vendors should nominate a chief for each beach at the
next meeting, he said.
A Mr Wallop, one of the vendors at Dongtan Beach, said that the council
should hold regular meetings and provide inspection officers so that
everybody was clear about what was expected. The beaches could then be
maintained to the required standard.
Bali Hai Pier concession holders ask for rent reduction
Concession holders at the shops on Bali Hai Pier have
asked for a reduction in their rentals and a meeting was staged at Pattaya
district office with Deputy Mayor Weerawat Khakhai presiding. Mayor Niran
Wattanasartsathorn acted in a judicial role in an attempt to resolve the
Niran Wattanasartsathorn (left) acted in a judicial role in an attempt to
resolve the issue.
Mayor Niran said that those with concessions leasing
space in the pier building in South Pattaya had requested a reduction on the
increased rent back to the rate that it was prior to the recent increase.
Leases cost 105,000 baht per month. A proposal had been
made to increase the number of shops, which required an increase in rent
charges. Some of the new areas in the building have been leased but the
occupiers still haven’t commenced business, and consequently the existing
tenants are losing income.
The meeting agreed that city council should help out in whatever way it
could. District chief Sittiphap Muangkhum added that if the additional rent
isn’t to be charged then the shops could be returned to the council and if
someone required them at a later time they could be leased out.
Boat operators briefed on new regulations for Bali Hai Pier
Boat operators who use Bali Hai Pier attended a meeting
at the Sea and Coast Rescue Center on November 3 for an update on the
council’s new regulations.
Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh and council member Sanit Bunmarchai called a meeting
of boat operators who use Bali Hai Pier.
Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh and council member Sanit
Bunmarchai called the meeting, which was attended by more than 30 boat
Ronakit said the council is in the process of drafting
new regulations on the use of the pier. Concession rights have been granted
to the private sector on the use of the upper pavilion, and the council will
only oversee the use of the actual pier, to be carried out by municipal
officials and sea and coastal rescue personnel.
Piers A, C and E will be reserved for dropping off
passengers and tourists only, and it will be forbidden to moor on a
long-term basis. This will enable passenger boats and other boats to use the
piers jointly. Only four-wheeled vehicles carrying passengers will be
allowed to transport passengers onto the pier and they must vacate
immediately after doing so.
Sanit said that the regulations on the use of the pier are to be
implemented to protect tourists and keep the pier clean. The regulations
will also prevent the pier from being used as a place to gather for unlawful
purposes at nighttime because the pier will only operate between 5 a.m. to 7
Koh Larn trespasser pleads with mayor over house demolition
Camping center to be built under 51mn baht budget
Pattaya’s mayor led a delegation to Samae Beach on Koh
Larn to inspect the area prior to the building of a camping center by the
council under a 51 million baht budget.
Patkratok (no shirt, center) pleads with Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn
(right) and Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh (left) to find a compromise
regarding the removal of his illegal house on public land.
Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn along with Deputy Mayor
Ronakit Ekasingh and officials from city hall visited the beach on October
Niran said the project to provide a camping site will
include the planting of trees, the construction of a central office, living
accommodation, 10 commercial booths, a multipurpose court, two restrooms, a
wastewater system and electricity facilities, all to be accomplished under
the 51 million baht budget.
The intention is to attract tourists here where they will
find different activities to those in Pattaya, such as fishing and hiking
and the opportunity for an outdoors style of vacation for families and
It is also intended to add a swimming pool at Samae
Beach. The mayor said that although there is an extensive beach area, the
pool is for tourists who don’t want to swim in the sea but who still want
to be in a beach environment.
While the mayor and his entourage were surveying the
beach area, a villager approached wanting to talk to him about the forced
removal of his house, which stands on public property. His name was
Wuttipong Patkratok, a son of Mrs Rampan Patkratok, a known trespasser on
public land at Koh Larn. Wuttipong wanted to know if a compromise was
possible. Rampan’s case pertaining to removal of the house is in the
judgment phase, and she is waiting for an appeal through a court decision.
Wuttipong said he has lived on Samae Beach for over 40 years. He and his
family will have nowhere to live after the authorities demolish his house.
He cannot find a place to work because he has no plot to run a business.
Mayor Niran asked Wuttipong to visit him at city hall for a discussion. He
said that alternative accommodation could be arranged on Koh Larn. However,
added the mayor, city hall will naturally respect the court’s order,
whatever it may be.
Light and sound spectacular
to highlight Loy Krathong festival
Loy Krathong moved into its advanced planning phase on
November 3 when Deputy Mayor Weerawat Khakhai chaired a meeting on the
upcoming festive celebrations.
This year the focus will be on a light and sound show
depicting the origins of the festival in the Sukhothai era, and there will be
a Miss Loy Krathong 2005 competition.
Pattaya council members, government department heads,
police officers and other relevant parties attended the meeting.
Deputy Mayor Weerawat said that on November 16 the Loy
Krathong celebrations would be divided into two parts. A krathong banana leaf
boat competition organized by the Pattaya Education Office will be held at
Larn Pho Park in Naklua beginning at 1 p.m.. The evening activities will be
held at Bali Hai pier beginning at 7 p.m. and will include the light and
sound show and the Miss Loy Krathong contest.
Suradej Chanyaswad, managing director of SCV &
Associates Co Ltd, the organizer of the light and sound show said that it
will require two days in advance to set up the huge scenes depicting the
Sukhothai era, and this will require cooperation from the traffic police and
parking attendants because it may cause traffic congestion. The show will
incorporate 128 actors with the main practice session prior to the event on
Suradej added that billboards advertising the spectacle
have been designed in both Thai and English. The event will keep to the Thai
traditions. Stickers have also been printed with the same content as the
Applicants for the Miss Loy Krathong contest must be
between 15-28 years old and the competition is open to all beautiful women
throughout the country. Application forms are available from Pattaya District
Office and Sophon Cable TV Co Ltd from now until November 15.
Bali Hai Pier
Loy Krathong celebration
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
19.00 Master of Ceremonies introduces the
19.05 Thirty Nang Noppamas contestants introduced
19.45 First show by local youths
20.00 MC announces 10 Nang Noppamas contestant finalists
20.15 Second show by local youths
20.30 Last 5 Nang Noppamas contestants question &
answer session, followed by sash and prize pre
sentation to the winner of Miss Media
20.40 Stage performance showing origin of Loy
21.30 Mayor speech, followed by fireworks lighting
21.45 Prizes and sashes to the winner and runners-up
of Nang Noppamas (Miss Loy Krathong)
22.00 Music show
22.10 Esaan traditional show
23.50 Modern music by DJ
24.00 Closing ceremony
Editor of Pattaya Post shot dead
Deputy Commander of Thai Royal Police adamant that killers will be brought to justice
One of Thailand’s most prominent journalists was found
shot dead in his car in a Pattaya lane, sparking a massive police hunt for his
Santi Lammaneenil, a Channel 7 special reporter and editor
of the Thai language Pattaya Post, was shot dead in his car on Soi 16/1
Pattaya-Naklua Road. He had been shot in the forehead, the right temple and
the left side of his chin with a 38 mm handgun. Santi was bond and
blindfolded, his shirt used to tie his hands, which were also bound with a
mobile phone charger cable. The left rear windscreen of the car had been shot
out and the victim’s own 38 mm handgun was lying at his feet. He had been
dead not less than 12 hours.
victim’s car at the scene.
The victim’s wife, Mrs Malee Seedaeng, 35, told officers
that before her husband disappeared at about 1 p.m. on October 31, a tall,
well-built man with curly hair parked a white Mitsubishi at the front of the
house and asked the whereabouts of Santi. She told the man that her husband
was not home.
Then at 9 p.m. the same day, a bronze colored car, model
unknown, parked outside and three men asked where her husband was. Again, she
told them that she did not know. She became worried and attempted to telephone
her husband but his mobile phone was switched off. Santi never returned home.
Pol Lt Gen Jongrak Juthanont, Commander of Region 2 Police,
said that after preliminary investigations police understood that the victim
was a straight-to-the-point, no-holds-barred reporter. Two months previously
he had written a scathing attack on a Pattaya entertainment venue that had
greatly annoyed the owner. Police were also aware that the victim was addicted
to gambling on football, and there was an extra issue of a love affair. Police
suspect that at least four people were responsible for the killing.
On November 3, Pol Col Somnuk Changate, superintendent of
Pattaya police, called in the owner of the club who allegedly had a dispute
with Santi. He denied any involvement, stating that the pair had spoken and
had come to an understanding.
Forensic experts have meanwhile found male head hairs in
the left passenger seat of the car and are almost certain that they belong to
the killer. The hairs have been sent for DNA testing.
Police have also called in a teenaged girl who Santi
allegedly had been dating, working on the theory that extra marital activities
could be behind the shooting.
Officers have inspected Santi’s notebook computer because
before his death Santi had told a few close friends and wrote in a Pattaya
Post article that “if anything happens to me then check out my personal
notebook computer”. Police found details on Santi’s football gambling
debts of over 1.6 million baht. There were also details of threats made by a
Pattaya bar owner and mention of being followed.
On November 5 police called in staff from a local disco
after learning that at about 1 a.m. on October 31 the victim had been seen
drinking there. They confirmed that Santi was there and had been drinking
alone at the front of the DJ podium before being joined by three women and a
man. He wasn’t seen again until the discovery of his body.
Police have found a witness who heard gunshots and have
compiled enough evidence from the scene to draw up a picture of Santi’s last
moments. The gun that was used to shatter the rear windscreen belonged to the
victim. Police are looking for the shell casing and the origin of the gun.
Reporters have discovered that the victim’s mobile phone,
which was missing from the scene of the killing, has now been found. It had
been sold to a second-hand mobile phone dealer in the Kahathaepprasit Market.
The phone’s memory card was still present, but the SIM card was missing.
Police are questioning the dealer to find out who sold him the mobile phone.
Latest reports are that police have found a house where
Santi had been taken against his will. No bloodstains were found. All that was
found at the house were the killers’ tire tracks. It is believed that they
shot Santi in their own car before transferring him to his vehicle, tying a
blue hand towel around the victims’ head to stem the blood. It is known that
the vehicle in question was a bronze-gold colored van. Police are now
searching for the van.
Santi was a special reporter for Channel 7 and many
newspapers such as Khao Sod, Khom Chad Luek, and Matichon. He was also editor
of Pattaya Post and was vice president of the Pattaya Press
Association. Santi was well loved and respected by the Pattaya press
fraternity due to his straight and incisive reporting. His body was taken to
Wat Thamsamkki in South Pattaya. Relatives are adamant that no cremation will
take place while the killers remain at large.
PM Thaksin Shinawatra has instructed police to urgently find those
responsible for the murder, because, he said, “The crime seriously damages
Manhunt on for two foreign killers who gunned down Dutch real estate developer
A Dutch real estate developer was shot and killed by two
foreign men on a motorcycle in what police believe was a gangland murder.
Banglamung police received a call on November 2 from Mrs
Sukanya Khan-In, 29, to say that her husband, 45-year-old Dutch national
Johannes Mieremet had been shot dead and that his body had been taken to
Officers went to the intensive care unit at the hospital
where they examined the corpse. Mieremet had been shot by a 9mm handgun in the
right side of his head and in the left side of his chest. Staff said he was dead
on arrival at the hospital. The body was transferred to the Forensic Medicine
Institute for a full autopsy.
Sukanya told police that she had been with her husband for a
year and that the couple had no children. On the day of the killing the couple
had gone to see a plot of land at Allot Village, at Singto Park in Soi
Chaiyapruk 2. Suddenly two foreigners that she alleged she recognized as Dutch
acquaintances appeared on a Honda Wave motorcycle with the license plate
concealed. They were shouting and one of them said to her husband, “I have
been ordered to kill you because of your behavior,” before shooting him and
escaping in the direction of South Pattaya.
Region 2 police commander, Pol Lt Gen Jongrak Juthanont and
Chonburi commander Pol Maj Gen A-Nan Charoenchasri ordered an intensive search
for the killers, setting up roadblocks on all connecting roads to Pattaya City
and working with the immigration police to try and prevent them from slipping
out of the country.
Superintendent of Pattaya police Pol Col Somnuk Changate, and
Pol Lt Col Wuttichart Luansukhan, inspector of Pattaya tourist police division 3
organized a search of the city, particularly in and around the known criminal
hideouts. Police are also looking into the background to the Allot Village
development to see if they can find a motive for the killing.
Meanwhile, ANP news agency reported that Mieremet was
allegedly major player in the Dutch underworld and his murder was the latest in
a series of killings of Dutch crime figures. Mieremet’s former lawyer, Evert
Hingst, was shot dead in Amsterdam a few days earlier.
A Dutch newspaper, ‘De Telegraaf’, said that Mieremet had
been talking with De Telegraaf crime reporter John van de Heuvel about Evert
Australian dies in hotel fall
An Australian fell to his death from the eighth floor of
a hotel on Pattaya 2 Road, scattering tourists who saw him fall.
Police called to the scene found the body of Shaun
Michael McVeigh, age 37, lying on the roadside at the side of the hotel. The
hotel manager and staff told the officers that the guest had checked into a
room on the eighth floor on October 23. They had no idea how he could have
The body was transferred to the Department of Forensic
Medicine and police have contacted the man’s family.
Police surmise that McVeigh may have been broke and
committed suicide. He was scheduled to check out of the hotel on the day of
Thief attempts snatch-and-run with 600,000 baht
Stole so that he could get married
A policeman on routine patrol in the Pattaya Beach Road
area at 10 a.m. on November 2 heard a woman cry out for help. Investigating,
he found an officer of the Siam Commercial Bank, 23-year-old Ms Daorat
Ardyaemsuan, who told him that a man had snatched about 600,000 baht
contained in a brown paper bag from the front of the bank’s exchange booth
on Pattaya Klang Second Road Beach Branch, which is located only 200 meters
away from the police station. The robber had escaped in the direction of
A large posse of about 50 police officers immediately set
off in pursuit and the thief was apprehended with the paper bag full of
money still in his possession.
He was identified as Supong Nutchkasem, age 25, and
claimed to be TV cameraman. Supong said he was planning to ask his
girlfriend to marry him but her parents had asked for a dowry and gold to
the value of 400,000 baht. He had therefore planned the robbery to pay for
his bride but unfortunately from his point of view he had been arrested
before he could hand the money over.
Siam Commercial Bank’s Daorat said that she had
withdrawn 600,000 baht to hand over to the exchange booth. When she took the
paper bag from the car the thief snatched it from her grasp and fled.
Flying Doctors provide free dental service throughout the province
The Volunteer Flying Doctors Foundation is working in
Chonburi province between now and December 2 to provide free dental service
to the public.
Known in Thai as “Por Or Sor Wor”, the foundation is
a mobile medical and dental team established in 1969 by Her Royal Highness
the Princess Mother with the mission of providing health care to those who
may not be able to afford it, or for those who live in remote areas.
talk with public health officers as they prepare to offer their dental
services to the public;.
Presently the foundation is working in cooperation with
the Chonburi Provincial Hygiene Department. Volunteer dental surgeons are
undertaking checkups, fillings, extractions and teeth cleaning.
fill up with students and grown-ups coming for free dental care.
Suratsawadee Thang-Ngeon, a Level 4 dental surgeon at Sattahip Hospital
said that the mobile clinic has a total of 23 officers and dental surgeons
from four hospitals, namely the Wat Yanasangwararam, Sattahip and Banglamung
hospitals and the Provincial Hygiene Department. About 100 people are coming
in for dental treatment each day. The Flying Doctors are scheduled to travel
to all the villages, sub-districts and districts of Chonburi province during
their time here, which is November 1 to December 2.
Rice and uniform donation eases burden for 200 temporary employees
Rice and uniforms have been handed out to 200 temporary
government employees at a ceremony at Pattaya district office.
Making the presentation were Deputy Mayor Wuttisak
Rermkijakarn, Mrs Wannaphorn Chaemjamrat, director general of the Office of
Health and the Environment, and councilor Bunlue Kullavanich.
Kullavanich, city council member, Chitapa Suwattaphorn, city council member,
and Wuttisak Rermkijakarn, deputy mayor present rice and uniforms on behalf
of Pattaya City council.
Wuttisak said the rice donation is a city council
practice done every two months to help ease the burden of monthly living
expenses for its temporary employees. This time the donation had included
uniforms as the existing ones were wearing out.
Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn, Deputy Mayor Wuttisak, council member
Phanote Khanawattanakul, and Chokudom Equipment Co Ltd provided the rice and
uniforms. Each temporary government employee received two bags of rice and
two uniforms. Rice will again be distributed in two months’ time.
Star laws and the future of artificial satellites discussed at seminar
A seminar staged by the Department of Treaties and Legal
Affairs at Siam Bayview on October 28 discussed the future use of artificial
satellites and the laws that support and control their usage.
Viraphand Vacharathit, director general of the Department of Treaties and
Legal Affairs was the seminar opening presenter.
Opening presenter was Dr Viraphand Vacharathit, the
department’s director general. Amongst the delegates were officials from
the Office of National Stability, GISTDA, the Department of Meteorology, the
National Intelligence Agency, the Ministry of Defense, and the Ministry of
Dr Viraphand said that many people thought “Space”
did not concern them. But much of our modern life depends on artificial
satellites, varying from national defense through to weather forecasting and
including everyday entertainment and telecommunications.
Thailand has four Thaicom satellites and is consequently
very much part of the international space community, following the rules and
regulations regarding satellite use. The Kingdom has applied to be a member
of the United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses for Outer Space, COPUOS,
which sets up regulations with the UN General Assembly. There are presently
65 member countries.
Dr Somkiat Ariyapratchaya, formerly Thai ambassador to Austria, said that
Thailand is increasingly using satellite technology in different ways, for
example in drug suppression, forestry, agricultural development, water
resources control, and public area trespass. We must continue to stay
abreast of space technology developments, and in the laws governing
artificial satellites under UN guidance, as part of our own national
development, said Dr Somkiat.