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PHUKET: The mob at Surin Beach this week that caused the construction of a seawall to grind to a halt (see page 4) painted a picture as clear as the bright blue Phuket sky of the state of public awareness of government announcements and projects.

By The Phuket News

Sunday 19 November 2017, 09:00AM

Hunting through every Thai agency's website every day to find out whether your home or business is about to be subjected to shut-offs just for maintenance is ludicrous.

Hunting through every Thai agency's website every day to find out whether your home or business is about to be subjected to shut-offs just for maintenance is ludicrous.

The local residents, more than 50 of them angry enough to turn out in person just one day after a backhoe had ploughed huge furrows into the beach, had no idea what was going on. This was despite a public meeting previously being held to discuss and design plans for preventing coastal erosion at the tourist-popular beach.

Anyone living in Phuket will fully understand this. How often do you need to be caught out by electricity and water supply shut-offs, just for regular maintenance, before you learn that you must make the effort to follow up on each and every local authority that may affect you or your business? As already pointed out in this editorial space, it is very difficult to lure serious investors to the island when local authorities fail to inform locals when the electric will be off or the tap water stopped.

It is ludicrous to expect everybody to check each and every local government agency, every day, just in case you might be directly affected by whatever outage or interruption warning that may be buried on their many different websites.

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At least the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) has got it right in launching a three-month campaign to inform everyone of the smoking ban on Patong Beach. No less than the national DMCR boss Jatuporn Buruspat himself personally took part in informing tourists of the ban this week, and although the ban technically began on Nov 1, the campaign gives everyone a three-month headstart to learn about it. So if you still smoke or vape on Patong Beach after Feb 1 next year, then as the Aussies say, “You’re a bloody idiot.”

As for local projects and infrastructure upgrades, there is no excuse for local agencies to not directly inform local residents and tourists. The national government requires every District Office in every province in the country to maintain a database of registered residents in their areas. So they know how to contact the Thai residents on the island.

As for informing foreigners on the island, they can just ask Phuket Immigration. They keep a database of the addresses and contact details of all foreigners legally living in Phuket – and perhaps know how to contact a few of the illegal ones as well.



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BenPendejo | 20 November 2017 - 12:19:55

I agree with the comment below that individual notifications would be ridiculous.  But notifications in local papers and posted in several areas of the affected community should be mandatory. There should also be a public meeting.  This particular project has sucked since day 1, as it is poorly thought out, employs no engineering or other professional input, and would cause more damage than good.

BosysurfNaiHarn | 20 November 2017 - 09:11:03

I wish the residents of Rawai/Nai Harn would do the same about the monstrosity being built on agricultural land(?) that is on the ocean side of the road by Ao Sane. No explanation for this other than corruption. In the end, the sewage from this will do the same to the waters like Patong and Karon. Lets gather in mass and stop this mistake. The owners will never be welcome, nor respected. "Let...

gigitour | 20 November 2017 - 09:10:32

Do you know vhy the immigration office in Patong it’s closed?

Mika | 19 November 2017 - 14:54:53

They could leave a note on every postbox or house in those districts where interruptions etc.are expected.But thinking of to inform all foreigners there in person by getting contact details from the immigration is total nonsense,in fact it is one of the stupidest ideas ever read here.the kind of ideas you would expect from a special daily commenter here,but not from the PN itself.

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