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Incoming governor Jamleran Tipayapongtada on Phuket today

Departing Governor Cancels Valuable But Illegal Freedom Beach Land Title

Thursday, October 1, 2015
PHUKET: On his way out the door this week, departing governor Nisit Jansomwong told authorities that Phuket needed them to stand up to private entrepreneurs.

''Stick by the rules,'' the governor said. ''Be strong. Phuket's problem is influence from the private sector. The island needs authorities in charge.''

Almost at the last minute, he revealed that he had cancelled the controversial land title for Freedom beach. The deed, worth billions for a resort development, had been approved by one of his predecessors.

Criminal charges are pending.

Incoming governor Jamleran Tipayapongtada remained non-controversial on his first day today, meeting the media at Phuket Provincial Hall.

He undertook to proceed with construction of a new provincial hall to replace the one that has been in use for decades and remains too small for an island the size of Phuket.

He also said he would make a priority of upgrading and maintaining the tsunami warning system.

A total of 5400 tourists and residents lost their lives along the Andaman coast in 2004.

The belief that eternal vigilance is required to prevent another disaster is embraced by some and ignored by others.

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What a difference it would have made if the departing Governor would have made these statements when he took office and would have used his authority to enforce them.

Next, please !

Posted by Herbert on October 1, 2015 15:12

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New governor arrives - optimism.
Old governor departs - disappointment.

Thus has it always been. Is this the man to break the cycle?

Posted by Sir Burr on October 2, 2015 09:19


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