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Ok we believe you, Sir. But would you care to explain something? Let's start with the Patong City sign.
Posted by Sean on August 15, 2013 11:46
He somewhat has a point - the problem isnt just him or people like him but the people accepting these bribes are very much part of the problem. They are paid to bend the law or look the other way - if the DSI want this to succeed they need to go after everyone - bribe takers and givers - only that way will they succeed.
Posted by Ciaran on August 15, 2013 12:09
" who is the mafia, it's the government people, not us. "
Posted by ThaiMike on August 15, 2013 12:11
''If you come here, seeking money, you'll get the money. If you come here seeking to fix a problem, you've got a problem.''
Posted by Slava on August 15, 2013 12:21
"He said that Pisona was his son's business and that he also had no connection with tuk-tuks and taxis." What! Did I wake up on a different planet or is the Mayor a little confused. or a down right liar? What does he call being Patong Taxi Federation President?
Posted by lonewolf on August 15, 2013 12:23
Wrong. Prab Keesin has connections with the taxi federation. As an elected official, his father Pian is forbidden to have business connections of that kind.
He said that Pisona was his son's business and that he also had no connection with tuk-tuks and taxis.
Posted by Whistle-Blower on August 15, 2013 12:25
The father and the son are two different people, WB. His son is entitled to lead his own life. Just because his father is mayor, you think he should stop doing whatever he wants to do? That's an interesting idea for a democracy.
Raising the salary for Police, government employees etc would help to stop the temptation of taking bribes.
Posted by Fiesty Farang on August 15, 2013 13:20
"if you come here seeking money, you'll get money. If you come here seeking to fix a problem, you've got a problem".
Posted by jimbo on August 15, 2013 13:22
No, he just speaking in the broad sense about the thousands of people who come to Phuket to make money. I am constantly amazed at the Phuket application to the phrase: honi soit qui mal y pense. (''Evil be to he who evil thinks.'') Without evidence, the mayor is as innocent as you, jimbo.
Posted by fakename on August 15, 2013 13:44
your comments won't be read or posted in future. We have no interest in know-nothings, especially those posing as know-alls.
If you actually did your research Ed you would know that Pian 'handed over' his control of Pisona Group to his son when he was elected. His statements to that effect were in the public domain at the time. In reality we know the influence fathers have over their sons anywhere in the world. I guess its a bit difficult to be bias when you advertise Pisona Group establishments on your website though. Money does speak louder than words.
Posted by Mister Ree on August 15, 2013 13:45
You have a big mouth but no gumption, Mister Ree. Repeat your allegation in a public forum, using your real name, and we will sue you for defamation.
'Who said I am the mafia?' he asked...
Posted by Mr. K on August 15, 2013 13:45
He's the elected mayor, Mr K. Not a major. I suggest your research needs to be a bit more thorough.
"honi soit qui mal y pense. (''Evil be to he who evil thinks.'')"
Posted by stevenl on August 15, 2013 14:04
I see you've barred another commentator, Editor (Mister Ree). Getting rather sensitive lately, aren't we?
Posted by jimbo on August 15, 2013 15:44
Phuketwan's granting of ''freedom of expression'' to anonymous commenters comes with responsibilities. Most readers understand those responsibilities. The principle is to never say anything behind the mask of anonymity that you wouldn't be prepared to say in public, under your own name. The views of people who don't understand their responsibility and abuse the''freedom of expression'' we grant to them are not wanted. Why? because they're worthless.
Ed, it may have ben reported incorrectly, but it clearly states, in the same sentence "he" as in his son. If there is a miss-understanding then it is in the way the story is written, which puts it clearly in your court, so this makes you WRONG not me.
Posted by lonewolf on August 15, 2013 16:06
And when you wrote ''What does he call being Patong Taxi Federation President?'' you added to the confusion. Which only goes to prove it's best not to jump to conclusions before checking.
Ed, time after time you make the same comment about "anonymous" commenters and pretty much call them cowards for not using their really names, you forget 1) you are not using your name 2) many commenters have been banned, by you, so now they can not use their name... you come across as a real jerk sometimes.
Posted by lonewolf on August 15, 2013 16:14
Your criticism is unfair and unwarranted. We report events with accuracy and expect readers to have some understanding and appreciation of the truth as well. Loudmouths who simply think it's all about shouting offer no value. ''Real jerks'' who think it's all about petty point-scoring offer no value. Gratuitous insulters offer no value. And your opinion about us, lonewolf, offers no value.
About real names: under the comments section it states name: (not required, displayed if provided). I use the name Pete for my posts but you also have my real full name as an e-mail heading so what's the problem?
Posted by Pete on August 15, 2013 16:42
The comments and the facts in them should be real. ie, intended to add to our collective knowledge. If you don't have a problem with that, we certainly don't.
mafia isn't the problem, but nobodies who are on a powertrip and enjoying behaving like they are mafia, because they get away with their wrongdoings without anybody forcing them back into reality.
Posted by don lasagne on August 15, 2013 16:45
Posted by lonewolf on August 15, 2013 16:58
It must be impossible being a Major and not being involved, unless you do everything possible to change the situation. As he didn't do any changes and things got worse every day, there's only one option left.
Posted by Resident on August 15, 2013 17:59
It's up to the voters of Patong to make those kinds of decisions, Resident. Your guesses are not appropriate. Mayors everywhere are involved in making decisions, but they make those decisions without having business interests. The mayor of New York, for example, is a very rich man. But he and the Mayor of Patong are both obliged to obey similar rules. If you happen to be in touch with Patong voters, i suggest you ask them why the mayor has been in power for so long.
Does mayor know what exactly happens inside go-go shows? Law breaking! Does he know what happens on the roads? Law breaking! Does he know what happens when you occupy public parking place where taxi stood? Law breaking! If he is good and honest (no accusations yet) what is his real responsibility and tasks according to law? If to do nothing, tell us who should be questioned about that?
Posted by Stranger on August 15, 2013 18:05
The mayor - along with the governor - has no control over the police. The chief commissioner of Thailand was on Phuket at the weekend and he's the man to fix any problems on Phuket to do with police. He has said Phuket will gain 700 more officers and a new level of professionalism.He says he will be sending a deputy commissioner to make sure Phuket gets what it needs.
Sorry Ed but reading comments you actually allowed and your reactions looks like you are running scared from the DSI or the Patong Mayors Mafia please feel free to ban me as well as you are way out of order on this one, Thank You
Posted by watching on August 16, 2013 04:07
Changing your name every so often won't make you any more accurate, watching. We're not ''running scared'' of anybody - except perhaps a few extremely idiotic readers.
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