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Honorary consul Larry Cunningham at the Phuket City summit

Phuket Envoys Accuse Admin of Removing Jet-Ski, Tuk-Tuk Criticism

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
This report is LIVE from the honorary consuls meeting

PHUKET: Honorary consuls complained at today's meeting with the Phuket Governor that the minutes of the previous meeting had had all the complaints removed.

German honorary consul Dirk Naumann made the point that the minutes were ''one-sided.''

Australian honorary consul Larry Cunningham, dressed today in an anti-corruption shirt, said that despite his comments about jet-skis at the last meeting, there was no mention of jet-skis in the minutes.

''As everybody knows, I have spoken about jet-skis for some time, even though nothing happens. We talked last time about jet-skis and tuk-tuks, yet there is no mention of these issues in the minutes.''

He said he believed the minutes were prepared and sent ''so that somebody might think everything is ok on Phuket. Everything is not ok on Phuket.''

The honorary consul for the Netherlands, Seven Smulders, said he thought the changes to the minutes went beyond jet-skis ''and just do not reflect what has been discussed during the meeting.''

They ''seem to be one-sided, intentionally or not.''

He said he was unable to forward the minutes to the Netherlands Embassy in Bangkok because they were not accurate.

He suggested that proposed minutes be circulated to the honorary consuls in future so that an accurate record could be passed on to everyone.

Governor Tri Augkaradacha said he would ensure that the minutes were accurate in future.
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Holy Moses... You can't make this up, can you? If you did no one would believe it.

Posted by Sam W on August 31, 2011 15:47

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What a blatent kick in the face!...and these consuls are going to accept that answer and do nothing???....What a circus.

Posted by sky on August 31, 2011 16:20

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Is it any wonder BK is not aware of the situation here on the island, if this is an indication of how official island business is reported to the BK authorities? Change is required ASAP.

Posted by Scunner on August 31, 2011 16:32

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The consuls should do their own minutes and hold a press conference after the meeting.

Posted by Lena on August 31, 2011 17:10

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Just another day in the land of smiles.
Every one is smiling except the tourists.

Posted by lord jim on August 31, 2011 17:51

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Why weren't groups of tuk tuk drivers rounded up and interviewed? At least it would show that something was being done to find these thugs.

Posted by William Dale on August 31, 2011 19:10

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I cannot believe that they did this and expected the envoys not to say anything.

The consuls should do their own minutes and then post PDFs for all of us to read.

Posted by Anonymous on August 31, 2011 19:34

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The beginning of the end perhaps? The honeymoon is over. Consuls are seeing little action, still lots of talk, and now minutes that don't bear much relation to the meeting that took place.

How much longer will these meetings continue? My guess not too long...

Posted by Duncan on August 31, 2011 20:25

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If this attitude persists then there will be warnings in all countries to avoid Thailand because of the scams. What will happen to the tourist trade?
Do the authorities really care? I hope so, but more and more you hear of the goings on,.I feel for the honest people who rely on the tourist trade.
Greed is the biggest monster here,will the island be rid of it? i really don't know.

Posted by Alex on August 31, 2011 22:00

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time to start bringing their own recording device to the meetings just to keep things honest

Posted by mikey on August 31, 2011 22:45

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UNBELIEVABLE...this can only happen here in PHUKET.. Who's scared of who? Who is actually in charge of PHUKET? it would be nice to know.....

Posted by johndev on September 2, 2011 08:28


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