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Tesco has called on help from Malaysia to maintain stocks on Phuket

Phuket Food Hoarders Warned: Don't Stockpile, Don't Lift Prices

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
PHUKET: Authorities on Phuket plan a crackdown on floods shortage price rises and will make regular checks to guard against hoarders.

Officials gathered at Provincial Hall in Phuket City yesterday agreed to undertake checks and meet three time a week, calling on resorts and hotels to not stockpile goods.

''We are now in a crisis,'' Phuket Provincial Administrative organisation chief executive Paiboon Upatising said. ''If the committee does not check on Phuket suppliers, they will definitely raise the prices on consumer goods.

''People are relying on us. We have to be strict on it.'' All Phuket local authorities and key Phuket department chief were represented at the meeting.

Khun Paiboon said it was acceptable for Phuket resorts to have stocks to last one month, but not three months.

''As a tourist destination, Phuket has to support its tourists as well as its residents,'' he said. ''But hoarding creates shortages and makes the problem greater. Supplies of essentials are less regular but still getting through.''

Sales of essential items at low cost are to continue today and tomorrow from the community hall behind Provincial Hall in Phuket City.

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Why did they wait until everybody has stockpiled items? there are already shortages and prices on many items has already increased.?

Maybe the answer is in the question, people knew they would not act until it was too late.

Posted by soupdragon on November 9, 2011 09:05

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Ah yes. The good old closing of the barn door two weeks after the horse has bolted.

Posted by chrisT on November 9, 2011 10:40

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I doubt if resorts and hotels have made much of a difference to the overall shortage problem as individual people have.

I'm not hoarding, but I did plan ahead. And since I haven't seen any water in Big C, Tesco or Makro for several days, I'm glad I did.

Posted by Eric on November 9, 2011 10:50

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i was told less then a week ago from the governor this was not happening.

but then listen to the PM and others BKK was never going to be flooded.

Posted by john s on November 9, 2011 11:29

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I heard that they will embottle the million of cubic meters of water left in the bangkok roads, is that true ? do we still need to stockpile in that case ? Do we have to fear diarrhea ?

Posted by singha addict on November 9, 2011 16:35

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What can Phuket residents do to help flood victims?

Posted by My English teacher on November 9, 2011 16:39


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