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Major General Panya Mamen yesterday: No ''mafia'' in Patong

Phuket Governor, Region 8 Police Chief Seek Patong's Wilder Life

Monday, October 28, 2013
PHUKET: Phuket Governor Maitree Intrusud and his wife went looking for wildlife in Patong's Soi Bangla about 9pm last night.

The Governor's wife, Wipanee, is Permanent Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, based in Bangkok.

It is believed the couple were checking to see whether protected slow lorises were still being abused in the tourist walking street, as pop star Rihanna discovered when she posted a photo on Instagram last month.

Strangely, the photo touts were nowhere to be found. Yet Phuketwan contacts in Patong insist that the slow lorises are still there most nights, along with iguanas and gibbons.

Also missing last night were touts for the sex shows of the kind that Rihanna sampled that are said by some to have since disappeared.

But other Bangla regulars say the shows are still operating.

Earlier in the evening, the new Region 8 Police Commander, Major General Panya Mamen, reassured officers and the media on a visit to Soi Bangla that there was no ''mafia'' in Patong.

Phuketwan suspects he was referring to the prime definition of the word, as in ''the Mafia.''

Major General Panya also found no slow lorises or sex show touts.

The major general, now in charge of all police in Thailand's south, was on a fleeting visit to Krabi, Phang Nga and Phuket.

He visited Karon Police Station, which has a staff of 30 officers, and Kathu Police Station, where 70 officers oversee Patong.

More police can be expected on Phuket soon, Major General Panya said.

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So, it seems all the problems have been cleaned up, then. Excellent work, gentlemen.

Posted by phonus balonus on October 28, 2013 07:02

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I took a similar stroll to the end of my garden last night and couldn't see the moon. Has something happened to it?

Posted by gee on October 28, 2013 07:07

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Really great work guys! You did it!

Posted by J on October 28, 2013 08:15

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At 21hr00, Bangla Road is very quiet but late at night between 22hr00 and 03hr00 in the morning, it is another picture.
Perhaps Phuket Governor should come anonymous with wig and casual clothe to see the true.
All civil servants are doing their best in communication but doing nothing to arrest wrongdoers and fraudsters.

Posted by Whistle-Blower on October 28, 2013 09:16

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It's very very very sad to read news like that, because when the authority itself doesn't want to open the eyes and lie to themself and to the world nothing can do and nothing will change..

Posted by dave on October 28, 2013 09:50

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See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. Put your head in the sand and pretend everything is hunky dory.

It takes some exceptional skills and planning ahead NOT to be able to find animal abuse and sex shows on Bangla.

This is one area where the Police force really excels.

Please, don't insult my intelligence.

Posted by ThaiMike on October 28, 2013 11:54

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If you walk around in full uniform with attendant entourage, you might as well have loud speakers & a brass band announcing your presence. Of course the touts disappeared - they are not stupid.

Posted by Logic on October 28, 2013 13:25

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I saw some (to me) new 'sexy show'-signs with known touts. Yesterday.
No animals (one someones arm, at least), but there is a chance, it is b/c of the weather and/or the whistle.
Last week, there were many lorises and some dragons. It stopped right before the weekend.
Also lots of uniforms in bangla, so what to expect, please?
But still the CCTV, that should cover the area from 'Soi Eric' down to crocodile is, for a long time already, pointing into the black spot 'Soi Eric'. Only. And with "More police can be expected on Phuket soon", some prices will need to raise. Because insurances rates are going up, quickly!

Posted by Quick Serge on October 28, 2013 15:43

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This is proof that the touts are well informed and that police officers are taking the easy road. What a charade. This is comedy at its best. They show their uniforms, their face, drive of at high speed behind a parade of police cars to the airport, and the job is done. This is all a show, and most of the people know it. Dare I say that the predictions of the doomsayers is slowly revealing?

Posted by Charles on October 28, 2013 20:34


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