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Members of Phuket's Muslim community meet the governor

Phuket to Host 20,000 Muslims at Five-Day Open-Air Seminar

Friday, January 6, 2012
PHUKET: About 20,000 Muslims are expected to gather on Phuket next month for a religious seminar, Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha heard this week.

People from all six Andaman provinces are expected, along with visitors from India, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Malaysia and the Middle East, members of the Phuket Islamic Committee told the governor in a meeting at Provincial Hall.

Participants will visit Phuket from February 12-16, staying in tents at the Chanasuk Memorial Field in central Phuket at Thalang.

The Phuket Provincial Administrative Organisation has welcomed the gathering, which is a first for Phuket after similar seminars in Bangkok, Pattaya and other centres over the years.

The Phuket organisation and local councils are expected to provide temporary kitchens and bathing facilities for the gathering.

Phuket has more than 50 mosques and its population of permanent residents is about one-third Muslim.

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Why sleep in tents?

Posted by Jake on January 6, 2012 11:20

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Seems a little primitive to be camping on Phuket in such vast numbers.
Aren't our hotels and resorts good enough for them? What about sewerage / toilet and garbage disposal?
Very weird story indeed.

Posted by Dun on January 6, 2012 12:15

Editor Comment:

Never been camping, Dun? Always been rich? Sleeping out can be a bonding experience, especially on a tropical island when the weather is good. Sounds just what you need.

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Ed. I have been camping since I was seven years old. I have slept in hammocks suspended 700 meters off the ground on cliff faces, I have climbed mountains using ropes alone, been doing that more times than the average person takes a bath. So thanks for telling me that I need to camp more. I do and I just have done this very thing, camp in a tent.
AS for the rich comment, I am self made person and I would class my wealth as mega-rich.
Needless to say, 20,000 people camping in a smallish area, there is going to be a lot of toilet matter to dispose of, let alone all the garbage. Do you think the environment and Phuket could handle that? Made 20 persons at a time. 20,000???

Posted by Dun on January 6, 2012 13:22

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Phuket's Muslim community always does things well. That's why they're sorting out now how to provide all necessities. Glad to hear you've camped and prospered.

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They seem to manage OK at Knebworth and Glastonbury Dum, with thousands more attending. Why is is it wierder here in Phuket or is that just a bit of anti-muslim sentiment creeping in ? Nice to read you are modest in your success as well.

Posted by Mister ree on January 6, 2012 21:01

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No mr ree, not anti-muslim sentiment anywhere, you pri([(. It is just that this area is quite a small area for such a large number of campers. 20 thousand of green, white Christians, Muslims or Jews, it is a small area. Phuket is a small island, got it!!! Good, now get back to your happy tabs mr ree.
I hope the weather does not send them rain.

Posted by Dun on January 7, 2012 06:24


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