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An island besieged by corruption and mafia: Army reclaims Koh Samet as true national park

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jesimps    3,028
4 hours ago, gandalf12 said:

If the police did it probably yes, the army seems to have better control over the situations although I am sure someone is going to point out an incident that wasn't handled well.

Out of the mouths of babes and innocents.

 

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bberrythailand    117
3 hours ago, Deli said:

when reading the headline I though they were taking about Phuket...

 

 

Yes I am still waiting if someone in charge in this country has some big enough to clean Phuket ? Because it's really the most corrupted place in this country and deserves a deep Karcher cleaning !

 

Just wondering who will be in charge of the weed business on all these islands now ?

 

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smedly    15,189
6 hours ago, johng said:

My thoughts go towards the  many hundreds of Thais who have suddenly been deprived of their lively hoods and now wont be able to provide for their families.

there was no reason why they shouldn't have been legally employed but all the Mr Bigs were creaming of state land and all those involved were creaming huge amounts off of their illegal and corrupt businesses and backhanders.

 

What the government should now do is replace them with state run businesses so that the whole country can benefit and not just a few corrupt people mafia and local thieving authorities

 

I would no expect the same to happen in the surrounding Islands

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laban    142

Been regularly for 18 years and still go. Everyone knows the NP people were part of the problem. Let's hope they also clean up the rubbish. Progress can be positive but was always negative on Samet. I have been going to only one beach on Samet for the last 10 years which has been nearly untouched by the "progress" and that was fine. If there are less speedboats, jet skis and sarong peddlars, all the better for it.


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petedk    2,237
7 hours ago, johng said:

My thoughts go towards the  many hundreds of Thais who have suddenly been deprived of their lively hoods and now wont be able to provide for their families.

 

What are you talking about?

 

Didn't you know that Thailand has just been declared the world's least miserable place? :shock1:

 

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-07/world-s-least-miserable-live-in-asia-thanks-to-disinflation

 

But I agree with you.

 

 

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petedk    2,237
54 minutes ago, leggo said:

I first went to Samet over 25 years ago and it was a peaceful little island paradise - there was nothing to do but laze around and swim in crystal clear waters. At the time there were only 3 or 4 places to stay and we just loved it. I went back for the first time a three years ago and I couldn't believe my eyes - it had turned into one big horrendously noisy rubbish dump ! if the Thai authorities are serious it will be excellent and the same sort of operation needs to be carried out on all of the islands. It will bring the state more money, improve the image of Thailand no end and in the long term it will be beneficial to the Thai tourist industry which up till now was turning a blind eye to the destruction both ecologically and aesthetically of so much of once a beautiful land. Let's hope this is the first of many operations.

 

Yes, last time I went (about a year ago) it was impossible to swim in the sea without getting rubber bands and plastic bags all over your body. It was really disgusting.

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sweatalot    4,511
8 hours ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

 

It's a sad commentary on Thailand and its police force that it takes the Army to step in and (hopefully) bring some law and order to one of many lawless places.

sad but true

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sweatalot    4,511
6 hours ago, ChrisY1 said:

So now the army is in town.......does the colour of the envelopes now change to camo?

You should not see things negative like that

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sweatalot    4,511
5 hours ago, Briggsy said:

Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao = Surat Dems

Surat Dems = allies of the current administration

Any changes far more likely to be by mutual consent not enforcement

hope you're wrong

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