Phuket Aims for Enhanced Safety and Security: Thai Prime Minister Holds Crucial Discussions

Phuket, Thailand–

In a bid to bolster safety and security for both residents and tourists, Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin recently convened discussions with Phuket officials, consuls, and honorary consuls. As one of the world’s most sought-after paradises for visitors, Phuket recognizes the need to prioritize safety and maintain a secure environment.

Key Highlights:

1. Protection of Life and Property: Prime Minister Srettha emphasized the importance of safeguarding lives and property on the island. This commitment extends to both Thai citizens and foreign residents and tourists.

2. The “Phuket Model”: To enhance tourism and enforce strict law and order, authorities are developing the comprehensive “Phuket Model.” This multifaceted approach includes several safety measures:
– Accident Prevention: Efforts will focus on minimizing road and marine accidents.
– Fire Protection: Protocols will be strengthened to ensure fire safety.
– Business Licensing: All businesses operating in Phuket must adhere to licensing regulations.
– Driving Licenses: Foreign riders and drivers will be required to hold valid driving licenses. This includes rental agencies who have been under strict scrutiny over the past several days, notes The Phuket Express, and faces the possibility of extremely high fines if they allow foreign nationals to rent vehicles without proper licenses. The tourists will also be penalized with fines and even the possibility of jail time for driving without a license, officials have added.

3. Bangla in Patong: Recognizing that Bangla in Patong attracts a significant number of foreign tourists, authorities are committed to eliminating illegal drug-related activities and violence. Urgent upgrades are planned for the Bangla Police box and the Patong Station. This comes after a number of high profile crime incidents in the area involving both Thais and foreign nationals.

4. Phuket’s Ongoing Development: Prime Minister Srettha’s visit to Phuket had previously marked his first official trip after assuming office. While acknowledging the island’s progress, he emphasized the need for continuous improvement. Beyond profit-making, maintaining national stability remains a priority.

Phuket’s allure lies not only in its natural beauty but also in its commitment to safety and well-being, said the PM. By implementing the Phuket Model measures, the island aims to retain its status as a sought-after destination for travelers worldwide.

The island has had a number of incidents that have gone viral, many involving foreigners, that have driven attention to it in recent months. The most famous of these involved an ongoing dispute between a Swiss expat and a Thai doctor whom the expat allegedly literally kicked while accusing her of being on his property. She was later found to be on public beach land, noted officials. The case continues legal proceedings as of press time.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.