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Phuket restaurateur killed

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"Oh ... emubob, your OP stated hit happened about 09.30pm. Subsequent publications say 01.00 a.m.... "

Living in Kata...

I can assure you that at my age I can tell the time.

What proper restaurant......PROPER restaurant is open and serving food at 1pm in Phuket Town? You do know this place and they do not have a licence to serve at this time.

I don't doubt you at all. I know this restaurant and it's not a drinking hole. I was more being sceptical about the other reports/publications. And how events can be distorted by the media.

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I've highlighted a portion so you don't have to read every word in this really long sentence.

"Contributing to the rising traffic on the website are the Gazette's robust rankings in Google under all Phuket news-related search terms; the continuing top-four ranking of the site under the term "Phuket" alone; a surge in the Gazette's presence in the Google Alerts, with 1-3 stories picked up and announced to the world almost every day; and an editorial policy adjustment in which crime, though not swept under the carpet, is now given a lesser weighting in the newspaper's content mix, with recreation, sports, and business assuming a greater role." (Gazette Online)

Well it is better then the Gazette who has not stated it at ALL :o

:D:D I didn't read that as the article seemed to self indulgent and boring. This is horrible. .. what are they going to write about ? more property and the booming F* property market and other FLUFF? If I want that then I will I will read tourists magazines!!! Well more reason to appreciate http://www.phuketwan.com

Thank Alan for your candid reporting. Howver I find the layout teribly confusing as I want all the Latest news on one page/rss feed and I although I got the boat people story :D I seemd to have missed this Farang shooting story.....

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I dont know where you came from ?? Probably the USA ??

But I know that where I grew up and came from there was pretty much no gun crime, no shootings, etc.. Phuket is far more rural than that yet theres one every couple of months.

I am not an American. I come from a city with a population of approx 2million that has recorded annual murders of between approx. 30 and 45 for each of the past 5 years and has gun control and all those good things we westerners say thailand should have. Pulling out the domestic and drug related murders, there are almost no random murders, so I should be safe right? What my home city also has is a masive junkie problem with cars windows every night, a robust drug trade untouched by the police and an entrenched organized crime network that says you can't operate in certain districts without paying protection or tribute. Most people that visit the strip clubs or trendy bars in my home city are unaware or don't want to know about the links to organized crime. It's not any different in most western cities. Just because we don't see the crime, doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Why should Thailand be any different?

Sure, the police in Phuket don't handle basic property crimes well, but at least they will come to your house after a break in. The cops don't even bother anymore in big Canadian or UK cities. As bad as it is in Phuket, compared to some cities in North America and the EU, it's not any worse for most foreigners . I had my car broken into 3 times in 2 months at my apartment back in my home city. In 3 years, not one robbery at my Patong condo. My point is that, yes there is crime here, but for it is mostly Thai on Thai and we foreigners have it good in that regard.

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Report in Thai Rat newspaperwith rather graphic photo ... not for the faint hearted ...

http://www.thairath.co.th/offline.php?sect...;content=119632

Seems that the owner was discussing his next project with an engineer, who was also hit, but is recovering in hospital. The news paper speculates it was a business related matter, due to his apparent success in Phuket.

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when are these people going to stop killing people for just being successful? just because one person is successful and another isnt, does not give the less successful one a reason to shoot the other.

this is the third acquaintance/friend of mine, that has been shot dead in front of many others and i find this mentality disturbing.

Thailand is like the wild wild west and i hope that the police catch these thugs and string them up by their teeny balls. how these people sleep at night is beyond me.

Kit was a delightful man with a smile that would light up a room. he was a loving father and husband, who had built up his business by himself. a very humble man, Kit had many friends on the island and in Bangkok.

may he rest in peace and may his wife and children recover from this shock eventually.

my heart goes out to them, and to the rest of Kits family and friends.

i hope his legacy continues through his restaurants, which are truly wonderful.

You didnt deserve this Kit.

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when are these people going to stop killing people for just being successful? just because one person is successful and another isnt, does not give the less successful one a reason to shoot the other.

Donna ... unfortunately, yes it does give them a reason. I'm told that it costs 60,000 baht for a 'hit', indeed this service has been offered to me a few times. It shocks me, and also worries me for myself and wife's safety, that's why we try to keep low profile in public.

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As for StevenL

"Yes, and that seems to be the main aim in stead of giving facts.

See post # 20, the heading not just may mislead but will mislead"

The complete facts were given at the time of writing. How you personally interpret the headline is indeed up to you.

If you would have read the post I mentioned, you would have noticed that this poster presumed a farang was shot dead. Nothing to do with my personal interpretation, I am just pointing out that your header not may mislead but does mislead.

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Phuket restaurateur killed

By The Nation on Sunday

Published on January 18, 2009

The owner of Phuket's popular Farang Restaurants was shot dead while sitting in one of his eateries on Friday night, police said yesterday.

Chid Rakngam, 36, was shot in the head and appeared to be killed immediately. A 37-year-old man was injured in the shooting, according to police.

Police quoted witnesses as saying that the gunman appeared middle-aged and had fired three shots at the victim before fleeing on a waiting motorcycle.

Investigators said possible motives of the murder were conflicts involving business or relationships.

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Thoughts must and do go to the family. Another bad day in Thailand. What I find disgusting among all this is while people are sending their wishes to the family and trying to make sense of this senseless killing some posters are happily discussing the menu and whether the food is any good. A man is dead for crying out loud. Have some respect people. What next, somebody asking for job vacancies ? :o

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I'm surprised that it took 28+ hours to report this case in a real newscast!

Did people really believe that it was not true, shocked?

MC

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Thoughts must and do go to the family. Another bad day in Thailand. What I find disgusting among all this is while people are sending their wishes to the family and trying to make sense of this senseless killing some posters are happily discussing the menu and whether the food is any good. A man is dead for crying out loud. Have some respect people. What next, somebody asking for job vacancies ? :o

I think that people who didn't know Kit were just curious as to what the restaurants were all about, so others replied.

I think it would be great for people to continue going to his restaurants to support his staff and family who were left behind in this tragedy.

I know I will, certainly.

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Condolences to his friends and family.

The restaurant is on the intersection of the by pass road and the street behind Big C. It is popular with well-to-do Thais as well as foreign tourists and expats. I've eaten there many times. Patients at the nearby Phuket International Hospitals also ordered from there frequently.

At 9pm, the place could be quite full with customers, including families with children.

Bullets do stray.

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Thoughts must and do go to the family. Another bad day in Thailand. What I find disgusting among all this is while people are sending their wishes to the family and trying to make sense of this senseless killing some posters are happily discussing the menu and whether the food is any good. A man is dead for crying out loud. Have some respect people. What next, somebody asking for job vacancies ? :o

i agree with you H2oDunc.

posts such as the one you mentioned are in very poor taste, as is the bickering about what time it happened etc.

please have some respect folks. some of us DID know Kit personally.

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There is talk from some that Thailand's crime rate is no worse than most western countries.

But, I have to ask, how many here have personally known three separate people who have been shot dead, even in the US, as has happenned to Donna?

Although it appears to be mainly Thai on Thai, it is a very disturbing situation and one that should be considered when decisions about residence are made.

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