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Phuket Russians targeted in Thai New Year crackdown
Phuket Gazette

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Kathu District Chief Weera Kerdsirimongkol. Photo: Kritsada Mueanhawong

PHUKET: -- Kathu District Chief Weera Kerdsirimongkol, who took up his position in Phuket less than a month ago, will target Russians, Nepalese and Vietnamese working illegally in Phuket, starting on April 14, the first day of the Thai new Year, he told a Provincial Hall meeting yesterday.

“Initially, we will work with Phuket Employment Office and issue warnings to businesses involving foreigners and we will post public notices. The raids will start on April 14,” he said.

“We will target Russian, Nepalese and Vietnamese businesses. We have received a lot of complaints from Thai people accusing Russians of stealing their jobs. The raids will also target Vietnamese and Nepalese working illegally on the island,” he added.

Vice Governor Somkiet Sangkaosuttirak explained that the crackdown follows Governor Maitri Inthusut ordering each of Phuket’s three vice governors to step up law enforcement on illegal foreign nationals in each of Phuket’s three districts.

“Each vice governor has one district in which to follow up and suppress foreigners working illegally and foreigners using Thai nominees to set up companies. Kathu District is my responsibility,” V/Gov Somkiet explained.

“Our team has to carefully distinguish which foreigners are genuine tourists and which foreigners are businessmen pretending to be tourists and using Thai nominees to open businesses,” he added.

According to Mr Weera, 3,017 work permits have been issued to foreigners in Kathu District, which includes Phuket’s key resort town of Patong. Of those, only 221 have been issued to Russians.

Source: http://www.phuketgazette.net/phuket_news/2013/Phuket-Russians-targeted-in-Thai-New-Year-crackdown-20558.html

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-- Phuket Gazette 2013-03-20

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As usual, let's blame all the problems here in Phuket on the foreigners...

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It would be a good day when they sort out the taxi and tuktuk Mafia. But that will never happen as its mostly a family concern... most Phuket local politicians and governors are in on it..

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Vietnamese businesses? What Vietnamese businesses are there in Phuket? Enlighten me.

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They can come to my condo, 3 or 4 have seem to have set up a mobile tour business - that aside I do love these raids on illegal workers! <removed> me go to any building site in ANY provence & show me a Thai labour force

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This crackdown on illegal Russian workers is only happening on "Planet Phuket."

Go to Pattaya and you will see it's business as usual up there. Thousands of Russian package holiday tourists, with their bus for transport and their guide/interpreter to help them with everyday necessities.

Also, Russians working on tour desks. If the Russian tourist's can't speak English, and a Thai tour desk sales person can't speak Russian, how do the "influential people" on Phuket hope to sell them anything, thus, make money????

In Pattaya, everyone's making some money, including corrupt payments, and the Russian tourists are happy.

Phuket will lose the Russian market completely if they lock all the Russian workers up and deport them. The Russian package holiday operators will just sell Pattaya holiday packages because they can offer a better service to their customers in Pattaya, and no doubt, at a cheaper price.

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I am sure it is not as bad as it seems. This is the usual pomp and circumstance they emit from their asses before they go cherry picking at selected outlets. Thais like foreign influence to show them how to do business until they think (HAH!... they think) they know how to do it themselves. Then they get the crackdowns going to cut out the foreign competition that taught them how to do it and attracted all the foreign customers in the first place. Then the Thais monopolize the demographic and make it F.U.B.A.R. in a matter of months and the market dries up, and the foreign small businesses come back and the cycle begins all over again. Don't believe me? Just watch NAT GEO and observe how a stray monkey comes into a troop of monkeys and sordidly moves up the chain of seniority until he is the troop leader.

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Not just in Phuket but they also work illegally in small vendors at Central Plaza, selling dead sea cosmetics. I think they work illegal because they almost never use Thai people to sell cosmetics and they need 4 thai per one work permit. They have several Russian ladies working on different Central plazas trying to sell these dead sea products. Unless they own a factory where they employ 100s of Thais to make this much work permit for Russians, they are doing it the illegal way.

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Vietnamese businesses? What Vietnamese businesses are there in Phuket? Enlighten me.

No Vietnamese businesses, but plenty of Vietnamese staff. They work hard, and for cheaper. Of course, they are only employed by Thai's. If a farang employed them, they would be raided in a few days.

Funny how there is no crackdown on Burmese. smile.pngsmile.png

Or Indians........where are all the Thai Shirt sellers gone ???? Most Shops selling shirts around Soi Banghla are staffed by Indians.

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This crackdown on illegal Russian workers is only happening on "Planet Phuket."

Go to Pattaya and you will see it's business as usual up there. Thousands of Russian package holiday tourists, with their bus for transport and their guide/interpreter to help them with everyday necessities.

Also, Russians working on tour desks. If the Russian tourist's can't speak English, and a Thai tour desk sales person can't speak Russian, how do the "influential people" on Phuket hope to sell them anything, thus, make money????

In Pattaya, everyone's making some money, including corrupt payments, and the Russian tourists are happy.

Phuket will lose the Russian market completely if they lock all the Russian workers up and deport them. The Russian package holiday operators will just sell Pattaya holiday packages because they can offer a better service to their customers in Pattaya, and no doubt, at a cheaper price.

What a load of crap. The largest number of Tourists to Phuket are Australians...ok....some Thais speak English....but you don't see Australians working there...ie Australian Touts trying to sell Australian Hookers...???

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This crackdown on illegal Russian workers is only happening on "Planet Phuket."

Go to Pattaya and you will see it's business as usual up there. Thousands of Russian package holiday tourists, with their bus for transport and their guide/interpreter to help them with everyday necessities.

Also, Russians working on tour desks. If the Russian tourist's can't speak English, and a Thai tour desk sales person can't speak Russian, how do the "influential people" on Phuket hope to sell them anything, thus, make money????

In Pattaya, everyone's making some money, including corrupt payments, and the Russian tourists are happy.

Phuket will lose the Russian market completely if they lock all the Russian workers up and deport them. The Russian package holiday operators will just sell Pattaya holiday packages because they can offer a better service to their customers in Pattaya, and no doubt, at a cheaper price.

What a load of crap. The largest number of Tourists to Phuket are Australians...ok....some Thais speak English....but you don't see Australians working there...ie Australian Touts trying to sell Australian Hookers...???

Well thats one thing to be thankful for.

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This crackdown on illegal Russian workers is only happening on "Planet Phuket."

Go to Pattaya and you will see it's business as usual up there. Thousands of Russian package holiday tourists, with their bus for transport and their guide/interpreter to help them with everyday necessities.

Also, Russians working on tour desks. If the Russian tourist's can't speak English, and a Thai tour desk sales person can't speak Russian, how do the "influential people" on Phuket hope to sell them anything, thus, make money????

In Pattaya, everyone's making some money, including corrupt payments, and the Russian tourists are happy.

Phuket will lose the Russian market completely if they lock all the Russian workers up and deport them. The Russian package holiday operators will just sell Pattaya holiday packages because they can offer a better service to their customers in Pattaya, and no doubt, at a cheaper price.

What a load of crap. The largest number of Tourists to Phuket are Australians...ok....some Thais speak English....but you don't see Australians working there...ie Australian Touts trying to sell Australian Hookers...???

Just let you know

"China (22 per cent), Russia (15 per cent), Australia (10 per cent), South Korea (9 per cent) and Malaysia (4 per cent)."

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