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Larry Cuningham has a spine, unlike the Australian Embassy in Bangkok which are pathetic and run by Thais that side with Thais when there is ever an issue.

M Cuningham is an honorary consul, not a Australian civil servant / diplomat. He's not protected by any law. I'm afraid his visa will not be renewed.

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Will we see some BOYCOTT PHUKET as we saw some Boycott Sochi ? I have to congratulate the Hon Con in this mater. Could be an example for the other consuls on the island. Anyway the threat from this lady is absolutely amazing .

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He is pushing his luck. Having a business there and being critical of the Mafia. Accidents happen here!

Who would be surprised to hear he commits suicide? Good on Larry for speaking out but if I was him I would be getting out of the country quick smart now.

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Will we see some BOYCOTT PHUKET as we saw some Boycott Sochi ? I have to congratulate the Hon Con in this mater. Could be an example for the other consuls on the island. Anyway the threat from this lady is absolutely amazing .

It actually wouldn't be too hard for someone with the technical know how to have an Anti-Phuket webpage rank very highly on a google search using some simple SEO techniques. I don't feel the need to personally dissuade people from going, but a boycott campaign will really hit them where it hurts. I am actually surprised it hasn't been done already, given the amount of people who get ripped off there.

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Will we see some BOYCOTT PHUKET as we saw some Boycott Sochi ? I have to congratulate the Hon Con in this mater. Could be an example for the other consuls on the island. Anyway the threat from this lady is absolutely amazing .

It actually wouldn't be too hard for someone with the technical know how to have an Anti-Phuket webpage rank very highly on a google search using some simple SEO techniques. I don't feel the need to personally dissuade people from going, but a boycott campaign will really hit them where it hurts. I am actually surprised it hasn't been done already, given the amount of people who get ripped off there.

Tell me how to do it, I will pay for it!

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I don't know the Hon Consul concerned, but if he has lived and done business in Thailand as long as he has, he should know that by telling the Thai authorities what to do about jet ski practices, he is on a slippery slope to a sticky end.

Instead of telling Thais what to do, he should focus on his duties of telling Assuies what not to do....renting jet skis being front and centre. That is his job, on an honorary basis anyway.

One of his principle tasks is to liase with Thai authorities and bring to their attention problems if and when they occur. Simply put he was very focussed on his duties and I wish there were many more like him.

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Stop going to Phuket. Everybody should know this is the status quo.

A consular person being threatened by local government officials. Insane.

Agreed. I will never set foot there again and I advise anyone I know against it. Once the Thais have killed (and eaten) the goose that lays the golden egg, things will get better.

I agree with other posters most diplomats are too diplomatic to look after the own nationals in the face of such blatant corruption/intimidation.

All embassies should grow a pair & tell their Thai hosts what to do with their Thainess.

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The actions of the Governors office seem to suggest that the office is at the least indirectly involved in the jet ski scam.

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Mafia-type setups are like any pyramid scheme. Everybody sends money up and everyone gets their portion of the take along the way. Money moves up and patronage flows down. The very top may only end up with a small percentage but the volume makes up for it. From the sound of things the top is becoming concerned about at least one aspect of the pyramid's integrity and is lashing out against 'external' threats. It will be interesting to see if they look for assistance from 'higher' levels. Mr Cunningham's committment is admirable but a phone call to the Australian embassy from the right office and he's history.

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I'd consider that text a thinly veiled threat.

Just goes to show the system is rotten all the way to the core.

Nobody who has read this article should have any further question about how the system works in Thailand.

It's right there in a black and white nutshell. - kneel to the phuyai, blame the accuser.

...and the simple answer to all of this is that all governments should issue warnings to travelers not to rent jet skis in Thailand...!

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Wow, your Australians really got someone to look out for you. Great guy with a spine and good that he send those messages up. Also great that he got it in the paper. Hope these things get picked up in Australia too and I hope it impacts Phuket. I am pleasantly suprised by this hopefully the official ambassadors will get more tough following his lead. If other countries follow suit and embarrass the Thais more things might change. The Chinese also seem to have a lot of influence.

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