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Yesterday waw March 13, which would have been Molly Anne Bailey’s eighth birthday, had she not died on December 11 last year after her mother drove into a huge hole in a Phuket road that had not been marked with effective warnings.
The road had been wrecked for a month but the local Srisoonthorn Municipality, pleading poverty, did nothing about repairs and erected temporary barriers which later disappeared and were not replaced.
At Wat Thepwanaram in Baan Manik today (March 13), where Molly’s parents went to attend a ceremony to mark the 100th day after Molly’s death, her mother, Phakkamon Duangchaytemcharat, 38, told The Phuket News that the officials who failed to repair the road should apologise.
“Sirsoonthorn Municipality officials should admit they were wrong. It was their responsibility as officials [to repair the hole]. I’m not talking about money.”
Molly’s father Gordon “Badger” Bailey said, “We’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting and nothing’s been done. But they’ve got plenty of time to be out and spending lots of money [on the annual celebration of the Heroines’ Victory].
“I know it’s a big yearly event but it’s very easy for them to push other things to one side and forget about responsibility.”
The Mayor of Srisoontorn Municipality, Worawut Songyod, was not at the 100-day ceremony.
He declined to speak directly with The Phuket News but sent a Facebook message saying, “I have not had a meeting [with my staff] about this yet. We have not reached a conclusion. I will inform you later [when we reach one].”
Asked whether he would be talking to Molly’s parents soon, he replied, “Once I have held a meeting I will talk with the family.”
Ms Phakkamon said, “Today, Molly should be enjoying her birthday. We should not be here marking the 100th day after her death. It is sad, so sad, really. It is a day that I must remember.
Her voice shaking, she added, “I am suffering so much. I can carry on living only thanks to the medicines.”