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Phuket beach mayor falls silent on demolitions

MaAnn Samran, chief of the Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor), this morning was a man of few answers as the New Year’s Day deadline for demolition of beachfront businesses at Surin Beach lurks ever closer.

Phuket mayorWith little more than three weeks to go until the military-backed demolition is slated to begin, Mr MaAnn today (Dec 7) could not even confirm which businesses would be demolished, or when – despite Cherng Talay OrBorTor reportedly owning 20 of the buildings to be demolished.

The New Year’s demolition was announced by Phuket Vice Governor Chokdee Armornwat, citing that a total of 36 businesses were targeted for demolition, at a meeting on Tuesday (Dec 1).

Yet Mr MaAnn today told The Phuket News, “I cannot confirm any details yet. I have to wait until my next meeting with V/Gov Chokdee. I cannot say anything more.”

Mr MaAnn did confirm that a B10-million duty law suit against him by beachfront vendors had been dismissed by the court.

However, he declined to name those who filed the suit against him, or specify why he was accused of failing in his duties as Cherng Talay OrBorTor chief.

“Yes, the case has been dropped,” he said, but declined to elaborate further.

Meanwhile, Mr MaAnn did confirm that he would remain in office for the foreseeable future.

“I will stay in this position until the next (OrBorTor) election is held, but from then on I will return to focus on my own business interests.” he said.

Mr MaAnn declined to reveal which businesses he owns or is actively involved in

Phuket News



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