Pattaya Daily News

03 June 2014 :: 07:06:34 am 88465

Phuket’s Thai guides protest over illegal Chinese guides

Phuket’s illegal tour guides have again been brought to the attention of the police, after 200 legal Thai tour guides visited Chalong Police to demand the police arrest the Chinese guides working illegally on the island.
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PHUKET: June 2, 2014, Around 200 tour guides visited the station around 2pm today (June 2), to also demand the release of 23 legally working Thai guides, who had been taken in for questioning by Chalong Police. Earlier in the day, the 23 had been questioned by police after police received information that guides at Prompthep Cape were intimidating tourists.
 
Jaifu Sealee, a legal Thai tour guide, who also speaks Chinese, said the group went to Prompthep Cape to take photos of the illegal tour guides operating there.
 
“We are collecting information and will report it to the officials. Someone told the police that we were threatening tourists, but we weren’t.
 
“Twenty-three of our fellow tour guides were taken into custody by Chalong Police. They had their ID cards checked, but then were released when it was discovered they were working legally.
 
“We want to be treated fairly, because many of our jobs are taken by illegal tour guides. Usually, Chinese tour companies do not hire Thai tour guides, they just hire Chinese speaking ones who are illegal. Yes, they might save money, but the Chinese guides are working illegally. We will not tolerate this.”
 
Mr Jaifu said he and his fellow tour guides would collect evidence of the Chinese guides working illegally, and present it to Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusut.
 
“Chalong Police promised they will follow up the illegal guides once I show them the photos,” he said.
 
Chalong Police Station Superintendent Pol Col Kitipas Dejintrasorn told The Phuket News that today’s gathering was not a protest.
 
“They just came to see their fellow tour guides. Now, they have gone back.”
 
View the original story on The Phuket News

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