New Phuket Governor Arrives, Confident Of Resolving ‘All Problems’
Norraphat Plodthong, the new and 48th Governor of Phuket, arrived on the island yesterday morning, Apr 10, brimming with confidence of resolving all problems in the province.
“I am originally from Nakhon Sri Thammarat. I can speak Southern Thai. I don’t think, there will be any problems with working here. Phuket is well known for problems. Don’t worry. Problems exist to be solved,” Governor Norraphat said.
Governor Norraphat said he was surprised with his transfer to the post of Governor of Phuket. “I am surprised with the order, because Phuket is a not your ordinary province,” he said.
Mr Norraphat and his wife, Ms Sudawan, had a busy schedule on their first day in Phuket, paying respects to revered figures including the Phuket Heroines and to Khaw Sim Bee, formally known as “founding father of Phuket development” Phraya Rassada Na-Ranong, followed by a formal dinner with leading island officials and dignitaries.
Governor Norraphat comes to Phuket after serving as the Provincial Management Advisor at the Office of the Permanent Secretary for the Interior.
He is also a former Deputy Director-General at the Department of Local Administration, which is the governing body for all local administrations below the level of provincial government throughout the country.
His arrival in Phuket follows Thai Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha ordering Phuket’s previous Governor, Chockchai Dejamornthan, to be transferred to the Office of the Prime Minister with immediate effect on April 4.