Pattaya, Chonburi –
Three prominent candidates for Pattaya Mayor participated in a public debate staged in front of the Terminal 21 Department Store in Banglamung district while a candidate for Sonthaya Khunplume’s legacy staged a speech at the same time yesterday on Jomtien Beach, May 7th.
The candidates in the debate included independent candidate Sakchai Taenghor, Kittisak “Bob” Nilvattanathochai of the Pattaya Move Forward Group, and Sinchai Wattanasatsaton of the Pattaya Unity Group while other the prominent candidate Poramase Ngampiches from the Rao Rak Pattaya Group staged a solo public speech at Jomtien Beach at the same time of the debate.
The debate event kicked off with the ‘Vision Show’ where all candidates presented their visions and policies followed by the ‘Q&A’ section where they would answer selected questions regarding their working group’s policies, economic and social problems, and tourism development policies.
The third section was a ‘Photo Debate’ where the candidates had to discuss problems of Pattaya as seen in pictures. The last section was the ‘Final Talk’ where all candidates concluded their standpoints and future work guidelines in solving the city’s problems.
The No.2 candidate, Sakchai Taenghor, firstly mentioned his past experience when he was the Bang Lamung District Chief that Pattaya still had many problems that were not resolved, including the flooding problems, economic, and tourism problems. As someone who had been positioned in the provincial government, Sakchai would introduce ‘Pattaya Power’ policy that invite both the general public and all sectors to participate in his working group in order to drive Pattaya City and solve the city’s problems from the public perspectives and in line with the needs of the people for sustainable development.
Kittisak “Bob” Nilvattanathochai of Pattaya Move Forward presented his party’s major policies to urgently seek solutions to major problems including road drilling, flooding, elderly’s quality of life, healthcare system, education, mass transit system, domestic economy, tourism, and corruption. He would also accelerate mega-projects that had been halted in the past and had used the people’s taxes as a budget but failed to fully utilize them. He insisted that he and the Move Forward Party would transform Pattaya City to be a beautiful, clean, good environment, and safe for the younger generations to grow up with quality.
The last candidate, Sinchai Wattanasatsaton, mentioned his experience in tourism development for more than 30 years, and how he had the knowledge and the capability to work with both the business sector and the provincial government to develop the economy and tourism effectively. He mainly planned to work with the private tourism sectors to attract a number of foreign tourists to visit the city as in the past since more than 90 percent of the city’s income was from tourism. He also discussed the plan to expand the ‘Zoning’ of entertainment venues and extending the services period to 4:00 AM.
Meanwhile, at Jomtien Beach, Poramase Ngampiches from the Rao Rak Pattaya Group introduced the party’s framework titled ‘Better Pattaya’ and emphasized 4 goals and 15 policies to continue to develop for a better Pattaya City from Sonthaya Khunplume, former Pattaya mayor and leader of the Rao Rak Pattaya Group.
Sonthaya also gave a speech that he and his working group had been working under objective strategies to develop Pattaya City to be a beautiful and livable city for people across the world. Poramase, as the Mayor candidate, and the Rao Rak Pattaya group would continue to develop the city to be a world-centered tourism city according to Neo Pattaya principles and the center of the EEC.
The election will be on May 22nd, 2022. This will, notes TPN media, be a dry day during polling hours in Pattaya city limits, as well as the night before.
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