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Vol. XIII No.23 - Sunday November 16, 2014 - Saturday November 29, 2014


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Doi Suthep Cable Car report

Dear Editor,
In the last issue of the Chiang Mai Mail you reported that 70% of those surveyed approved of the Doi Pui cable car project. I must say I was quite surprised to hear that number since I have talked to a large number of local people and they all oppose the idea. When I asked why they said for two main reasons, it will be an ugly eyesore blighting the view and it will pass over Doi Suthep and the temple and felt that was quite bad.
I asked my Thai friends and they said they had not heard of a public meeting being called and if they had would have attended so as to voice their opposition. Furthermore, none of them were called or contacted in this poll.
I wonder who they surveyed when they asked these questions. Are they conducting a truly random poll sampling? If so, I would be curious how they do so. In my home country most people have land lines and so by calling a random sampling of phone numbers in the area you are likely to get a fairly random sample. However, in Thailand everyone uses a mobile and that could be anywhere so a random sampling of people in Chiang Mai would be impossible via random phone calls.
If they go to a shopping mall they are unlikely to get a truly random sampling since working class people, or people with full time jobs, will not be in the mall shopping. I suppose the Land Transportation Office in Hang Dong would be a good place to go, most everyone has at least a motorcycle registration to renew.
I just have to find their results very suspicious, to be honest. Perhaps they should consider a real public meeting, with announcements around the city, on TV and in the news and then decide on whether or not this is supported by the public.
Yours,
Pollster



Sensible approach

Dear Editor,
I recently saw this modified songthaew in Doi Saket and thought what a sensible solution to the problem of songthaews carrying many people. In an accident, at least, this might go some small way towards keeping people from being flung out of the vehicle. It certainly keeps the kids inside from hanging off the back.
Signed
Songthaew rider


Maejo pollution

Dear Editor,
I saw a terrible photo on Facebook of the aftermath of the Mae Jo mass lantern release last month confirming a previous reader’s worst fears. There were spent lanterns everywhere, littering trees, pavements, fields, roads, fences, literally everywhere. I guess that is to be expected when thousands of these things are let loose all at once. It certainly is a beautiful sight to behold but viewing that photo has changed my mind about releasing Khom Loy along with the thousands of other people.
I did not see any postings from my Thai friends indicating anything other than that the people responsible for cleaning these things up was anyone other than those who got stuck with them in their fields, on their fences and houses.
It is a shame that such a beautiful sight cannot be better managed with a care for the environment and the people who live nearby.
In the future I will certainly think twice before releasing a Khom Loy and must confess that I did not release any at all this Loy Krathong.
Signed,
Disgusted with the rubbish


90 day report question

Dear Editor,
Thank you for that excellent report on the meeting Chiang Mai Expats Club recently had with Immigration officials. Whilst some of it was already known to me, some of it was a real eye opener! Two years to get permission to build! I can’t really understand the reasoning behind the that but who am I to question why?
I am actually writing to you to find out the exact procedure for sending in my 90 day report by mail as requested by the Immigration officials at the meeting. Can you tell me where I need to send it and what do they need?
Thank you
Bob

Chiang Mai Mail responds
Dear Bob,
First you will need to go to the Immigration website and download the forms. Please be aware that typesetting the newspaper sometimes adds a space here and there so be sure and remove any spaces in the link below to reach the website.
http://www.immigration. go.th/nov2004/en/base. php?page=download
Then you will need (taken from the Immigration website)
1. Photocopy of passport pages with following pages (Do NOT send your passport)
- front page showing name / surname / Passport No., ect.
- current visa
- last entry stamp of immigration
- last extension of visa
2. Photocopy of departure card TM.6 click to view Example TM.6 card
3. Previous notifications of staying over 90 days (if any)
4. Completely filled in and signed notification form TM.47 (Don’t forget to sign)
5. Envelope with stamp affixed and return address of foreigner for the officer in charge to send back the lower part of form TM. 47 after having received the notification. This part must be kept for reference and for future notifications of staying over 90 days.
The above mentioned documents must be sent by registered mail and the receipt of the registration kept by the foreigner.
It is important to note that it must be sent at least 15 days before the required notification date. You will need to keep the receipt of your registered mail in case it gets lost. It is important to note that they cannot do mail in 90 day reports if you are late.
The address for the 90 day report is
Notify 90 Days
Chiang Mai Immigration
71 Sanambin Road
T. Suthep A. Muang
Chiang Mai, 50200
They note it can take up to a month to send it back to you so best to wait patiently for it to come back.
Yours,
Shana Kongmun
Managing Editor
 


Immigration Office questions

Dear Editor,
It was pathetic to hear the officers from Immigration offering many excuses but few solutions to the unacceptable level of service provided in Chiang Mai, same as they do at every meeting.
It’s obvious that independent consultants, preferably foreign, are needed to bring fresh ideas to the problem.
It’s also obvious that the number of callers should be kept to a minimum - we do have internet and mail services (or have I missed something?).
Questions I would address are:
Why is a retirement visa for only one year? Why not two? Why not for five as in some neighbouring countries?
Why interview when all that’s needed is a financial statement?
Why report every ninety days when it proves nothing?
Why can’t work be shared with Chiangrai Immigration?
Why all the paper, which I’m told is sent to a local incinerator every month?
Some people say it’s not the staff’s fault, but I’m afraid it is for them to tolerate such outdated procedures and mismanagement.
Sincerely,
Jack Ball


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Doi Suthep Cable Car report

Sensible approach

Maejo pollution

90 day report question

Immigration Office questions

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