Support urged for city's nighttime legion

Support urged for city's nighttime legion

Governor hopefuls address late traders

Better welfare for people who are the backbone of the "night owl economy" and more efficient rubbish disposal are featuring prominently in the campaigns of two front-runners in the Bangkok governor poll.

Democrat Suchatvee Suwansawat, candidate No 4, has vowed to turn Bangkok into a model welfare city, which also requires addressing the welfare of people working at night.

People have complained they have shouldered the high cost of transport.

By the time they get off work, mass transit systems are closed for the night, leaving them with no choice but to take taxis or other private transport.

For traders, the high cost of nighttime transport adds to their financial woes from dwindling sales due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It can also be unsafe, he said.

Mr Suchatvee said there may be more shoppers since many public health restrictions were lifted.

However, people are spending less money. Nighttime trading contributes to the economy and workers deserve better welfare from City Hall.

He would set out some policy ideas to ensure better treatment for people working in the "night owl" economy shortly.

Meanwhile, Chadchart Sittipunt, an independent, is looking to transform Bangkok's trash into treasure.

On the campaign trail in Prawet district at the weekend, he inspected a waste disposal site in Onnut.

It is one of three main disposal sites run by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).

Mr Chadchart, candidate No 8 in the poll, said more than 4,000 tonnes of refuse goes to the Onnut site each day.

Rubbish is one of the major problems affecting residents. Each day between 10,000-12,000 tonnes is collected in Bangkok.

What he had in mind was to make use of some of it instead of disposing of it all and creating air pollution.

The BMA spends more than 10 billion baht annually to get rid of garbage when other cities recycle some of it and generate revenue.

Another independent candidate, Sakoltee Phattiyakul, said he was unperturbed by the latest National Institute of Development Administration (Nida) poll which sees him lagging behind in the popularity stakes among governor candidates.

When asked who they would choose as governor, 38.84% of respondents said they would vote for Mr Chadchart, while 10.06% preferred Pol Gen Aswin, who is running as an independent.

Meanwhile, only 6.83% of voters said they would pick Mr Suchatvee and 6.02% would elect Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn of the Move Forward Party.

Only 2.28% of voters said they would elect Mr Sakoltee Phattiyakul, a former deputy governor running as an independent.

Meanwhile, a total of 26.58% said they were still undecided on who to elect, while 2.94% would tick the "no vote" box and 2.06% would not bother voting at all.

Mr Sakoltee insisted the survey was based on a small number of respondents and he has another 40 days in which to improve his popularity.

Separately, city clerk Khachit Chatchawanit announced one of the 31 people who registered to run has been disqualified after failing to meet eligibility criteria. He did not immediately say who the candidate was.

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