True offers to move signal tower on Koh Chang

Staff of the Koh Chang TAO pose for a photo at the shrine of remembrance, the Sarn Yutthanavy Koh Chang, after clearing up the area around it in April. (Photo taken from Koh Chang Tai TAO’s facebook page)

Mobile phone operator True Corp says it is willing to relocate its planned signal tower on Koh Chang, after the island’s residents objected strongly to it being built near a shrine of remembrance to Thai sailors who died there in battle in 1941.

In a statement sent to the Bangkok Post on Thursday, the company said it was willing to comply with any future direction by local administrative offices and residents regarding the tower.

The firm was responding to reports that residents of Koh Chang were fiercely opposed to the new signal tower being built near the Sarn Yutthanavy Koh Chang, the  to Thai sailors who died fighting the Vichy France navy off Koh Chang in 1941.

They complained that the digging of a large hole for the tower so near to the shrine they had built themselves was inappropriate and unacceptable.

On Tuesday, the Koh Chang Tai tambon administration organisation asked True Corp to suspend construction, saying it was being done wthout the TAO’s permission.

The True statement said it had been asked to provide a facility to cater for the growing demand for a mobile network in the area.

“Due to the recent public opinion on the tower, we are more than happy to comply with any future direction to be mutually agreed by local administrative offices and residents in the area,” the statement said.

The company apologised for any public anxiety the construction of the tower had caused.

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