November 04, 2012 00:00 By Ekkapong Praditpong,
Mae Sai district in Chiang Rai has ordered more officers to handle an expected rise in border pass requests ahead of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra's visit to Myanmar next week.
District chief Sopon Choomchuchan said the border requests were still at normal levels at the moment, with 2,000-6,000 people crossing the border each day. However, the number of visitors is expected to increase before Thaksin’s visit to the area on Friday and Saturday.
The district office will prepare officers in case 10,000 people seek border passes each day at this time.
Moreover, a second bridge, as well as the main bridge usually used for the border crossing, would be open to provide convenience to the visitors, he said.
Thaksin is scheduled to meet Myanmar President Thein Sein in Nay Pyi Taw after arriving on Thursday and is due to meet Thai MPs and supporters later in Tachilek, which is located opposite Mae Sai in Thailand’s far north.
Thaksin’s sister Yaowapha Wongsawat asked Thaksin’s supporters to see him in Tachilek.
“Anyone who wants to give him moral support, please go. We also want to send moral support to him and we want him home so that he can do good for the people.
“He misses the people especially the Isan (Northeastern) people and really wants to come home. If he comes home, he will first come to the Northeast, as the Northeast is like his capital. It won’t be too long you will meet Thaksin. Please wait,” Yaowapha said as she presided over the opening of a Pheu Thai office in Ubon Ratchathani.
Thaksin’s legal adviser Noppadon Pattama said Saturday morning would be the best time for Thaksin’s supporters to greet him as he would make merit there and may have time to talk.