PHUKET: The Phuket Governor has strongly denied allegations of ignoring rampant corruption and “mafia” operations in Phuket.

“Phuket has never swept problems under the carpet,” Governor Maitri sternly told the Phuket Gazette yesterday.

The public statement followed a consortium of leading Phuket travel figures on Monday insinuating that some of Phuket’s top officials were not willing to help “take out the trash” (story