On April 10th 2013 at the statue of Khaw Sim Bee Khao Rang Park, Vice Chief Executive of PPAO – Mr.Chawalit Na Nakorn led Advisor of Chief Executive of PPAO – Mr.Boonserm Suwanrattaphoom, Vice Chief Administrative Officer of PPAO – Mr.Watcharin Patomwattanaphong, PPAO government staff, local government staff, government organization, Private Organizations and people to attended a wreath laying ceremony to respect Phraya Ratsadanupradit (Khaw Sim Bee). Governor of Phuket-Mr.Maitri Inthusut presided over of the ceremony.
In Thailand, King Rama V Chulalongkorn of Thailand named Sim Bee as Thailand’s most successful provincial governor in the 1890s. The next king, Rama VI who went by the title of Vajiravudh also considered Sim Bee close family friend, and conferred on him Thailand’s highest honor, the title Phraya Ratsadanupradit Mahisornpakdi or The Grand Cross of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant. What makes Thailand so indebted to Khaw Sim Bee? He almost single-handedly saved the economy of South Thailand by introducing rubber. Since the 1990s, Thailand has become the world’s biggest producer of natural rubber, and the credit went to Khaw Sim Bee. In 1899 while being governor of Trang, he noted with a tinge of envy all the new rubber estates being planted in North Malaya. He decided to visit Dutch East Indies (Indonesia) in 1901 where he smuggled back a few dozen rubber seeds. He kept them in wet cotton wool and covered them with newspaper in four boxes aboard his private steamship, and hurried back to Siam.