On March 23rd, 2010, Pol.Lt.Col. Prawut Wongsenin, an expert from the Department of Special Investigation, Pol.Lt.Col.Winai Kongkaew, the commander of Ta Chat Chai Police, Sukporn Udomsin, Head of Phuket Provincial Justice Office, and Mai Khao sea gypsies representatives met to discuss a case of sea gypsies residing in Moo.5 Mai khao sub-district who had opposed the ownership transfer of 17 rai of land which is the their cemetery to the Provincial Police Office 8.
Winoon Tulan, the sea gypsies’ representative, said that formerly the mentioned area was 75 rai. It was used as the cemetery for sea gypsies in Phuket and Phang Nga. Later, outside villagers seized the land so there were only 25 rai of cemetery left. In 2004, when the tsunami hit the Andaman Sea, some of the land had been donated to Kosoldharma Foundation to bury tsunami victims.
Then the Treasury Department went over there to survey the land and divided 9 rai of the land to be for the residence of the sea gypsies while the rest of the land was transferred to the ownership of the Provincial Police 8. Winoon said that the land was a restricted area so no one can build there. Pol.Lt.Col. assigned Mai Khao Administrative Organization to prepare the evidence about this case and inform the Provincial Police 8. During this time, nobody can do anything on this piece of land.