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The bright lights may be encroaching on Phuket's Big Buddha Hill

Phuket Corruption Busters Target Illegal Phuket Property Deals on Hills, Beaches

Friday, March 9, 2012
PHUKET: An anti-corruption investigation is expected to be announced today into land on Big Buddha Hill claimed by, among other people, a former vice governor of Phuket and the daughter of a former Interior Minister.

The Office of the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission is expected to list the investigations - along with specific action targetting illegal buildings that are too close to Phuket's beaches, where investors have broken the law.

Suspicious property titles are likely to be scrutinised in Phuket and Phang Nga, particularly in Kathu (which includes Patong) and Kamala, Phuketwan has learned.

The anti-corruption investigation team is to join with the Department of Natural Resources and Environment to pursue falsified property and real estate documents and people who have encroached on land in public forests and erected buildings above Phuket's unique 80-metre height limit.

Beachside land and Nakkerd Hill, topped by Phuket's Big Buddha, are to be looked at closely. As much as 45 rai on the hill is claimed by former Phuket officials or their relatives.

The joint investigations are to be conducted by the Secretary of the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission, Colonel Dusadi Arayawut, and the Permanent Secretary of the Natural Resources and Environment Department, Chote Trachoo.

Both men were on Phuket today and preparing to make a major media statement.

The investigation comes with a visit to Phuket by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her Cabinet just 10 days away.

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Looks like the untouchables are going to be touched. Good news for Phuket as a whole. I say bring them all to book and demolish the buildings that are spoiling Phuket. Pity here the police could not do their work. Yes Bangkok we need action, now not later. Good work Secretary of the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission, Colonel Dusadi Arayawut, and the Permanent Secretary of the Natural Resources and Environment Department, Chote Trachoo.

Posted by Dun on March 9, 2012 09:07

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Dun, they are only investigating it right now. Don't assume they they will actually found guilty.
Although, I would love it if they actually did what they say they would do, and stop the illegal building and remove ALL illegal buildings.

Posted by Tbs on March 9, 2012 09:19

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Well, they did actually demolish a couple of illegal resorts in Khao Yai NP so perhaps there's hope for Phuket too.

Successful or not, it's great to see that BKK IS getting increasingly involved and interested in what goes on in Phuket.

I suspect that many officials in BKK don't even know what goes on here so the media is pivotal in raising awareness.

Posted by Steve C. on March 9, 2012 10:18


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