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Secret Phuket Probe Aims to Curb Phuket Corruption, Says Governor

Secret Phuket Probe Aims to Curb Phuket Corruption, Says Governor

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
PHUKET: Anti-corruption authorities have been visiting Phuket for months in secret and authorities are now considering a ''Phuket model'' to end concerns about corruption, Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradachda said yesterday.

Local authorities complicit in corruption and encroachment were likely to be prosecuted, along with those who benefitted from the illegal deals, Governor Tri said.

The Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission had been secretly gathering information on Phuket for six or seven months, the governor said.

On Friday the commission announced an investigation - with the cooperation of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Department of Special Investigation - into suspicious property deals on Phuket's hillsides and shorefronts.

More are expected to follow, Governor Tri said.

''It's not possible for investors to be certain about their purchases unless they can be 100 percent certain of the legitimacy of the property,'' he said. ''On Phuket, local authorities have aided and abetted wrong-doing.''

Governor Tri said the hope was that by exposing the corruption and the misdeeds of the officals and their benefactors, a ''Phuket model'' could be established that could be used in other provinces.

Most of the breaches being investigated are so far in the Patong and Kamala regions where property prices have soared since 2004, leading to ''flying'' land titles of forest land being legitimised.

Hundreds of rai and billions of baht are involved, the Phuket investigators said last week.

Every property developed this decade above the Phuket 80-metre limit is expected to be double-checked.


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Ask the Ombudsman, he knows who are the owners.

Posted by Sherlock on March 13, 2012 12:13


It is about time.

Posted by PhuketExpat on March 13, 2012 15:32


Let he, who is without sin, cast the first stone.

Looks like a pile of untouched stones to me.

That's the real problem with corruption, once one person does it everyone else feels entitled. In the end you have a totally corrupted society and that's what we have in Thailand today.

They all know how to fix it but it's finding the one person who can actually cast the first stone.

We can but hope!

Posted by Graham on March 13, 2012 16:16


Stop talking about land only. There are many more problems on Phuket which can and must be dealt with if the island is to shed its reputation as to being the most corrupt province in Thailand.

Posted by tamsin on March 14, 2012 10:33

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