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Five MPs claim land ownership based on flimsy proof

By The Nation

 

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Pareena Kraikup

 

If it’s true that Ratchaburi MP Pareena Kraikup of the Phalang Pracharath Party cannot verify legal ownership a substantial amount of land in her province, she appears to be far from alone among elected politicians.

 

Former member of the dissolved Thai Raksa Chart Party Ruangkrai Leekitwattana has asked the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to investigate the legality of Pareena owning 1,700 rai, insisting that her claim cannot be validated with a Por Bor Tor 5 document indicating property-tax payments.

 

Ruangkrai suggested that Pareena may be trespassing on national forestland.

 

The matter has fuelled public debate over which state agencies should be determining the legitimacy of such land claims.

 

A 1998 Cabinet resolution allows forest dwellers to remain if they can prove they lived there prior to the area being designated a protected zone and that their continued presence poses no threat to the ecosystem.

 

Por Bor Tor 5 is essentially a receipt given to anyone who pays tax on land at a local administration office, but it has been widely used as proof of residency and ownership, especially in forestlands, where the facts are difficult to verify.

 

The NCAA last May released the lists of personal assets declared, as legally required, by victors in the March election who had just been sworn in as MPs. The lists showed five MPs registering land ownership based on the problematic Por Bor Tor 5.

 

Pareena reported 76 parcels of land in Ratchaburi with an estimated valued of Bt20.068 million, of which Por Bor Tor 5 were used as proof of ownership for 57 plots in Jombeung district, a combined area of 1,700 rai. She did not specify dates of acquisition.

 

NCAA officials will examine the properties on November 29 looking for possible discrepancies in her claims.

 

Pareena reported Bt169.66 million in assets and Bt29.73 million in debt.

 

Her fellow Phalang Pracharath MP Pol Col Waipoj Arpornrat reported 13 properties, one of which – in Kamphaeng Phet’s Pangsilathong district, acquired in 2001 – carried Por Bor Tor 5 as proof of ownership. He gave its value as Bt100,000 while reporting, with his spouse, Bt19.52 million in assets and Bt7.42 million in debt.

 

Bhumjaithai Party MP Saritpong Kiewkong listed 24 parcels in Krabi together valued at Bt101.7 million, with ownership of two – 100 rai and Bt8.2 million each – based on Por Bor Tor 5.

Saritpong and his spouse reported Bt164.75 million in assets and Bt1.08 million in debt.

 

Bangkok MP Chotipipat Techasoponmanee of the Future Forward Party based his claim to one of three properties on Por Bor Tor 5. Acquired in 1998, it’s in Chaiyaphum province and covers more than 10 rai with an estimated value of Bt600,000.

 

Chotipipat reported Bt22.53 million in assets and Bt7.2 million in debt.

 

Chonburi MP Sarawut Nuengchamnong, also of Phalang Pracharath, has two properties in Chanthaburi and Rayong backed by Por Bor Tor 5. Both were acquired in 2002 and were valued at Bt40 million and Bt30 million, respectively.

 

Sarawut and his spouse reported assets of Bt323.34 million and debts totalling Bt573,503.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30378551

 

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 A Headache turning into a migraine trying to sort out genuine claims,

how quickly documents can be written stating the fact of tor bor 5 is exactly why any sane educated person would steer clear of this type of title, once again its about who you know, and how much you are prepared to pay, or what role you do. 

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The asset to debt ratio would give cause to eyebrows in some of the cases listed.

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2 hours ago, billd766 said:

What colour?

Any colour you want!

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all the MP's in this country are millionaires or became because of SCAM & SCUM like this

 

how or why does one person even need 1700 rai of land

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17 hours ago, mark131v said:

Any colour you want!

I hear that there will be a surplus of army green paint when the army gets downsized.

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They are millionaires before becoming politicians or afterwards? Either way, seems to me the poor Thais are being screwed royally. And they still vote for these people.....

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9 hours ago, Scott Tracy said:

They are millionaires before becoming politicians or afterwards? Either way, seems to me the poor Thais are being screwed royally. And they still vote for these people.....

They tried to vote for the other corrupt bunch,  the ones that don't wear uniforms. 

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