The accusation came in a round-robin to officials, sparking a visit yesterday by Tourism Minister Somsak Pureesrisak, officers from the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) and others.
Mr Prab, son of Patong’s currently suspended Mayor Pian Keesin, said, “This resort opened in 1985. My land and the resort are still the same.
“But the sea has changed. The [2004 Asian] Tsunami happened. The concrete wall [at the beach end of the resort] was built to prevent erosion by the sea. I did not build it to expand the land, but to ensure the resort is not ruined.
“If the resort were to collapse, guests would get hurt. Who is going to be responsible for this damage? I am ready for an investigation at any time. If the construction does extend onto public land, or if I’ve done anything wrong, just let me know. I am happy to follow the rules.
“But if the officials want to investigate this matter, they should check every building that is close to the beach, not just mine.
“Whenever I build anything, I always have the good of the public in mind. I can confirm that the concrete wall was built only as protection from natural calamity.”