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Phuket mangrove land corruption probe falters

Phuket mangrove land corruption probe falters

PHUKET: A series of high-profile inspections of land encroachment in Phuket conducted by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has so far yielded no pro-active results, an official report noted yesterday (Aug 10).

By The Phuket News

Thursday 11 August 2022, 10:48AM

The news came at a meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall chaired by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew and joined by Prateep Kongsanit, Assistant Secretary-General of the NACC Region 8 Commission, and NACC Phuket Director Suksan Prasara-ae.

The meeting followed site inspections of three mangrove forest areas on Tuesday specifically under investigation for involving corruption. The sites inspected were in Moo 6, Wichit; in Soi Klangthong 1, Wichit; and in Soi Na Saithong 1, Ratsada.

The inspections of the three areas were part of ongoing investigations into whether the encroachment was facilitated by corrupt officials.

People are still occupying the areas, the meeting was told.

Waste is being dumped and a barbed wire fence has been installed to section off land in the Soi Klangthong mangrove area, and residential buildings have been built in the mangrove forest area in Soi Nah Sai Thong 1, Ratsada, the inspections had confirmed.

However, the meeting yesterday was told no concrete information had been uncovered on which to proceed with corruption charges, said an official report of the meeting.

“At the meeting, no clear conclusions could be drawn, but the Governor of Phuket has ordered all involved agencies to find solutions to problems to maximise benefits for the government and help reduce corruption in areas prone to corruption,” the report said.

The investigations began after the Royal Thai Navy began its own investigation into claims of encroachment into a protected mangrove forest area near Klong Mudong in Wichit in May.

The investigatiosn at that time were led by Capt Pratchai Thongrak, Director of  the ‘Investigation and News Division Administrative Office’ of the National Marine Interest Center at the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) Third Area Command [3AC], based at Cape Panwa.

Capt Pratchai explained at the time that he had been tasked to conduct the investigation by RTN Third Area Commander Vice Admiral Sompong Nakthong, who had received a formal complaint from local villagers of the Makham Khu (‘Twin Tamarind’) community on April 29.

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christysweet | 14 August 2022 - 11:50:59

Should put the Post Office in charge. I made a complaint at 3pm Friday about  my mail being on a fence post 25 meters from my front door and at 5:30  no less than 4 people  arrived to take  pics and apologize profusely  for the new deliverer's mistake - he's the first person in 11 years to adhere to my no trespassing  sign 

DeKaaskopp | 14 August 2022 - 10:35:48

@Kurt   I fully agree with comments from Capricornball/John C, ! Very well written comments . Justified and easy to understand. Not to compare with  the usual gibberish,- garnished with baseless assumptions-, you post all the time. 

Capricornball | 14 August 2022 - 10:28:27

The absence of any level of honesty and integrity in Thai government, and society in general, is astounding. While corruption pervades many 3rd and 4th world countries, there is still some people that stand up and push for what is right. But not here. The average Thai has given up hope for change, and there are few to no influential people that offer their voice for the betterment of society.

megamind | 13 August 2022 - 20:04:01

Welcome to Thailand the land of the corruption probes faltering: what a shame!

Kurt | 13 August 2022 - 16:37:51

I fully agree with comments JohnC and Capricornball. Very true.  Sorry for DEK, he can't  react on me negative now, what is always his fascinated outlook to do with nonsense, derailing, stigmatising attempt.

Capricornball | 13 August 2022 - 00:42:48

So, Khun governor orders all corrupt officials involved in this hotbed of corruption to "help reduce corruption in areas prone to corruption".  My goodness, there simply is no hope for this place. Once again, I feel very sorry for the common Thai that knows they are forever getting the shaft, and that nothing will ever change. Corruption is the life blood of Thai government. No hope.

JohnC | 12 August 2022 - 09:24:23

"...Governer of Phuket has ordered... help reduce corruption in areas prone to corruption..." Is there any department of the Thai government NOT prone to corruption? Let's get real here. Local people take government jobs to further their own interests, NOT to try and do a good job for the people.


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