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    New attack on nominee loopholes

    Published on 05/09/2013

    » The office of the Ombudsman is seeking new legislation to prevent foreigners illegally owning land via Thai nominees. Under the proposed legislation, foreigners would face long terms of imprisonment or fines up to two million baht for trying to hide their purchase of land. Those found holding Thai papers illegally might be allowed up to a year to transfer the plots to legitimate entities. The current loopholes are said to be mainly setting up registered companies with a 51:49 Thai-foreign ownership or by marrying a Thai. There is a suspicion that many plots of land are illegally owned by Thais in mainland Thailand and on the islands of Phuket and Koh Samui. At the moment land ownership deals are not public information, leading to suspicious transactions by Thais and foreigners alike. Critics say that there is no reason for new laws. What’s needed is strict enforcement of existing legislation including the anti-money laundering rules and the notoriously lax tax laws on property transactions.

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    Compulsory insurance for expats and tourists?

    Published on 18/04/2013

    » The government is considering forcing foreigners to buy health insurance before traveling to Thailand.

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    Rawai soi turned into garbage dump

    Published on 18/04/2013

    » Canadian expat Andy Greenlay, 71, has been picking up garbage around where he lives in Rawai for 30 years, but the garbage problem has become so bad now that he cannot keep up with it.

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    Green Corp gears up for AEC

    Phitsanu Thepthong, Published on 16/07/2012

    » Thanks to Thailand’s prime location offering access to many ASEAN countries, the government’s plans to develop transportation routes to neighboring Laos and Cambodia will be a successful scheme, said Somchai Tongkamkhun, the Managing Director of the large bus service Green Corp.

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    Demand made for bus decency

    Published on 24/07/2012

    » PHUKET: A professor at the Phuket Vocational College has unwittingly become the figurehead for inter-provincial public bus decency after making a complaint over what she deemed as the screening of ‘inappropriate’ movies.

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