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    Where did they all go????

    By Chris-TH, Created on: 27/05/2009, Last updated on: 10/07/2009

    » Nope, this is not about missing persons from various protests over the years, but rather Court cases. Here is a tiny list: 1. The 2-3 digit lottery case with about 50 people involved 2. The donation case to the Dem party 3. The airport case (PAD) 4. The GH case (PAD) 5. The civilian damage cases...

    • Chris-TH commented : Well, judging from the news today some of the missing cases are emerging: We have an EC case against Suthep, the Thaksin assets case, and the PAD case(s). What wonders me a bit about the PAD case(s) is that the PAD lawyer has requested the police to interview more people. I thought that witnesses were presented in court and no to the institution that are about to press charges.

    • SARDINES commented : [quote="Chris-TH":sqx97mmm]Well, judging from the news today some of the missing cases are emerging: [color=#FF0000:sqx97mmm][b:sqx97mmm]We have an EC case against Suthep,[/b:sqx97mmm][/color:sqx97mmm] the Thaksin assets case, and the PAD case(s). What wonders me a bit about the PAD case(s) is that the PAD lawyer has requested the police to interview more people. I thought that witnesses were presented in court and no to the institution that are about to press charges.[/quote:sqx97mmm] The most that can happen to Suthep is that he will have to step down and perhaps be disqualified from politics for a number of years if found guilty. (which if things have gone the direction that they have, he might be let off... but let's see). However, since this is a local election for a local post, even if found guilty there will no need to be a party disolution. SARDINES

    • 36 replies, 186,731 views

    Domestic / cross cultural issues - Thai / Foreigner concerns

    Land purchase through Thai spouse forbidden: Land Dept

    By Suttisan, Created on: 28/05/2009, Last updated on: 02/10/2016

    » -- Land purchase through Thai spouse forbidden: Land Dept The director general of the Land Department has reiterated that foreigners using Thai nominees to buy land anywhere in the country will have their land title deeds revoked if caught – even if the nominee in question is a lawfully wedded...

    • charlie commented : Expats, welcome to Phuket Between the seizure of land and houses belonging to foreign and public flagrant denunciation according to Phuket Gazette articles, we will have to be more clever to survive in Thailand because witch-hunting game is open by these times of lean incomes. The expats who have put their shares of ownership of houses, lands, boats or companies in Thailand in the names of their Thai spouses, Thai nominees or Thai partners (lawyers, accounting offices, friends, etc ...) will have a lot of concern if the Thai administration decides to strengthen the existing laws in favor of Thai people following complaints from unscrupulous Thai opportunist investors who would like to acquire those foreign assets without too much effort. In Thailand, it looks like cheating and dispossessing defenseless expats before the law, is not considered as a sin by most Thais and it may become a national sport in a near future. A concerned expat.

    • villager commented : [quote="propaganda":37drrmnz][quote="charlie":37drrmnz] Welcome to Phuket In Thailand, it looks like cheating and dispossessing defenseless expats before the law, is not considered as a sin by most Thais and it may become a national sport in a near future.[/quote:37drrmnz][/quote:37drrmnz] The tsunami on Dec 26th 2004 was the day dispossessing defenceless Expats became the national sport. Total lawlessness replaced what had been, up to then, a reasonably controlled situation. The chaos created by the "Wave" and the immediate reduction in tourist numbers meant that all tourists (and Expats choosing to stay there) became fair game for Thais (including the police) living in lean times. Nothing has changed since then, in fact it has gotten worse. Phuket today is a very dangerous place. [/ What beat,s me is with all the bad publicity Phuket has had over the last month or two ,is just why should any one in possession of their marbles, should want to live, holiday ,or run a business there!!.

    • TexasSlim commented : So let's see if I got this right: Last trip down to Australia I sold up many things and brought the money back to Thailand. My plan is to use this money to pay for a house for my Thai wife and myself to live in later this year after we get legally married. As I am the one providing the money for the purchase of the house/property then we are breaking Thai law and if the authorities find out that I provided the money then they can confiscate the property deeds. Is this the situation?

    • 186 replies, 1,555,754 views

    Getting married / divorced in Thailand - what's required

    I am getting married

    By JensThai, Created on: 29/05/2009, Last updated on: 26/07/2009

    » I have been living in Thailand for more than 6 years and i am 38 years old. I read, write, speak and understand thai and Isan. I have checked my gf and she never been merried and have no children. She never worked in any kind of bar enviroment. I have a company where i have some land and 4 houses....

    • sulasno commented : Congrats 50000 baht and 5 baht gold seems reasonable for sin sot .............................

    • Sean Moran commented : [quote="propaganda":32ibuzpa][quote="JensThai":32ibuzpa]I have been living in Thailand for more than 6 years and i am 38 years old.......... When i am getting married i have to pay 50,000 baht and 5 baht gold. My thai friends says that is normal price to pay in sin sod. So now i am in a situation many farangs have faced. I can not see any danger in getting married.... WHAT AM I MISSING?????[/quote:32ibuzpa] Quite A Lot My Thai wife says you're getting a wife too cheap - there's got to be a catch. My advice is Wait till the baht crashes and the exchange rate is better and then wait again till you're about 58. [/quote:32ibuzpa] Don't tell me! Then after the marriage catch the train to Malaysia, right Papa? People have been getting married since long before money was invented so don't get caught up in the fundamentals. Just open a Swiss bank account and don't let anyone know how rich you really are and everything should turn out hunky-dory. My birthday on the 28th too, two days before the wedding. If I get a new toaster for Christmas or birthday I'll send you another wedding present

    • 45 replies, 1,694,223 views

    Domestic / cross cultural issues - Thai / Foreigner concerns

    Real Estate Ownership & Long Term Visas

    By Rochester, NY, Created on: 29/12/2008, Last updated on: 18/06/2009

    » My first introduction to Thailand was long ago. I've been married to my Thai wife 37 yrs. She visits family every 4-5 years. I recently returned for the first time and spent October visiting with family and old friends. I'm approaching that age when retirement is likely around the corner. The...

    • charlie commented : Sawasdee Khrap, Between the seizure of land and houses belonging to foreign and public flagrant anonymous denunciation according to Phuket Gazette articles, we will have to be more clever to survive in Thailand because witch-hunting game is open by these times of dramatic lean incomes. The expats who have put their shares of ownership of houses, lands, boats or companies in Thailand in the names of their Thai spouses, Thai nominees or Thai partners (lawyers, accounting offices, friends, etc ...) will have a lot of concern if the Thai administration decides to strengthen the existing Thai laws in favor of Thai people following complaints from unscrupulous Thai opportunist investors who would like to acquire those foreign assets without too much effort. In Thailand, it looks like cheating and dispossessing defenseless expats before the law, is not considered as a sin by most Thais and it may become a national sport in a near future. A concerned married expat -------------------------------------------------------------------- Wednesday, May 27, 2009 Land purchase through Thai spouse forbidden: Land Dept PHUKET CITY: The director general of the Land Department has reiterated that foreigners using Thai nominees to buy land anywhere in the country will have their land title deeds revoked if caught – even if the nominee in question is a lawfully wedded spouse. Land Department Director Anuwat Meteewiboonwut made the comments during a recent stop in Phuket as part of a nationwide inspection tour of 30 provinces. The tour is aimed at improving public services by land officials in three areas: dress, conduct when dealing with the public and working harder to eliminate a backlog of work. Many members of the public have complained that it takes up to a year to complete a transaction that should only take one day, he said. Mr Anuwat, a former governor of both Phang Nga and Samut Prakan provinces, said he was satisfied on the first two points, but rated the general level of success among land officials nationwide at speeding up their work rate at “only 30%”. The next round of inspection tours will come in July, after which time personnel changes will be considered if service does not improve, he said. “We have to keep pressure on them, otherwise the work will not get done,” he said. As for foreigners seeking to buy homes in Phuket, they can do so through the Condominium Act, which allows foreign ownership of up to 49% of any project, he said. Foreigners cannot use a Thai spouse as a nominee to buy property in Thailand, however. “If the Thai spouse has enough money to buy the house that is fine, but if the Thai has no money and uses money given to him or her by a foreigner to acquire property, that is against the law. If we check and find out later that a Thai person has been using money from a foreigner to buy land anywhere in Thailand, we will revoke title deeds,” he said. Mr Anuwat said the provisions of [Ministry of Interior] ministerial order 43 makes it difficult to issue land documents quickly, as it requires action from a number of different agencies. Desire for land on the island has also led to encroachment problems here, he said. As a key market for property companies, Phuket is a constant source of problems and complaints to the director general’s office, he admitted. “We will try to resolve these problems and develop our personnel continuously in order to provide high quality services. Fortunately the governor of Phuket used to work in the Land Department, so he understands the procedures and can help co-ordinate all the agencies involved,” he said. Mr Anuwat was speaking of Phuket Governor Wichai Phraisa-ngop, who served as Land Office director in Nakhon Pathom in 1997 and as deputy director of the Land Department nationwide in 2003. ---------------------------------------------------------------

    • stilljustbrowsing commented : I think if one wants to look at "land ownership" in Thailand, look at what the CPS owns first. All any (or most) countries have to do is declare a "state of war" against another country. If that happens, any land "owned" by the foreigners in question can be reclaimed by that country. What is it with "the most intelligent" animal on this planet that "we" demand ownership, subservience, respect (LOLOLOLOL) and dignity, when many have no respect for anything else but themselves? We are killing ourselves. How many animals need pre and post natal care? Why can we (mostly) only drink treated water and prepared food? OK, rant over. BTW, who instigated the visa system? (other than those who saw a way to make easy money) Don't tell me Barclays, that's not funny, well, not for those that are paying 150bht. for a withdrawall. I mean, if I had to pay like that for a withdrawall, I would have announced myself as celebate.

    • Ian commented : [quote="stilljustbrowsing":1cq3ckyl]I think if one wants to look at "land ownership" in Thailand, look at what the CPS owns first. All any (or most) countries have to do is declare a "state of war" against another country. If that happens, any land "owned" by the foreigners in question can be reclaimed by that country. What is it with "the most intelligent" animal on this planet that "we" demand ownership, subservience, respect (LOLOLOLOL) and dignity, when many have no respect for anything else but themselves? We are killing ourselves. How many animals need pre and post natal care? Why can we (mostly) only drink treated water and prepared food? OK, rant over. BTW, who instigated the visa system? (other than those who saw a way to make easy money) Don't tell me Barclays, that's not funny, well, not for those that are paying 150bht. for a withdrawall. I mean, if I had to pay like that for a withdrawall, I would have announced myself as celebate. [/quote:1cq3ckyl] Visas were introduced originally after WW2 and during the Cold War it was to regulate travel between the Western block and the USSR. Soon most countries realised visas were a licence to tax tourists and they all joined in the racket. I think Thailand is the first country to dream up charging a rentry fee on top of the visa fee, does any other country do this?

    • 8 replies, 9,751 views

    Getting married / divorced in Thailand - what's required

    How will you ever know?

    By Anonymous, Created on: 08/08/2007, Last updated on: 02/08/2009

    » How will you know if your marriage to your beautiful Thai wife is for real or a marriage of convenience? From my little experience of just divorcing my wicked charlatan Thai wife as all she wanted was an ILR (UK visa) and divorce money. I am questioning how many men on the planet are/have also been...

    • JensThai commented : Before you get deebly involved with a thai girl you have check if she is merried with a thai man. Most girls over the age of 20 has signed a contract already(tambien som rot) You can check at the Ampur where she is registrated. A copy of her id card will help you in this case. In case she has got a contract with a thai man DROP her. The best you can do is to find a girl with no parents, no brothers and sisters and if she never been merried before and with no children you have a chance. Otherwise you will be their ATM for the rest of your relationship with her......Love in Thailand only exist between mother and daugther.....Good luck

    • Ian commented : [quote="propaganda":wk39kndr][quote="JensThai":wk39kndr]Before you get deebly involved with a thai girl you have check if she is merried with a thai man. Most girls over the age of 20 has signed a contract already(tambien som rot) You can check at the Ampur where she is registrated. A copy of her id card will help you in this case. In case she has got a contract with a thai man DROP her. The best you can do is to find a girl with no parents, no brothers and sisters and if she never been merried before and with no children you have a chance. Otherwise you will be their ATM for the rest of your relationship with her......Love in Thailand only exist between mother and daugther.....Good luck[/quote:wk39kndr] Here's a little known fact and a well kept secret. There is a laser machine at all entry points into Thailand that etches ATM onto every farang's forehead as he passes through. You cannot see it when you look in a mirror and no farang can see it on another farang. However ALL Thai women can see this etching quite clearly. [/quote:wk39kndr] Since they started charging 150 Baht I no longer use ATM's I go straight to the cow's teat when I want money now (the bank).

    • 43 replies, 91,143 views

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