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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (24 June 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (24 June 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya
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– Potential changes to property ownership laws for expats in Thailand
The Thai Prime Minister has been in the headlines all weekend after a long visit to the eastern seaboard area. In a press meeting, he revealed that changes are in the offing for expats and non-Thais to be able to invest more in property here in Thailand. We could indeed see changes soon that would allow the percentage of condos sold in foreign names to rise from 49% to 75%, making them more attractive to overseas buyers. However, only the first 49% of buyers would have voting rights on condo management. For other properties, the concept of leaseholds comes into play, with him outlining the concept of a 99-year lease on the land, which could be registered at the land office and, presumably, support sales of the property as an existing leasehold in the future. Currently, the limit is 30 years, which makes the idea less attractive, especially for investment and commercial properties. Reassuring the public that this is not an outright sale of Thai land, he confirmed that the proposals were based on similar regulations in other countries.

– French ‘religious leader’ arrested in Thailand
In Surat Thani province, a vocal religious so-called leader was arrested over the weekend. Despite his appearance and name, Evariste Kudukuho, it was confirmed that he is a French national after his passport was checked, revealing he had overstayed his visa by three months. This came after locals complained that he set himself up outside a mosque and spent his days enticing foreigners to attend services there. He self-identified as a religious leader and had allegedly overstayed his visa by three months in the popular tourist destination.

– Brit found lifeless with white powder in Thai hotel room
On Phuket, police report that a 48-year-old British man was found beyond recovery in a hotel room. Alongside his bed were several possessions of interest, including an amount of white powder which will be analyzed. He was sent for autopsy and the embassy informed. CCTV tapes showed that he always entered and left his room on his own without visitors.

– Vietnamese man arrested in Bangkok for collecting protected birds
In the capital, a Vietnamese man was caught after neighbors reported his odd behavior. It turns out that the 36-year-old was collecting protected birds for illegal export. Fifty-eight were seized in his rented home. He was charged with possessing protected wild animals under the Wildlife Preservation and Protection Act. All were removed for veterinary checks and, hopefully, release.

– Minivan passengers hospitalised after body shop mishap
A minivan owner who had bodywork and paint repaired on his vehicle is lucky to be alive, as are his nine passengers in Buriram, after most passed out during the journey. It seems the body shop blocked off the air intake with masking tape and paper during their work and forgot to remove it. In addition to a lack of fresh air, all were breathing in the remnants of paint fumes. The driver had pulled into a service area after many complained of feeling ill. Emergency services were called, and all were sent to a local hospital.

– Pattaya International Pride Festival 2024 draws massive crowds
Pattaya City hosted the Pattaya International Pride Festival 2024, themed “Pride for All,” over the weekend, seeing the frontage area overwhelmed with people and traffic jammed in many places. Such was the popularity of the annual event that this year saw the PM, here for other reasons too, attending the opening ceremony at Central Pattaya shopping mall before the parade, which was followed by live music from some of Thailand’s favorite artists.

– Thai PM plans Formula One Grand Prix locations in Pattaya 
Meanwhile, at home, PM Tavisin has, as mentioned before, been in the eastern economic corridor this weekend and visited three potential sites for the planned Thai Formula One Grand Prix. The favorite, we are told, is the area close to U-Tapao Airport, but other potential locations include, bizarrely, Na Jomtien along with land close to the Laem Chabang port. With other locations in the capital also in the running, it is hoped that a decision will be made soon, leading to motor racing attracting the cream of the crop for Thai competitions. Of all the areas, with the mass of land easily available combined with instant access to air travel, U-Tapao is, of course, the prime candidate.

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