Deputy Interior Minister admits he was disheartened by allegations he is seeking to take action detrimental to the nation

August 11th, 2008 - 2:11 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Deputy Minister of Interior Prasong Kositanont (ประสงค์ โฆษิตานนท์) clarified rumors that he was preparing to amend laws to allow the purchase of land by foreigners, replacing current regulations allowing only extended leases, saying that although such an idea could be beneficial it must first be thoroughly studied.

Mr. Prasong responded to claims he was working converse to the best interests of the nation, affirming that he would take no action unless a solid conclusion on the matter was made and assured that he would not allow for any detriment to the nation. The deputy minister admitted he was disheartened by the rumors but assured that it would not affect his work. He stated that the matter was not a pressing issue and thus he would not pursue it for the time being, instead he said that the more pressing matter was that of alotting land for the homeless.

The deputy minister stated that the current issue is not tied to events during the administration of deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in which investors from Brunei were allegedly being allowed to purchase national land for agriculture. Mr. Prasong said that he will establish advisors, admitting that he may not yet be knowledgeable enough in the matters of the Interior Ministry. He also said that the former Interior Minister’s work will be carried on through appropriate legal procedures and will not be interfered with.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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