Cabinet approved to withdraw proposal of foreign land ownership

Thailand –

The Thai cabinet has approved to withdraw the proposal of foreign land ownership for further study and public opinions in the future.

Our previous story:

The Minister of the Interior says a proposal for foreigner land sales is ready to be cancelled if the Thai people don’t agree.

Thai media says the Cabinet might reportedly consider rescinding the Interior Ministry’s foreign land ownership proposal that will allow foreigners who invest 40 million baht per year for three years to own up to 1 rai of land (roughly 0.4 acre) in Thailand.

Now for the update:

Government Spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri said, today (November 8th) after the cabinet meeting that the cabinet has approved to withdraw the proposal of foreign land ownership with options to perhaps bring it back in other forms after study and public opinions in the future.

This comes after weeks of angry public opposition over the idea of allowing foreigners to legally own land even with many requirements and rules. Politicians and activists on all sides of the political spectrum also objected to the plan and several lawsuits had been filed over the proposal.

Meanwhile, western commenters and readers on social media forums were equally upset, saying that Thais could own property in many other countries and some of the politicians voting against the plan had property overseas. These commenters claimed this was hypocritical.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.