Tourism minister's wife richest MP to date

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People check lists of assets and liabilities submitted by holders of political posotions and disclosed by the National Anti-Corruption Commission on Jan 19 last year. (Bangkok Post file photo)

Natee Ratchakitprakarn, a suspended Bhumjaithai party-list MP and wife of the tourism minister, is the richest on the list of 414 MPs who have filed asset lists with the anti-graft agency to date, with net worth of 4.5 billion baht.

Mrs Natee reported 4.7 billion baht in assets, 93% of which was investments by her husband Piphat, and liabilities worth 177 million baht. The family owns SET-listed PTG Energy Plc, which operates the PTG refilling station chain.

Early in July, she was given a suspended two-month jail term for false asset disclosure back in 2013. As a result of the ruling, she was disqualified from serving as MP.

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Bhumjaithai MP Natee Ratchakitprakarn (left) at Parliamant on July 3. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

The MP who declared the smallest assets was Pitsanu Poltee (Bhumjaithai, Pathum Thani), who had 5,064 baht in bank deposits and no liabilities. He also told the NACC he was using a car borrowed from a friend.

Of note, Deputy Commerce Minister Weerasak Wangsuphakijkosol, who already resigned as Bhumjaithai party-list MP after becoming a minister, had negative net worth of 11 billion baht. He reported 99.7 million baht in assets, most of which was land, and 11.1-billion-baht liabilities.

Among MPs who were ministers, Industry Minister Suriya Jungrungreangkit (Palang Pracharath, party list) reported 2.2 billion baht, most of which was deposits.

Deputy Agriculture Minister Capt Thamanat Prompow (PPRP, Phayao) and his wife Arissara had 859.3 million baht. Capt Thamanat, best known for his role as the mediator for the coalition, also reported income from lottery sales of 3 million baht a month on average, a 10-million-baht amulet and six others which couldn’t be priced, among others.

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He also filed another list for his custom wife Thanaporn Sriwilas, who had 63.7 million baht, including a 1.2-million-baht 12-carat Miss Thailand diamond crown when she won the title in 2016 and 25 designer handbags.

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Deputy Agriculture Minister Capt Thamanat Prompow of Palang Pracharath (centre) at a briefing after he successfully persuaded nine microparties to stay with the coalition last week. (Photo by Varuth Hirunyatheb)

Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul reported 4.2-billion-baht assets, most of which are investments.

According to the list filed by the Bhumjaithai leader, he owns two private planes and two motor boats. He had 50.2 million baht in liabilities, most of which was divorce obligations — 50 million baht paid in five years, a 5-million-baht Hua Hin condo unit and alimony of 300,000 baht a month for life.

Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob (Bhumjaithai, party list) reported 115.8 million baht, most of which was deposits and land.

Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit (Democrat, party list) and his wife had 39.8 million baht and debts of 8.3 million.

House speaker Chuan Leekpai (Democrat, party list) filed assets worth 8.2 million baht, most of which was deposits, with no debts.

Singha beer heiress Jitpas Kridakorn (Democrat, party list) filed 664.7 million baht in assets, more than half of which was land and buildings.

Watanya Wongopasi (PPRP, party list), whose partner Chai Bunnag is CEO of SET-listed Nation Multimedia Group Plc, reported 511.3 million baht in assets and 82.3 million in debts. 

Opposition leader Sompong Amornvivat (Pheu Thai, Chiang Mai) reported assets worth 195.5 million baht and liabilities of 18.6 million.

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Pheu Thai MP Cholnan Srikaew raises his hand during a vote to choose the prime minister on June 5. (Photo by Patipat Janthong)

Cholnan Srikaew (Pheu Thai, Nan) filed 579.5-million-baht assets and 1.6-million-baht debts while Suthin Klangsaeng (Pheu Thai, Maha Sarakham) reported net worth of 30 million baht.

Karun Hosakul (Pheu Thai, Bangkok) reported net worth 287.7 million baht.

After assuming duty on May 25, 414 MPs had submitted their asset and liability lists to the National Anti-Corruption Commission as of Thursday, 10 have yet to submit them and 76 others asked for an extension.

The last group includes well-known members of the Future Forward Party — leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, who was suspended from duty, secretary-general and list MP Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, spokesperson and list MP Pannika Wanich and list MP Pita Limcharoenrat.

All MPs, including resigned Democrat list MP and former leader Abhisit Vejjajiva, must submit their asset lists by Friday. Mr Abhisit resigned as MP on June 5.

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