Isara Vongkusolkit richest Legislative Assembly member


BANGKOK, Oct 3 — Isara Vongkusolkit, chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce and sugar tycoon, is the richest member of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), according to Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC).

Assembly members are required to report their assets and liabilities to the NACC while holding their posts.

Mr Isara possesses assets of Bt5.2 billion over liabilities while the second wealthiest NLA member is Pilaiwan Sombatsiri, chairwoman of Park Nai Lert Hotel, as her assets exceed liabilities by more than Bt1.3 billion.

Among the richest police and military officer NLA members is assistant police chief Pol Lt Gen Chaktip Chaichinda who stands at the top as he has assets of more than 960 million baht over liabilities.

Former navy chief Adm Kamthorn Phumhiran came second with assets amounting to more than Bt800 million and Lt Gen Preecha Chan-o-cha, a younger brother of Prime Minister Gen Prayut,with more than Bt79 million.

NLA president Pornpetch Wichitcholchai has assets of more than Bt48 million while first vice president Surachai Liengboonlertchai has Bt170 million and second vice president Peerasak Porjit has slightly more than Bt36 million, according to the NACC report.

The report said the poorest NLA member is Somporn Thepsitthar. He is the oldest member and his assets are valued at only Bt160,735.46.

The NACC said that so far 26 cabinet ministers have submitted their asset and liability accounts to the agency while the remaining seven have yet to submit their statements.

It is expected that their asset profiles will be disclosed by October 31.