𝐃𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐈𝐧𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐁𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐭 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐮𝐦𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐓𝐚𝐧𝐣𝐮𝐧𝐠 𝐁𝐮𝐧𝐠𝐚𝐡 𝐬𝐢𝐭 𝐨𝐧 𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐟𝐫𝐚𝐮𝐝?
𝑊ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑎 𝑇ℎ𝑎𝑖 𝑛𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑝𝑙𝑒'𝑠 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑛𝑠𝑒 𝑙𝑜𝑣𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑃𝑒𝑛𝑎𝑛𝑔 𝑒𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑑 𝑢𝑝 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑡 𝑏𝑎𝑡𝑡𝑙𝑒𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑙𝑎𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑒𝑒 𝑔𝑒𝑛𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠.
Some sixty years ago, Boonsom Boonyanit and her husband, a Thai of Chinese origin named Sie Guan Tjang @ Sie Hang Bok, fell in love with Penang, so much so that Sie bought two pieces of beachfront land in Tanjung Bungah to build their retirement home. In 1967, Sie transferred these lands to his wife through a memorandum of transfer.
Boonsom Boonyanit and her husband, Sie Guan Tjang @ Sie Hang Bok. Photo taken in the 1990s nearby their land. Photo Credit: Justice for Boonsom Boonyanit vs. Adorna Properties
In 1989, Boonsom Boonyanit's eldest son came across an advertisement placed by a Penang law firm while browsing "Thairat," a Thai newspaper. The ad requested anyone interested in two pieces of land — that belong to his mother — to come forward.
The family accountant found out that someone had impersonated Madam Boonsom. Here is how the imposter did it:
Someone who called herself "Sun Yok Eng @ Boonsom Boonyanit" had affirmed a statutory declaration (a declaration you write and affirm to be true in front of a special witness such as a commissioner of oaths) on the 18th of June 1988.
This statutory declaration stated that she was the landowner and that she had lost the original title to it. An interesting point to note is that the passport number that appeared on the declaration was "K/P Thailand No. 000386".
This declaration was then used to obtain a certified-true copy of the land title from the authorities.
"Mrs. Boonsom" then affirmed a second statutory declaration on the 6th of April 1989. An excerpt from the declaration reads as follows, "the names Mrs. Boonsom Boonyanit in my International Passport No. N-033852 and Sun Yok Eng @ Boonsom Boonyanit in the said ACT (land title) in respect of the said property refer to the same and one person, that is Mrs. Boonsom Boonyanit".
The rogue Mrs. Boonsom then used this second declaration to register the land in the name of the purchaser, Adorna Properties.
In 1989, The two pieces of land were sold for RM1.8million without the knowledge of the real Madam Boonsom.
Boonsom lost no time in bringing the matter to court to seek justice — the return of her property. The court battle went on for almost thirty years.
Boonsom Boonyanit. Photo credit: Ask Legal
Madam Boonsom passed away on the 23rd of May 2000 and the legal battles were continued by her sons and grandsons.
(L-R) Piya Sosothikul and Prithep Sosothikul holding a picture of their late grandmother, Madam Boonsom. Photo credit: Ask Legal
In 2018, the Malaysian government reached an amicable settlement with the estate of Boonsom Boonyanit. There is no information available to the public on the exact settlement sum and whether the same has been paid.
The land in Tanjung Bungah.
Newspaper clippings on the case.
Today, the Infinity Beachfront Condominiums stand on what was Madam Boonsom's planned retirement home. Adorna had sold the land to Diamaward (M) Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Hunza Properties Berhad, for RM13,220,000 on the 7th of October 2004.
The perpetrators are still at large.
𝑳𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒑𝒐𝒔𝒕? 𝑯𝒆𝒍𝒑 𝒖𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒑𝒐𝒔𝒕! ❤️🔥
Sources:  https://asklegal.my/.../boonsom-boonyanit-adorna...