MAE HONG SON – The Mae Hong Son authorities plan to nominate a 119-year old man to the Guinness Book of World Records as Thailand’s oldest person. Governor Narumon Palawat said Wednesday Kamu Tongnumchokdee, an ethnic Karen, has accurate documents that show he is 119. Kamu, a widower, who lives in Muang Pam Ville in Pang Mapha, remains active and fishes for food everyday.
Narumon said Kamu was the country’s oldest person and the province would nominate him for the position to the Guinness Book of World Records. Kamu was born on May 8, 1894, has four children, one of whom has passed away, and lives in a simple onestorey house alone with some help from his relatives in the village. Kamu eats a diet of coarse rice and vegetables with chilli dip and fish and is healthy and able to fend for himself.
The governor was speaking after visiting the district, where he gave some money to Kamu and other elderly persons. Two others Karen in the area are also very elderly: Norjordoh Wanapanich is 116 and Normikho Rattanaarayatham is 105.