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Former finance minister proposes legalisation of gambling




PHOTO: Thai Tabloid

With Covid-19 cases linked to some illegal gambling dens, causing a headache for health officials trying to track down elusive gamblers to contain the virus, the former Finance Minister floated the idea to legalise gambling.

The former Finance Minister and current leader of the Kla Party, Korn Chaitkavanich, claims legalising gambling will help contain the spread of Covid-19. He also hinted that it will gain more tax revenue. If it’s legalised, gamblers will spend their money in legal casinos that pay taxes, drawing in more money the government can use for public improvements, he says.

The Royal Thai Police spokesperson insists police are pursuing legal action against owners of the illegal gambling dens. Interior Minister Anuphong Paojinda has also told provincial governors to suppress illegal gambling dens and take responsibility if more gambling dens are found.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    Graham White

    Friday, January 15, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    The boys in brown will not like that idea one bit. They’ve lost a lot of income from bars closing, no road checkpoints, no tourist scams and a crackdown on immigrant smuggling. What are they going to live off?

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      Friday, January 15, 2021 at 8:09 pm

      Are you people obsessed with corruption or what? Change the record for Gods sake. Extremely boring.

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        preesy chepuce

        Friday, January 15, 2021 at 10:53 pm

        Yes, corruption is fascinating.

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      Friday, January 15, 2021 at 8:49 pm


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    Jazzy B

    Friday, January 15, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    I bet that won’t happen.

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    Roger C

    Friday, January 15, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    10 to 1 his proposal fails.

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    preesy chepuce

    Friday, January 15, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    He appears to be saying they were this big”, and I’m convinced. I’ve been to Poipet.

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    Friday, January 15, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    Do you want to be like Singapore or Thailand? Singapore legalizes stuff they know will happen regardless and tries to fence it off and control it with practical approaches. Stuff they will not tolerate gets stiff punishment like the death penalty for drugs.

    Becoming a Singapore is not overnight and takes a generation or two of consistent hard work and the right decisions. This proposal is a start.

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    James Pate

    Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 4:54 am

    Good luck with that. Too many “influential people” own casinos both in and just outside Thailand. They will not go quietly. Mr. Korn is a smart guy and he knows this. He’s just trying to keep himself in the news and relevant.

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