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PM Prayut Chan-o-cha to form committee to investigate illegal gambling

Caitlin Ashworth



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PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered the Thai government to form an investigation committee to crackdown on illegal gambling in response to the outbreak at a Rayong gambling venue. The spike in cases linked to illegal activity has caused problems for health officials who have been trying to track down elusive gamblers to contain the spread of the virus.

The prime minister says the investigation committee will consist of officials from Thailand’s Security Department, Department of Special Investigation, the Anti-Money Laundering Office and Narcotics Control Board.

“We can’t deny that most people are still joining gambling, which is illegal in Thailand. This is a matter of the officers who have to cooperate and solve this problem. Wherever is the source of infectious disease, they must be eliminated as quickly as possible.”

The national police chief Suwat Jangyodsuk also recently ordered a crackdown on illegal gambling joints in response to the recent outbreak at the Rayong gambling den.

After officers from Thailand’s Central Investigation Bureau raided a Bangkok gambling den, a Bangkok police chief and 5 senior officers were transferred for alleged negligence of duty. The Metropolitan Police Bureau will investigate to determine whether the officers had any involvement in the illegal gambling operation.

Chon Buri and Rayong police chiefs were also both transferred after reports of Covid-19 cases linked to gambling dens in the provinces.

Under the newly-ordered government investigation, Prayut says they will track down “influential figures” who might be involved in the illegal activities.

“We insist that we will use legal measures to arrest those who are involved and destroy all gambling dens found.”

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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    Jeanluc Alcaina

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 5:43 pm

    What is the name of this stupid guy from the government who mentioned that there was “NO” illegal gambling in Thailand ?????

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    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    What is the name of this stupid guy from the government who mentioned that there was “NO” illegal gambling in Thailand ?????

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      James Pate

      Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 5:52 pm

      Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan.

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    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    Another committee that will do nothing

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    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    Another talk-fest, where people get paid to do nothing.

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    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    Simple answer to all this BS, make gambling legal like most countries. It’s 2021 and if people want or need to gamble so be it!! Draconian laws it’s time to move forward just imagine all the revenue taxes and jobs it will create. It would be a new economy that everyone knows would prosper

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      Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 6:13 pm

      It Ok for the Army to control horse racing and gambling in Bangkok and Chiang Mai though ???
      All a bit of a joke 🙂

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    I bet he does not.
    Here in Cambodia they just spread a mat on the pavement, and gamble with cards.
    Where is the harm. Of course there will be losers, but they all have an equal chance, which is not as the Thailand government lottery offers …

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      Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 8:28 pm

      A mat on the pavement is called fortune telling.

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    Johnny Dee

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    I totally agree with you bigsleazypappa if they only knew what product they could have it’s astronomical when thinking about the product!!

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    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    And you wonder why people are upset? “I’ve done nothing wrong”

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    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 7:20 pm

    Well he wont have to investigate far most of the committee will be involved in gambling and brown envelopes

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    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    watch out you evil illegal gamblers- fearless leader pcoc is on the case-ever vigilant.just as he was with the 50/50 scammers and air polluters a couple weeks ago ?

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    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    Around 25 or so years ago a daughter of a very famous person toured Walking Street accompanied by the top brass. They later announced “There is NO prostitution in Pattaya” I nearly fell of my bar stool laughing. Nothing seems to change here, they powers that be, all seem to have faulty vision

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    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    COVID is hurting the corrupt activities and bringing them out into the open. Illegal migrant workers, prostitution in Myanmar and gambling being the latest activities uncovered.

    When countries make a pleasurable and/or profitable activity illegal there will always be underground activity. In Thailand these illegal activities are protected by graft so will not change. Just a PR exercise.

    BTW, the DPM who said there wasn’t any illegal gambling is the watch guy from a few years ago. Not sure why he came out and made that announcement right after a few gambling dens were uncovered.

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    This is the first time I have had a good look at his medals.
    He has the order of the white elephant, very appropriate, and the the coronation mdeals, automatic it seems for any government person that was alive at the time, and the gallantry in action medal.
    What action?
    I can find no reference on the internet he has ever been in action.
    Anyone know of this action?

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    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 12:21 am

    Rather a big job because he has to investigate also after the cockfigtings

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    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    Gambling dens…Prostitution…bars…all are in the hands of the corrupt officials… Do something about that mister PM.

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    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    Well at least the “dirty falang” are off the hook.
    Now we know it’s “the stupid Thais”.

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    Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    He should form a committee to clear himself of snipering dead that General 8 years ago in front of Central world while giving an interview to a tv news reporter.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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