Nightclub owners reminded to close tonight
PHUKET TOWN: The chief of police in Muang District, Pol Col Paween Pongsirin, yesterday chaired a meeting attended by 75 owners of entertainment venues, at which he reminded them that no one may sell alcohol today, HM The King’s Birthday, and that the only evening venues that may open are restaurants. Col Paween, the Superintendent of the Phuket Town Police Station, where the meeting was held, added, “I would remind you to close your bars, because I don’t want to catch or arrest you. Every entertainment venue owner must understand and obey the law.” He also briefed the entertainment venue owners – 65 from Phuket town and 10 from Chalong – on the continuing government campaign to clean up the entertainment business in Thailand. He said that many children in Thailand are out of control and it may be that they are “irretrievable”. This situation, he explained, was what led to the government introducing its Better Social Order policy. “The most important thing for entertainment venues is to be on the look-out for criminals and gangsters, because they may use entertainment venues for such activities as selling drugs, gambling, and coercing women into sexual intercourse.” Also, he added, “Please get your customers to park their vehicles in the right places. “We ask everybody to cooperate. If you know of, or see signs of illegal behavior, please call police immediately.”
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