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China backs ‘grey business’ crackdown

BANGKOK: The Chinese embassy in Bangkok said it will support the Thai government’s efforts to deal with Chinese citizens who are involved in illegal activities in the kingdom.

By Bangkok Post

Friday 3 March 2023, 09:29AM

Police arrest 10 Chinese nationals for allegedly operating a call centre scam and online gambling during a raid on two condo units in Bangkok on Jan 20, 2022. Photo: Bangkok Post

Police arrest 10 Chinese nationals for allegedly operating a call centre scam and online gambling during a raid on two condo units in Bangkok on Jan 20, 2022. Photo: Bangkok Post

China has always required its citizens and companies to strictly abide by the laws and customs of the country where they reside and actively give back to local communities, the Bangkok Post reports the Chinese embassy as saying yesterday (Mar 2).

“We support the Thai side in dealing with the suspected illegal activities of some individual Chinese citizens in Thailand in accordance with the law,” it said.

“The law enforcement agencies of China and Thailand have cooperated closely in combating cross-border crimes, such as online gambling and fraud. It should be made clear that the suspected illegal acts are only committed by a small number of individuals and by no means represent all Chinese citizens and enterprises in Thailand.”

The police and Interior Ministry have been cracking down on illegal associations that are suspected to be fronts for illicit Chinese businesses nationwide after a whistleblower brought them to the public’s attention.

Former massage parlour tycoon and politician Chuvit Kamolvisit has been urging the police to take action against Chinese gangs and illegal associations in the country, supplying investigators with evidence to back his claims.

One of the first major “grey business” operations exposed by Mr Chuvit was said to be headed by Chaiyanat “Tuhao” Kornchayanant, a Chinese national who also holds Thai citizenship.

Mr Chaiyanat has been in custody since Nov 23, when he turned himself over to deputy national police chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn. He was wanted for colluding in the illicit drug trade and illegally possessing a psychotropic substance with the intent to sell.

Meanwhile, Mr Chuvit yesterday appeared at the Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) after learning Santhana Prayoonrat, an ex-policeman, was about to petition MPB chief Pol Lt Gen Thiti Saengsawang to speed up investigations into drug abuse and other violations at Mr Chuvit’s hotel. A confrontation broke out when they met.

Earlier, they had a war of words outside Mr Chuvit’s hotel and Thong Lor police station.

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Kurt | 05 March 2023 - 09:05:11

@GerryT81, thx to you learning a new word. Aha, you noticed the poor individual who is a addicted correction nikpicker.  :-)

GerryT81 | 04 March 2023 - 15:36:51

" Chuvit, not Chuwit"   Please Kurt, don't be a nitpicker ! Or you want to become a corrector same as a certain poor individual on here who keeps searching the articles and the comment section for typos in order to have something to say ? 

Kurt | 04 March 2023 - 09:14:17

And Jor12 should not compare a foreigner with a rich, powerful, influential mr Chuvit. ( not Chuwit, Jor12) A foreigner is nothing, has no influence here. Is just a money plaything in LOS. Live your life in peace, don't bother others, and be happy.  Just express in social media what is wrong/ could be done better in 2023.

Kurt | 04 March 2023 - 08:59:25

Official reporting? To who? RTP/Imm. are the problem, not the solution. They are able to check their computers/the paperwork we produce year in/year out, to see or people are correct in their doings.  Without promoting to people to become a snitch.  What defamatory? The B5000 extortion try at Chalong underpass? The difference in fines given to Thai/Foreigners at Chalong circle?

Jor12 | 04 March 2023 - 04:11:13

Kurt if it doesn't bother you, why write about it here? As was rightly pointed out official reporting, rather than defamatory remarks is the proper way to go. Chuwit  is a goo example.

Kurt | 04 March 2023 - 01:06:51

There is no need for me to address other than here. 1: RTP and Immigration are involved/do know about it. 2:  'Job stealing', as they call it, doesn't harm me. It's RTP and Immigration work. See myself not meeting Officers  who perhaps are involved in this 'grey business', or that one who tried to extort B5000 at a underpass passage. Oh, be sure with keyboards a lot get arc...

Pooliekev | 03 March 2023 - 12:55:09

@Kurt. You would be better off addressing  Immigration and the Phuket police personally rather than bravely being a keyboard warrior, where nothing is achieved. If you feel so strongly, get something done, or are you frightened?

Kurt | 03 March 2023 - 11:42:32

In my neigborhood I know 4 foreigners, to young for a retirement visa, already 2, 3 years on a student visa ( they don't study!), work here illegal. Hello Immigration? One of the foreigners has a that girlfriend, her brother is a higher ranking RTP officer.  Hello Phuket Police Force? Is it possible this happens much more around us, stealing Thai jobs with help of Immigration/RTP? For ...?

JohnC | 03 March 2023 - 09:50:21

Why not ask the Russian embassy the same thing about their citizens involved in many illegal activities here?


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