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Divisive casino scheme put up for reconsideration

Divisive casino scheme put up for reconsideration

BANGKOK: A controversial proposal to set up a casino-entertainment complex has once again caught the government’s attention after the House of Representatives this week decided to study the issue.


By Bangkok Post

Saturday 4 December 2021, 09:45AM


Wissanu: Worried about restrictions

Wissanu: Worried about restrictions

MPs voted 310 to nine on Thursday (Dec 3) in favour of setting up an extraordinary committee to look into the proposal to open an entertainment complex with a casino to attract foreign visitors and bring additional revenue into the country, reports the Bangkok Post.

The 60-member committee will comprise 15 representatives from the cabinet and 45 others from political parties. It is expected to wrap up the study in 90 days.

The proposal, which is intended to create jobs and generate revenue for the government, is expected to renew a fierce debate among proponents and opponents.

Floated by almost every government, it has never come to fruition with critics saying it would add to the country’s social ills while supporters see it as a tool for economic growth.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has distanced himself from the issue, pointing out that it has been proposed by the MPs rather than the government, and saying it is their job to conduct a comprehensive study.

When asked for his opinion, he said: “I’m not answering that. I can’t answer that. It’s a matter of the people.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) leader Gen Prawit Wongsuwon also expressed a reserved opinion about the proposal, saying it is an affair for the House.

When asked if Thailand was ready for such a casino-entertainment complex, he said: “Look at the countries around us. And our people visit those casinos too.”

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said the proposal has never materialised because it is a delicate issue that pits moral values against economic value.

He said the big question is how restrictions would be effectively enforced.

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Kurt | 05 December 2021 - 10:43:36

A delicate issue that pits moral values against economic value??   Really?  Since when are in Thailand financial matters pitting something when easy money making is waiting? With or without scam, kick backs, etc?  The whole story breathes a lot of hypocrisy. Indeed the golden jacket of that minister says it all.

Fascinated | 04 December 2021 - 22:51:32

The gold jacket speaks volumes!

 

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