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Will Thailand Be the Next Country in Asia to Legalize Gambling?

Category : Thailand Property News | Posted On 2021-02-27 00:00:00

Will Thailand Legalize Gambling?

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha says he will consider legalizing gambling in Thailand, a contentious course of action that has been opposed for decades.

The PM recently admitted it was hard to curb the "legalize gambling" proponents and is now said to be open to holding public discussions about the pros and cons of legalizing gambling in Thailand, even though he opposes it personally.

Gen Prayut, in his capacity as chairman of the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), in January, said it was time to begin discussing the possibility of legalizing gambling in Thailand, according to CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin.

The Prime Minister said the key question was whether legalized gambling would be considered morally correct by most Thais since not everyone considered gambling acceptable.

Also in January, he approved the formation of a 15-member committee tasked with inspecting the handling of illegal border crossings by migrants, which is also believed to be a factor in the current spread of COVID-19.

The panel is headed by Pakdee Pothisiri, a former member of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC).

General Prayut has also approved the formation of a 10-member committee tasked with inspecting state officials' investigations into cases of illegal gambling in Thailand.

The two committees have been tasked with working until the end of the COVID-19 pandemic and are required to report their findings to the Prime Minister every month.

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-Ngam said that the two committees would work with the Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) to track the money trail of both illegal activities. 

"I believe these committees should be able - to some extent - win the trust of the members of the public," Mr. Wissanu said. "After all, locals are believed to know best about what's going on in their communities, so they are being urged to cooperate with these authorities," he added.

Source:  Bangkok Post

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