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Look at "Singapore Model" to open legal casino in Thailand - have a referendum, suggests MP

 

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A Democrat Party MP suggested at the weekend that Thailand should look towards Singapore ideas and open a legal casino. 

 

Increasing calls for the matter to be discussed have come in recent days after the spread of Covid-19 at illegal casinos in Thailand and the involvement of police in taking bribes to allow their operation.

 

Issara Seriwattanawut said that the casinos in Singapore provide 60 billion baht to government coffers that is a fifth of the fight against Covid. (It was unclear which country he was referring to in this statement).

 

The checks and balances of casino operations in Singapore is something Thailand should investigate. 

 

For example there are strict controls on who can play. Foreigners can enter for free (on production of their passports) but locals have to pay 3,000 baht to enter. 

 

The Singapore government has set up the NCGP (National Council on Problem Gambling, established in 2005, notes Thaivisa).

 

This regulates the industry. For example if a husband proves to be a problem gambler the wife can go to the NCPG to have him barred, said Issara.

 

There are no TV ads allowed to promote gambling and children learn and about its perils in school. 

 

Issaa said he was not proposing that Thailand follow everything in Singapore but consider their approach and possibly hold a referendum on the matter. 

 

Source: Thai Rath

 

 

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The problem is the Singapore police are not as corrupt as the Thai police plus they are strict with punishments which form a good deterrent, something that is sorely missing in Thailand. 

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There is a very interesting article in that other English language newspaper in Thailand today.

It describes that legalizing gambling is not as easy as it sounds. Because then it has to be properly regulated and some people should not be allowed to gamble.

It's obviously also related to the corrupt police. But that is not the only problem.

 

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Whatever they do. There will always be illegal gambling. Look at the "Underground Lottery". For whatever reason ... it has been around for very many years. 

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The problem in Thailand is Thai's are the main source for the gambling dens, if you are not going to allow Thai's in the casino's you will still have the illegal ones, 

 

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so i can pay 3000 baht to enter the "legal" casino or 0 baht to enter the backstreet one..?

 

hmmm, let me think about that for half a milisecond :cheesy:

 

what the eff is wrong with these MPs? how is this going to stop covid?

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55 minutes ago, ChipButty said:

The problem in Thailand is Thai's are the main source for the gambling dens, if you are not going to allow Thai's in the casino's you will still have the illegal ones, 

 

 

That was a concern when they were planning the Singapore casino as well.

 

But it turned out that the casino brings jobs, tax and tourists and the regular Singaporeans are the minority. 

 

I agree, that the poorer Thai's will not be able to enter and the illegal gambling dens, with support from bent cops, will flourish...

 

But I think a casino in Thailand is inevitable.

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11 minutes ago, GeorgeCross said:

so i can pay 3000 baht to enter the "legal" casino or 0 baht to enter the backstreet one..?

 

hmmm, let me think about that for half a milisecond :cheesy:

 

what the eff is wrong with these MPs? how is this going to stop covid?

 

Are you Thai then ? As that's to whom the 3k charge applies.

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A referendum? Aren't referendums for major issues such as constitutional changes or joining or leaving major trade blocs?

 

Still, it would give people a chance to bet on the outcome!

 

 

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1 hour ago, GeorgeCross said:

so i can pay 3000 baht to enter the "legal" casino or 0 baht to enter the backstreet one..?

 

hmmm, let me think about that for half a milisecond :cheesy:

 

what the eff is wrong with these MPs? how is this going to stop covid?

As usual Thai pay 30 baht and farang pay 3000 baht krub.....

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Have you seen that mostly empty shopping mall....Show DC.....Rama 9 and ?

That would make an excellent location.

Add is some cheap eats, a few high class restaurants. A big buffet.

A theater for live music shows...

 

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

 

There are no TV ads allowed to promote gambling and children learn and about its perils in school

 

to then go home and watch the grown ups bet on which boy chicken wins in the grotesque cock fighting spectacles that go on in the province's .. 

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i saw the headline singapore model and i though the the model for covid control  and vaccines ohh silly me its all about corruption again,ha ha singapore is a society with little corruption. the cops enforce the law they dont open casinos ,bars etc,its called a conflict of interest and you are jailed for many yrs in most places ,singapore youll probable get death  for what goes on here ,be careful what you wish for!

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Casino's will generate both tourism and tax money.  But it will never stop the [eople that are playing at home.

 

As has been said here the corruption in the country needs to be stopped.

 

I have said it before the low barely able to live wages that people make in this country is part of the problem.

The penalties for corruption are also a part of the problem.

 

Try this as a punishment if you are caught at any level of corruption then just like being a drug dealer you forfeit you all your families assets.  Homes cars everything

Money is collected as tax

 

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

Foreigners can enter for free (on production of their passports) but locals have to pay 3,000 baht to enter. 

Reversed dual-pricing? That won't fly.

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If they look to Singapore for anything it should be the list here, not casinos:

 

Education system, traffic system, flood prevention, Police Service, Anti Corruption Commission, airline, airports, ports, service industries, their democratic processes, beaches, parks....... etc

 

Casinos should be bottom of the list, if on it at all.  

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The mafia...aka: cops and military, will love this if it happens....what better way to wash money!

As for referendums.....we all know how that works!

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5 hours ago, VillageIdiot said:

Here in Thailand the "Singapore Model" will quickly degenerate into the "Las Vegas Model" where gangsters control everything.

Legalised gambling will not degenerate into the " Las Vegas Model "

It will start off like that from Day one.

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1 hour ago, ChrisY1 said:

The mafia...aka: cops and military, will love this if it happens....what better way to wash money!

As for referendums.....we all know how that works!

Wash money?! We now have plastic banknotes in the UK, they can be safely laundered multiple times!🙂

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6 hours ago, Geoffggi said:

The problem is the Singapore police are not as corrupt as the Thai police plus they are strict with punishments which form a good deterrent, something that is sorely missing in Thailand. 

Last month flying to the moon. This month going to open casinos 

Next month ummmmmm

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They don't understand if they would legalize prostitution and also cannabis how much taxes the government would make.

How would they understand with gambling, not to mention sports betting in regulated and licensed businesses.

Probably has to do with too many (illegal) parties involved in that businesses and then loosing income.

Also keep in mind that most politicians here are real dinosaurs regarding mindset so it might take a few year (or coups)

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1 minute ago, Jiggo said:

A referendum sounds a good idea, but what if the government and elites don't get the result they want lol    

They'll just do what they do in the EU, keep on voting until the 'correct' answer is given🙂

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