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Don says issue of controversial casino not discussed by Cabinet
By The Nation

 

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BANGKOK: -- Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said on Tuesday that the Cabinet had not considered at its weekly meeting the issue of a new casino allegedly sited on adjoining territory between Thailand and Cambodia.

 

The Foreign Ministry has also not written to the Cambodian authorities regarding the matter, he said.

 

Don added that a number of casinos had opened in border areas without posing any problems.

 

The issue follows an allegation by anti-corruption activist Veera Somkwamkid, who claimed on his Facebook posts that the new casino was located in an adjoining border area and may be sited in Ta Phraya National Park, which forms part of a World Heritage Site.

 

Veera questioned why the military government had allowed this to happen, and suspected that the previous post that he made on the same issue had led to a warrant being issued for his arrest over a week ago for violation of the Computer Crime Act.

 

The casino is reported to be situated close to the Sai Takoo border checkpoint in Buri Ram province, in which former politician Newin Chidchob, who is now a football-club sponsor, is known to be influential.

 

Newin filed a complaint to the police seeking that Veera be charged for posts that he claimed had also implicated him of involvement with the casino, Nation TV reported.

 

In his latest post on Sunday, Veera did not mention Newin, but referred to some close aides to Cambodian leaders. 

 

He also alleged that Thailand’s National Parks Department had being negligent in carrying out its duty.

 

This resulted in the agency undertaking an examination of the official map of the national park to prove that the casino was not located within its perimeter, followed by a prompt denial of Veera’s allegation.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30309843

 
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40 minutes ago, esprit said:

Some interesting issues here and this is maybe something the Junta should be investigating, which clearly they are not doing from the article.  Wonder why ?

Think the answer may have something to do with this piece of news !!!!

 

The Cabinet has approved a Bt300-million budget to cover the licensing fee for Thailand to host a MotoGP annually from 2018 to 2020.

 

And yes it will be held at the Buriram circuit,  So a little flutter on the border making a lo,t a lot, of extra income for somebody

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That casino has been under construction for 4 years that I know of and that crossing is a local crossing controlled by the army not immigration. Some would like that crossing to be international but with out a very large influx of foreign funds for infrastructure on the Cambodian side (dirt trails) the only thing that crossing has going for it is its the Number 1 market for the farang to get his fags and then get busted by Thai Customs and pay fines up to 50,000 baht for smuglying.:post-4641-1156694572:

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42 minutes ago, khwaibah said:

That casino has been under construction for 4 years that I know of and that crossing is a local crossing controlled by the army not immigration. Some would like that crossing to be international but with out a very large influx of foreign funds for infrastructure on the Cambodian side (dirt trails) the only thing that crossing has going for it is its the Number 1 market for the farang to get his fags and then get busted by Thai Customs and pay fines up to 50,000 baht for smuglying.:post-4641-1156694572:

So just to re-cap then;

1) The junta is a military installed administration

2) The cabinet has said that they are nor investigating encroachment across the border of this casino

3) The junta has just said that they will pay 300 million THB for the license fee for MotorGP to be held at Buriram circuit

4) To get to the casino you have to pass through a military controlled checkpoint

 

So to summarise then the military( Junta) are controlling access to a Cambodian casino, part of which is alleged to have encroached on Thai land.

 

Have I missed out anything ?

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While I am only a guest here it is worth a thought or two.

People gambled, gamble today and will gamble forever; specially Asians.

Now where's the logic of having Thais crossing "overseas" for gambling purposes while the Thai government could make, legally, billions on gambling,  if done within Thai territory.

If it is Newin Chidchob in Buriram or any business tycoon in Pattaya's Ambassador Hotel, in the suburbs of Bangkok (rather than Poipet, Savannakhet and other "overseas" locations like Macao etc.).

You can say about Newin what you want but he certainly turned Buriram from a seriously remote, boring and non-developed village into a modern lifestyle town, not only to his but also to all those business people and citizens of Buriram. Without him it would still be buffalo town known for all those girls hanging around in the happy zones .......... 

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