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Thai Economist Warning on Casino Plan

1 December 2003

THAILAND – As reported by the Bangkok Post: "Economist Sangsit Piriyarangsan has warned the government against rushing into its proposed casino and entertainment complex.

"Steps must be taken to stop influential figures from getting involved, he said. Mr Sangsit studies the underground economy.

"Police reforms were needed, he said, or the project could be plundered by senior politicians and police.

"…Mr Sangsit, also deputy chairman of the National Economic and Social Advisory Board, said if monetary gain was the government's aim, it was likely to be opposed by the public.

"…`The government has not made clear whether it is decriminalising casinos to tackle social or economic problems,' he said…"

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