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Thai Senate Opposes Legalized Casinos

26 April 2004

THAILAND – As reported by the Thai Nation: "A Senate committee yesterday expressed strong opposition to legalising the casino business in Thailand, arguing that allowing gambling would do more harm than good to the country.

"In a press release, the Senate Committee on Social Development and Human Security listed 14 reasons why casinos should not be allowed to open in Thailand. Among them was that gambling would not help economic development but would simply cause money to circulate among gamblers. The panel also voiced concern that gambling would affect the country's productivity as workers could become obsessed with betting.

"..It also voiced concern that casinos could become tools for corrupt politicians and permanent officials to launder their dirty money, as well facilitate the paying of bribes…"

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