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PM denies casino and entertainment complex plan

PM denies casino and entertainment complex plan

FRIDAY, September 30, 2011

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Wednesday said her government had not planned to legalise gambling, paving way for the construction of casino and entertainment complex.


“I have no idea about the casino proposal as I just heard about it for the first time,” she said, answering a reporter’s question.
Yingluck said she did not instruct or discuss about raising the state revenues through the gaming business.
She also said she would need time to review the proposal before she could make any further comments.
The Government Lottery Office on Tuesday held a press conference to disclose its proposal to amend the lottery law in order to legalise the gaming business.
The GLO claimed it had the backing of the Finance Ministry to operate the casino and entertainment complex in order to increase state revenues.
The investment outlay is estimated at Bt10 billion and the casino development is slated to take place in the remote and barren area such as Thung Kula Rong Hai in the Northeast.