Billionaire Dhanin Chearavanont said

“If Thailand opens a casino, we will get more revenue than Macau”

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(Thailand).- Thailand should legalize casinos in order to gain revenue and reduce illegal activity, according to billionaire Dhanin Chearavanont. “We should accept the truth,” Dhanin, Chairman of Charoen Pokphand Group, told reporters in Bangkok last week. “We already have underground businesses. They don’t pay tax and also build dark power. Why not legalize it,” he added.

Talking about a business model to follow, Dhanin Chearavanont said: “We should study Singapore’s case.”

Singapore announced in April 2005 it was overturning a ban on casinos that had been in place since independence in 1965. Las Vegas Sands and Genting Singapore spent more than us$ 10 billion on two gaming resorts that opened two years ago, which include Southeast Asia’s only Universal Studios theme park and a downtown convention center.

The casinos should be located in major tourist destinations such as Chiang Mai, Phuket and Pattaya, Dhanin said. “If Thailand opens a casino, we will get more revenue than Macau,” he said.

More than 90 percent of Thailand’s 67 million people are Buddhist, making the issue of legalizing gambling contentious. Dhanin also controls Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF), the nation’s largest producer of animal feeds and meat.

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