Thailand’s lower house of parliament (file photo) on Thursday voted to set up a 60-member committee to investigate the possibility of legalizing Thailand’s casino complex, local media reported.
The Bangkok Post newspaper reported that the committee could complete its mission for 90 days.
The House of Representatives set up a similar group in December 2021 to study the possibility of Thailand legalizing various forms of gambling, including casinos.
Named “Special Committee on the Opening of Amusement Parks, the Collection of Legal Casino Income and Taxes, the Prevention and Resolution of Illegal Gambling, the Distribution of Electric Gambling Machines, and Online Gambling,” the organization submitted a report to the National Assembly in July 2022 examining the introduction of casino resorts in Thailand.
The government has advised the government to install “entertainment complexes” that include legal casinos in many parts of the country.
Thailand held a national election on May 14 with a new member of Parliament on the ballot. Thailand’s new government officially took office in September, nearly four months after the general election, due to long-standing negotiations over forming a coalition.
Legalizing casino gambling has been the subject of controversy in recent years in the Buddhist kingdom. Thailand and several neighboring Southeast Asian countries, namely Cambodia, Laos, and Malaysia, have legal gambling places.