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    Pattaya hoteliers allege 40% kickbacks

    Pattaya hoteliers claim a group of people have demanded kickbacks from them if they want their facilities to be chosen as state quarantine centres.


    They have urged the government to look into the issue, but officials were quick to deny any involvement by legitimate state authorities.


    Government spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat said on Saturday that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had ordered an investigation into the claim. He vowed to take tough action against wrongdoers who were taking advantage of people and business operators during this difficult time, she said.

    Dr Panprapa Yongtrakul, assistant spokeswoman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, also said during her Saturday briefing that the centre had never sent anyone to coordinate and demand “change” for turning a place into a state quanrantine facility.


    Manager Online reported on Friday that a number of people have been approaching hotel operators in the beach town, offering to ensure their properties are chosen for state quarantine if they pay them up to 40% of what the hotels will receive from the government.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    legitimate state authorities
    ...no such thing...everyone's on the take because it would be stupid not to...few would work for the state at ridiculously low salaries if they couldn't make something more on the side...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    ...no such thing...everyone's on the take because it would be stupid not to...few would work for the state at ridiculously low salaries if they couldn't make something more on the side...
    I do kinda agree. A lot of staff where i work have a sideline job. Well, to be fair the job i work with them is their sideline. Others i know are as corrupt as fuck, scamming at work.

    But i also know a few who are not on the take, but they do tend to get shit on by the cabal of the corrupt.

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    It's kind of...reassuring, no?

    Football games taking place...Schools reopening...Thais setting up their new fiddle.

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    Bollix, this is Thailand, couldn't happen here; some people...!

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    Same as the UK. The government demands a 40% kickback on my earnings and then pisses the money up the wall.

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    I rather think the suggestion that no bribes were sought would be much more newsworthy.

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    PM orders investigation into state quarantine kickbacks

    BANGKOK(NNT)- The Prime Minister has ordered an investigation into alleged state quarantine kickbacks in order to take further tough action against the wrongdoers.


    Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered an investigation into the hoteliers’ claim that a group of people have demanded kickbacks from them if they want their facilities to be chosen as state quarantine centers according to the news report. He vowed to take tough action against such wrongdoers who are taking advantage of business operators during this difficult time.


    Dr Thaweesin Witsanuyothin, spokesman for the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, has confirmed that the center has never sent anyone to demand a kickback for turning a place into a state quarantine facility, to acccommodate Thai people returning from abroad.

    He urged any hotel operator with knowledge of the alleged practice to file a case against the people who demanded a kickback from them.

    National News Bureau Of Thailand

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    He urged any hotel operator with knowledge of the alleged practice to file a case against the people who demanded a kickback from them.

    Oh, the hoteliers will pay one way or another at some point in the future.

    I sincerely hope reporting corruption catches on, but I think the ones who do will suffer.

    I think if the officials had demanded a smaller cut, this would never have been reported, too.

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    I think you overestimate the importance of things being reported.

    Corruption is quite frequently reported in its initial stage but then names are never forthcoming except sometimes at the lowest level, and coverage of it dries up.

    Meanwhile, the hook is in.

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    Seems fairly simple to me. For the past 30 years brown envelopes have been delivered to a certain group of public servants in Pattaya for them to turn a blind eye. The envelopes had gotten bigger and bigger over the years. March 1 they stopped. 3 months now missing the main part of your income. Looking for a new way to supplement that basic income. "Bingo", uh oh, seems to have not been too well thought out..

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    No shortage of thought...just the standard haggling.

    People talk as if this getting publicised is some sort of problem.

    Why?

    It's just a move for the hoteliers to get a number they prefer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    No shortage of thought...just the standard haggling.

    People talk as if this getting publicised is some sort of problem.

    Why?

    It's just a move for the hoteliers to get a number they prefer.
    Alternatively, those further up the food chain, on hearing of a new opportunity to acquire cake tins, may decide to take over the scam, and award the contracts to "friends" on amiable terms.

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