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Patong nightlife operators file another request to extend closing times

PHUKET: The President of the Patong Entertainment Business Association (PEBA), Weerawit Kreuasombat, today (Nov 27) submitted yet another request for the government to extend the legal trading times for entertainment businesses in Patong to 4am.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 27 November 2017, 06:12PM


Patong Entertainment Business Association (PEBA) President Weerawit Kreuasombat (2nd from left) today (Nov 27) handed the request to Kathu District Chief Somprat Prabsongkram at the Kathu District Office. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Patong Entertainment Business Association (PEBA) President Weerawit Kreuasombat (2nd from left) today (Nov 27) handed the request to Kathu District Chief Somprat Prabsongkram at the Kathu District Office. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

The request is a way to end the ongoing “pay for play” racketeering by officials who collect bribes from venues in order to stay open late, Mr Weerawit repeated today, as he also explained to The Phuket News last week. (See story here.)

This time the request was filed to Kathu District Chief Somprat Prabsongkram at the Kathu District Office, with Mr Weerawit joined by other PEBA members.

“There are more than 400 entertainment venues in Patong. About 190 of them are legally licensed,” Mr Weerawit explained.

“We can estimate the income generated by the Patong nightlife industry averages out to about B25 million per day. This amount of money also affects other occupations and sources of income for people in other industries, and this in turn also stimulates the nation’s economy,” he said.

Mr Weerawit explained that although for years requests to extend the legal closing times had yielded no response at all from the presiding officials in Bangkok, the government was now considering expanding the entertainment zones so that more businesses could be issued entertainment licences and legally stay open one hour later.

“We want this problem to be solved. It is a way to reduce the opportunity for officials to take bribes, and also 4am is the most suitable time for venues in Patong to close,” Mr Weerawit said.

However, he added, “Just expanding the entertainment zones is not enough, as businesses will still need to stay open past 1am in order to serve customers and stay in business.

“But by extending the closing times, most entertainment operators are willing to pay more to the government for this benefit instead of paying bribes,” Mr Weerawit noted.

 

 

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Werni | 29 November 2017 - 14:56:38

Just back from Patong. Venues stay open until 04:00 h a.m. and dozens of touts in the Bangla Road offering ping pong and sex shows.

Kurt | 28 November 2017 - 09:38:00

By extending the closing time entertainment operators are willing to pay more to the government for this benefit instead of paying bribes to government officials.
For what reason to pay more, does extending opening times cost money?

So, instead paying bribes to government officials, just pay money to the 'government'.
Looks like:   Same-Same, But Different!  :-)

By the way, can the...

simon01 | 27 November 2017 - 18:40:12

This is just wrong. The way to stop corruption is to obey the law. Then if anyone takes a bribe to break the law then make the penalty 10 years jail. That way the bars are all legal, the bars get good trade as people come out earlier, the clubs get trade as anyone who wants a late drink can go to them as the bars are closed. That way all bars get good trade. All clubs get good trade. All are legal

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