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Chuvit back in the spotlight
- Published: 31 Jan 2012 at 09.42
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The underground gambling industry is furious with outspoken Rak Thailand Party leader Chuvit Kamolvisit and police aren't very happy with him either. Now you can add the Thai Journalist's association to that list.
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Rak Thailand Party leader Chuvit Kamolvisit shows photos of alleged illegal casinos during a press conference at his park,‘‘Suan Chuvit’’ on Sukhumvit Soi 10, as he accuses police of failing to uncover gambling dens around Bangkok. SOMCHAI POOMLARD
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Chuvit back in the spotlight
The underground gambling industry is furious with outspoken Rak Thailand Party leader Chuvit Kamolvisit and police aren't very happy with him either.
Now you can add the Thai Journalist's association to that list.
During a press conference yesterday, the former massage parlour tycoon claimed that some gambling den operators gave journalists computer notebooks as New Year gifts.
Mr Chuvit, an opposition MP who has disclosed several illegal gambling dens in Bangkok, told a news conference yesterday gambling den operators have expanded their influence among police, politicians and reporters.
"They [gambling den operators] delivered computer laptops to reporters covering the Metropolitan Police Bureau beat but the matter was covered up. They also claimed they have police generals to back them up," Mr Chuvit said.
"This is a dangerous move, showing the influence of gambling den operators has expanded to every corner of society."
The Thai Journalists' Association (TJA) quickly demanded evidence. Sadet Bunnag, the TJA's vice-president for media rights and freedom, suggested Mr Chuvit hand any evidence to media organisations or the National Press Council, so those organisations could launch an inquiry into the claim.
At yesterday’s press conference Mr Chuvit showed reporters pictures of a room containing gambling machines and equipment. He said the images showed a new casino which will open in early February.
He said the casino was fitted out with modern and expensive gambling equipment, just like legal casinos in Macau.
It is similar to the casino in Ratchadaphisek area that was closed down last August, he said.
He said the Ratchadaphisek casino would resume its business within one or two weeks after his news conference because a casino could generate more than 20 million baht of revenue each month.
"Whenever it reopens, I will video the place again," Mr Chuvit said.
Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post by Amornrat Mahitthirook. You can read the full story here. http://bit.ly/y5BVDS
alleged – claimed to be true, even though this has not yet been proved ที่กล่าวหา
underground – operating secretly and often illegally ใต้ดิน
illegal – against the law ผิดกฎหมาย, นอกกฎหมาย
press conference – an official meeting where someone makes a formal statement about a particular issue or event to journalists and answers their questions about it การแถลงข่าว
gambling – the activity of betting money, for example in a game or on a horse race การพนัน
den – a place where people meet in secret, especially for some illegal or immoral activity บ่อน
spotlight – the centre of public attention จุดสนใจของผู้คน, เป็นที่สนใจ
furious – extremely angry ซึ่งโกรธจัด
outspoken – giving your opinion strongly and honestly, even if other people do not like it พูดโผงผาง,พูดตรงไปตรงมา,พูดจาเปิดเผย
journalist – a person who writes news stories or articles for a newspaper or magazine or broadcasts them on radio or television ผู้สื่อข่าว
tycoon – a person who has succeeded in business or industry and has become very rich and powerful นักธุรกิจที่ร่ำรวยและมีอิทธิพลมาก
operator – a person or company that runs a business ผู้ดำเนินกิจการทางธุรกิจ, ผู้ประกอบธุรกิจ
opposition – of a political party that is not part of the government ฝ่ายค้าน
disclose – to give information to people เปิดเผย
expand – to make or become larger ขยาย
influence – the power to have an effect on people or things อิทธิพล
reporter – someone whose job is to write articles or make broadcasts about events in the news ผู้สื่อข่าว, นักข่าว
metropolitan police – the police in responsible for a city ตำรวจนครบาล
beat – a particular area of news that are reporter regularly covers, i.e., the crime beat, business beat, sports beat, etc.
back – to support สนับสนุน
corner – a region or an area of a place; a part of something where two or more sides, lines or edges join มุม
society – people in general, living together in communities สังคม
every corner of society – every part of society
evidence – facts, signs or objects that make you believe that something is true หลักฐาน,ข้อแสดง
media – newspapers, television, radio, etc. สื่อ
right – something that you are morally or legally allowed to do or have สิทธิ
launch – to start something เริ่มต้น เริ่มทำ
inquiry – an official examination of a problem, crime, accident, etc. in order to get information or the truth การไต่สวนหาข้อเท็จจริง การไต่สวน
similar – like somebody/something but not exactly the same คล้ายกัน
resume – to begin again after stopping for a period of time เริ่มอีกครั้ง, กลับมาอีกครั้ง
generate – to produce ก่อให้เกิด
revenue – income from taxes or business activities รายได้