Kla Party goes all in on gambling
Policy part of 'trifecta of initiatives'
The Kla Party has thrown its weight behind the movement to legalise gambling as part of its strategy to boost the economy.
The announcement was made on Saturday at Centara Government Complex Hotel during a general meeting to summarise the party's overall performance during its first two years of existence.
Kla leader Korn Chatikavanij outlined four core strategies that he hopes can turn the economy around. He said gambling reform could be a new source of revenue despite the industry's shady reputation.
"No one wants to promote gambling. But, in reality, we must accept that business in the grey area benefits those who violate laws and those influential individuals with links to gangsters and organised crime. So, it's time to change that," said Mr Korn.
Besides making gambling legal, the party will promote a trifecta of initiatives that will assist in the development of what it's referring to as a "Green Deal" industry model, which Mr Korn claimed will lay new foundations for local industries.
Mr Korn said the Green Deal features involvement from the energy and automotive industries as big sums will be spent on the country's transport infrastructure. The party will also embrace and support blockchain technology and the digital and creative economies.
With that in mind, Mr Korn announced a target of fully digitalising the working processes of state agencies so every task could be carried out on mobile technology when necessary.
At the meeting, Mr Korn also announced the recent appointment of Kobsak Sapavasu, a former deputy leader of the Democrats, as the party's strategy chief.
The party likewise has recruited Capt Deuntemduang Na Chiangmai, a former Chiang Mai municipality mayor and former Democrat Party member, to the Kla's economic team.
Currently the Kla counts 24,634 as members and has established 89 offices throughout the nation.