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Gambling den exposed in Transport Minister’s Buriram province


By Thai Newsroom Reporters

MAVERICK MP MONGKOLKIT Suksintaranon has retaliated against some police in Buriram where a libel lawsuit was earlier filed against him involving Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob, a native of the northeastern province.

Mongkolkit, the leader and lone MP of Thai Civilized Party, has posted on his Facebook page alleging that a gambling den has evidently opened in defiance of the law in Khu Mueang district of Buriram and called on police chief Pol. Gen. Suwat Jangyodsuk to promptly take action.

The outspoken MP was seeking an immediate transfer of the police superintendents in charge of Khu Mueang district police station for allegedly failing to crack down on such an illegal business and a police investigation which might possibly unveil some behind-the-scenes involvement of ”the big boss’s family” with it.

Mongkolkit said some furniture and equipment allegedly used in the gambling den had been quickly removed by the unidentified operators to hide the evidence but photos of the illegal venue had already been taken and posted on his Facebook page.

The opposition MP recently turned himself in to the police in the capital district of Buriram in the face of an arrest warrant issued for him in relation to the libel case and bailed himself out with 45,000 baht in cash. 

The defamatory lawsuit was lodged by the transport minister whom the Thai Civilized MP had alleged of having visited one of the bars in Thong Lor area of Bangkok from where a Covid cluster had reportedly spread last April.

Saksayam dismissed the allegation though he himself was infected with the coronavirus. Saksayam is a brother of Newin Chidchob, informally viewed as the ”big boss” of the province and founder of Bhumjaithai Party where the transport minister concurrently performs as secretary-general.

Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul concurrently acts as leader of Bhumjaithai Party and is considerably influenced by Newin.


Top: House of Representative Speaker Chuan Leekpai had to step in and warn two MPs, Mongkolkit Suksintharanon (right) and Sira Jenjaka (left), in August last year that brawling and punching up will not be tolerated in the legislative assembly after the they clashed fiercely on social media over the former urging Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to step down. Photo: Naewna

Home Page: Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob. Photo: Siam Rath

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