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MP says provincial governors, mayors should issue night venue licences


By Thai Newsroom Reporters

MOVE FORWARD MP Thaopipop Limjitakorn suggested today (Oct.15) provincial governors, mayors and other local leaders be legally empowered to issue operating licences and set up the zoning for night entertainment venues in lieu of the central government.

Thaopipop was responding to Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s directive for the Ministry of Interior to take steps to allow all night entertainment spots in Bangkok and the provinces to open until 4.00 a.m. primarily for tourism promotion reasons.

Though, the MP said, he agrees with the prime minister’s policy to extend the operating hours at these entertainment venues, the provincial governors or local leaders should practically be in charge of issuing operating licences and set up the geographical zoning for such places in effort to prevent or contain corruption which might possibly arise and involve relevant government officials.

Apart from the provincial governors, the local leaders may include municipality-based mayors and subdistrict-based chief administrative officials, better known as Nayok Or Bor Tor, according to the Move Forward MP.

“These places could even be allowed to open around the clock and they practically need no time limits. The proposed ease of doing business and leniency could eventually reduce the probability of corruption among government personnel involved in the issuance of operating licences,” Thaopipop said.

The Move Forward MP is largely known for his pushing for the legalisation of craft beer and moonshine locally brewed by villagers nationwide.


Top: Bangla Road at Patong beach, Phuket. Photo: Nicolas Lannuzel (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Insert: Move Forward MP Thaopipop Limjitakorn. Photo: Thai Rath

Front Page: A Pattaya bar. Photo: Aleksandr Zykov (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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