BANGKOK: -- Tens of thousands of Thais were
nabbed for gambling last year - so many that it now rates as the third
highest category of criminal cases. It has also affected teachers in
provinces in the lower Northeast.
Phongsathon Chantharassami from Sodsri-Saridwongsa Foundation has cited a
Courts of Justice record that there were 49,572 gambling cases last
year. This puts gambling as the third biggest problem after drugs and
Many complaints about teachers betting at casinos in a neighbouring
country were sent to the Welfare Promotion Commission for Teachers and
Education Personnel, Phongsathon said. Most came from Buri Ram, Si Sa
Ket, Surin, Nakhon Ratchasima, Sa Kaeo and Prachinburi provinces, which
are near the border of Cambodia.
In Surin, he said, the governor instructed chiefs of government agencies
to keep an eye on their subordinates and prohibit them from playing
Phongsathon said the news was troubling - broken families with debt
problems, which affected their teaching and students. It led to
punishment, with some having their teaching licence withdrawn so that
they aren't allowed to teach anymore.
Gambling offenders could also face a Bt500 fine and up to three months
in jail, or a fine up to Bt5,000 or up to three years jail, under the
Gambling Act BE 2478.
He warned teachers to keep away from gambling as it could affect their career. And in serious cases, they could be fired.
-- The Nation 2013-04-03