Ten Phuket Tailors Lift Lid on Billions of Baht in Phuket Graft

Ten Phuket Tailors Lift Lid on Billions of Baht in Phuket Graft – phuketwan.com, September 3, 2011
…Honorary consuls once labelled Phuket ”the most corrupt province and Thailand,” with as many as 14 government agencies said by locals to be involved in graft in the west coast holiday capital of Patong alone.
…One Nepalese tailor told Phuketwan later: ”There are about 100 tailor shops in Kata Karon [a popular Phuket holiday spot south of Patong] and all of us pay bribes every month.
”I have five staff, so I pay 10,000 baht a month – 2000 baht for each of them. How many millions of baht do the tailors of Kata-Karon pay?
”We reckon they pay at least 1.5 million baht a month. Add to that the amount paid by hundreds of copy shops selling pirate goods of all kinds, and you have an idea of the scale of the corruption…”

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