On Monday, Chuwit clarified that not all the 3 million new Chinese residents arriving here to do business were either bad or grey actors. Many were good people seeking to establish concerns beneficial to the economy and make a new life in Thailand.

Thailand has over 3 million Chinese immigrants who have entered the country in recent years to do business and make new lives according to former politician and massage parlour boss Chuwit Kamolvisit speaking on Thai TV on Monday afternoon. He was referring to last Friday’s early morning raid in the Huai Khwang area of Bangkok where another elite drug entertainment venue was raided by police which catered to an exclusively Chinese affluent clientele. Chuwit told viewers that if only 1% of the Chinese who arrived in Thailand with capital were bad, then that was 30,000 wrongdoers in what he described as a Chinese invasion of Thailand with large numbers entering in a torrent.

Chuwit Kamolvisit on Thai TV on Monday as he explained the context around last Friday morning’s raid on another Chinese drug emporium venue catering for elite Middle Kingdom patrons. The whistleblower said it was like Part Two of last year’s revelations, driven by a torrent of Chinese arrivals, over the last decade, with up to 3 million Chinese business people having arrived here and living in the country’s tourist hotspots.

Whistleblower Chuwit Kamolvisit is warning that Thailand now has over three million Chinese people who have come to live in the kingdom over the last ten years and particularly since the pandemic of 2020.

He made the startling claims when appearing on a Monday afternoon popular Thai TV show hosted by Thai Rath, Thailand’s popular mass-market daily newspaper.

Former massage parlour open for 50 years raided early on Friday morning after lately becoming a drug entertainment emporium for elite Chinese Hi Sos

His comments came after an early Friday morning raid by the Metropolitan Police Bureau of a former massage parlour premises which had been converted into an entertainment venue for drug taking aimed at a wealthy and upmarket Chinese clientele.

The raid in the Huai Khwang district on the New Phetchaburi Road by a police task force including officers with the Narcotics Control Board (NCB) by Saturday had resulted in two senior officers at Makkasan Police Station including the station commander and head of investigations, removed to an inactive post at local headquarters.

The raid, which took place at 3 am on Friday, was led by Police Major General Thirasak Chantrapipat, the Chief of the Children and Women Protection Division of the Royal Thai Police.

56 people were arrested at the licensed massage parlour which was first given a permit by local authorities over 50 years ago.

Application for the operation of an entertainment venue refused by local authorities on safety grounds but the owners went ahead, it is now closed

It is understood that the premises had been purchased recently by Chinese investors and an application was submitted more recently to have the premises converted to an entertainment venue.

The application failed on safety grounds.

On Friday, the premises were closed with an order from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration placed on the doors meaning it may not be used for five years.

Chinese links to nightlife underworld and police collusion being investigated in drugs crackdown

Raiding police arrested 56 people during the early morning operation including a security guard with an unlicensed firearm.

Case is very similar to the infamous raid on Jingling pub in Yannawa area of Bangkok on October 26th 2022 which led to a crackdown and billions seized

Mr Chuwit, on Monday, noted that the raid has all the characteristics of the infamous raid on October 26th last when a large Metropolitan Police Bureau force raided almost identical premises, the Jinling pub, operating in the Yannawa district of Bangkok and providing the same drug club service in a neon light environment.

This led to a huge criminal probe into hundreds of Chinese gangsters and the discovery of thousands of Chinese tourists who, it emerged later, in the course of a huge police investigation with prosecutions still pending, had been able to convert tourist visas into long stay one-year visas, many of them student visas, thought rampant corruption within the Immigration Bureau which is still being investigated.

Of the 56 detained, 28 were Chinese patrons of the establishment who had paid between ฿6,500 and ฿15,000 for access and a drugs service with drinks and beverages charged extra.

Police seized large quantities of cocaine, ketamine, ecstasy and a ‘happy water’ drug cocktail just as happened last October.

Many of those tested on the spot returned positive results for illegal drugs.

The raid has been planned by police for two weeks as they gathered evidence.

Part Two of the tale of Chinese gangsterism in Thailand is about to begin Mr Chuwit told his TV audience on Monday with over 3 million living here

On Monday, Mr Chuwit described the latest eye-opening raid as Part Two of the story unleashed last October which led to a spate of exposés and billions of baht seized, after which, former Minister of Justice Somsak Thepsutin confirmed that the whistleblower was entitled to nearly half a billion baht in reward money which Mr Chuwit, a former politician and massage parlour tycoon, has promised to donate to hospitals in the capital.

He noted that the three million Chinese that had entered Thailand from Communist China were currently living in tourist hotspots such as Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket and Chiang Mai.

He accepted that not all the arrivals seeking a new life in Thailand were bad, saying that out of the 3 million some were good, others were grey and another proportion were bad.

Chuwit accepted that many of these people were good people seeking a new life in Thailand and many established new business concerns which benefit the economy.

The Good, the grey and the bad but if only 1% are bad, that’s 30,000 well-capitalised crooks operating in Thailand’s major tourist areas says Chuwit

Chuwit insisted, however, that if only 1% were bad, that means 30,000 wrongdoers and new crime actors were imported into the country.

He described it as a Chinese invasion of Thailand. He said that many of these Chinese illegal business operators sought out businesses with existing licences even if the licences were outdated or not sustainable for the type of establishments they planned on developing.

Over the weekend, it was reported that police involved in the raid in Huai Khwang had seized five cars as part of the probe, some of which were found to contain illegal narcotics.

Police are now reviewing intelligence gained from the raid including a detailed review of all the people detained and in particular their immigration status.

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