Govt paper: Negative impact of casinos is ‘under control’
Posted by temasektimes on July 7, 2012
The two casinos have been operating for two years now and their negative impact on Singapore society are largely ‘under control’, proclaimed a government public ‘consultation’ paper.
In a comprehensive report published in the state media, the paper claimed that “the IRs have brought about economic benefits and the negative impact of the casinos on the law and order, and social aspects are under control.”
Meanwhile, the Casino Control Act is proposing a ‘visit limit’ to protect financially vulnerable local patrons who visit the casinos frequently.
The amendments also strive to enhance the law enforcement levers, streamline regulatory requirements and operational processes so that they keep pace with international best practices and industry developments, strengthen social safeguards and improve the tax administration.
The Singapore government proceeded to build the two IRs and casinos amid stiff opposition from some segments of Singaporeans.
Though it claimed that the IRs will help ‘create’ jobs for Singaporeans, it appear that many of their staff are foreigners and newly ‘converted’ PRs and citizens.