Sunday, July 8, 2012

The "Resorts"

The two casinos, sorry; integrated resorts, in Singapore had been runaway economic success stories in Singapore. Marina Bay Sands (MBS) and Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), were opened in 2010 and Singaporeans have been flocking to them ever since they opened.

Now according to The Straits Times, the Casino Regulatory Authority is considering new proposes to limit Singaporeans entering the ca…integrated resorts. Proposes include limiting Singaporeans to 5 visits per month, stopping Singaporeans without a monthly income from entering, to hefty fines that could reach hundreds of millions of dollars for the "integrated resorts".

I, like most people I spoken to, consider these moves to be stupid. When MBS and RWS were opened, many people (civil groups, opposite political parties, religious leaders) had already told the Singapore government the social problems that would come with opening the “integrated resorts”. In fact, there had been protest even from within the People’s Action Party (PAP), the ruling party in Singapore. The government ignored the protests from everyone and gave the go ahead to MBS and RWS.

Now you have problem with them?

Sorry but Pandora's box has already been opened. The social problems we have now due to the “resorts” are hardly unexpected and frankly none of the proposes on the table is going to stop Singaporeans from going in. Most Singaporeans think this is nothing but a money grab from the Singapore government. The government see how successful the “resorts” are and now want a piece of the pie. I have to agree because nothing else makes sense.

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