Well if you’re going to talk about the gambling problem in Singapore, at least have some statistics or trends to back up your complaints and arguments.
- A day after Marina Bay Sands (MBS) reported its strongest quarterly performance since its opening last year, Senior Minister of State (Information, Communications and the Arts and Environment and Water Resources) Grace Fu voiced her concern […] Writing on her Facebook page yesterday, Ms Fu said: “While I acknowledge the contribution of IRs to our economy, I am concern(ed) about the social effects.”
- More people are calling the Samaritans of Singapore (SOS), an organisation dedicated to suicide prevention, about loan sharks and gambling problems, even as suicide rates fell last year to their lowest levels in the past decade [… ] Last year, the SOS received 352 calls regarding difficulties involving loan sharks – up by 61.5 per cent from 2009. Some 196 calls – a 48.5-per-cent increase from 2009 – were about gambling problems.
- For the first time, the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) has given figures on foreigners who have applied for self-exclusion orders from casinos since November when the application process for this group was simplified […] As of June, 12,660 foreigners applied to ban themselves from the casinos compared with about 50 last November.
- (From July 2010) The number of cases seen by the National Council for Problem Gambling’s (NCPG) two appointed centres to treat problem gambling has been going up […] The National Addictions Management Service (NAMS), which offers clinical and counselling services, has seen 243 cases in the first half of 2010 – compared to the 290 cases for the whole of last year, and 176 cases for 2008.
- Some parliamentary speeches against the Integrated Resorts in 2005 (via Gerald Giam’s blog)
What are some of your views about the building of the integrated resorts in Singapore? Was it a risk worth taking, considering Singapore’s needs and circumstances?