09 Mar '11, 2am

Casinos won't be allowed to target locals

THREE Members of Parliament yesterday pressed the Government to reassess the measures in place to minimise the social ills due to casino gambling. Mr Seah Kian Peng (Marine Parade GRC), Mr Chan Soo Sen (Joo Chiat) and Dr Ong Seh Hong (Marine Parade GRC) related stories of people who were dealt a bad hand by Lady Luck at the casinos, and the subsequent suffering of these individuals and their families. Mr Chan said taxi drivers have told him about picking up customers who have lost their entire life savings.He wondered if these tales were only the 'tip of the iceberg'. Said Mr Seah: 'They (gamblers) know the odds, better than most. They know the outcomes, they would have seen their circle of friends go the same way. They know, and yet the flesh is weak.' Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Vivian Balakrishnan said in response that he is monitoring the situa...

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