12 Mar '11, 11pm

Dr Vivian Balakrishnan says casino novelty 'wearing off' however his ministry will continue to monitor casino-goers

THE number of Singaporeans visiting the two local casinos is declining gradually - after higher-than-expected attendance in the past year since they opened, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Vivian Balakrishnan disclosed on Saturday. This indicates that the novelty factor is 'wearing off', he said. Meanwhile, his ministry is closely monitoring die-hard casino-goers, and may implement more safeguards to curb their entry into casinos, if needed. Dr Balakrishnan was speaking at an annual forum for contributors to Reach, the Government's feedback portal. He was joined by Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Reach chairman Amy Khor. Questions on the casinos and problem gambling dominated the 11/2 -hour forum, which was attended by about 150 people. A university student questioned the effectiveness of the $100 daily entry levy in keeping Singaporeans out. Between...

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