25 Apr '11, 8am

'Casinos have benefitted Singapore's economy' #SGelections

'Casinos have benefitted Singapore's economy' #SGelections

PEOPLE'S Action Party chairman Lim Boon Heng, who broke down two weeks ago when recalling the difficult decision he had to struggle with on the casino debate in 2005, acknowledged on Monday that the two Integrated Resorts have benefitted the Singapore economy. One year on after the casinos have been in operation, he said they have not only created direct jobs, but also spin-offs for the travel, food and beverage industries, said the retiring minister on the sidelines of a community event in Jurong East on Monday morning. Citing an example of the gains from the IRs, he said: 'I think today, taxi drivers are generally quite happy because they are fully booked. All in all, it has been beneficial.' At a press conference two weeks ago, Mr Lim, 63, had to pause at least twice to compose himself as he recalled the 'very difficult process' he went through to accept the decision, f...

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