Buck Passing Doesn’t Serve Taiwan’s Gambling Public
By Earl
A non-binding referendum on whether to allow casino-style gambling was, for 80% of Penghu voters, an affirmative.

Lin Pin-kun, a lawmaker unaffiliated with any political party, said that Saturday’s opinion poll indicated the “choice of Penghu residents.” He urged party-affiliated politicians in the central and state governments to get behind the citizens.

However, Lee Ying-yuan, Secretary-General of the central government, said that the non-binding poll did not constitute the legal sanctioning of casino-style gambling anywhere in Taiwan. “The issue of legalizing gambling in the archipelago to boost Penghu's tourism industries should be evaluated by the Ministry of the Interior,” he said.

And the Minster of the Interior, Yu Cheng-hsien, said will initiate no draft bill to legalize gambling on Penghu. However, the Interior Minister added that if the legislature approves a bill legalizing such gaming on Penghu, his ministry would help draft the necessary regulations.

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