Taiwan Minister For Legal Gambling
By Earl
The Taipei Times reports that the Minister of the Interior, Yu Cheng-hsien, has told the legislature that he “personally likes the idea of legalizing gambling in Penghu, but ... would follow the Executive Yuan's [government’s] final decision.” There has been active debate over allowing gambling in Pengu for the last five years. The minister said he believes in the ability of the authorities to maintain a secure gambling environment in Pengu if the legislation is passed. Although the Cabinet has never reached a consensus on the issue, the minister’s support for legalized gambling may turn the tide, some observers say.

It was cited by its supporters that legalized gambling would lure investment to these islands, and create new jobs and other business opportunities. Its critics maintain that gambling would damage the social environment and increase the cost of living.

In this report, the minister had the last word: “A gambling casino at a holiday resort is just part of resort, no different than the Chinese or Italian restaurants belonging to it,” Yu said.

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