|In Singapore more information has been issued regarding the debate as to whether the country should open itself up to hosting casinos. A survey done by Business Times amongst businessmen in Singapore, found that 15 of 17 chief executives surveyed agreed to the idea of opening a Singapore casino. |
The survey also asked for reasons for support or opposition to the idea. Supporters cited the fact that a significant portion of Singapore’s population are already gambling, but in other countries, as a strong reason to bring that revenue back into the country. Other reasons for being pro the move included the idea the feeling that it was time for Singapore to become more creative regarding business opportunities, and maximise the potential the country has for earnings.
As for addressing the concerns that have been levelled at the current idea of casino development. CEO of Intraco of Teng Theng Dar cited the model provided by Melbourne’s Crown Casino as a site which has managed to remain suitable for families, as well as providing an exciting space for serious gamblers. All surveyed businessmen expressed a desire to establish a balance between the potential economic success of a casino venture and the social responsibility involved. As far as this survey is concerned it would seem at the moment that the Singaporean business community is very much in favour of the casino development. The ultimate decision is set to be made in January, once the government has thoroughly explored public opinion.