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Casinos: Could there have been corruption?

In Casinos on 14/09/2010 at 9:10 am

I’m very cynical, but it only struck me this morning that the buses to heartlands fiasco could be more serious than the incompetency of VB and his ministry, and  the gambling and tpt agencies.

We now know that the tpt agency gave approval for the bus services, but we don’t know whether it consulted the ministry and the casino agency, and when they became aware of the services. From their swift cancellation of the services one gets the impression they only just knew. This in itself raises questions of why they didn’t know earlier.

I tot it was the usual govmin goof up like the failure to anticipate that FTs would need public hsing and tpt, or the insecurity at SMRT terminals, or boasting that they could control floods, when they couldn’t. I mean these things happen regularly now that LKY is no longer running S’pore. If on;y we could clone MightyMind and Dr Goh at their prime.

But could there be corruption at some level in the bureaucracy of one or more of these organisations?  Could MM and the “Old Guard” fear of corruption be correct.

I hope the PM will tell us if there is evidence of corruption, and if there is, what is being done.

BTW I’m in favour of casinos but I’m also in favour of govmin walking the talk. Here it clearly failed for many moons to protect S’poreans from the marketing of RW.

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  2. “BTW I’m in favour of casinos but I’m also in favour of govmin walking the talk. Here it clearly failed for many moons to protect S’poreans from the marketing of RW.”

    I assume from the above you subscribe to the view that the casinos are targeted at foreigners.

    In your opinion, what are the chances that was a smokescreen, with the real target market being locals (as is presently the case) – given that, since the very beginning, there have been questions raised about why Chinese high-rollers would bother to come here when they have Macau and Hong Kong on their doorstep?

  3. Nah I may be cynical but I don’t think LKY would lie on this issue.

    I have no beef abt locals being targeted. BUT the govmin said they wouldn’t and I expect it to keep its word.

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