Of silver linings and inconvenient truths: Singapore casino expansion

Singapore’s two integrated resorts will cast a longer reflection on the island state but new shadows cloud the horizon across the southern shoreline. By Daniel Cheng* I am a Singaporean, born and raised, red, white and true. In circumstances such as this, I feel my being wrestle with internal conflict. I shift between decrying and rationalizing the course of the integrated resorts industry in Singapore. The government last week announced it will extend the exclusive concession of the two integrated resorts for another 13 years to 2030. In exchange, both companies committed to invest S$4.5 billion each to renew their respective attractions, creating about 5,000 new jobs in the process. As a citizen, it stirs mixed emotions. While relieved that the spectre of a possible third casino is at least put to bed for the foreseeable future, my brows furrow on the bestowal of additional casino floor space and gaming machines. At...

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