In response to my previous post on the above topic, I received this comment
This self-exclusion thing is for problem gamblers/addicts to prevent themselves from losing control and start gambling. What's the rationale behind ppl who dislike gambling to sign up for this? Isn't your conscious mind and self-control adequate in stopping you from entering the casino?
My reply is this:
I tried to point out that gambling is bad not just problem gambling. Everyone should not go to the casino because gambling is bad not just for addicts. Addicts start by being non-addicts who get hooked after their 1st time. That is why those arguing against the casino don't want it on our soil because it will result in more people getting hooked. Sign the exclusion even if you're not an addict. Gambling is bad and we all should not start gambling. And if ever we get tempted, the exclusion will turn us back right at the door. The govt's message telling people to PLAY RIGHT, PLAY LIGHT is the wrong message. The point that only ADDICTS need to sign the exclusion is also wrong..because by the time you become and addicted it is too late. Everyone should sign this exclusion. Everyone should try their best never to get started on casino gambling. This govt has made too many mistakes on this problem.
I also receive comments that it does not matter if the govt campaign is encourages "responsible gambling" or "stop gambling". It makes a world of difference. You don't tell young kids it is okay to try some cigarettes as long as you don't get hooked. This campaign to ask people to gamble "responsibly" is a trojan horse. Out of 20 people who start gambling responsibly, 5-6 will become addicts and the problem will expand. The more they run this "PLAY LIGHT, PLAY RIGHT" campaign the worse this problem will get. It will be more beneficial for our society is people are told that gambling can lead addiction (so don't start). However, this govt has other interests like Singapore Pools and now ensuring the upcoming casinos are a success. The problems caused by gambling is handled by churches and social workers. I don't support the prohibition of gambling because it will push the problem underground and result in criminal elements in syndicates making money. What I support is proper education and sending the right message to the people.