Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Singaporeans : 2nd biggest gamblers in the world


Report from the Economist : Link

"Seeing Singapore so near the top is surprising, but don’t get used to it. Three years ago the country had no casinos; today the Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa alone nearly outgross the entire Las Vegas Strip, but outside of Macau they enjoy first-mover advantage in betting-mad Asia."
                                                                                                                                     -  The Economist

If you still have any doubt about the harm caused by the casinos, please just look at the spate of crime reported in our papers linked to them. The govt justification is the casinos create jobs for Singaporeans. But what kind of jobs? Casino croupiers, pit managers etc. But Singapore has never been short of jobs otherwise why do we need hundreds of thousands of foreigners here to fill them. What we need are jobs that pay good income and match the skill set of Singaporeans - the casinos do not create these jobs.

There is only one other country where gambling is a more severe problem than in Singapore - Australia. Australians gamble slightly more than Singaporeans but in Australia the gambling problem is now a national crisis[Link].

I will keep tracking the social cost of the casinos because I strongly believe the decision to allow them is a big long term mistake one taken for small short term gains.

48 comments:

Anonymous said...

Social cost of gambling is not an issue as long as it is manageable.

Besides this, there are so many other social costs too, eg wide income gap, too many foreigners, sky high public housing etc etc as pointed out in Lucky's blog.

But the recent election outcome has shown that the PAP so far has been able to manage these social costs very well.

I have no doubt that the PAP will continue to manage well in the future as long as they are not voted out.

Anonymous said...

And since the casino is bringing in so much $$, why don't they bring in an integrated prostitution resort? Make it the best in the world, choices from all nationality and safety checks conducted regularly to ensure safety. WHY NOT. After that, make Singapore a DRUG legal country, selling all types of funny drugs under the licence of pharmacy ensuring top quality drug and teaching the use of the drugs, the dossage, route of administration, etc to ensure proper usage.

Ghost said...

Uh...actually most of the casino croupiers, pit managers etc in the casino are not Singaporeans.

Anonymous said...

Anon 17/5/11 17:57

Those that you mentioned not easy to manage or control lah. Some more the bad effects very "teruk" (severe) lah. That's why cannot.

Anonymous said...

"Uh...actually most of the casino croupiers, pit managers etc in the casino are not Singaporeans."
Anon 17/5/11 18:07

That's good what. With levy, Singaporeans are already discouraged from visiting casinos, so better that they are also not employed in casinos too.

Anonymous said...

If we continue going this way, and then install things like perfectly sanctioned prostitution hubs(prostitution is legal here but only allowed in certain areas so far), Singapore will definitely become 'Singsterdam'. Honestly, this is a crisis. The government is just overlooking the moral and social losses in the name of monetary gains. In the end, we will all be 'tanked'.

Anonymous said...

PAP says 35,000 jobs created by the 2 casinos. But PAP don't want to say that only 5,000 jobs for citizens, the rest of the 30,000 jobs are taken by foreigners.

Moreover, the working environment and climate in the casinos is also quite lousy, especially the ang-moh one. If you think otherwise, you should yank your sons & daughters out of school and train them to become dealers and croupiers.

But since most of the staff being tekan and kicked around are foreigners, I also don't give a shit.

Anonymous said...

Lucky is beginning to sound like a Christian and think like a Christian :)

Anonymous said...

You don't need to be a Christian to see the huge long term downsides of the casino

Anonymous said...

You need a Christian to throw stones though

Anonymous said...

Lucky is not someone who can think out of the box. Other than rousing discontent, he has nothing revolutionary to offer. Though I appreciate his researched material,I am always mindful of how he frames his stories.

Anonymous said...

So long as the main stream media(MSM) can be controlled, the casinos can be painted in anyway desired. The collateral damage caused can be swept under the carpet, by simple underreporting.

Until the point that people realise that their reality differs from that painted by MSM, the chips will keep rolling in.

Anonymous said...

They won't or don't listen. They just move on or like some religious people, they think they are right and ignore you so they can carry on with their obsession.

Anonymous said...

seriously, i think our world is much better without christians.

Anonymous said...

This report is misleading one. People in casino mostly are foreigner.

Anonymous said...

Aiyah..dont you know Xtians are a bunch of shameless hypocrites? many of these Xtians are quite successful and rich in SIN because they knowing collude with SINFUL people in high places. How do you suppose they get that rich without closing an eye to their SINS?

Aiyah, very shameful one lah. Only people like them go charch because there, their SINS are waned away so they can get back to SINNING

Anonymous said...

Aiyah..dont you know Xtians are a bunch of shameless hypocrites? many of these Xtians are quite successful and rich in SIN because they knowingly collude with SINFUL people in high places. How do you suppose they get that rich without closing an eye to their SINS?

Aiyah, very shameful one lah. Only people like them go charch because there, their SINS are washed away so they can get back to SINNING

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of the AWARE sage :)

Anonymous said...

saga

Anonymous said...

sweet say said...chip- per, bet-ter and farter LOL

Anonymous said...

Christians like to talk about god with twat in the mouth. I wonder why haaa

Anonymous said...

I don't know how a post about the ills of the casinos has changed into an attack on Christians and their faith. Maybe people should realize that Christians did not actually advocate the building of the casinos, at least not the churches here, and that the casinos were the results of some policy makers on top. As for the casinos, the justification was simply a very Vegas-type of reasoning, that what is within the casino stays within the casino, but obviously, when people bring the problems outside the casinos, that is where the problem begins.

Anonymous said...

It their obsession. A drug. An addiction. When they talk about God, they forget about the jackpot stick up their asshole :)

Anonymous said...

You see,Christians are great with double talk. Do you know that these greedy pigs who run this world have christians working for them? If they are so self righteous, why don't they quit their jobs and go be like Mother Teresa. They are the real snakes. Oh, the irony

Anonymous said...

yah, why don't you go check how many christians are working in the casino huh hypocrites?

Anonymous said...

What about Christians who work blood sucking banks? Blood sucking legal firms? And the mother of all Blood suckers, the gahmen?

Anonymous said...

Seriously, if these jokers have issues with vices, I think they better find themselves an island, congregate their and wait for their alien god to return and ferry them to paradise in his spaceship.

Everlearning said...

Gambling leads to all kinds of ills and evils. It hurts and harms our society as a whole; but sad to say, our leaders lack compassion and apathy by embracing it.

If one is a true believer of one's faith, the very basic doctrine is to do good to all mankind. When he fails to uphold morality, it has nothing to do with his God, but being a depraved man, he fails miserably because he has a depraved mind.

Can anyone here says gambling is good? I would like to know what good things it has brought to mankind.

Ah Seng said...

WangSaysSo is not a Christian but even he sees the negative impact of casinos on our social fabric in the long run. As a former DPP he has gone on record to express his objections to the casinos.

Here is the link:

http://mrwangsaysso.blogspot.com/search?q=casino

Anonymous said...

next round, they will build whorehouse also on the same excuse of creating employment such as positions for prostitutes and pimps. unless they close down the casinos, there is no end as to how deep this shit will end.

Anonymous said...

why attack christian here? LKY is not christian and thus LHL can hardly be christian. lucky may be a muslim as gambling is severly punished under islamic laws.

Anonymous said...

If building gambling dens is the
best strategy for Singapore to
prosper,I am painfully disappointed
on our multi-million dollar paying ministers.As the article pointed out, these casinos can be duplicated anywhere.How can this strategy be viable in the long run? And what about the social costs?
You see, by intelligent investing
in education and training...
the Swiss made famous their watches
the Norwegians in farm fishing
the Italians in shoes
the Americans in pharmaceuticals
.....etc
So Singapore has decided on gambling dens.
This crop of ministers are just
a bunch of shallow thinkers.
They are a cut of the same cloth.
The one party system has stiffled
ingenuity and variety in our
daunted leadership.
I am depressed just thinking about this.

Anonymous said...

Many of our MPs and cabinet ministers are christians. Together, after so called debate in parliament, voted for casinos.

So please, lets move on. Even God proves of casinos and prostitution in SIN.

Anonymous said...

unlike christians,muslims are a minority here. they are also more unified and moderated. in the aware incident, it has clearly shown which religious group was the most extreme and militant in spore.

most of these anti casino people are christians for sure. police can verify by checking their religious afiliation.

Anonymous said...

..... with twat in the mouth LOL

singaporenewsalternative said...

Singapore gamblers expected to outspend Las Vegas in 2011

http://community.nasdaq.com/News/2011-05/lvs-worth-49-as-singapore-gamblers-outspend-vegas-in-11.aspx?storyid=76360

Anonymous said...

The Christians see sins everywhere. They see sins in their mother,father,brother,sister,teachers,ministers,policeman, lawyers,doctors,pimps and prostitutes.

Is there a difference between a prostitute and their mothers?

No.

They are all sinners. That's how STUPID they are. ha

Anonymous said...

u visit forums... u read all these holier than thou stuff...you can basically tell they r christians even though they pretend to be not. in fact, a lot of christians are ANTI GARBAGEMEN because of casino, love of money, the poor, homo etc etc.

someone said they r militant ....

Anonymous said...

shameless bastards MUAHAHAHA

Anonymous said...

....... with twat in the mouth LOOLLOL

Anonymous said...

when Jesus broke the bread at the Last Supper he said, "take this and eat it, for it is my body", he did not say "eat me."

Anonymous said...

I am beginning to think that the Christians are the ....source of the earth.

Source of evil that is ;)

Anonymous said...

What so wrong about a twat? Didnt your mother have one. Didnt you come out from one. Sicko.

Anonymous said...

LOL

Anonymous said...

"Is there a difference between a prostitute and their mothers?"

since they are sinners, I guess not LOL

Anonymous said...

Stoopig xtians kekeke

Anonymous said...

where r the religious fuckers now? Still pretending? ;)

Anonymous said...

THOSE STUPID PAPAYAS LISTEN PROPERLY!

THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM IS NOT CAUSE BY OUTSIDE WORLD.

IS THE LAND U PRICED HIGH AND COST EVERYTHING TO GO HIGH,BUSINESS MAN ALWAYS COMPLAIN RENTAL HIGH,THAT HV TO PUSH THIER PRODUCT COST HIGH THAT COST SO EXPENSIVE!!!!!!!AND SAVE COST FORM WORKER TO MADE ENOUGH PROFIT!!!!SAME GOES TO HDB ETC ETC.