Thursday, September 08, 2011

Gambling Addiction on the rise in Singapore....

".....about seven in 10 of them say the casinos at the integrated resorts are the main reason for their money woes. "  - See article below.
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The PAP govt had many options to keep the economy healthy but it decided to take a short cut by building 2 casinos which it chose to call Integrated Resorts to obscure the harm caused by gambling. The govt collects large tax revenues from these entities and passes the big problems an under-funded agency known as the NCPG (http://www.ncpg.org.sg/) - the amount of funding for the NCPG is not even enough for the finger food and free drinks they give out at the casinos. The other organisations that chip in are churches and volunteer groups. Who benefits the most from these casinos? The shareholders of  Las Vegas Sands and Resorts World who now make several billions a year in profits from these casinos. The Singapore govt held out this bogus argument that the casinos will create jobs for Singaporeans - what kind of jobs? ....If you visit the IRs many of the workers are foreigners. The Singapore economy does not face a job shortage otherwise why do we need to import so many foreigners to fill jobs. What we need are higher paying good quality jobs that casinos do not create.The casinos are a big mistake by the PAP govt as they bring far more harm than good to our society.
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More gamblers in Singapore seeking help for addiction 
MCYS acknowledges increase and will keep reaching out to them

Published on Sep 8, 2011
The Straits Times

The number of gamblers seeking help for their addiction has risen over the past year. And according to the counselling centres, about seven in 10 of them say the casinos at the integrated resorts are the main reason for their money woes.

A check with six of the bigger voluntary welfare organisations offering counselling to gamblers showed they have been seeing more people since Resorts World Sentosa opened in February last year, and Marina Bay Sands in April last year.

For example, a year ago, volunteer organisation One Hope Centre used to see 40 to 50 people at its weekly support sessions for gamblers. Today, it sees between 70 and 80 a week.

The Hiding Place halfway house in Jalan Kayu used to see 10 people at its weekly sessions. This has risen to 30. We Care Community Services in Kampong Bugis used to have one 15-member support group for family members of gamblers three years ago. Today, it has three groups totalling 45 people. The surge took place after the casinos opened.

36 comments:

Anonymous said...

"The casinos are a big mistake by the PAP govt as they bring far more harm than good to our society."
Lucky Tan

It cannot be a big mistake when PAP still has 60 to 70% voter support.

It also shows the casino thing is well tolerated by those who are against gambling. And gambling addiction, although on the rise, is also well within control.

To have GDP growth, just like some medicine, there are some bad side effects but as long as it is within control, it is OK.

Anonymous said...

Like they say for every one gambler that get into trouble a family is destroyed. Our government took the easy way out by okaying the casino. What matters to them are the numbers not the human factor

Anonymous said...

Allowing foreigners to come and rob your citizens and destroy their families is tantamount to treason.

Veritas said...

The jobs of casino went to foreigners. The license of gaming given to foreigners.

Singaporean got nothing out of it except increasing FT.

Veritas said...

Re 8/9/11 13:07

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To have GDP growth, just like some medicine, there are some bad side effects but as long as it is within control, it is OK.
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Singapore need a control negative GDP growth for our own good. I would not want elaborate further.

If I am a slave owner, I got GDP growth whenever I import slave, you think its good if you are the captive slave?

Veritas said...

Lee Kuan Yew's enslavement policy works in a slightly different way compared to the old days.

When you import FT with low wages, the free man are turned into slaves by competition and depressing wages. Another weapon use is real estate inflation.

And instead of whip, the workers becomes the slave of capitalist by the threat of losing their job, which result in home foreclosure.

In Singapore, the lower the FT the better. In fact, who is these FT? Are they any nobel prize laurate, field medalist, Turning winner?

99% are ordinary people.

At his advance age, Lee kuan yew just cannot stop telling lies.

Anonymous said...

Before the casinos we had GIC and Temasek investments.

Anonymous said...

Singaporeans are called daft by exMM for some reasons. One reason is they went into the casinos with open eyes. Even if there is no casino in Singapore, they will also go batam or international waters to gamble. Another reason, they continue to vote for a party that intend to rob all they worked for in their entire useful lives. Those not daft have seen thru the cracks of this society and move out as soon as they can.

Anonymous said...

To answer your question:

If I am a slave owner, I got GDP growth whenever I import slave, you think its good if you are the captive slave?

I suspect those in support are either fellow slave owners or chief captive slaves who suck up to the owners and lord over mere mortal slaves.

Anonymous said...

The idea was to create jobs for Singaporeans and earn money from foreign gamblers.

The actual result was jobs went to foreigners and gamblers are largely Singaporeans!

"Can't be help", as long as it contributes to GDP (and bouns) growth, who cares who is who?!

Anonymous said...

'And instead of whip, the workers becomes the slave of capitalist by the threat of losing their job, which result in home foreclosure."

I have to agree with Veritas on this. It is scary how this is called Life in Singapore.

Anonymous said...

Mr Lucky ... According to your guru mr Dawkins ... Religion is the root of all evil. The obvious solution is to close down all churches and related groups like The Hiding Place, etc.

That should stop the gambling problems immediately.

Anonymous said...

Is what is morally good commanded by God because it is morally good, or is it morally good because it is commanded by God?"

Anonymous said...

To the poster above, moral good was never commanded by "god". It has always been Man who determined moral codes, but he used god's name to back him up.

so1trg said...

I agree with you Lucky.

I have pledged not to buy shares directly related to Casino / Gambling already no matter the kind of economic moats / margins that they have.

Heard of retribution?

so1trg said...

I have pledged not to buy shares directly related to Casino / Gambling already no matter the kind of economic moats / margins that they have.

Heard of retribution? Karma?

Anonymous said...

Yes, ban casino. Ban also fatty foods from all food outlets as it contributes to unhealthy and sinful living and "poison" our populace.

It should be our social responsibility to stop heart attacks, strokes and fat people from damaging public seats.

Anonymous said...

PAP creates lots of jobs for the foreigners in the expense of the local population. I am definately worry that our future children/generation will become a generation of gambler... This is a high social to Singapore.
And again, why are we feeding millions of foreigners in the expense of your very own population?

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Anonymous said...

I think that the government should just close the casinos or restrict the amount of hours a people spents in the casino or don't let shop keepers set up shops outside the casino.

-LJTG

attacker said...

It is not within control. the problem has now risen to a major problem which the government has to address. But still, the casinos also have benefits. they also improve tourism in singapore and other benefits too. So actually the advantages and the disadvantages balance each other.

Anonymous said...

It is not within control. the problem has now risen to a major problem which the government has to address. But still, the casinos also have benefits. they also improve tourism in singapore and other benefits too. So actually the advantages and the disadvantages balance each other.

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Susan Waller said...

I think that the government should just close the casinos or restrict the amount of hours a people spents in the casino or don't let shop keepers set up shops outside the casino. -LJTG

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