".....about seven in 10 of them say the casinos at the integrated resorts are the main reason for their money woes. " - See article below.
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.
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.