In a joint statement, the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) in Singapore, announced Wednesday that the Singapore citizens and permanent residents will now have to pay SGD 150 (daily) only to visit any of the two Integrated casino resorts.
Earlier the levy to enter a casino resort for one day was $100 SGD. The annual levy has also been increased by 50%; now those who want to have a yearly pass to enter the IRs will now have to shell SGD 3000. Earlier it was SGD 2000 for the locals.
The hike in the levy for entering gambling facilities has come as the Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa, the two popular Singapore casino resorts, are planning to invest SGD 9 billion in non-gaming activities.
As many would see these steps to keep away the locals from gambling activities the government has reassured that problem gambling in Singapore is under control; adding that it has improved over the years.
Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Trade and Industry, said the Government is already attentive and active towards any potential negative impact of gambling.
“Although problem gambling has not worsened since the introduction of the IRs, we are nevertheless wary of the dangers posed by gambling, in particular, online gambling, which has become an increasingly serious threat,” he said.
“To further limit the social impact of problem gambling on our local population, MBS and RWS have agreed to work with MSF to study how to help casino patrons make more informed decisions on their level of play,” Chun added.