Casinos fined more than RM2.4mil since opening

August 24, 2012

Singapore?s two casinos have been fined more than S$1mil (RM2.4mil) since they opened in 2010, mostly for violating laws aimed at deterring locals from gambling, official data showed.

The mark was passed after the Marina Bay Sands (MBS) and Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) casinos were fined S$357,500 (RM884,200) and S$140,000 (RM346,200), respectively, by Singapore?s Casino Regulatory Authority (CRA) on Wednesday.

The casinos were punished for ?breaching social safeguard requirements during the period May 1, 2011 to Oct 31, 2011?, CRA said in a press release posted on its website.

The violations included allowing Singapore citizens and permanent residents entry into the casinos without paying compulsory S$100 (RM240) entry levies and permitting them to remain in the premises beyond the 24-hour time limit.

Foreigners are exempt from the entry fee, which was introduced as part of government efforts to address public concern over gaming-related social ills.

The two casinos had previously been punished for similar breaches, with MBS and RWS in February slapped with fines totalling S$385,000 (RM952,000).

RWS was also fined S$530,000 (RM1.3mil) last year for reimbursing the entry levies of media representatives covering an event, as well as for lapses in its camera surveillance system. ? AFP

Casinos fined more than RM2.4mil since opening

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