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Hong Kong casino plan rejected

22 November 2006

HONG KONG, China – As reported by the China Standard: "The government has refused to even consider building a casino anywhere in Hong Kong, siding with majorities in both the functional and geographical constituencies in the Legislative Council.

"The comment came as Legco Wednesday voted down a motion raised by Liberal Party leader James Tien Pei- chun calling on the government to actively study the feasibility of establishing a casino on Lantau as an alternative to a goods and services tax and to create more jobs.

"Secretary for Home Affairs Patrick Ho Chi-ping said the government was greatly concerned by the problems arising from gambling and has a policy of not encouraging the activity with strict regulation of betting outlets.

"…Ho said sacrificing moral values and risking the increase of gambling-related social problems was not a gamble the government was willing to take.

"He cited a report from Chicago University which suggested the establishment of casinos had a direct correlation with the increase of pathological gamblers in the same area…"

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