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Singapore Relaxes Casino Controls

13 February 2006

SINGAPORE – As reported by the Channel News Asia: "The government has decided to relax some controls over the casino operators of the two proposed integrated resorts in Singapore, like removing limits on the number of hours that a casino can operate.

"On the other end, it is setting up a new statutory board called the Casino Regulatory Authority (CRA).

"The CRA, to be set up 12 to 18 months before the first casino opens, will have investigative and enforcement powers and will be empowered to approve various aspects of casino operations.

"Speaking in Parliament on Monday, Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng said the relaxation of controls took into account feedback and suggestions from investors on matters that may interfere with their day-to-day operations…"

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