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Singaporeans Not Surprised By Casino Decision

18 April 2005

SINGAPORE – As reported by the Channel News Asia: " Most Singaporeans were not surprised by the Government's green light for the integrated resorts-cum-casinos.

"But many opponents also expressed their disappointment.

"…Mr Fong [Hoe Fang] is one of the co-founders of the Family Against the Casino Threat in Singapore (FACTS), set up in December for Singaporeans to air their views on the casino issue.

"While he was disappointed with the decision, Mr Fong acknowledged that the government's consultation exercise had been useful, and life would go on.

"…Religious groups opposed to the casinos also made their stand.

"Bishop Robert Solomon, vice president of the National Council of Churches of Singapore, said: 'We are disappointed we are going in this direction. On our own part, we need to educate members on the casinos, the dangers of gambling, and perhaps develop services and help train members to help those with gambling addiction, and promote family values.'

"The Hindu Endowments Board expressed its confidence that proper checks would be built into the system to prevent abuse and preserve social values…"

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