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Taiwan Casino Bill Moves Forward

19 May 2005

TAIWAN – As reported by the Taipei Times: "…The legislature's Home and Nations Committee yesterday passed the preliminary review of the draft amendments to the Offshore Islands Development Law, marking a step forward toward the legalization of casinos on outlying islands such as Penghu, Kinmen or Matsu.

"…Regarding the establishment of casinos on outlying islands, independent Legislator Lin Pin-kun, who represents the Penghu constituency, was beside himself with indignation when Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Chiu Chuang-chin requested a public hearing to solicit public opinions about the issue before the committee began yesterday's review session.

"'I am telling you, if the DPP keeps boycotting this bill like you are now, you will lose every single vote in the [Penghu] constituency,' Lin said.

"…The DPP caucus argues that legalizing casinos on outlying islands is not the answer to those communities' economic woes. It contends that the legalization of gambling will adversely affect business in other trades, hurt natural resources and make gambling a permanent fixture of life on outlying islands…"

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