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Govt urges ownership on casino exclusion orders

There are 42,700 casino self-exclusion orders in force as of 31 January this year. The programme started in November 2009.

SINGAPORE: There are 42,700 casino self-exclusion orders in force as of 31 January this year.

The programme started in November 2009.

More than 80 per cent (35,200) of the orders are for foreigners, and the remainder (7,500) are Singaporeans and permanent residents.

Giving this update in Parliament on Thursday, Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Chan Chun Sing said about 900 family exclusion orders have also been issued.

Several MPs, including Er Dr Lee Bee Wah and Ang Wei Neng, asked if the government will consider applying the S$100 entry fee, or even an automatic exclusion order for foreign workers.

Mr Chan said the entry fee was introduced to protect locals, and any change would affect current contractual agreements with the two casino operators.

Mr Chan said: "At this stage, we have not gone down the road to implement what you call the automatic exclusion but we believe at the end of the day, whichever exclusion method that we use, the individual must have a sense of ownership over that decision and the responsibility.

"Otherwise, we also risk running into another set of problems where people will try to circumvent the exclusions imposed upon them. Which is why started off on this basis to work closely with employers to encourage the work permit holders, the foreigners, to take ownership of this entire process."

Source: CNA/ck

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