Integrated resorts to stop shuttle service

Singapore’s only two casino decided that offering shuttle buses is a good idea. The Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports of Singapore (MCYS) wasn’t too pleased and mandate all shuttle bus services to the integrated resorts cease operation:

MCYS to take action with Casino Regulatory Authority on shuttle services

SINGAPORE : The Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports has said it would take action with the Casino Regulatory Authority to stop the shuttle services provided by Integrated Resort operators.

On Wednesday, the ministry said it was investigating the free shuttle services provided by the IRs to ensure they were not encouraging Singaporeans to visit the casinos.

As of Thursday afternoon, demand for the shuttle service was still strong.

Some passengers even had to wait for the next bus.

Passengers at the Bishan and Bedok pick-up points told Channel NewsAsia the shuttle service made it convenient for them to get to Sentosa.

Of the 10 people our news team approached, two were headed for the casino.

The Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports had said the integrated resorts operators “will not be allowed to target the local market or provide incentives in any form for Singaporeans to patronise the casinos”. (Source: ChannelNewsAsia)

The MCYS reemphasizes that the casino operators cannot target the local market or provide incentives in any form to Singaporeans. Is this a case of too much intervention from our government? Also not all who are going to the integrated resorts may be there to gamble.

Marina integrated resort under construction

This is the view of the Sands casino under construction from The Sail, Marina Boulevard.

Integrated resort Marina Sands Singapore The Sail
Integrated resort Marina Sands Singapore The Sail

In the sky terrace, you get occasional connections to Telkomsel, the Indonesia carrier. And it’s from Marina Boulevard! I’m sure if you pull open some windows you can see SingTel building somewhere. But no, it just prefers Telkomsel. Last I check, SingTel owns 35% of Telkomsel.

I feel like smacking the person who…

“u there?”

“u there?”

I have been you-there-ed 4 times in a roll when in busy mode. Don’t do an MSN nudge, don’t you-there too.

MSN or WLM is Instant Messaging (IM), not Instant Replying.

(IR is integrated resort, that’s what Singapore calls their land of casino. It’s pleases the citizens. It isn’t just a casino, it’s an integrated resort and casino just so happens to be complimentary to the integrated resort. Oh come on, all those cruise ships and just casinos on water and we all know it.)