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.