JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Singapore legalized casino gambling in 2005, and in 2006, Las Vegas Sands gained the permit to build the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, which includes a casino complex. The Marina Bay Sands is confident that its casino won’t raise social issues.
Thomas Arasi, CEO of Marina Bay Sands, in his press release, Thursday, at Balai Kartini, Jakarta, stated, “Indonesia will be the main market for Marina Bay Sands.” The press then asked whether the casino would raise concerns, considering that most Indonesians are moslems and gambling is prohibited in Islam.
The CEO answered that the casino is actually only three percent of the total complex, and that each of the iconic features of the Marina Bay Sands, such as the casino, hotel and skypark, museum, convention center, crystal pavillions, and waterfront movable platform, are all self-contained.
“So if you don’t want to go to the casino, you don’t have to.” Of course the entrances to the casino will also be closely guarded so children won’t stray there by accident.
He referred again to his presentation about the Marina Bay Sands’ vision to be an integrated one stop travelling centre. So there is something for everyone, and you don’t have to go to the places you’re not interested in. (C17-09)