CASINO REGULATORY AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE IMPOSES FINANCIAL PENALTIES ON RESORTS WORLD AT SENTOSA PTE. LTD.
18 May 2011
The Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore has imposed financial penalties totalling $530,000 on Resorts World at Sentosa Pte. Ltd. (RWS) for four breaches of the Casino Control Act and its regulations.
2. In the first breach, a financial penalty of $200,000 was imposed on RWS for reimbursing the entry levy payable by Singapore citizens and permanent residents (SCPRs). On 15 July 2010, a senior management staff of RWS had provided cash to SCPR media representatives for the purpose of paying for the entry levy payable by them for entry into RWS’ casino premises to cover the launch of the Ladies Club.
3. Commenting on the breach of Section 116(3) of the Casino Control Act, Chief Executive of the Casino Regulatory Authority, Mr. T. Raja Kumar said, “The Casino Control Act stipulates that casino operators are not allowed to reimburse the entry levy payable by Singapore citizens and permanent residents. The disciplinary action taken serves to remind casino operators to act responsibly to uphold the integrity of social safeguards put in place by the authorities. ”
4. Separately, RWS failed to ensure that casino surveillance footage from 22 cameras during the period 29 March 2010 to 2 April 2010 was retained for the specified period required by CRA. A financial penalty of $150,000 has been imposed for this breach.
5. In addition, a financial penalty of $30,000 was imposed on RWS for failing to ensure that casino surveillance footage from 18 cameras during the period 29 March 2010 to 30 March 2010 was retained for the specified period required by CRA. The Authority notes that this incident was self-reported by RWS.
6. Finally, a financial penalty of $150,000 was imposed on RWS for failing to put in place a failure notification system to provide an audible as well as visual notification of specific failures in the casino surveillance system. CRA notes that RWS has since put such a system in place.
7. “Surveillance footage is an integral part of casino operations and the retention of such footage is critical for evidence gathering in regulatory and law enforcement,” said Mr. T. Raja Kumar. “The casino surveillance system put in place by the casino operators should be robust and able to meet CRA’s requirements. Such failure of the casino surveillance system to meet CRA’s requirements will be taken seriously and firm disciplinary action will be taken in such instances.”
Corporate Communications Unit
Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore
18 May 2011