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DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS IMPOSED ON CASINOS FOR REGULATORY BREACHES

13 Nov 2013

The Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore (CRA) has imposed financial penalties totalling $337,500 and $190,000 on Marina Bay Sands Pte Ltd (MBS) and Resorts World at Sentosa Pte Ltd (RWS) respectively for regulatory breaches reported or detected during the period 1 May 2012 to 31 December 2012.



Breach of Social Safeguards


2. CRA has taken disciplinary actions against the casino operators for failing to prevent the following persons from entering and/or remaining on their casino premises:



  • Singapore citizens and permanent residents (SCPRs) without valid entry levies, including those who stayed beyond the validity period of their entry levies;
  • Persons prohibited from entering the casinos by an exclusion order; and
  • Minors (i.e. persons under 21 years old).


3. The list of regulatory breaches and penalties are set out in the Annex.


4. CRA takes a serious view of these lapses as the social safeguard measures have been put in place to protect the vulnerable from the harms of casino gambling. CRA will continue to be vigilant and take firm action against regulatory breaches.



Enhancing Compliance Measures


5. CRA notes that while there were instances of breaches by both casino operators in 2012, they have continued to put in place a range of measures over the last three years to enhance their compliance to social safeguard requirements. These include:



  • Conducting more thorough checks at the casino entrances prior to the persons’ entry into the casinos;
  • Putting in more resources to have early detection of SCPRs who continued to remain in the casinos beyond the validity period of their entry levies;
  • Developing systems to enhance the accuracy of checks at the entrances and exits of the casinos; and investing in the improvement of physical infrastructure such as gated gantries to keep out those who should not enter the casinos.


6. CRA will continue to ensure that the casino operators strengthen their measures so that they can adhere to our regulatory requirements.



Communications & International Relations Branch
Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore
13 November 2013



Annex


Date Relevant Legislation  Breach & Action Taken By CRA
13/11/2013 Section 116(1) of the Casino Control Act

The Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore has imposed financial penalties totalling $102,500 on Marina Bay Sands Pte. Ltd. (MBS) for failing to prevent Singapore citizens and permanent residents (SCPRs) from entering and/or remaining on its casino premises without valid entry levies, in respect of cases reported or detected in the period of 1 May 2012 to 31 December 2012. CRA took action in respect of 12 SCPRs who had entered/remained on MBS’ casino without valid entry levies and 5 SCPRs who had remained in the casino without valid entry levies after their 24-hour entry levies had expired.

The Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore has also separately censured MBS for contravening entry levy requirements in relation to 117 SCPR MBS employees/employee of MBS tenant.

13/11/2013 Section 126(1) of the Casino Control Act The Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore has imposed financial penalties totalling $235,000 on Marina Bay Sands Pte. Ltd. (MBS) for failing to prevent 16 excluded persons from entering and/or remaining on its casino premises without reasonable excuse, in respect of cases reported or detected in the period of 1 May 2012 to 31 December 2012.
13/11/2013 Section 116(1) of the Casino Control Act The Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore has imposed financial penalties totalling $55,000 on Resorts World at Sentosa Pte. Ltd. (RWS) for failing to prevent Singapore citizens and permanent residents (SCPRs) from entering and/or remaining on its casino premises without valid entry levies, in respect of cases reported or detected in the period of 1 May 2012 to 31 December 2012. CRA took action in respect of 12 SCPRs who had entered/remained on RWS’ casino without valid entry levies and 1 SCPR who had remained in the casino without valid entry levy after his 24-hour entry levy had expired.
13/11/2013 Section 126(1) of the Casino Control Act The Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore has imposed financial penalties totalling $70,000 on Resorts World at Sentosa Pte. Ltd. (RWS) for failing to prevent 5 excluded persons from entering and/or remaining on its casino premises without reasonable excuse, in respect of cases reported or detected in the period of 1 May 2012 to 31 December 2012.
13/11/2013 Section 133(1) of the Casino Control Act The Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore has imposed financial penalties totalling $65,000 on Resorts World at Sentosa Pte Ltd (RWS) for failing to prevent 5 foreign minors from entering and/or remaining on its casino premises without reasonable excuse, in respect of cases reported or detected in the period of 1 May 2012 to 31 December 2012.