From October 1, Singapore government officials in senior or sensitive roles such as enforcement or regulatory oversight must declare any casino visit within seven days, according to new rules announced by the Public Service Division (PSD).
Other civil servants are required to declare more than four visits in any one calendar month or if they buy an annual pass for unlimited visits. The move comes after a senior officer in the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau was convicted of misappropriating S$1.7 million (US$1.35 million) in government funds, some of which were used to gamble at one of the city’s two casinos, Marina Bay Sands. Other measures to curb the potential for corruption include job rotation and leave for officers who have been in their jobs a long time and may be susceptible to bribery. In its annual report, the Casino Regulatory Authority said that only 7.7 percent of the total number of visits to casinos last year were by locals. It did not release absolute figures but said that the number of visits by Singaporeans and PRs was falling, with a daily average of 17,000 visits recorded last year, down from 20,000 in 2010 when the two integrated resorts opened. The percentage of local patronage of casinos is comparable with that of other gaming jurisdictions such as Britain.