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Critic Raps Singapore's Tight Controls Over Casino Project


Steve Wynn
American casino tycoon Steve Wynn says the Singapore government's direct involvement in designing two casinos could have adverse consequences.

Singapore's Business Times newspaper quotes Mr. Wynn Saturday, as praising the city-state's economic policies, good governance and infrastructure, but adds that he feels the government's attempt to "micromanage" the casino project could affect creativity.

Mr. Wynn told the newspaper that people who have never before been involved in casino design are exerting "an awful lot of control and direction."

Singapore is worried that two casino resorts it is planning will lead to an increase in gambling among its citizens, and has listed specific criteria for the project. The Wynn Resorts company is among 14 firms bidding to build and operate the Singapore casinos, which are to open by 2009.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.