Casino visits by public officers: Existing safeguards are good enough

SINGAPORE - While the Government's intention in requiring public officers to declare frequent casino visits is understandable, given the recent high-profile cases involving public servants, this move would impinge on their basic freedom ("All public officers must soon declare visits to casinos here"; Tuesday).

Why target only casinos? Why not mandate that all public officers must declare their frequent visits to Singapore Pools outlets, the Singapore Turf Club and other betting venues? And what about those with betting accounts with Singapore Pools?

Existing safeguards requiring public officers to declare any financial embarrassment are sufficient. The Government should consider the issue carefully before implementing the new measure.

Rajasegaran Ramasamy

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