To discourage locals from gambling, the government collects casino entrance fees — $70 for a 24-hour period or $1,400 for a year — from all Singaporeans and permanent residents. Almost 30,000 people, mostly recipients of public assistance or those who have filed for bankruptcy, are automatically barred from entering.
The casinos, of course, are intended for foreign tourists. Reversing his earlier position, Mr. Lee finally backed casino gambling, saying it was vital to Singapore's future. He said rejecting casino gambling would send the message that:
…we want to stay put, to remain the same old Singapore, a neat place and tidy place with no chewing gum.
That's from the 4 June 2010 IHT, I can't find it on-line, at least not yet.