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Sri Lanka to review casino projects: new minister

Jan 16, 2015 11:54 AM GMT+0530 | 5 Comment(s)

CASINO REVIEW:  Activists protesting against plans to approve casino projects last year.

COLOMBO (EconomyNext) - Sri Lanka's new government will not allow casino projects which are against the island's cultural and religious values, investmentments minister Kabir Hashim said.

Sri Lanka had till now sold its tourism potential based on historical places and cultural attractions, he told reporter soon after assuming duties.

"People came here to look at our rich culture," highways and investments minsiter Kabir Hashi said Friday after assuming duties.

But in the last couple of years investors were trying to use the country as an entertainment destination, he said.

"We don't believe that Sri Lanka should be marketed in that way. These investments would be looked at very carefully.

"If there are investments that are not in line with Sri Lanka's religious beliefs and culture then we will not - even if it means they are huge in terms of money - we will not be able to consider them."

Asked if that included the casino projects, Hashim replied: "Yes."

He was referring to casino projects proposed by Australia's James Packer, Sri Lanka's Vallibel and John Keells Holdings business groups.


 

5 Comments

  1. Investor January 17, 09:27 AM

    Sri Lanka should look at the Maldives: just a stone's throw away from SL, with few of the diverse attractions of SL, and certainly no casinos, but enjoying room rates well above those in SL.

  2. peiris January 17, 03:36 AM

    If one does not want to go to gamble,or sex dont do it.preaching to the wide world is a weakness.casinos from james packer are not for the average bod in colombo.share the wealth of the world.he will create many jobs and trade.

  3. Lal.Fernando. January 17, 02:14 AM

    Dear Minister please stick to your guns.Please do not let this casino kings come to our country and rape our culture and our innocent people. Once the casinos start, there will be, more roberries, murders, rapes , drug peddlings ect. Minister it is in your hands to save the country from this unscrouplous casino mogals.

  4. imi mo January 16, 11:39 AM

    Quite Rightly So. In the West even the London Playboy Clubs Casino was closed down in 48 hrs as they didnt Adhere to the Gambling Commission Rules. No thugs? Criminal/. People with links to the underworld were were given [ermits to open casinos. However famous they were Frank Sinatra was refused. Rules. No.

  5. Dr M.L.Najimudeen January 16, 07:39 AM

    The casino bill was brought in parliament by one stooge Muslim and now it is withdrawn by another good Muslim politician

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