Singapore civil servants told to declare casino visits

Reuters

SINGAPORE, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Civil servants in Singaporewill have to declare visits to the city-state's two casinosunder new rules intended to prevent incidents such as the recentcase of a senior official from the anti-corruption watchdogcharged with misappropriating money.

From Oct 1, officers in more critical roles than others, forinstance in regulatory or enforcement jobs, will have to declareevery visit to a local casino within seven calendar days, thePublic Service Division (PSD) said in a statement.

Other civil servants must make a declaration within sevendays if they visit casinos more than four times a month or buy an annual pass for unlimited visits to local casinos.

"All public officers are expected to conduct themselves in amanner which upholds the integrity of the public service andpublic confidence in it. This includes not falling intofinancial embarrassment," the Public Service Division said.

Singapore began a review of its rules on casino visits bygovernment employees after an assistant director at the CorruptPractices Investigation Bureau was charged with misappropriatingmore than S$1.7 million ($1.35 million).

Some of the funds went into an account for gaming activitiesat the Marina Bay Sands, one of two multi-billion-dollar casinoresorts that opened in 2010.

The Marina Bay Sands is owned by U.S. casino giant Las VegasSands Corp, while Resorts World at Sentosa, Singapore'sother casino resort, is run by Genting Singapore PLC.

Other measures announced by the PSD include job rotation andblock leave for officers in positions that make them moresusceptible to bribery, if the officer has been in the post forsome time.

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