From the Editor
The grand Galaxy Macau resort opened last week. Many tourists flooded into the casino to try their luck. It is not the only casino that has opened in Macau in recent years. Gambling seems to be the main industry in the 'Las Vegas of the East'. But should the gambling industry be encouraged?
Yes, it does benefit the city's tourism. Gambling is a popular pastime worldwide. Building a luxurious casino with a six-star resort is one way to attract tourists from around the world.
However, what concerns me is that the neighbouring residents may be affected. Those still pursuing their studies may get hooked by the casinos and neglect their studies. In the long run, they may even lose the bright future ahead of them.
Everything has its pros and cons. To properly enjoy such delightful facilities, we should treat gambling purely as a recreational activity instead of a way to make quick money.
Tse Lai-him, STFA Tam Pak Yu College
From the Editor
Thank you for your letter, Lai-him. I have a story to tell you. When I was in my teens, I took a job at a horse-racing course in South Africa. My father, who also happened to be my boss, showed me around the wonderful buildings and asked me what I thought of them. After I told him how impressive they were, he asked me a simple question: 'Who do you think paid for them?'
And that is the lesson in gambling. Yes, the casinos in Macau are making a fortune and can afford ever-more lavish buildings that cost billions of dollars to build. This brings a lot of benefits to Macau by way of taxes.
But who pays?