Bintan Casino Plan Still Pending Approva

5 May 2008

A plan to create a legal gambling zone in Lagoi, a tourist area in Bintan, Indonesia, is still awaiting government approval, according to The Jakarta Post.

Regulations to legalize gambling in Bintan were delivered to the Bintan Legislative Council in September 2007 but has yet to be endorsed.

"The special integrated tourist resort bill, which allows electronic and non-electronic sport games (or gambling), has raised a wide public controversy, and that is why we are still awaiting considerations from the central government and the public," said Timbul Sianturi, secretary of the regency legislature's special committee handling the development.