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Disney park in Singapore could have been a reality

Source: AFX

SINGAPORE - Singapore almost had its own Disneyland in the 1990s to rival Hong Kong's new attraction but the deal fell through, the Straits Times quoted Trade and Industry Minister Lim Hng Kiang as saying.

A sprawling 300-hectare site located in northwestern Singapore was the proposed location for a Disney theme park, Lim told parliament during a debate on a casino project here.

Negotiations broke down, said Lim, when the US-based operator said it was not prepared to inject funds into developing the project. Alluding to Hong Kong's upcoming Disney theme park, which will open in September, Lim said the project was made possible because the Hong Kong government was prepared to own the majority of the enterprise.

"This is not the model we are prepared to go into because we believe that a theme park should be run essentially by the private sector," he said. "It should not be owned by the government."

Lim's revelation was in reponse to some MPs' queries on why the government could not just allow integrated resorts without casinos. The government this week gave the green light to two casino resorts despite protests from church and civic groups opposed to a large-scale gambling industry in Singapore.

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