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  Channel NewsAsia 28 Oct 06
Decision on Sentosa IR likely in early December: Mah Bow Tan
By Channel NewsAsia's China Correspondent Tan Bee Leng

National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan says he expects a decision on the Sentosa integrated resort before Christmas.

Speaking to reporters in China, he says Singapore's two integrated resort projects at Marina Bay and Sentosa are different.

He adds: "They are different bids; I think the two projects are different in several key aspects. I think in terms of the physical specifications, they are different; in terms of the target audience, they are also different. So we can't compare like for like, but in terms of the quality of the bid, I must say that they are all very good bids.

"I think whichever one we choose, Singapore will be the better for it. I believe the decision will be likely ready somewhere around early December or so - before Christmas definitely." - CNA/ch

Channel NewsAsia 29 Oct 06
Sentosa IR decision in early December
Peh Shing Huei

CHENGDU - SINGAPOREANS will find out who gets to build the integrated resort (IR) in Sentosa before Christmas.

National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan, who is on the ministerial panel overseeing the bidding contest, told Singapore reporters that a decision will likely be made in early December. The panel is chaired by Deputy Prime Minister S. Jayakumar. There are three bidders for the Sentosa IR: Eighth Wonder, Genting-Star Cruises and Kerzner International-CapitaLand.

When asked about the bids by Singapore reporters here, Mr Mah gave nothing away on who is leading the race, saying only that they are all 'very good bids'. 'We are all very impressed,' he said, adding: 'Whichever one we choose, Singapore will be the better for it and it will be able to add value to the tourism infrastructure in Singapore and help us to create jobs for Singaporeans and help us to boost our economy.'

The bidders presented their proposals two weeks ago. They will be judged on these criteria: tourism allure, architecture and design, the investment amount and investors' track record.

Said Mr Mah, who is accompanying Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on a visit to China: 'They have taken us through their submissions, we've asked questions, clarified certain points, they've responded.'

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