Matsu Islands to vote on casino resort
Observers predict a close result despite overwhelming opposition to the scheme when the proposal was submitted to authorities last year.
A poll conducted just after authorities announced the referendum in April showed more than 70 percent of Matsu residents opposed the casino but a recent survey suggests the “yes” and “no” camps are running neck and neck.
Opponents say a casino would be morally wrong, destructive and also threaten the livelihoods people already working in the islands’ tourism industry.
Those in favor say a casino would bring much-needed revenue to the islands, which lie 16 nautical miles off the coast of mainland China’s Fujian province.
Around 7,760 people are eligible to vote in the referendum.
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