Acrimony over Saipan license award continues

    Published in: Latest IntelligenceWhile Best Sunshine International forges ahead with preparations for a $3.1 billion casino resort on the Northern Marianas island of Saipan, the acrimony that surrounded the license bidding process continues.Best Sunshine, a unit of Hong Kong-listed Imperial Pacific, beat rival bidder Marianas Stars Entertainment to win the license in July.The award was dogged by controversy, with both sides trading accusations of bias and Marianas Stars seeking a court injunction to stop the whole process.However, despite promises made in its campaign to provide handouts to all residents in the form of a $10 million contribution to be distributed through cash vouchers, Best Sunshine still faces local opposition.A group known as Citizens for a Cleaner CNMI has distributed anti-casino pamphlets around the island, accusing the company of talking of up its share price and calling tax breaks given by the government “unheard of.” The group had attempted to...

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