Resorts World Genting: Safety still priority post-Manila attacks

By Mark Rao

Resorts World Genting has assured patrons of the leisure and gaming centre in the country that their safety remains the company’s utmost priority.

The company told The Malaysian Reserve it will continue to provide for the safety of the guests at their resorts and facilities, following attacks at its Philippines-based resort last Friday.

“Resorts World Genting would also like to take this moment to reaffirm our commitment to our guests that safety and security remain our utmost priorities,” the resort and gaming chain under the Genting Group said in a statement last Friday.

“Please rest assured that we will continue to employ all necessary measures to ensure that our guests enjoy their holidays in a safe and secure environment,” the company said.

Resorts World Genting also extended their thoughts and prayers to those affected by the incident that took place at the Manila resort.

Reuters reported that 13 employees and 22 guests were killed during the attacks that occurred at Resorts World Manila (RWM) last Friday, in what is believed to be a failed robbery attempt.

The gunman had killed himself shortly after the attack, though officials are looking for a second “person of interest” who is believed to be a Philippine national, according to the report.

The news agency also quoted RWM COO Stephen Reilly as saying that casino security guards had shot and wounded the gunman — armed with what authorities described as a “baby armalite” — during the attack.

“Severe loss of blood from the gunshot wound significantly slowed down the assailant and resulted in his holing up in the room where he took his own life,” Reilly said in the report.

Subsequently, in confirming the total number of fatalities, RWM said: “We are doing our very best to inform the families of the victims. We are extending all forms of assistance to the affected next of kin. We are one in mourning with the families of those affected by this tragedy.”

“This is also a very difficult time for all of us here in RWM. We consider our guests, patrons and our employees as our family,” it added in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministry said as of last Friday, no Malaysians were involved in the Manila attacks.

“The Embassy of Malaysia in Manila is closely monitoring this incident with local authorities,” the ministry said.

“The ministry would like to advise Malaysians in the country to exercise vigilance, as well as follow instructions issued by the Philippine authorities.”

It added that Malaysian nationals in the Philippines requiring consular assistance should contact the Malaysian Embassy in Manila.

As of last Friday, shares in resort owner Travellers International Hotel Group Inc, a joint venture of the Philippines’ Alliance Global Group Inc and Genting Hong Kong Ltd, fell 7%.

The Malaysian market was largely ambivalent to the news, with share price movements of the affected companies moving only slightly last Friday.

Holding company Genting Bhd’s share price closed at RM9.99, down by one sen with 3.79 million shares exchanging hands — the stock traded between RM9.96 and RM10 during the day.

Genting Malaysia Bhd also closed lower by three sen at RM5.70, with 4.31 million shares exchanging hands and trading between RM5.69 and RM5.75.