Politicians in Samoa are at loggerheads over plans for the future creation of casinos in the country, with some claiming the facilities ruin the nation's culture and heritage.
Opposition leader Palusalue Fa'apo has told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat that he believes casinos should not be constructed in Samoa and that he will do all he can to stop them.
However, the present government has been keen to authorise such developments, with licences for casinos set to be given to those behind a project in Aggie Gray's beach in Apia and another to Chinese firm ETG.
Robbie Kearney, chief executive of Samoa's Gambling Control Authority, has spoken about the many positive factors associated with casinos.
He noted that casinos create many jobs in the local area and bring vital tourism dollars to the country, as foreign visitors opt to enjoy poker and other games at gambling complexes.
Mr Kearney said the commitment will always be to employ Samoans to work in the country's casinos.