Updated: 03/06/2014 23:35

Majority supports Government to restrict remote gambling



Majority supports Government to restrict remote gambling

Second Minister for Home Affairs S Iswaran says there's major support for restrictions on remote gambling. 

This follows a public consultation on a proposed gramework to restrict remote gambling conducted from late November last year, to mid January this year. 

It involved industry stakeholders, community and grassroots organisations, religious and social services groups, as well as members of the public. 

Mr Iswarn says the majority wants the government to implement blocking measures. 

However, he says there were mixed views on whether a limited form of remote gambling should be allowed. 

"Some called for a complete ban on remote gambling. Others felt that there was a need for a tightly regulated authorised entity that could divert demand away from illegal and unregulated operators - somewhat akin to Hong Kong, where a locally-based, not-for-profit operator is allowed to offer a limited range of non-casino style products on online platforms." 

Mr Iswaran says his Ministry will take the next few months to further study these issues, and the experience of other jurisdictions. 

The government had announced in November that comprehensive laws are being considered to restrict remote gambling. 

They include - blocking access to gambling websites blocking payments to operators and prohibiting advertisements that promote such activities.

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