SINGAPORE - The proposed legislation, known as the Remote Gambling Bill, it will also make it illegal to offer such online gambling services to Singaporeans, whether they are based here or overseas, and will give authorities the power to compel banks and other payment providers to block fund transfers to and from such websites.
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Singapore govt studying measures to curb online gambling
Sunday, May 12, 2013, The Straits Times
By Janice Tai, Sabrina Tiong
SINGAPORE - The Government is studying measures to curb online gambling by restricting access to online gambling websites.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has embarked on research with industry experts to study the issue and learn from the experience of other countries.
Speaking at the Casino Regulatory Authority's (CRA) annual workplan seminar on Friday, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office S Iswaran said that the Government shares the concerns within the community over the social risks associated with online gambling, which is highly accessible.
"Online gambling is a new and potentially more addictive form of gambling, with greater access to the young and vulnerable," said Mr Iswaran, who is also Second Minister for Home Affairs.
"These risks will likely be magnified as the technology supporting online gambling further evolves."
The Ministry is going strong on research to better inform policies and operations in regulation amid a rapidly evolving gaming landscape.
Besides tackling online gambling, it will be working with the Home Team Behavioural Sciences Centre to study the psychological profile of local casino gamblers.
This will help the CRA better understand the gaming behaviours, attitudes and motivations of the gamblers to guide its work.
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