Remote Gambling Act to take effect from Feb 2

Remote Gambling Act to take effect from Feb 2

SINGAPORE - The Remote Gambling Act, which was passed in Parliament on Oct 7 last year, will take effect from Feb 2.

The Act will make it illegal for punters to gamble remotely with unauthorised operators, facilitate others to do so, or to provide unauthorised remote gambling services.

Websites that provide, facilitate, advertise or promote remote gambling services will be blocked from Feb 2. Payment transactions related to unlawful remote gambling activities will also be blocked, said the Ministry of Home Affairs in a statement on Wednesday.

It said: "The objectives of regulating remote gambling are to maintain law and order and to minimise the potential harm of remote gambling, especially to young persons and other vulnerable persons."

klim@sph.com.sg

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