13 Oct '11, 10am

MCYS to reinforce social safeguard against problem gambling

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports said it will be reinforcing social safeguards against problem gambling. It is one of the several priorities spelt on in the ministry's addendum to the President's speech. More measures are expected to be announced soon to also target heavy and frequent gamblers before they get addicted. In a recent interview with Channel NewsAsia, Acting Minister Chan Chun Sing hinted that raising the current S$100 levy to enter casinos is not likely to be an option to solve the problem. He said: "It's not just about the casino. If you want to tackle the gambling issue, you have to look holistically across all the factors that are driving this, with or without the casino. It is an issue that is of concern to us. I think the biggest challenge is not the casino - you have things like Internet gaming, Internet gambling. The ki...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews...

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