12 Mar '11, 10am

DTN Singapore: More safeguards to be introduced to curb gambling addiction if needed: Dr Balakrishnan: SINGAPORE...

SINGAPORE: Community Development, Youth and Sports Minister Vivian Balakrishnan has assured Singaporeans that more safeguards will be introduced to identify and protect those who are most vulnerable to problem gambling, if the need arises. Dr Balakrishnan said this at a forum for contributors to the government feedback portal, REACH. He added that the casino novelty amongst locals is wearing off. Still, Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, who was at the forum, said that it is important to keep senior citizens engaged to discourage them from going to the casinos. Singapore's integrated resorts have been operating for over a year and concerns about problem gambling topped the issues at the Reach forum. Dr Balakrishnan said the authorities have been keeping a close watch on the profile and usage patterns of those who frequent the casinos. "Actually if I wanted to, I can tell you w...

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