23 Feb '12, 10am

Govt plans more problem-gambling safeguards

SINGAPORE: The government will put in place more safeguards to protect Singaporeans from problem gambling. The Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) intends to expand its list of third-party exclusion orders beyond those who are bankrupt and on public assistance allowance. Acting Minister Chan Chun Sing said these may include those who are receiving some form of government social assistance, such as a select group receiving assistance from the Community Care Endowment Fund (ComCare). The ministry is also studying what it calls "circuit breakers", which are used by casinos in Holland, Australia and Austria. They work by placing limits on betting machines and getting casinos to form dedicated teams of in-house experts on problem gambling. Mr Chan said these new safeguards may be implemented over the next few months, in consultation with stakeholders. He ...

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