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No. of people seeking help to locate spouses who run away after chalking up gambling debts triples from last year

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Two weeks too long for exclusion order? SHOULD a temporary exclusion order be issued to problem gamblers? That is the question posed by Madam Chia Guek Hong, who wrote to The Straits Times Forum last Friday, saying a lot of damage could be done during the two weeks it takes to process an exclusion order. This is what some people apply for - from the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) - in a bid to stamp out their family members' gambling problems. Madam Chia wrote in to say that she recently found out that her 58-year-old husband had been borrowing money to gamble at the casinos, chalking up more than $17,000 in debt. She and her son applied for a family exclusion order. 'To my horror, I found out that the process takes two weeks. We can only pray that he will stop going to the casinos because, in the intervening days, he could pile up a lot of debt,' she wrote. S...

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