Allowing two local lottery operators to offer online betting provides a regulated and safer platform for gamblers, said Minister for Social and Family Development of Singapore Tan Chuan-Jin.
His remarks came a day after the National Council of Churches Singapore (NCCS) voiced its concern over last week’s decision to allow Singapore Pools and Turf Club to offer bets online. It said the move sent “confusing and conflicting signals” given that the Remote Gambling Act, which kicked in last year in February, banned all other forms of online betting.
Asked to respond to this comment, Mr Tan stressed that the Government shares the concerns of anti-gambling and religious groups over problem gambling. But he said that despite the new laws against illegal online betting, “you will not completely eradicate the problem,” adding that “it is there and it is growing.”
“You can close down sites, but new sites will be set up, sometimes faster than you can close them down,” he told Channel NewsAsia.