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Govt reviewing laws to address non-casino, online gaming

Published on Nov 16, 2012 5:00 PM
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Posed photo of a man looking at an online gambling website Ladbrokes.com. The Government is reviewing its regulatory framework and social curbs against non-casino gambling and how it can cover online gambling. -- ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA

THE Government is reviewing its regulatory framework and social curbs against non-casino gambling and how it can cover online gambling.

Mr Iswaran, Second Minister of Home Affairs, said in Parliament on Friday that online gaming is a growing concern and the Government is looking at how better gaming rules and social safeguards can be applied.

He noted that online gambling, on social media and mobile devices, is growing in many countries. The government will study what other countries are doing. For example, Nevada in the United State issues licences for operators to offer online poker.

Mr Iswaran said: "Our objective remains the same, which is to preserve our values of thrift and hard work, and protect society, especially the vulnerable, from the potential harms of gambling."