Singapore government considers new laws to curb gambling websites: Iswaran

A sample poker game is played on the Ultimate Gaming website, in Las Vegas on Monday, April 29, 2013. The Government is considering new laws to curb remote gambling, said Second Minister for Home Affairs S. Iswaran on Thursday. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
A sample poker game is played on the Ultimate Gaming website, in Las Vegas on Monday, April 29, 2013. The Government is considering new laws to curb remote gambling, said Second Minister for Home Affairs S. Iswaran on Thursday. -- FILE PHOTO: AP

The Government is considering new laws to curb remote gambling, said Second Minister for Home Affairs S. Iswaran on Thursday.

Among these new laws are measures to block access to gambling websites, block payments to remote gambling operators and prohibit advertisements promoting remote gambling, which "can potentially become a source or conduit of funds for other illegal activities and syndicated crime".

Enforcement agencies will also be able to act against facilitators, intermediaries and providers of such services, said Mr Iswaran, who is also Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, at the launch of the third Symposium on Casino Regulation and Crime at the Police Cantonment Complex.

While he acknowledged these measures "may not be foolproof", he added: "They will impede access to remote gambling platforms and send a clear signal of the regulatory stance in Singapore."