Ministries in joint effort to tackle illegal and problem gambling during World Cup

SINGAPORE - Efforts have been put in place to ensure illegal and problem gambling does not mar fans’ enjoyment of the World Cup from June 14 to July 15.

The National Council on Problem Gambling and the National Crime Prevention Council are teaming up to intensify efforts in public education on the issue, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Social and Family Development said on Thursday (June 14).

The National Council on Problem Gambling is conducting targeted outreach to young people aged 18 to 35, in particular males who are likely to follow the World Cup, and older adults to remind the public of the harm that problem gambling can bring.

There will be advertisements on platforms such as television and newspapers, and at coffee shops and bus stops. There will also be a digital campaign to engage youth on the signs of problem gambling and to encourage them to seek help early.

These complement ongoing efforts by the National Council on Problem Gambling to tackle problem gambling, including assembly talks and school roadshows, and awareness talks to Singapore Army and Home Team full-time national servicemen.

To complement the National Council on Problem Gambling’s initiatives, the National Crime Prevention Council has also launched a campaign against illegal betting. 

This aims to raise awareness and warn the public of the risks of betting with illegal operators. 

The advertisements can be seen on television, digital banners on World Cup broadcast channels, and posters. 

The National Crime Prevention Council will also release on social media a video on illegal betting.

Before the World Cup kick-off, the police arrested two individuals between June 6 and 13 for their suspected involvement in providing illegal remote gambling services. 

The police are also investigating 10 individuals believed to have allowed their bank accounts and mobile lines to be used by illegal gambling websites.

Individuals who place bets with illegal operators are liable for a fine not exceeding $5,000 or an imprisonment term not exceeding six months, or both.

Those struggling with problem gambling can request anonymous e-counselling via the National Problem Gambling Helpline on 1800-6-668-668 or via Webchat at www.ncpg.org.sg