MCYS to strengthen gambling social safeguards

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http://app1.mcys.gov.sg/PressRoom/MCYStostrengthengamblingsocialsafeguards.aspx

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Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Mr Chan Chun Sing said: “The survey findings from the NCPG’s 2011 Survey on participation in gambling activities among Singapore Residents showed that the overall gambling participation and probable pathological and problem gambling rates remained stable. But we should never be complacent. The Survey highlights emerging concerns including more heavy gambling among a small group of low-income gamblers, frequent gamblers, and poorer self-control among online, horse racing and casino gamblers.

MCYS will look into measures to address these concerns. We will consider expanding third-party casino exclusions to cover more groups of Singaporeans who are receiving financial assistance, beyond Public Assistance recipients and bankrupts. We are also studying circuit breakers to address locals with poor self control and at risk of financial and other harms due to gambling. Casinos in Holland, Austria and Australia have measures which we intend to study.

We will continue to closely monitor gambling in Singapore. We are prepared to strengthen social safeguards as necessary.” 

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    Chan Chun Sing

Much to do. Must never be complacent. Views on 3rd Party Exclusions and where to draw the line? 

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  Denise Phua Lay Peng

‎(Channel News Asia) ..Deputy Chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Community Development, Youth & Sports, Denise Phua, suggested raising the casino entry fee so that gamblers will be deterred.She also wants to reduce the number of casinos.

Ms Phua said: “In the longer term, we have to make sure that we have the resolve not to set up a third casino and better still, to consider… reducing the number of casinos from two to one or nil after the arrangements have expired with the current casinos. I believe that all that glitters is not gold.

One of the good things that came out from the casino venture is excellent tourism products such as Resorts World and Marina Bay Sands’ excellent convention centres. What we need to do during this time is to make full use of this period to learn as much as we can on how to develop excellent tourism products like theme parks and convention services to become an excellent regional hub for such services.”

 
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