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Workers' Party calls on Government to 'reject' online betting applications

The opposition Workers’ Party (WP) has called on the Government to “reject” applications for online betting services as it expressed concerns over those submitted by Singapore Pools and Singapore Turf Club (STC).

SINGAPORE: The opposition Workers’ Party (WP) has called on the Government to “reject” applications for online betting services, in a statement released on its website on Tuesday (Sep 27).

The party expressed concerns over the applications submitted by Singapore Pools and Singapore Turf Club (STC) last year.

In its statement, the WP said it goes against the Government’s plans to tackle remote gambling.

“When the government decided to clamp down on remote gambling in 2014, it cited concerns about addictive behaviour and easy access to these games. Should the Government approve their applications, Singapore Pools and STC will have 24/7 virtual betting outlets available in almost every home and mobile device,” said the Party’s Assistant Secretary-General Pritam Singh.

“During the second reading of the Remote Gambling Bill in 2014, the Government rejected the Workers’ Party call to send the Remote Gambling Bill – specifically the clauses that dealt with exemptions – to a Select Committee of Parliament for further scrutiny and oversight,” the statement added.

WP said it “opposed the granting of exemptions to any organization to operate remote and online betting services”.

The Government is currently evaluating the applications by Singapore Pools and STC to be exempted from the Remote Gambling Act which was passed in 2014. The Act prohibits remote gambling via websites, phones or smart devices.