WP MP LEON PERERA: LEGAL ONLINE GAMBLING WILL TEMPT S’POREANS TO GAMBLE FOR 1ST TIME

I have filed the Parliamentary question below on the government’s move to allow online gambling. Those who are currently using illegal online gambling sites may not switch to the two new legal sites, especially if they think they can get better odds on overseas sites. However the presence of legal online gambling may tempt some Singaporeans who were afraid of taking the illegal route to experiment with legal online gambling for the first time.

After all, it’s legal, right? Once they try it, they might get hooked. They and their loved ones could then pay the price. Instead of switching illegal online gamblers to local, legal sites, the government’s move could expand the total population of online gamblers both legal plus illegal. MP Pritam Singh has also filed an Adjournment Motion for the upcoming Parliament sitting to argue the Workers’ Party’s case against online gambling.

Mr Leon Perera: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs whether, to what extent and by what evidence the experience of Hong Kong and Norway (or that of any other countries studied by the Ministry) demonstrates that allowing some legal online gambling will (i) cause a significant switch of current illegal gamblers to legal gambling and (ii) not cause a significant expansion in the total population of gamblers for both legal and illegal gamblers.

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