Church group opposes Singapore online gambling move

Singapore’s National Council of Churches has criticized the government’s decision to ease an online gambling ban, saying it is sending “confusing and conflicting signals.”

The government last week said that incumbent operators, Singapore Pools and the Singapore Turf Club would be allowed to offer online gambling services to locals, though with strict provisions.

The announcement came about 18 months after the government imposed a draconian ban on all online gambling activities in Singapore.

“The Council finds it difficult to accept the rationale that a complete ban would only serve to drive remote gambling underground, making it harder to detect,” it said. “That a tightly controlled valve is allowed as part of the ecosystem to minimize law and order concerns cannot be the best option for Singapore.”