Singapore anti-gambling ad backfires

    An anti-gambling ad in Singapore, which shows a father betting all his son’s life savings on Germany winning the World Cup, appears to have backfired after the German team thrashed Brazil 7-to-1 in the semi-finals on Tuesday. The ad was shown at half-time, when Germany was already 5-0 ahead, local media reported.
    The advert by Singapore’s National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) featured a group of boys excitedly discussing who would win.
    One says: “I hope Germany wins. My dad bet all my savings on them.” The screen then faded out to a message cautioning about the social fallout of gambling.
    Two government officials took to Facebook to ridicule the campaign.
    “Bad timing,” Tan Chuan-Jin, Singapore’s manpower minister said. “Looks like the boy’s father who bet all his savings on Germany will be laughing all the way to the bank!”
    “At least the boy in the advertisement can get his savings back,” added Teo Ser Luck, a junior minister in the trade ministry.