Report of the Law Reform Committee on Online Gaming and Singapore
134.4 Option 4 (Hong Kong approach) – Enact legislation to prohibit the operation of Internet gambling services involving any foreign-based or local-based operator but permit certain authorised domestic operators, and prohibit the placing of bets with unauthorised operators. This is the approach under the GO.
Any amendment, if appropriate, to the legislation in relation to online gambling
should consider and deal with the following issues amongst others:
Provide clarity on the types of online gambling and ancillary activities that should be addressed by legislation.
Consider whether to impose criminal sanctions on the operators, Internet service providers (intermediaries), the individual gamblers, advertisers and/or financial intermediaries who are either engaged directly or who facilitate the prohibited activities.
135.3 Consider whether to extend the enforcement of criminal sanctions against persons that are not domiciled in Singapore and who are engaged in or who facilitate prohibited activities here.
The selection of an appropriate option for Singapore is ultimately a policy
decision and this paper is not intended to make any recommendation on the appropriate
policy decision. Instead, this paper highlights the ambiguities in technological developments in the field of gaming and gambling, and suggest that it is timely to review the existing gambling legislation.
the law given is meant also to