The Remote Gambling Act 2014 (RGA) provides the legislative framework to regulate remote gambling activities in Singapore. The objectives for regulating remote gambling are to maintain law and order and protect young persons and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by remote gambling. The RGA defines and prohibits remote gambling activities. It provides for a comprehensive set of blocking measures, namely, website blocking, payment blocking and advertising bans, and a tightly controlled exemption regime.
The RGA was passed by Parliament on 7th October 2014 and took effect on 2 February 2015.
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Gambling Regulatory Unit
The Gambling Regulatory Unit (GRU) in MHA operationalises the regulatory measures that are provided for in the RGA, e.g. blocking access to gambling websites, blocking payment transactions, etc.
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1) What are the types of websites which will be blocked?
Websites which provide unauthorised remote gambling services, that is or may be used by individuals present in Singapore to gamble or contain remote gambling service advertisement or promotion accessible in Singapore will be blocked. MHA will consider the factors listed in Section 20(2) of the RGA and any other relevant matters in deciding the websites to be blocked.
2) What kind of payment transactions will be blocked?
The intention of payment blocking is to impede remote gambling operations. Financial transactions listed in Section 21(2) of RGA will be blocked if these transactions are made in relation to participation in any unlawful remote gambling activity. MHA will consider the factors stated in Sections 21(4) or any other relevant matters in deciding the transactions to be blocked.
3) Will my existing account with an overseas remote gambling operator be blocked?
It will be an offence for any individual who gambles remotely in Singapore with an operator which has not been exempted under the Act.
4) When will websites and payment transactions be blocked?
The blocking measures took effect on 2 February 2015.