It will prevent more people from gambling under the stronger security measures suggested in the bill submitted by Congress on Monday (February 14th), while it will criminalize children and surrogate gaming. Repeat offenders who promote or operate illicit gambling services will face harsher punishments.

The comprehensive bill also defines exempt social gambling and allows all gambling products, including online gaming class rules that allow users to get objects of monetary worth at random. According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Interior (MHA) on Monday, the law would help respond to developing gambling legislation as technology makes gambling more accessible and blurs the distinction between gambling and gaming.

In Parliament, new minor offenses with stricter safeguards are suggested:  

“We need to streamline and merge to stay ahead of global trends and technologies, be more responsive to emerging game goods, and take a more integrated approach to game concerns,” MHA stated. This comes after the MHA sought the public to comment on the proposed amendments in July. On Monday, the agency said it had considered stakeholder submissions.

The MHA, if passed, would eliminate four existing gambling laws, including the Betting Act, the Shared Gambling Houses Act, the Private Lottery Act, and the Approximate Gambling Act. The law would also change the definition of gambling to be technology-neutral, allowing it to include both present and emerging gambling products.

Separately, the Gambling Regulatory Authority of Singapore (GRA) Bill, who was also delivered on Monday, proposes the establishment of the Gambling Regulatory Authority around mid-2022. The authority will alter the entire playing landscape in Singapore, which is currently managed by several bodies. Currently, the Casino Regulatory Authority regulates casinos, the MHA’s Gambling Regulatory Unit regulates online gambling services and fruit machines, the Singapore Totalizator Board governs bodily gambling offerings operated with the aid of Singapore Pools, and the police enforce against illegal gambling activities. MSF provides social controls to mitigate the risks of playing.


Gaming under the age of 21 is proposed to be outlawed under the gambling control bill. It is a criminal crime under the law for anybody under the age of 18 to play in a physical store in Singapore Pools. Existing legislation establishes a legal minimum age for gambling. “In addition, unless access control is required, children entering the play area would be a criminal offence,” MHA added. Singapore Pools retailers, according to the ministry, are free from this violation because they do not have to go through immigration.


“These outlets are open, easily accessible areas. Minors may enter innocently with no intention of playing, “He stated. It would also be illegal for people who do not qualify, such as those who go bankrupt for free and those who receive government financial support, to gamble or engage in play areas. Games on all platforms and venues.
Casinos are currently subject to this rule. In a second announcement, the Department of Family and Social Development (MSF) stated that it would extend the exclusion programmer to all public tenants and residents. Currently, the exclusion programmed applies to tenants six months or more behind on their rent. “This measure will reduce the detrimental effects of gambling on them and their families,” MSF stated.