Singapore is already known for strict laws targeting social activity. However, there are no existing laws or regulations that target online gambling. This will soon change as there are promises of swift changes coming from the Singapore parliament.
A bill called the Remote Gambling Bill was introduced which would ban remote gambling operators at the local and foreign level. This includes gambling by phone or other electronic method. The result is a block would be placed on unauthorized gambling sites by Internet service providers. Banks would also be forced to block any payments going to and coming from gambling sites.
Blocking websites is nothing out of the ordinary for Singapore. The country already restricts about 100 websites that promote unwelcome material. Some firms in the country could receive an exemption. The firms would need to be a local non-profit that is already complying with established legal standards.
The reason tight regulations against Internet gambling are needed is to protect citizens who could be at risk or being harmed. This would typically include young and vulnerable people. However, people who want to play can typically find a way around any new laws. However, the basic premise is to prevent a casual gambler from accessing banned sites.