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Singapore Turf Club, Singapore Pools seek remote gambling services exemption

No exemptions have been granted to date.

Singapore Turf Club and Singapore Pools have asked for certificates of exemption from the Remote Gambling Act, according to a release by the Ministry of Home Affairs. 

The Remote Gambling Act (RGA) came into operation on 2 Feb 2015. Since then, several hundred websites which provide remote gambling services have been blocked. 

In addition, financial institutions and financial service providers have been directed to block credit card and other payment transactions related to remote gambling.

The MHA said that it will evaluate and assess the applications based on the criteria set out in Section 26 of the RGA before deciding whether or not to grant a certificate of exemption.

In addition, the MHA will assess whether the applicant is able to meet the stringent requirements to be imposed on any exempt operator. These requirements include the need for robust social safeguards, and measures to maintain gaming integrity (including the integrity of the ICT infrastructure and platform), and to address law and order concerns. 

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