I’m outraged and I’m disgusted.
I came home from work today and read the news that the Singapore government had allowed Singapore Pools and Singapore Turf Club to operate online betting services.
Just like that.
No Parliamentary debate. No call for public feedback or consultation. No protests from any PAP minister or member of Parliament. No squeak from the National Council on Problem Gambling.
Maybe I missed all of that, let me know if I’ve not been keeping up with the news.
(Update: A reader shared the 2014 Parliamentary debate on this matter, thank you! This obviously flew under most of our noses. Here’s the brief 2014 Straits Times story covering it, and I thank MPs Denise Phua, Png Eng Huat, Pritam Singh and NCMP Yee Jenn Jong for trying to prevent today’s tragic situation.)
When do we really have a say?
People like to call Singapore a nanny state. Honestly, I do not mind living in a nanny state if the nanny appears to know what it is doing for the people’s well-being.
Sometimes, this nanny state insists it wants to have a conversation with its citizens to solicit your precious feedback. Other times, you do not know best, so let their experts decide.