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Singapore Government

National Council on Problem Gambling

National Council on Problem Gambling

The Council helps individuals and their families deal with problem gambling and seeks to minimise the impact of problem gambling on society.

What We Do

National Council on Problem GamblingOur mission is to work with the community to reduce the impact of problem gambling on individuals, families and society.

Key Responsibilities:

1. To provide advice and feedback to the Ministry on social concerns related to problems arising from gambling.

2. To execute Casino Exclusions and Visit Limits in accordance with the Casino Control Act and within prevailing policies on casino social safeguards.

3. To support and implement effective programmes with regard to:

  • Public education and outreach on problem gambling;
  • Public communications and consultation of stakeholders on gambling-related issues;
  • Responsible gambling practices by legalised gambling operators;
  • Research into problem gambling; and
  • Prevention and treatment services for problem gamblers and their families.

The Ministry provides Secretariat support to the Council.

Council Members

The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) is a council comprising 18 members with expertise in psychiatry and psychology, social services, counselling, legal, rehabilitative as well as religious services. 

Council Chairman

Mr Tan Kian Hoon
Managing Director, Suntec Real Estate Consultants Pte Ltd

Council Vice-Chairman

Mr Gerald Singham
Deputy Managing Partner, Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP and Chairman, National Crime Prevention Council


Mr Abdul Hamid Abdullah
Director, Association of Malay Professionals (AMP)

Professor David Chan
Professor of Psychology and Director of the Behavioural Sciences Institute, Singapore Management University

Dr Cecilia Chu
Clinical Psychologist, Raffles Counselling Centre, Raffles Hospital

Mr Nicholas Aaron Khoo
Co-founder,, and Chairman, NCPG Youth Sub-Committee

Mr Kua Soon Khe
Chief Executive, Singapore Buddhist Federation

Ms Annie Lee
Executive Secretary, Association for Professionals Specialising in Addiction Counselling, Singapore

Mr Jackie Lee Choon Yau
Chairman & Group CEO, clickTRUE Pte Ltd and Founder, Hardware Zone Pte Ltd

Mr Ling Kin Huat
1st Vice President, Taoist Federation (Singapore)

Mr Samuel Ng
CEO, Montfort Care

Mr Seah Ching Siong
President and CEO, Singapore Institute of Management

A/P Seng Boon Kheng
Professor and Head of Social Work Programme, School of Human Development and Social Services, Singapore University of Social Sciences

Mr Sowaran Singh
Family Mediator (Family Dispute Resolution), Family Justice Courts

Dr Tan Hwee Sim
Consultant Psychiatrist, Raffles Counselling Centre, Raffles Hospital

Ms Teo Lin Lee
Director, Meishin International

Mr P Thirunal Karasu
Director, Singcorp International Pte Ltd

Professor Brenda Yeoh
Director, Humanities & Social Science Research Office of Deputy President (Research & Technology), National University of Singapore

Background of NCPG

The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) was appointed in August 2005 by the Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS)* as part of Singapore’s national framework to address problem gambling.

The Council’s first two-year term began on 31 August 2005.

*The Ministry was restructured on 1 November 2012 to become the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF).