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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. Provide advice and feedback to the Ministry on social concerns related to gambling, gambling problems and problem gambling.

2. Support and implement effective programmes with regard to:

  • Public education on problem gambling;
  • Public communications and consultation of stakeholders with regard to gambling, gambling problems and problem gambling;
  • Responsible gambling practices of legalised gambling operators;
  • Research into problem gambling; and
  • Prevention and treatment services for problem gamblers and their families.

3. Execute casino exclusions and casino visit limits in accordance with the Casino Control Act and within prevailing policies on casino social safeguards.

Council Members

The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) is a council comprising 17 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
Partner, Rodyk & Davidson LLP


Professor David Chan
Director, Behavioural Sciences Institute, Singapore Management University

Dr Cecilia Chu
Clinical Psychologist, Raffles Counselling Centre

Mr Muhammad Effendy bin Ibrahim
Marketing Director (Asia Pacific), Veeam Software

Mr Nicholas Aaron Khoo
Director, Managed Risk Services, Asia Pacific and Japan, CYBS Singapore Pte Ltd

Mr Kua Soon Khe
Chief Executive, Singapore Buddhist Federation

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

Mr Nicholas Gabriel Lim
Assistant Director, Children-At-Risk Empowerment Association (CARE)

Dr Lim Yun Chin
Consultant Psychiatrist, Raffles Counselling Centre, Raffles Hospital

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

A/P Fred Long Foo Yee
Adjunct Associate Professor, Division of Psychology, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University

A/P Seng Boon Kheng
Vice Dean and Head, Social Work Programme, School of Human Development and Social Services, UNISIM

Dr Tan Hwee Sim
Clinical Psychiatrist, Raffles Counselling Centre

Mdm Teo Lin Lee
Director, Meishin International

Mr P Thirunal Karasu
Director, Singcorp International Pte Ltd

Professor Brenda Yeoh
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, 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).