12 investigated for illegal gambling at Bukit Panjang HDB unit, breaking Covid-19 rules

Seven men and five women, aged between 21 and 70, are being investigated for illegal gambling and breaching safe distancing measures.

The police said in a statement that officers from Jurong Police Division conducted an operation at a residential unit along Gangsa Road in Bukit Panjang on June 10 at about 9pm.

They found 12 people purportedly gathering and engaging in gambling-related activities.

They are all being investigated for not complying with safe distancing measures.

Of the 12 people being investigated, a 55-year-old woman and a 53-year-old man were also arrested for allegedly using the unit as a common gaming house.

Three other women and another man, aged between 48 and 70, are being investigated for gaming in a common gaming house.

Cash and gambling-related paraphernalia were seized as case exhibits.

Police investigations are ongoing.

Anyone found guilty of using a place as a common gaming house may be fined S$5,000 to S$50,000 and jailed for up to three years.

Suspects convicted of gaming in a common gaming house face a fine of up to S$5,000, up to six months' imprisonment or both.

The police said they take a serious view against all forms of illegal gambling activities and will continue to take tough enforcement action against those involved, in accordance with the law.

"Members of the public are advised not to engage in any form of illegal gambling and to comply with the prevailing safe distancing measures."