Police say they need hard evidence to crack down on match-fixing cartels, after coming under pressure to arrest suspected ringleaders of networks which targeted hundreds of football games in Europe and beyond
Singapore authorities have come under criticism for an apparent inaction on the matter. Police are assisting Europol at the moment, but are seeking “concrete evidence”.
"Syndicated match-fixing is a complex global problem that can only be effectively eradicated if all countries work together to combat the scourge," it said in a statement.
The latest news raised potential problems for Singapore's reputation, as well as questions about how authorities are dealing with the match-fixing syndicates, analysts said.
"This story has the potential to severely damage the global reputation of Singapore as a safe and ethical financial hub in Asia," said Jonathan Galaviz, managing director of US-based consultancy Galaviz & Co, who has closely watched Asia's gaming industry.
"Singapore's public policy makers need to reassess whether they have enough resources dedicated to monitoring and enforcing laws relating to illegal gambling and sports corruption in the country," he told AFP.
"It looks like this global investigation has a long way to go and Singapore's government must get ahead of the curve on it quickly.
"Major questions will arise as to what the government authorities in Singapore knew, when did they know it, and why this illegal network running out of Singapore was not caught sooner.
"What is disturbing about this case is that it seems that Singapore's status as a financial hub was potentially being used for nefarious purposes, and that is going to be extremely disturbing to a lot of people."
Interpol secretary Ronald Noble told the Straits Times that the small, wealthy country's "reputation would continue to suffer" until arrests are made.
For Singapore this is a dubious world honour.
How come the Singapore Police appear to have been caught with their pants in their mouth?
Right in their backyard !
If this is proven correct the Commissioner of Police and the Minister in charge should resign out of command responsibility. How could they not realise that the world's biggest crooks are in their backyard ? What other such crooks are lurking in Singapore and using Singapore to create chaos around the world?
As a Singaporean I am ashamed to the core.
The Police have been cracking down on minnows of crime in Singapore and many times end up supporting the guilty at the expense of the innocent on simple one to one cases.
You want proof I can give you proof.
Disgraceful and shameful.
REVAMP THE POLICE>