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Singapore regulators have vowed to be “brutal and unrelentingly hard” on bad crypto behaviour as local industry behemoths are facing their demise amid crypto winter.
In an interview with FT published on Thursday, the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s (MAS) chief fintech officer Sopnendu Mohanty said a state-backed alternative to private cryptos can be expected within three years.
“We have been called out by many cryptocurrencies for not being friendly,” he said on behalf of MAS. “My response has been: friendly for what? Friendly for a real economy or friendly for some unreal economy?”
“We have no tolerance for any market bad behaviour. If somebody has done a bad thing, we are brutal and unrelentingly hard.”
Since the collapse of LUNA last month, the wider crypto industry is suffering from contagion. Singapore-based Three Arrows Capital (3AC) saw the value of its LUNA position fall from US$559.6 million to US$670, and is now facing insolvency.
“I think the world at large is lost . . . in private currency, which is causing all this market turmoil,” said Mohanty, adding that the Little Red Dot enforced a “painfully slow” and “extremely draconian due diligence process” for licensing crypto businesses.
That said, Crypto.com announced yesterday that MAS granted the Singapore exchange an in-principle approval to deal in cryptocurrencies. Another two companies – Genesis and Sparrow Tech – also received provisional licences.