Crypto exchange Binance has withdrawn its license application for pursuing digital payment token (DPT) services in Singapore. Starting today, Binance.sg has stopped onboarding new users and will not allow Singaporeans to deposit cryptocurrencies or fiat on the exchange.
By Feb 13, 2022, Binance plans to “wind down” all services that relate to dealing with cryptocurrency tokens. However, the exchange announced to take no responsibility for the users’ assets after the self-determined deadline:
“With immediate effect, users must start to make plans to withdraw their crypto and fiat from Binance.sg. Accounts of registered users who have not passed KYC will be suspended.”
Binance Singapore users are currently allowed to buy and sell crypto using their existing assets until Jan. 12, 2022. Starting Jan. 13, Binance.sg users will be barred from buying and selling crypto. During this phase:
“Users can only withdraw and move their crypto to third-party platforms or crypto wallets; and/or withdraw their SGD. All accounts must be closed by 13 February 2022.”
Binance plans to make further arrangements to release users’ assets upon an official request to the company’s customer service.
Following the final date, Binance will not allow any Singapore users to close positions or withdraw crypto assets. “The locked crypto assets will be held in an escrow account and your fiat assets will be transferred to your StraitsX Personal Account,” the announcement read.
“We recommend that you take action as soon as possible before the deadline for account closure (13 February 2022). Please note that BAS will not be held responsible for any losses that result from your failure to withdraw your assets and close your account by 13 February 2022.”
Binance has not yet responded to Cointelegraph’s request for comment.
Despite the ongoing regulatory scrutiny, Binance continues to explore new jurisdictions for setting up localized crypto exchanges.
Binance is reportedly in talks with Indonesia’s richest family, the Hartonos, for launching an exchange service. According to a Bloomberg report, Binance may soon finalize a crypto venture with Hartonos-controlled PT Bank Central Asia (BCA).
If approved, the new BCA partnership will allow for the launch of a second crypto venture for Binance in Indonesia. The crypto exchange is also planning to expand to the United Kingdom in the next six to 18 months amid regulatory resistance.
Ray Schuetz received a Masters Degree in computer science from The University of Texas (Austin). Ray has been working as a full-time blockchain consultant for the past 3 years. In his spare time, Ray enjoys writing for EthereumCryptocurrency.com and other crypto news publications.