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Malaysia: online gambling operators resume activities despite raids

Malaysia: online gambling operators resume activities despite raids
Operators of online gambling premises seem to be purposely undermining the law as they continue to operate despite being repeatedly raided by local authorities.
Malaysia | 12/30/2016

Operators of online gambling premises seem to be purposely undermining the law as they continue to operate despite being repeatedly raided by local authorities.

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epang Municipal Council disclosed there were operators who were raided 18 times but were back in business three hours later.

"They remain undaunted by the authorities as the existing laws do nothing to curb these activities," said Enforcement Division deputy director Hairol Azman Razali.

"MPSepang (council) has provisions under the Cyber Centres and Cyber Cafes (MPSepang) By-Laws 2007, but our role is limited to the task of seizing things.

"Compared to the Gambling Act under the jurisdiction of other authorities, the provisions of these laws are more extensive and have the power to prosecute owners in courts," he said after leading operations against illegal online in Dengkil.

Hairol Azman said 200 raids were conducted this year and 18,684 computers worth RM2mil were seized

Dengkil recorded the highest rate of illegal gambling activities with 112 premises sealed and most of the patrons are civil servants from Putrajaya.

Hairol Azman said they had sought the cooperation of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and the police to restrict access to illegal gambling sites, mostly from abroad.

Earlier, the operation which took about two hours saw 11 gambling premises raided and dozens of computers seized, with the total worth of the confiscated items estimated at RM275,000.

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