rime Minister Hun Sen signed last week a directive to ban all kinds of online gambling and arcade gambling in the country, saying Cambodia would not depend on income from it.
"All kinds of online and arcade gambling in the Kingdom are illegal and that it must end all these businesses by the end of 2019," the order said. "Samdech Prime Minister said that Cambodia needed to develop the country base on natural and cultural heritage tourism but not based on an income from online gambling."
Mr Hun Sen also said that some licensed online gambling operations rigged their games and threatened those who are not able to repay their gambling debt, Khmer Times reports.
The Chinese government also has expressed support for Cambodia’s decision to ban all online and arcade gambling, saying China stands ready to work with Cambodia to take effective measures to deepen law enforcement.