Malaysia fights against illegal gaming

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Malaysian authorities have held a crackdown on illegal gaming operations.

Malaysia.- Illegal gaming casinos have been exposed in Malaysia, leading to the confiscation of over 3,197 gambling machines. The casino equipment was seized in raids that the Police Department of Penang has been executing over the last three years, as reported by an official press in the Asian country.

Penang police chief Datuk A.Thaiveegan said that the machines were seized from 514 premises during raids first dating back to 2015. Furthermore, 988 people were detained during the police crackdown on illegal gaming activities.

“In the same period, 307 cases were charged in court and cash related to gambling activities totalling RM151,041 (US$38,687) were seized. All case items were destroyed following an instruction received from the court after its hearings,” said the police chief to local reporters.

Back in September 2017, the government announced that a national crackdown against illegal operations was receiving further economic and strategic support. While the plan is mostly focused on the iGaming sector, it is also part of a bigger framework against casino, lottery and sports betting operations.