Malaysia not rushed to legalise online gambling

The Malaysian police said that they don’t have plans to propose to the government the legalisation of online gambling.

Malaysia.- The Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, said that they came to this conclusion after debating that there were already gaming activities in Malaysia, including four-digit betting. The police said that they’re not in a rush to legalise the gambling activity, even if neighboring country Singapore has done so earlier this month.

The Singapore government stated that it will allow limited online betting in tightly controlled conditions in the Asian country, as it eases a law banning remote gambling. “I think we have enough means for the people to gamble; we have Magnum, Toto and so on,” Khalid said.

Khalid said that despite Singapore allowing gambling based on the country’s law, online gambling was still an offense in Malaysia: “You can go to Singapore to gamble (online), we will not interfere but it is definitely an offense anywhere in Malaysia, even if using the facility from Singapore.”

The Inspector-General of Police also proposed some amendments to the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953, although he did not share further information.