Malaysian Minister discusses online gambling

The officials said that there is currently no effective way to block the modality in the country.

Malaysia.- Deputy Home Minister Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman said that the country needs new measures to cover the loopholes in enforcement against online gambling and that it is difficult for authorities to crackdown mobile phone apps.

The Minister shares the country’s stance on online gambling, and said that there is currently no effective way to block online gambling servers to deal with more than 700k prepaid mobile phone accounts that could be used by syndicates, The Star Online reported. “Online gambling servers are located abroad and these are identified by their Internet Protocol (IP) addresses,” said Jamman.

“It was previously mentioned by the Communications and Multimedia Minister (Gobind Singh Deo) that there are some 700,000 dubious prepaid mobile phone accounts. This makes it hard for authorities to gather information as the gambling operators are operating underground,” he said.

Jamman also said that it is hard to prove that online gambling is taking place when there is no record of physical transaction of money. “When they are caught, they say it’s just an online game as no money is involved,” he said.

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