Law enforcement officials in Malaysia have announced that they are making preparations to crack down on illegal internet betting before the FIFA World Cup this summer, as betting traffic is set to surge in the Asian nation.
Senior Assistant Commander Roslee Chik, the Principal Assistant Director of the Police Federal Secret Societies, Gambling and Vice Division said that his group is instituting a massive cyber monitoring system to find illegal online betting activity.
Chik said that during the 2010 World Cup, Malaysian law enforcement arrested 227 people and hauled in a large amount of cash. His group is seeking to improve on those numbers, and has stepped up raids since the beginning of the year.
“We raided 270 premises throughout the country for about a month and seized RM110,124 in cash. The syndicates were believed to have collected RM 419.2 million in bets directly and via online transactions," Chik said.