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This week the Malaysian government announced plans to remove loopholes in the country's current laws that allow punters to gamble online.
The laws will be changed to amend the Common Gaming House Act of 1953 and will block Malaysians from accessing betting sites and mobile apps, which facilitate betting in the country. Gambling is currently illegal in Malaysia, save for a select location where it is allowed in limited applications. Politicians are currently debating how to change the law, as an amendment or straight change in the law is possible.
Speaking about the issue Malaysian Deputy PM Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said, "Special attention should be given to improve online gambling laws because online gambling activities, which can be conducted via smartphones, are becoming rampant right now."
Illegal betting is a big issue in the Asian island country, as foreign nationals are routinely caught running gambling dens or illegal websites in the country. We'll be updating readers as we learn more about the changes.