Malaysia Changes Laws to Stop Online Gambling

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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.

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1 November 2017 - 10:25am

many sites from malaysia looking players from my country by spamming via sms or email. I don't know how they have a mobile number. maybe buy a database. they are not really in managing the site. it is marked with a fraud license from first cagayan or pagcor. funny that they often renamed the site if many complain and not paying any winnings.


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1 November 2017 - 12:40pm

I think from another point of view, I feel disagree if the government considers online casinos to be gamblers, which in their view of gambling is unlawful, but they do not judge in a positive way from online casinos, because I believe all the things there are advantages and disadvantages of it, why they think online casinos is a violation of the law where there are many activities that are very influential on the development of the world, is not it, I hope the government can review the policy of online casino problems, try to understand the existence of an online casino, because basically we all want to find a good life, but so far I consider the casino is a sufficient road to maintain a high dream, if the government in a country guarantee the high dream of all the people, then please if the dealer intent to act decisively prohibits the existence of online casinos.

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2 November 2017 - 1:13pm

It is probably a sad day for Malaysian players. They will probably find a way to play at some dodgy sites but still it is unfortunate.

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4 November 2017 - 9:36pm

Well, if it's illegal it's.. illegal, hopefully the punter there could enjoy a genuine online gambling experience some day but as it looks now it's not going to be soon.