20,000 Arrested for Illegal Gambling in Malaysia This Year

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Law enforcement officials in Malaysia have revealed that more than 20,000 people have been arrested in the country this year for illegal gambling.

The announcement comes after police announced that they arrested 32 people for gambling-related infractions recently. Year to date numbers reveal that 2,158 raids have been conducted across the country, with 6,168 people arrested for online gambling. 16,345 gaming machines have also been seized. Other illegal gambling raids saw 14,780 people arrested, with 16,275 machines seized.

A statement from Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun shared his opinion, revealing: "Illegal gambling is not only a plague on society but also invites negative perception towards the police, who are seen as the sole agency responsible for combating this menace."

Gambling as a whole is largely illegal in Malaysia, with limited betting allowed at a handful of spots. The country is among the leaders in terms of illegal gambling arrests, showing that there's a market for possible gambling legalization. That appears to be a pipedream though, as lawmakers have shown no interest in the activity, claiming its socially harmful.

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Kingston Li // Asia Correspondent
Kingston Li
Kingston is a big fan of Baccarat and Texas Hold'em Poker and has tested his skills in tournaments around Asia and the world. He covers the latest gambling news from Asia for Casino Listings. In his spare time, Kingston enjoys hiking, video gaming, and playing disc golf.
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24 July 2018 - 3:41pm

Well..the numbers are 'impressive'.

We know there's a huge problem with the illegal gambling in these parts of the world and Malaysia is not the only country in the region which is suffering from that and I could only imagine what's the number of illegal players and generally if 20 000 were just the arrested there.

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25 July 2018 - 3:51pm

Wow, the numbers are very big, raids, arrests, seized machine. They got this many in the first half of this year, and let's see how many they arrest by the end of this year 🙂