Gerakan Supports Proposal To Amend Laws To Tackle Online Gambling

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 27 (Bernama) -- Gerakan supports a home ministry proposal to amend laws to tackle online gambling, says party deputy president Datuk Dr Cheah Soon Hai.

He said as online gambling had become increasingly popular, it might exacerbate social problems and encourage pathological gambling.

"I suggest the government conduct a thorough study on online gambling and associated cybercrimes before proposing amendments to the existing laws.

"It is necessary for the authorities to take into account the broad diffusion and complex operations of cybercriminal activities, including various forms of online gambling," he said in a statement here Friday.

On Thursday in Parliament, Home Deputy Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said the ministry was looking at amending existing laws to curb widespread illegal online gambling.

He said the amendments would cover provisions under the Communications and Multimedia Act, Lotteries Act, Common Gaming House Act and Betting Ordinance 1953.

Dr Cheah said the sprouting of online gambling websites and use of short messaging service (SMS) by operators to reach the public via text messages was changing the way illegal gambling was operated traditionally in gaming houses or cyber cafes.

"Our laws must keep pace with 'very intelligent and professional' online gaming syndicates. It is important that we react proactively by having up-to-date law to give more bite to the authorities to fight online gambling," he said.






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