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Malaysia Makes Internet Gambling Bust

6 June 2011 by admin

malaysia_mapAmerica, Australia, China… It doesn’t seem to matter where you go. Everywhere you can think of that has restrictions or bans on online gambling, you will see people eager to bend or break the rules. In general, prohibitions against things like gambling don’t seem to be very effective because the people don’t see anything wrong with doing the activity. Your average person agrees with laws against theft, murder and vandalism because they understand that the action is wrong. When it comes to gambling, though, people are unable to understand why the government doesn’t want to let them spend their own money to play a game.

For that reason, people find their way around the laws. One of the most popular ways of doing that worldwide is through Internet cafes. The cafes sell time on computers to surf the internet, but their real purpose is to visit a casino online. In some cases, a loophole makes the activity legal, because the money isn’t directly connected to the game. In other cases, the Internet cafes are illegal but are run anyway. That seems to be the case with a recent bust in Malaysia.

According to Bernama, the state-run news agency, Malaysian police recently arrested 26 men in connection to an illegal online gambling operation running out of an Internet café. The operation took place at cafés in 14 different locations. Of the 26 arrested, 13 were customers while the other 13 were guarding the premises. According to police, the Internet cafés were nothing more than fronts for the gambling businesses.

In addition to the arrests, police confiscated 198 computers and 6,880 Malaysian Ringgits (approximately $2,292 U.S. dollars). The suspects were arrested for violating the Common Gaming Houses Act of 1953.

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