More Than 5000 Gambling Sites Taken Down Since 2018, Malaysia Losing Out On Billions

The government might be considering giving the greenlight to online gambling.
(Credit: Malay Mail).

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From 2018 until May 2022, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has blocked a total of 5954 online gambling sites.

“The blocking was conducted based on formal requests from the police pursuant to violations of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953.”

Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)

Between 31 October 2021 and May 2022, around 1155 online gambling sites were blocked by MCMC.

Such actions, according to MCMC, ought to be carefully supervised by the appropriate authorities because they could have an impact on the nation’s entire economy.

According to a report by The Star, online gambling costs Malaysia roughly RM 2 billion in taxes every year.

The Finance Ministry is prepared to alter the law and is thinking about the appropriate taxing mechanism to adopt, according to Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin.

In order to allow online games incorporating “betting” and “gift offers” to be regulated, the government was prompted to consider changing the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953.

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