Good morning. Widespread regulation of Asia’s online gambling industry by governments keen to raise revenue after Covid hasn’t yet happened, but the issue has not gone away. Malaysia has renewed its rumblings about legislation and licenses, while the Laos government is also reportedly keen to follow the same route.
What you need to know
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On the radar
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What the papers say
- Saipan court greenlights release of more than $5m to Pacific Rim.
- Malaysia court dismisses businessman’s bid for release from jail in online gambling case.
Malaysia and Laos are considering regulating online gambling to raise tax revenue to aid the recovery of their Covid-ravaged economies. Speaking in parliament last week, Malaysia’s Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin said the ministry has proposed the drafting of new laws to allow them to tax, regulate and license online gambling. Meanwhile, Laos has already issued three online gambling licenses, according to Danny Too, general manager of Cherry Interactive, who has spoken with officials of both governments.
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