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

  • Macau’s highest court has upheld a ruling that found Wynn Macau jointly liable with junket operator Dore Entertainment for the repayment of a HK$6 million debt to a VIP player.
  • The Victorian government has named former health department secretary Fran Thorn as chair of the new casino regulatory body as the state seeks to shore up oversight of the industry.
  • Tourism is likely to rebound faster than business travel in the Asia Pacific region in 2022, with the operating environment for airports likely to improve, Fitch Ratings said.

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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.
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Malaysia/Laos eye online gambling legislation as Covid bites

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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