Courts in Malaysia have ruled online gambling an offense under the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953.
According to reports, the decision was made by Court of Appeal judges, who rejected a request by a former gambling house operator.
The ruling comes in regard to an online gambling location without physical equipment.
It specifies that “there is no requirement in the law for the equipment to exist physically on the premises”.
“What’s more, in this case, computers and laptops are considered ‘gaming machines.’ Even though technology is advancing, Act 289 is applicable to any form of more sophisticated equipment in line with technological progress,” stated the Deputy Public Prosecutor, as cited by MalayMail.
“In conclusion, premises for online computer gambling without any physical equipment fall within the definition of a ‘common gaming house’ under Section 2(d) of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953,” stated the official.