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The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission said it has blocked 2,195 online gambling websites and terminated 19,765 telephone lines for sending spam SMS messages promoting gambling.
Hong Kong police have busted a gambling den, arresting 65 people, including a 28-year old constable. The police officer has been suspended from duty.
Thai police have arrested 34 in a bust on an online gambling operation being carried out from inside a cargo container near the Cambodian border, where wagers exceeded THB1 billion ($33.2 million).
Thailand’s Pattaya region business leaders are reportedly divided over whether opening legal casinos would mitigate Thailand’s illegal gambling problem.
Thai police have busted a large illegal gambling operation operating out of a luxury resort in the north of the company, arresting 34 people. Police seized 26 slot machines, 29 sets of cards, 60 chips and a Baccarat table.
In yet another sign of how Covid-19 may fundamentally change the gambling landscape in Asia, Thai media is reporting that the government is open to studying whether to legalize gambling.
Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has said he's willing to consider whether to legalize gambling to help stamp out rampant illegal betting, even though he personally is against the idea.
Thai police have arrested 21 people, 16 of them foreigners, following a weekend raid on an illegal gambling operation in the beach resort of Pattaya.
Bangkok police arrested 94 people during a raid to stop illegal gambling in a casino that was operated by 27 people, 13 of whom were foreign nationals. Senior police face inquiry on allegations of negligence.
Malaysia's Department of Integrity and Compliance Standards (JIPS) of the Royal Malaysia Police says it continues to receive many complaints from the public alleging the police are failing in their responsibilities to enforce the law, especially against illegal gambling and drug trafficking.