Lee, Karim wel­come pro­posed amend­ment to gam­bling law

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SIBU: The move to amend the Com­mon Gam­ing Houses Act 1953 is long over­due as there is a need to add more bite to the Act with gam­bling be­com­ing very so­phis­ti­cated th­ese days, said Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.

The Malaysian Crime Preven­tion Foun­da­tion ( MCPF) se­nior vicechair­man also pointed out that there is a need to up­date the Act to cope with the tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances as it is dif­fi­cult to check and trace on­line gam­bling.

“In the past, the gam­bling was not so high tech. But now, gam­bling has gone very high tech and can be done on­line.

“Hence, there is a need to amend the Act, which dated back to 1953 dur­ing the colo­nial era,” he told The Bor­neo Post yes­ter­day.

Lee was com­ment­ing on Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi’s re­cent state­ment that the Com­mon Gam­ing Houses Act 1953 would be amended to com­bat on­line gam­bling.

Mean­while, As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Youth and Sports Datuk Ab­dul Karim Rahman Hamzah also wel­comed the news on the pro­posed amend­ment of the Act to curb on­line gam­bling.

“How­ever, I have yet to study this pro­posed amend­ment and do hope it could cur­tail on­line gam­bling,” Ab­dul Karim, who is Asa­jaya assem­bly­man said.

Ah­mad Zahid re­port­edly said a draft of the amend­ment had been sub­mit­ted to the At­tor­ney- Gen­eral’s Cham­bers and would be tabled at the Par­lia­ment sit­ting in March.

He also said on­line gam­bling was a prob­lem which was se­ri­ous and ef­forts to com­bat this ac­tiv­ity which in­volved the use of on­line equip­ment was mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for the au­thor­i­ties to take ac­tion.

Ah­mad Zahid, who is also Home Min­is­ter, was fur­ther quoted as say­ing that on­line gam­bling op­er­a­tors were cun­ning and used var­i­ous tac­tics to avoid ac­tion by the au­thor­i­ties.

Ah­mad Zahid was speak­ing to re­porters at the Utu­san Me­layu Vet­er­ans Club ( KVUM) Char­ity Tea and trib­ute to the late Ah­mad Idris at De­wan Utu­san Me­layu in Kuala Lumpur on Tues­day.

Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye

Datuk Ab­dul Karim Rahman Hamzah

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