"CYBER CASINOS - Police, Authorities action overdue" 
(4 October 2001)

KOTA KINABALU, - The Ministry of Local Government and Housing and the Kota Kinabalu City Hall proposals on cyber cafe premises can only improve control and regulation of the premises. In order to curb gaming activities in the cyber cafes, stricter enforcement by the local authorities and police is necessary. As far as illegal gaming activities are concerned, there is no jurisdiction by any authority to grant grace period or amnesty. 

The local authorities, including Kota Kinabalu City Hall, can supply written information to the police for action against cyber cafes which conduct gaming activities. This is because the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953 has been amended by [Common Gaming Houses (Amendment) Act 2000] which provided that the Police may act upon written information (Section 21 A (1) ). The same amendments which were debated on October 17 - 18, 2000 and passed by the Parliament on October 18, 2000 have also stipulated:- 

1) definitions of new gaming offences 

2) punishment of a fine of RM10,000 to RM100,000 per machine and a imprisonment of not more than 5 years 

3) powers to the Police, if there is good reason to believe that a premise is being used for gaming; a) to close the premises b) to seize gaming machines, c) to apply to Sabah Electricity Sdn. Bhd. to disconnect electricity supply to the premises. 

Some cyber casinos are public knowledge and operate in blatant disregard for the authorities. It is already overdue for the local authorities and Police to act against cyber casinos which seriously affect the people including students.

 


Datuk Yong Teck Lee
Member of Parliament for P150 Gaya / State Assemblyman for N13 Likas

 

 

 

 

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