Reports surfaced on Friday, January 3rd, 2014, that New Year's Eve in Malaysia had more than a friendly bottle of bubbly and fireworks in the air where an online gambling raid ended with 48 suspects in custody.
Illegal online gambling dens in three locations were raided in the provinces of Sibi and Sarawak as the Malaysian police moved to crack down on Internet gambling. The raid left 19 employees and 29 customers under arrest and more than 300 computers were seized during the bust.
During a press conference Miri police chief ACP Mun Kock Keong said the operation was the biggest in 2013.
“We are committed to crippling such activities, and those errant people who intend to set up such businesses within commercial buildings or houses will face the music.”
The commitment to eliminate illegal online gaming in 2014 was stressed by district police chief ACP Mohd Kamal Kordi in Sibu.
"We will work closely with the local authority," Kamal said, according to InterGame. "We will also work with the electricity provider to cut supply to such [Internet gambling operations] so that they will not be able to operate."
Lotteries and betting on horse racing are some of the forms of gambling that are allowed in Malaysia but when the line is crossed into Internet gambling and the business is managed from an office, it is illegal and a crime punishable by the government.
The laws governing offshore Internet gambling operators are not as defined since Maylasian authorities do not have legal jurisdiction over international sites. Hence Malaysian gamblers manage to place bets through some of the world's biggest online gambling sites.