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No more bets : Gamblers caught in cybercafes face six-month jail term – by Aizat Sharif and G. Prakash – 27th Sep 2011

In Uncategorized on January 18, 2012 at 3:02 pm

PETALING JAYA: Taking a leaf out of their Penang counterparts’ book, Selangor police are adopting a hardline stance on gamblers in internet cafes. They are now ready to arrest those caught patronising such outlets, with a potential six-month jail-term awaiting those found guilty. Previously, patrons found in the outlets during raids only had their statements recorded, with the cybercafe operators being the only ones charged. Now, they can be investigated under Section 7 (2) of the Common Gaming House Act 1953 which carries a fine up to RM5,000, a maximum six-month jail term or both. Errant or repeated gambling operators can be charged under the Restricted Resident Act 1933. Selangor police chief Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah viewed this move as the  rst step towards eradicating gambling in the State. He said the gambling menace had been a nuisance for years, forcing police to review how they tackle the issue.

Tun Hisan said the move made sense, as gamblers themselves were major contributors to the cybercafe operators’ income. “Without gamblers, the operators won’t have any business. As such, action against the operators only won’t solve the issue; both must be tackled at the same time,” he told The Malay Mail. He said action was all the more imperative as some of the gamblers were minors. On when the move would take place, Tun Hisan said the crackdown on gamblers would come into effect “very soon”.

It was reported that syndicates involved in cybercafe-based online gambling raked in around RM5 million a month. Illegal gambling outlets such as these also continued to be a thorn in the side, with Selangor police having conducted 3,876 raids at illegal gambling premises throughout the State in the first six months of this year. Cybercafes violate conditions of licences Datuk M. Saravanan The mushrooming of these outlets has also frustrated the Kuala Lumpur authorities. In 2009, Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk M. Saravanan (pic) claimed that as many as 90 per cent of the cybercafes in Kuala Lumpur were involved in illegitimate online gambling by adding gambling software in their computers. He said Kuala Lumpur City Hall had issued cybercafe licences in the hope that people would be computer educated, but from surprise checks, the licences of a number of cybercafe operators were found to have been violated.

The methods used to avoid detection made it difficult to shut down the premises. It was not known whether Kuala Lumpur police plan to follow suit. Penang police chief Datuk Ayub Yaakob announced on Sunday they would charge patrons caught gambling in cybercafes. He cited a growing trend of gamblers flocking to such cybercafes as the main reason behind the move. ON the outside, it looks like any other cybercafe. Once you go in, you realise it is a gambling hub. For one to start gambling in these so-called cybercafes is easy: Just spend five minutes watching someone play and you will know everything that’s needed to start you gambling with the user-friendly computers.

Cybercafes offering gambling games charged a minimum of RM5 or sometimes RM10, depending on the rates to start gambling or taking bets. Once money is paid, the gambler gets a certain amount of points to start playing.

For instance, for RM10, they may get 500 points. If they lose, points get deducted. If they win, they get more points. The bets differ, based on the type of games played. At the end of each gaming session, the players can redeem their cash based on points gained or go back empty-handed if they lose their bets. The games available in the computers include the classic ‘Jackpot’ where you earn points if the picture array, usually depicted by fruits, gets a match of three to five.

Other casino games such as ‘Blackjack’, ‘Roulette’ and ‘Three Pictures’ are also available. Most illegal cybercafes also have state-of-the-art security systems where, if there are raids, the caretaker could switch off the games on all the monitors by pushing a button on his computer. There are also cybercafes where only regular customers are allowed in.

These are usually cybercafes that have been raided before but are back in business through a different operator. For such cybercafes, the main entrance would be locked and one would have to ring the door bell to enter. The caretaker would decide whether to let you in or not. They also have closed-circuit television cameras at the entrance and at other strategic locations — mainly to keep an eye on the authorities.

On July 20 last year, Sentul police raided a cybercafe in Taman Mas Tiara, Jalan Ipoh, where bets of up to RM15,000 were being taken when it was raided. In the raid, police seized 16 jackpot machines and 23 computers, worth a total of about RM45,000.

[[[ *** RESPONSE *** ]]]

This is a childish incursion of dated laws on adults. Who the hell are these mere citizens to force people to not do what they want. What we do with OUR money is OUR business. Vote these idiots out and change the laws to allow gambling.

Everyone can decide if they want to gamble or not. None of your business and nothing against Muslims or the Police of course, BUT this is NOT your money, your time, or your premises. We bought and earned all of the above and will not tolerate your abuse of our human right to self determinism in consensual gambling with our fellow citizens. It’s fun for us though idiots will indeed bankrupt themselves as well.

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. Human Rights Charter Article 3. : Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Gambling is a liberty for all not prohibited by their religion. Allow current 4D outlets individual licenses, and to offer conventional card and dice, or one armed bandit games to the public. At most impose a maximum loss limit based on salaries and earnings. People who overshoot loss limits, can be barred from entering. Human Rights Charter Article 8. Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law. Consensual gambling between adults in premises they own or legally rent is a Human Right.

The effective remedy is to amend the offending laws. In the interim, arrests and fines shall not be levied against the Gambling Community of Sovereign Citizens. Human Rights Charter Article 12. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

These laws are arbitrary interference with what gamblers consider fun. Everyone using their own money has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks. Again nothing against the police or Muslims. BN treats the citizens like children by taking away Human Rights as shown above. Vote for freedom. PR or 3rd force. Take a leaf from Penang? Don;t be foolish, DAP = PAP = Orwellian society.

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