Online gambling is prohibited in the Southeast Asian country of Malaysia, which is why there are no Malaysian online casinos, and no plans to regulate online gambling any time soon. The Malaysian government is also cracking down on citizens who gamble online at foreign-owned sites by prosecuting the owners of the internet cafes that allow access to said sites. However, to date no online gamblers have themselves been prosecuted.
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Gambling In Malaysia
The only forms of gambling permitted in Malaysia are casino games, horse race betting and the lottery, although all casino games are limited to a single land casino in the country. Gambling arcades used to be widespread in Malaysia, but they were banned in 2000 due to the fact the government believed they were helping to corrupt the nation's youth.
But despite Malaysia's gambling laws and regulations, many Malaysian gamblers continue to frequent 'underground' sports betting and gambling operations, a situation that the Malaysian government is currently attempting to address.
Online Gambling In Malaysia
Online gambling is prohibited in Malaysia, which is why there are no Malaysian online casinos or any other internet gambling operations to be found. This 'ban', however, has not prevented many Malaysian online gambling fans from signing up at foreign online gambling sites.
Aware of this, the Malaysian government has attempted to curb this practice by prosecuting the owners of Malaysian internet cafes who do not block access to such sites, and by instructing Malaysian banks not to process online gambling-related payments. However, both of these measures are difficult to enforce.
Which is why some online casinos accept players from Malaysia, although few offer Malay language versions or accept the Ringgit as a currency. However, this has not deterred Malaysian gambling fans eager to play online.