Johari: No plans to legalise football gambling


Minister of Finance II, Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani

KUALA LUMPUR: There are no plans to legalise online football betting in Malaysia, said Second Finance Minister Datuk  Johari Abdul Ghani (pic).

"The Government has no intention to legalise online sporting betting," said Johari during his ministerial replies during the Budget 2017 policy stage debates in Parliament on Wednesday.

He was responding to a question by Anthony Loke (DAP-Seremban) who sought a commitment that the Government would not grant permits for online football gambling.

Loke also urged the Government to limit the number of special lottery draws as it encouraged punters to gamble more.

"The special draw was allowed in 1999 as a means for the Government to raise revenue to assist families of victim of the Nipah virus. However, the Government continued to allow the special draw to collect extra revenue for its coffers," said Loke.

Johari replied by saying that the Government would review whether to limit or cancel permits for 22 special lottery draws by lottery operators.

"I have taken your suggestion and will give due consideration to limit or cancel the special lottery draws," he said.

Johari informed lawmakers that the Government has collected RM952mil from gambling taxes in 2014, RM637mil in 2015 and RM464mil as of September this year.
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