The Kuala Lumpur Convention and Exhibition Centre in Malaysia are one of the biggest events for both local residents and tourists in the country. For locals, it’s an important event where people from all walks of life and industry come together to celebrate, learn and network. For the international visitors, it’s a chance to have fun and make some money at the same time. This year, organizers are again planning a big bash for businesses, government officials, academics and the local community. One of the highlights will be the Malaysia Casino Law Tour, which will allow visitors from outside Malaysia to be a part of the legal and business dealings in the country.
While there are several online casinos in Malaysia, there is no physical gambling allowed in the casinos in Malaysia. However, there is online gaming and it comes under the category of online casino charters or games. There are numerous online gaming options such as poker, slot machines, blackjack and other casino types. Online gambling is very popular in Malaysia, especially among the young and old. This is because many people find online casino gambling enjoyable and even a way to make money!
Malaysia’s online casino industry is worth billions of ringgit’s a year. Because of this, the law regarding online casinos in Malaysia has become quite complex and controversial. Most of the operators of online casino earn money through referral fees, which is essentially a payment made by a gamer to another who plays on that site. The law states that any online casino earn money from referral fees must be registered with the Malaysian Lottery Corporation (LMC).
Another law applicable in online casinos in Malaysia is the Anti-Money laundering and Counter Financing (AMACF) Act. The AMACF Act stipulates the requirements needed for online casinos to register with the relevant financial authority and undergo credit and verification. It also stipulates the penalties for individuals who launders money or facilitators of money laundering. The penalty for those who fail to comply are higher and more severe in nature than the penalties for individuals who register and operate casinos that do comply with the law.
Some online casinos in Malaysia have incorporated certain measures to avoid being shut down due to serious fraud and corruption. A formula for random selection of seat designs was introduced so that patronage and gaming interest could not be easily manipulated. Other measures taken include requiring all online casinos to appoint an anti-fraud and corruption unit. All online casinos in Malaysia have to ensure that their software systems and computer systems are regularly updated in order to minimize risk from online casinos being used for activities that are inappropriate.
One measure that is regularly enforced is the ban on online casinos being used for gambling purposes. The law applies strictly to online casinos that accept credit cards and other electronic means of payment. Online casinos are prohibited from allowing players to wager real money from them. There is also a ban on online casino advertising. All online casino signage and banners must comply with the standards set forth in Malaysian Consumer Electronics and Software Agency Act 2021 (the Act).
As part of complying with the law, online casino operators often follow the stipulated time limit for reporting suspected instances of corruption. Before initiating any investigation, the online casino should first consult the Attorney General’s Department for advice on whether or not a case should be launched. Once a case has been opened, the law enforcement authorities to take over and conduct their own investigation, unless the Attorney General signs off otherwise. An online casino may ask the Attorney General to sign a confidentiality agreement, but the agreement is private and confidential between the online casino and the Attorney General. Once such agreement has been signed, the online casino is bound by it.
Many online casinos have been forced to close down in the past because of the application of the law by Malaysian authorities. Many of them have resorted to changing their business name to avoid association with the law. Others have moved to other offshore locations. But the online casinos in Malaysia have remained open and continue to serve the gaming community in keeping with the spirit of the law.