KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has directed telecommunication companies to terminate more than 8,000 telephone numbers for spreading Short Messaging Services (SMS) for gambling purposes.
The Deputy Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Datuk Jailani Johari said MCMC had also received 416 complaints from the public regarding gambling-based SMS from 2015 until March this year.
“The MCMC has filed a complaint data, identifying telephone numbers to be barred and sent for further investigation to the police,” he told the Dewan Negara, here today.
He was replying to a question from Senator Datuk Zali Mat Yasin who wanted the ministry to clarify if MCMC had special measures to curb or take effective legal action against online gambling activities.
He further explained that the ministry was in close collaboration with the police to eradicate online gambling and related scams.
Jailani said among the measures taken to curb the growth of online gambling webites was the implementation of restricted access to websites that offered gambling-based services.
“From 2012 until March 2016, a total of 664 websites have been restricted of their access by MCMC, based on written requests from the police for the offence under the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953,” he said.
According to him, the cooperation between MCMC and the law enforcement authorities was not only restricted to the police, and that of gambling activities.
He said the MCMC authorities also had close collaboration with other agencies like the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism (MDTCC), Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) and the Bank Negara to curb online scamming activities.
He said that in 2014, MCMC blocked 2,268 sites; with 538 of them at the request of law enforcement agencies while 1,730 websites were blocked based on the provisions of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.
Meanwhile, last year, a total of 2,203 websites were blocked, with 631 blocked at the request of agencies such as the police, Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism (MDTCC) dan Jakim, whereas 1,572 were barred under the provisions of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.
Jailani said that the blocking of webpages would be the final resort taken by the MCMC authorities in addressing online gambling and scams. – BERNAMA