The Malaysian deputy minister for federal territories, Datuk M. Saravanan has made the claim that almost 90 percent of cyber cafes in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur are taking part in illegal online gambling activities by including gambling software on their computers.
The minister warned that the government would not tolerate this situation, and that the police would continue a strong crackdown on illegal gambling, reports the national news agency Bernama.
"The Kuala Lumpur City Hall issued the cyber cafe licences in the hope that the people would be computer literate, but from the surprise checks conducted, we find the licences issued to cyber cafe operators have been abused," the minister said in a closing address to the Youth Cultural Fiesta Programme.
"I am disappointed because almost all the cyber cafes are found to be carrying out the illegal gambling activities with 80 percent of the customers comprising Bumiputeras, including youths."