Johor stops issuing entertainment outlet licenses to keep gambling in check

Johor has stopped issuing licences to open new family entertainment outlets and renewals for existing outlets.

State housing and local government chairman Abdul Latiff Bandi said that the directive was given to the district offices and local councils in June last year.

He also mentioned that while authorities have extended the licences of several family entertainment outlets, they will not bto tte renewed. 

“Action will be taken against the outlets for operating illegally, especially on those offering gambling activities,” said Abdul Latiff when replying to questions in the state assembly yesterday (Nov 12) on steps to deter illegal gambling centres in Johor.

“Last year, police conducted 3,387 raids on illegal gambling outlets and arrested 1,389 individuals,” said Abdul Latiff.

He added that 4,906 gambling outlets were raided, 2,636 individuals investigated and 5,423 computers and gaming machines confiscated from January to October this year.

Source: The Star Online