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Immigration Department of Malaysia Busts Online Gambling Syndicate Run by Chinese Nationals

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The Immigration Department of Malaysia has busted an online gambling syndicate run by Chinese nationals following raids at four residences.

A total of 16 immigration officers took part in the raid and nabbed 35 Chinese men and a Chinese woman, who worked as online gambling operators for the syndicate. A Malaysian citizen, who played the role of communications officer for the main operator based in China, was also arrested. The Malaysian had arranged for the accommodation of the detained foreigners who are aged between 17 and 56.

Mohamad Fauzi Md Isa, the deputy director-general of the Immigration Department (operations), said that the syndicate earned over RM10,000 per day. He also said that except for four of the foreigners held, the rest did not possess passports and had overstayed their social visit visas.

“We seized a large number of cell phones and laptop computers at the premises. The syndicate offered gambling similar to games found in casinos and targeted Chinese, Indonesian and Malaysian players. The syndicate began its operation about five months ago. We will notify the police of the raids we conducted to enable them to take further action,” Mohamad Fauzi said.

Mohamad Fauzi added that all those arrested are being held for investigations at the Putrajaya immigration detention depot.

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AGTech Secures Sports Lottery Terminal Supply Contracts in Zhejiang and Henan

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AGTech GOT Technology Co, the wholly-owned subsidiary of AGTech Holdings Limited, has won the sports lottery terminal procurement bidding projects in the Zhejiang and Henan provinces of China.

The lottery terminals will be supplied to the sports lottery administration centres of the two provinces. The successful bids further strengthened the Company’s leading position in China’s sports lottery hardware market.

“So far, AGTech GOT has already won many tenders in various provinces, municipalities and autonomous region across China, further reaffirming our hardware division’s continued dedication to and leading position in China’s lottery industry. AGTech will continue to enhance product innovation, ensure safety and R&D compliance, and contribute to the overall healthy development of China’s lottery market,” John Sun, Chairman and CEO of AGTech said.

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Makati Halts Issuance of Permits to Pogo Service Providers

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Makati City has stopped the issuance of business licenses and permits to service providers for Philippine offshore gaming operators (Pogos) due to the concerns over rising criminality and availability of office space.

Makati Mayor Abby Binay said the city would no longer issue letters of no objection for business licenses to Pogo service providers.

“We would no longer accept new applications for Pogo service providers, and crack down hard against illegal activities that are catering to Pogos and their employees within Makati,” Binay said.

Binay said the Chinese rush in the city had increased the demand for housing and offices, causing drastic spikes in real property prices.

“This puts the local property sector at risk of overheating, where its growth becomes unsustainable,” Binay said.

The mayor also said the increasing demand for housing for Pogo employees had given rise to substandard but high-rent apartments.

“These apartments are usually overcrowded with insufficient exits and faulty fire-alarm systems,” she said.

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Uzbekistan to Permit Sports Betting in 2021

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Uzbekistan is going to allow bookmaker activity from 2021 to attract additional funds to further develop sports, especially football.

The decree, signed by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, also sets out a range of goals to develop football, including making it attractive both for fans and investors, opening sports schools for children, and introducing Video Assistant Referee in national league games. The document also approved a framework for the development of Uzbek football until 2030.

Previously, some Uzbek officials had spoken in favour of legalising sports betting to make football attractive and to raise funds to popularise it.

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