August 19, 2016

Confiscated gambling machines burned in Lashio

SLOT machines and gambling equipment that were confiscated by police in Lashio Township in northern Shan State during the 2014-15 fiscal year were set ablaze on 27 January by the Shan State Police Force.
The gambling machines were burned because the period of time in which an appeal could be made for them had expired, said Police Chief Aung Myat Moe.
“The people know the disadvantages of gambling. Let us work together with the Myanmar Police Force, not only to combat gambling but also to be able to make arrests [against those propping up the industry],” he said.
The police chief Moe also said the confiscation of gambling machines in Lashio was only made possible with involvement of the general public, and that he hoped for their continued support
“It’s a good thing these gambling machines have been set on fire. To be honest, I think they should have destroyed these machines shortly after they were confiscated. We lost our motorcycle because my husband gambled on the machines. My son also didn’t go to school because he was addicted to playing electronic games. I’ve really felt the effects gaming can have on a family. I wish they would close down the remaining amusement arcades in the town,” said Daw Phyu Phyu, a resident of Lashio.
In 2014, 33 cases of gambling were reported in Lashio, which resulted in the confiscation of over K9.5 million (US$7,357) and arrests of over 100 people. In 2015, these numbers rose, with 36 gambling cases reported, over K18 million and 276 gambling machines confiscated and over 190 individuals were arrested.


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