January 26, 2017

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Proposal to crack down on illegal gambling documented by Pyithu Hluttaw

Pyithu Hluttaw is being convened in Nay Pyi Taw.

MPs of the Pyithu Hluttaw put forward the issue of illegal gambling to the parliament yesterday, urging the Union Government to take action against illegal games that have damaged politics, the rule of law, education and the economy of the people.
MP U Saw Victor Kalaik of Thandaunggyi Constituency pointed out the malpractice of authorities and organisations which are behind the illegal gambling, saying that illegal gambling dens are being opened like legal businesses, in neglect of the law.
Regarding the mushrooming of the illegal businesses, MP U Min Thein of YeU Constituency put the blame on the weaknesses of the police force and the businessmen who take advantage of the weaknesses of the police force.
Another eight MPs also took part in the discussion.
In response to the proposal, Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Maj-Gen Aung Soe said the Myanmar Police Force arrested 6,791 gamblers in 3,580 cases in 2013, 5,668 gamblers in 2,561 cases in 2014, 5,290 gamblers in 2114 cases in 2015 and so far has arrested 6,317 gamblers in 2,768 cases in November this year. In addition, actions was taken against 124 police officers and 35 law enforcement members of other ranks in 2013, 117 officers and 39 other ranks in 2014, 93 officers and 33 other ranks in 2015 and so far 114 officers and 49 other ranks this year, he added. The proposal was documented by the parliament after the debate.

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