MCMC Blocking Raya-themed gambling campaign


The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is taking steps to block an advertisement promoting gambling and betting with a Raya themed which was published recently.

In a statement on Friday, April 16th MCMC said the commission  has reached out to various social media companies with requests to remove the content.

The betting campaign, which was presented in a music video format literally encourage Muslims in Malaysia to place bets via the website to earn money for Hari Raya celebration next month.

MCMC said gambling activities and online gambling promotions are subjected to Common Gaming Houses Act 1953 which is under the jurisdiction of the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM). 

“Since March 12, 2021, MCMC has also operated fast-track restrictions by enabling the PDRM to instruct Internet service providers to block access to websites that violate the law under the same Act,” the commission said in the statement. 

MCMC has also communicated with Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to remove the ad in accordance with the terms of service as well as community standards set by each company.

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