GEORGE TOWN, July 24 – In a recent press release, the Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) commended the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for taking swift action in investigating politicians suspected of involvement in illegal online gambling activities. The CAP emphasized the gravity of the issue, stating that such activities pose both economic and security threats to the country.

The Home Minister, Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, had previously acknowledged the existence of political patronage in illegal online gambling in Malaysia without disclosing the identities of the involved politicians. In response, Tan Sri Azam Baki, the MACC chief commissioner, revealed that the MACC is actively investigating several politicians. If their involvement is proven, it will be considered a criminal offense. However, the MACC has refrained from disclosing the identities or party affiliations of the politicians under investigation.

The CAP strongly supports the MACC’s proactive approach in addressing this issue. Illegal online gambling not only undermines the economy but also poses security risks to the nation. The association finds it deeply concerning that politicians, who should be upholding the highest ethical standards, are allegedly involved in such activities. The CAP calls on the MACC to continue treating this matter with utmost seriousness and to conduct a thorough investigation. It is imperative that the investigation is completed promptly, and if any politicians are found guilty, they should face appropriate legal consequences.

As President of the Consumers’ Association of Penang, Mohideen Abdul Kader emphasizes the importance of safeguarding the interests of the Malaysian public. The association stands firm in its commitment to advocating for transparency, accountability, and the rule of law. The MACC’s investigation into politicians involved in illegal online gambling is a crucial step towards upholding integrity within the political sphere and ensuring the well-being of the nation.

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