Friday, August 18, 2017

Police to crackdown on illegal gaming shops

Action will be taken against illegal gaming shops in Yangon, said Yangon Mayor U Maung Maung Soe at the Yangon Region Hluttaw Session held on Monday.

Renewal for gaming machines will be approved only after thorough checks have been made by the authorities concerned. Photo - StaffRenewal for gaming machines will be approved only after thorough checks have been made by the authorities concerned. Photo - Staff

At that meeting, U Than Naing Oo, Hluttaw Representative from Pabedan Constituency 1, asked whether there was a plan to classify which type of gambling machines are illegal at the gaming shops in Yangon Region and whether any action will be taken against offenders.

“Yangon City Development Committee allows only gaming machines which are imported with the certificate from the Ministry of Commerce to operate. Inspections are made depending on the recommendations by ward administrators, the police force and the township General Administration Department,” said U Maung Maung Soe.

A business license is granted only after an inspection and after recommendations from relevant departments have been obtained, he added.

The regional cabinet has stopped issuing new licenses since December 2014 and it is renewing the existing licenses of 43 shops every year.

Renewals are only approved after officers have checked that the gaming machines are allowed by relevant organizations or not, whether they are causing a public nuisance and whether they are in line with license regulations or not.


 

Translation by Zaw Nyunt