Online gambling: new mode with credit, controlled mobile phones by the police and social assistance for bankrupt players

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta Online gambling has become a hot topic in recent weeks, especially after a Policewoman allegedly burned her husband, who is also a police officer, because of this online gambling problem.

Minister of Communications and Informatics Budi Arie Setiadi has unveiled the latest findings from the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK) report regarding a new way of online gambling using credit deposit mobile operator.

Now online gamblers can use deposits through a mobile carrier's credit, which makes the tracking process more difficult.

“We will make it available to all mobile operators,” Budi Arie said in his statement BETWEENTuesday June 18, 2024.

The website that contains online gambling content using the credit deposit method is pafingada.org, he said.

Budi Arie said the Ministry of Communications and Information would send an official letter to mobile operators asking them to play an active role in eradicating online gambling and not facilitate this activity.

“We will officially write to the mobile operators to strongly participate in eradicating online gambling and not facilitate online gambling,” he said.

Budi Arie further said that mobile operators are very cooperative in dealing with online gambling.

Several mobile operators have even implemented SMS Blast to raise public awareness about the dangers of online gambling to the family economy and social environment.

In addition to the launch of SMS Blast, the Ministry of Communications and Information, as responsible for prevention in the Online Gambling Eradication Task Force, routinely blocks access to online gambling sites.

From July 17, 2023 to June 13, 2024, the Ministry of Communications and Information blocked 2,945,150 online gambling contents.

The ministry has also filed a request to close 555 e-wallet accounts related to online gambling activities with Bank Indonesia and to block 5,779 bank accounts related to online gambling with the Financial Services Authority (OJK) from September 18, 2023 to May 28, 2024.

From July 17, 2023 to June 13, 2024, the Ministry of Communications and Information processed 16,596 gambling page inserts on educational sites and 18,974 gambling page inserts on government sites.

The Ministry of Communications and Information has sent a strong warning letter to the executives of X, Telegram, Google, Meta and TikTok as their platforms are widely used to distribute content related to online gambling.

Police mobile phones checked

The North Bengkulu Resort Police checked their members' mobile phones to see if staff were gambling online.

North Bengkulu Police Deputy Chief, Police Commissioner Kadek Suwantoro, when confirmed in Bengkulu on Tuesday, explained that the mobile phone inspection was carried out to ensure that members did not keep applications and were involved in online gambling.

“So we emphasize to all staff that they should not attempt any form of online gambling,” he said.

He said that upon examination of the mobile phone, his party found no police officers in Bengkulu police involved in online gambling. “As a member of the National Police, online gambling is one of the things that must be eradicated, so if any member is involved, sanctions will be imposed,” he said.

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The city police of Bukittinggi, West Sumatra, have issued instructions banning all police personnel from participating in online gambling.

“Online gambling is an illegal activity that not only damages morals but can also ensnare individuals in legal chains. As law enforcement officers, police must set a good example to the community,” said Bukittinggi Police Deputy Chief AKBP Apri Wibowo, Monday.

According to him, his party gave directions during an internal meeting and immediately raided the mobile phones of Bukittinggi police personnel to prove that there were no online gambling applications on the police officers' mobile phones.

He emphasized that this step was important to maintain the integrity and professionalism of police officers and maintain public confidence in law enforcement institutions.

Controversy over social assistance for gamblers

Vice Chairman of Commission VIII DPR RI Diah Pitaloka assessed gambling victims online cannot immediately or simply receive social assistance (bansos) from the government.

Diah said in a statement she received in Jakarta on Monday that she was a gambling victim online Those entitled to social assistance are those whose identities are recorded in the Integrated Social Welfare Data (DTKS).

“This means that the DTKS data contains measurements and poverty parameters. So later you can just enter them into the DTKS system to see if they are included or not,” he said.

He raised this in response to the discourse on involving gambling victims online as a beneficiary of social assistance funds managed by the Ministry of Social Affairs.

Earlier, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy emphasized at the Indonesian Presidential Palace, Jakarta, Thursday, June 13, 2024, that the practice of gambling both directly and onlinecan impoverish society, so that these groups now fall under the responsibility of the ministry he heads.

However, he then clarified that those who were the intended recipients of social assistance (bansos) for victims of online gambling were not the perpetrators, but the family.

“You have to understand it, don't cut it into pieces, if the perpetrator is clear, legal action should be taken because it is a crime. Now what I mean by social assistance recipients are family members such as children, wives or husbands,” said he on Monday after Eid al-Adha prayers in the courtyard of the Muhammadiyah Central Leadership Office in Menteng, Jakarta.

“For those experiencing psychosocial disorders, we ask the Ministry of Social Affairs (Kemensos) to intervene to provide guidance and direction,” Muhadjir said.

President Joko Widodo also formed a Task Force for the Eradication of Online Gambling through Presidential Decree (Keppres) Number 21 of 2024 on the Task Force for the Eradication of Online Gambling, which was issued on June 14, 2024 in Jakarta.

The task force is led by the Coordinating Minister of Politics, Law and Security Hadi Tjahjanto, accompanied by the Coordinating Minister of Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy as Vice-Chairman of the Task Force, Minister of Communications Budi Arie as Daily Chairman for Prevention and Director General of Information and Public Communications of the Ministry of Communications and Information Usman Kansong as Deputy Executive Chairman for Prevention.

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