'It can be highly destructive'

'It can be highly destructive'

The Fifa World Cup in Brazil is just around the corner and a gambling rehabilitation centre in Malaysia is worried.

The reason: Youth and children might gamble away thousands of ringgit on the tournament.

A recent survey by the Gamblers Rehab Centre (GRC) showed that 93 per cent of the 600 primary school children it surveyed gambled, The Star reported.

GRC chief operating officer Lee Kim Heng said while sports fans were thrilled about the World Cup, others might be waiting to try their luck with gambling on the scores.

He said: "Many enjoy an occasional flutter of gambling, but for some, it can be highly destructive as they will not stop when a game ends.

"It is a repeated phenomenon with a rise during certain periods, such as the football and festive seasons."

Mr Lee said the number of students involved in gambling was surprisingly high and involved both boys and girls.



The Star quoted Mr Lee as saying that gambling was becoming easier for them because "they do not have to go to a casino or gambling outlet".

"It is easily available through the Internet, social networks via computers, tablets or smartphones," he said.

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