Gambling among pupils prevalent during CNY

MALAYSIA - Some 93 per cent of the 600 primary school pupils said in a survey that they have had experience in gambling, reported Sin Chew Daily.

Among them, 98 per cent gambled during Chinese New Year gatherings and the rest at weddings of family members and relatives.

The pupils felt that gambling could help them pass time and make a quick buck.

The study, conducted by the Gamblers Rehab Centre Malaysia, also found that 89 per cent of 5,000 secondary school students surveyed had been involved in gambling.

"Most of them (82 per cent) started gambling with family members, followed by friends, on the Internet and at school," said the survey.