Free Knowledge... From People... To People
Search by Date Myanmar Version Mobile Version
 Miscellaneous NEWS
Updated on October 8, 2018 From Myanmar Times

Gambling shops become hub of drug users in Shan

Residents of Panghsang town in Shan State have expressed concern about gambling places that have sprouted up in the area, becoming a source of illegal drugs.
        Since 2013, small gaming shops have opened in Panghsang town and become a thriving business, said U Ba Yan Nan.
        He said that some drug users are taking drugs on the roadside or in the gambling houses.
        “They are taking drug openly while gambling. The authorities take no action,” U Ba Yan Nan said.
        Panghsang is a border town with China, where heavy fighting broke out between the Myanmar military and Kachin Independence Army in 2015-16. Since then, people who came to town to do business and local businessmen have moved to other cities. As a result, people from villages can’t find jobs, apart from traditional crop cultivation.
        Because of the lack of job opportunities, people are selling illegal drugs in the gambling dens.
        One young woman who used to work at the dens said, “There are many kinds of gambling dens. Some sell drugs and some allow those who have used drugs to gamble. Most are from central and southern Myanmar. It is very dangerous to inform about them because they have a lot of men and weapons.”
        Another local resident alleged that there is even a gambling den next to the police station, but nothing has been done about it.
        But Police Captain Myo Nyunt, head of the Muse township police, said the government is cracking down on illegal gambling in the area. “In Muse, efforts are being made against illegal drug use and gambling in cooperation with the village and ward administrators and local elders,” he said.
        The Shan parliament approved a proposal urging the state government to prohibit and take action against casinos in September.
        The proposal, submitted by MP Daw Nan Khin Htar Yi of Theinni township, was supported by state Security Minister Colonel Hla Oo.
        “In Lashio, gambling is essential when a traditional event is celebrated, and it is usually accompanied by drugs. Lives have been lost in Muse because of gambling, so it needs to be stopped,” she said.
        MP Sai Kyaw Thein accused local militias of providing protection to gambling houses.
        In May 2018, a casino run by Muse militia members was attacked by the Ta’ang National Liberation Army, resulting in several casualties, including a police officer, militia members and civilians.
View Count : 648 | Posted by

~ Latest News ~

Locals asked to be alert of crocodiles in rivers in Ayeyawady Delta
The missing boys from Monywa
Ride on time: Recycled bikes get Myanmar kids to school
Four months old South Dagon-Thuwanna Bridge damaged
Six dead so far from H1N1
Three dead from H1N1 influenza virus
Sister of former child soldier surrenders
Some villages in Myeik Archipelago propose to establish MPA
Fisherman found a damaged drone in Myanmar sea territory
President and State Counsellor will campaign by themselves in 2020
Villagers trial begins in Rakhine
Mandalay cuts ribbon on new street to honour State Counsellor
Mandalay NLD holds feast in honour of Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday
Magway region holds tree planting ceremony for cooler temperatures
Only one YBS company pays off debts: Yangon Chief Minister
Loikaw police bans farmers from ploughing
Myanmar’s hard-line monks rail against Suu Kyi
Over 100 small Buddha statues found in collapsed pagoda in Ingapu
5th International Yoga Day celebrated at Yangon stadium
Greased palms and discrimination at the passport office
Total, Siemens propose scaled-back LNG project in Tanintharyi
Dengue fever kills eight in Yangon in five months
Suspects put on trial for alleged intimidation of Yangon Muslim communities
Bagan inches closer to elevated status
Rakhine State should build temporary camps for IDPs: MP
Myanmar plans to raise taxes on tobacco and tobacco-related products
Nationalist monk group to hold annual meeting next week
Thai captain of shipwrecked refugee boat charged with smuggling
Police officer involved in custody death found dead
Authorities extend curfew in Maungdaw
World heritage, with strings attached
Three northeastern prisons 3 times over capacity: official
CBCM demands termination of Myitsone project
Thai man arrested for Myanmar migrant smuggling
Heroin and stimulants seized in Kachin State
Exhibition displays rare costumes of Shan Chieftains
Bilin Township considered for ecotourism development
Michael Kyaw Myint nabbed for disturbing Muslim worshippers
Woman dies after being stung by hornets
Demonstration calls for action against two MPs in Palaw
More News