Phnom Penh (FN), Aug. 30 – Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered to stop all forms of online gamblings by the end of 2019, according to a press release from the Council of Ministers dated Friday.

"All types and forms of online gambling in Cambodia are illegal and must entirely stop by 2019," according to the press release.

The premier stated that Cambodia needs to develop the economy on the basis of cultural and natural tourism services rather than relying solely on online gambling revenue.

It is worth noting that the Royal Government of Cambodia decided to stop granting licenses to online gambling inside and outside the kingdom, according to the circular signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on 18 August 2019.

The circular stated that justice police and relevant authority must investigate and obstruct all forms of illegal online gambling.

It added that those who have licenses are permitted to operate until their licenses expired. After that, the Ministry of Economy and Finance will not renew or grant licenses to online gambling.

According to the circular, the decision aimed to stop foreign criminals from conducting online frauds and kidnapping, which affected security and social order.