KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysian police have won international recognition for their clampdown against illegal bookmakers during the Fifa World Cup in South Africa last year.
The country was ranked second among six Asian nations by the Interpol General Secretariat Asia-Pacific Expert Group on Asia Organised Crime.
Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, China, Singapore and Macau had earlier agreed to be grouped together to assess which nation would be more successful in clamping down on illegal betting during the World Cup.
Thailand finished ahead of Malaysia with Hong Kong coming in third.
Operations held nationwide saw more than 200 bookmakers arrested, a 300-per cent increase from the last World Cup in Germany in 2006.
Police also identified four kingpins with previous convictions who left Malaysia prior to the start of the World Cup. Their present whereabouts are unknown.
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