Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Celebgram from Bogor with the initials SZM was arrested by the police for promoting online gambling. Minister of Communication and Informatics Budi Arie Setiadi warned other influencers who dared to make money from this illegal business.
The Minister of Communication and Information Budi Arie appreciated the Police’s firm action against parties promoting online gambling, including the recent arrest of the SZM celebrity in Bogor.
“We give high appreciation to the National Police for taking swift and decisive action in eradicating online gambling. The perpetrators are getting bolder and openly promoting online gambling via social media,” said Budi Arie.
Budi stated that the online gambling business was increasingly rampant. He promised Kominfo will continue to monitor the internet to cut off access for Indonesian citizens to tens of thousands of online gambling sites.
“We are in an emergency online gambling. All parties and elements of society must work together to eradicate this online gambling. Many of our children are victims. We must save Indonesia’s young generation from this illegal practice,” added Budi Arie.
A female celebrity from Bogor with the initials SZM (19) was arrested by the police for promoting online gambling through her social media accounts. SZM gets a basic salary of IDR 7 million every month from the online gambling site manager.
“So he has worked together as the brand ambassador of the online gambling site, with a contract of Rp. 7 million per month and has been implemented for seven months, until now he was caught,” said Bogor Police Chief Kombes Bismo Teguh Prakoso, as quoted by detik.com , Tuesday (22/8/2023).
SZM was arrested for promoting online gambling under the name Cendana88. SZM also admitted that he had promoted other online gambling sites using his social media accounts.
“Apart from the online gambling site Cendana88, the perpetrators also advertised online gambling sites with the Vegas688 link, back in early August 2023,” said Bismo.
Head of Criminal Investigation Unit of the Bogor City Police, Kompol Rizka Padhila, said that SZM doesn’t only get a salary of Rp. 7 million. SZM also gets bonuses from every online gambling registrant through its promotions.
Previously, Kominfo had terminated access or blocked 846,047 sites containing online gambling content from 2018 to 19 July 2023. In fact, a week after Budi Arie took office as Minister of Communication and Information on 17 July, 11,333 online gambling content had been blocked.
Kominfo also received complaints in the form of misuse of banking accounts for online gambling content. During January-July 17 2023 alone, the ministry has received 1,859 complaints of using bank accounts for online gambling activities.
This is the list of assets of the Minister of Communication and Informatics Budi Arie, totaling IDR 101 billion