Posted: Jun 25, 2021, 8:52 a.m.
Last update on: June 25, 2021, 8:55 a.m.
A gambling raid by Malaysian police on Thursday led to the arrest of nine suspects, according to an official news agency report. Currency and gaming equipment were seized.
Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) Police officers in the northwestern state of Penang seized RM19,641, equivalent to US $ 4,726, from a house in Kampung Tanah Liat. The residence was leased by the gaming operation.
Police also seized chips, dice, cell phones, modems and gambling tickets, the report added.
The suspects included five men and four women. They were between 42 and 56 years old. They face charges of illegal gambling and public health rules, the report adds.
The union has been renting the house for three months and a 48-year-old man who was arrested is the mastermind that supplied all the gambling items for performing ‘Si Goh Lak’ type online gambling, ”Shafee, head of Seberang Perai Tengah District Police. Abd Samad was cited in the report.
The other eight suspects are said to have worked in the online gambling operation. The operation used the WeChat mobile payment app to take bets, police said.
The operation generated thousands of ringgits (the local currency) every day, police said.
Previous game raids
In an unrelated incident in April, Penang police raided another illegal online gambling operation. Four suspects were arrested during a raid on a residence in Jalan Casa Residensi.
The operation was carried out from a high-end condominium, according to Bernama. It has also raised thousands of ringgits in profits.
The suspects were between 36 and 37 years old. Each was male. They face gambling charges.
The premises have been used as a call center for online gambling, ”Penang police official Rahimi Mohd Ra’ais said in the April report. He said the operation targeted local residents, especially the elderly and Indonesian nationals.
The operation often moved to avoid detection by police, according to the report. It was available to online gamers 24 hours a day.
During the raid, cops seized three computer screens, two central processing units, a modem, a router and various documents, police said.
Additionally, in 2019, Malaysian police raided an illicit online gambling operation that offered more than 200 games. This raid led to the arrest of 100 Chinese nationals near Kuala Lumpur, the country’s capital.
In total, police apprehended 83 men and 17 women, as well as a local woman. They faced illegal gambling and immigration charges, according to BenarNews, an online news organization affiliated with Radio Free Asia.
Reports varied on the benefits of the operation. the Sun said he earns over RM18,000 ($ 4,301) a day. BenarNews said it was RM72,000 ($ 17,244) per day.
Police seized 66 laptops, 23 personal computers, 555 cell phones, 11 modems and eight routers from the operation, BenarNews reported.
National and regional repression of gambling
In 2019, Kuala Lumpur Chief Police Commissioner Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim announced that authorities were getting tough on illegal online gambling in Kuala Lumpur.
In 2017, the national government previously announced an initiative to end illegal gambling.