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Over 80,000 people detained for illegal gambling


KUALA LUMPUR: Police arrested 81,442 people across the country for their alleged involvement in various forms of illegal gambling between 2019 and October 31 this year.

Director of the Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department, Datuk Seri Abd Jalil Hassan (Photo).

He said the PDRM also raided premises carrying out unlicensed public lotteries with the highest number of searches totaling 11,491 in 2019, 8,324 in 2020 and 9,561 so far this year.

“The police also checked the gambling venues approved by the Ministry of Finance and it was found that the operators complied with the license conditions set.

“Based on the records, there are 161 licensed gambling operators involving a casino, 72 corporate clubs and 88 association clubs,” he said at a press conference held in Bukit Aman, here.

On the claim made by cosmetics entrepreneur Nur Sajat or real name Muhammad Sajjad Kamaruz Zaman, who fled to Australia that he was fondled by agents of the Islamic Religious Department of Selangor State (Jais) upon his arrest, Abd Jalil said police were still investigating the claim. while a police report had been filed by Jais on the allegation.

Media previously reported Nur Sajat’s claim that he was brutalized and fondled by law enforcement officers in Jais after being called to make a statement last January.

Meanwhile, Abd Jalil said police are awaiting confirmation from the Thai and Australian governments on Nur Sajat’s actual location.

“The Malaysian High Commission in Australia and the Malaysian Embassy in Thailand have officially written to them about this and are awaiting their response,” he added.