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Suspected gamblers leap into crocodile-infested river to evade Malaysian police

Suspects were lucky not to have drowned, say police

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 26 January, 2017, 1:32pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 26 January, 2017, 1:34pm

By Adib Povera

The saying “life is a gamble” took on new meaning in the Malaysian n city of Kuching.

Two suspected gamblers caught up in a police raid on illegal activities tried to evade arrest by risking their lives and jumping into a crocodile-infested river.

The duo, both in their 30s, were among seven people eventually arrested during the raid in Kampung Bako.

Sarawak Criminal Investigation Department (CID) chief Datuk Dev Kumar said the seven gamblers were playing the “Holo” betting game behind a grocery shop located near the Bako river.

“Upon seeing the police party, the gamblers ran. “

“Some of them ran into neighbouring houses and a few jumped into the fast-flowing river.”

“The gamblers who jumped into the river were lucky not to have drowned.”

“One of them was picked up by a sampan which was plying the river. The other man was arrested after he swam across the river,” he said.

All seven will be charged with gambling in a public place under section 7 (1) of the country’s Common Gaming House Act soon.

Dev said to date, 105 gambling machines and cash amounting to RM44,460 (US$10,023) have been seized during “Ops Limau”, which began earlier this month to curb gambling activities during the Chinese New Year period.

Suspected gamblers leap into crocodile-infested river to evade Kuching police