New Straits Times

Malaysian crackdown on cyber gambling nets 39

Police say 25 raids were held statewide last week

PUBLISHED : Monday, 27 March, 2017, 1:32pm
UPDATED : Monday, 27 March, 2017, 1:34pm

By Goh Pei Pei

A total of 39 people, aged between 17 and 40, were nabbed last week on the Malaysian state of Sarawak, as part of a crackdown on cyber gambling and the selling of illegal lottery tickets.

Sarawak Criminal Investigation Department (CID) chief Datuk Dev Kumar said the arrests were made during 25 raids held from March 20 to 26.

The raids, he said, were conducted by teams from the CID headquarters and district CIDs.

“We conducted 20 raids on illegal 4D sellers, which resulted in the arrests of 29 individuals, and seized RM10,714 (US$2,428) and other items, such as mobile phones, portable printers, calculators and stationery.

Raids were also carried out in the towns of Lawas, Limbang, Serian and Marudi for cyber gambling activities, and saw 10 individuals detained, as well as the confiscation of 40 computers, tablets and video machines, and cash amounting to RM3,440 (US$780),” he said.

Of the 39 arrested, Dev said, 22 are women.

They will be investigated for offences under the Common Gaming House Act 1953.

Dev said police will continue fighting against illegal gambling in the state.

Sarawak crackdown on cyber gambling, illegal 4D sellers, nets 39