Melaka police carried out 860 raids on playing final yr, says high cop

MELAKA: Melaka police raided a complete of 862 premises for unlawful playing final yr, together with for promoting ‘top-ups’, on-line playing, name centres, unlicensed public lottery, indoor gaming, open playing and unlawful bookies (soccer bookies).

Melaka police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Majid Mohd Ali mentioned 260 of the raids concerned unlicensed public lottery actions, on-line playing (565 raids), name centres (5 raids), bookies (11 raids), indoor playing (18 raids) and open playing (three raids).

“A complete of 96 premises finishing up unlicensed playing actions had their electrical energy provides reduce final yr,” he mentioned in an announcement Thursday (Feb 3).

He added {that a} complete of 1,047 arrests have been made and 607 playing gear together with computer systems, cellphones and money amounting to RM159,269 seized.

He mentioned a complete of 862 investigation papers have been opened final yr, involving 565 on-line playing instances, with 308 instances having been charged in court docket and the remaining nonetheless on-going.

In the meantime, DCP Abdul Majid mentioned for January this yr, 61 raids have been carried out involving on-line playing (37 raids), unlicensed public lottery (23 raids) and open playing (one raid).

He mentioned police additionally detained 70 people and confiscated 40 cellphones in addition to RM9,005 in money, whereas 61 investigation papers had been opened.

“The variety of raids, arrests and seizures carried out all through 2021 have, to some extent, had a big impact on people and playing syndicates lively in Melaka.

“Melaka police are critical about wiping out unlawful playing and are all the time dedicated to taking periodic motion to eradicate the menace in Melaka,” he mentioned.- Bernama