Gambling Equipment Worth RM2.7m Destroyed; Tawau Cops Nab 28 Illegals

.ACP Fadil having the pleasure of destroying the gambling paraphenalia witnessed by members of the media.
.ACP Fadil having the pleasure of destroying the gambling paraphernalia witnessed by members of the media.

TAWAU: Tawau police have disposed off gambling equipment worth more than RM2.7 million that were seized from 1999 until 2014, here Monday.

The district police chief ACP Fadil Marsus said the discarded items had undergone court hearings.

He told a press conference that police will continue with efforts to curb gambling activities in the district.

He said in 2013, the district recorded the highest number of gambling activities with 31 cases, followed by 25 cases in 2012, while in 2011 only nine cases were reported.

He said items disposed included 321 slot machines, 903 computer sets, 15 tables and 407 chairs.

The items were destroyed at the district police station, witnessed by representatives from the Department of Environment, Tawau court and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, he said.

In another development ACP Fadil Marsus said police detained 28 illegal Indonesian immigrants who were being smuggled into the district, and three men who acted as the middlemen.

The arrests were made at about 12.30 am Sunday, when a Crime Investigation Department team tailed a bus suspected of transporting illegals, from a petrol station at Batu 5, Jalan Apas, here.

When the bus stopped at the Balung rest and recreation centre, police identified themselves to the driver.

There were 15 men, including the driver aged 20 – 47, 11 women aged 17 to 59, and two boys as well as three girls aged two to 12 years old.

All those arrested are being held and investigated under Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 16959/1963.