LABUAN – Police on the island Thursday destroyed 556 illegal gambling machines confiscated between 2002 and 2014 worth of almost RM1 million.
The destruction of these gaming devices is part of Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) campaign to fight against an increasing gambling habit among the Society.
Labuan police chief Superintendent Adzhar Othman said the raids were conducted throughout the year as part of a stern crackdown on illegal gambling.
“We are destroying the machines as a signal (to all those out there) that illegal gambling will not be tolerated,” he said at a press conference Thursday.
He said a total of 64 caretakers with four of them were women ages between 18 and 51-year-old were arrested in the raids and charged in court.
“Also arrested were 155 of their customers, with four of them were women aged between 20 and 60-year-old.
“We believe Labuan police has achieved a major milestone in combating cyber gambling. Such operations will continue with the focus on monitoring and searching small warehouses and other business outlets used for the illegal activity,” Adzhar said.
Meanwhile, he said, at least 86 raids were conducted between 2015 up to this month on suspected gambling dens mostly in downtown, with 30 of them found to be used as gambling activity.
“During the raids, we seized 57 modified computers, illegal slot machines and cash of RM9, 859, believed profit from the sales of illegal lottery tickets, as well as the arrests of the gambling dens’ 35 caretakers.
“Overall, we have taken five cases to court under Section 2 of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1952,” he said.