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Fun but dangerously addictive: The World Cup is a major draw for illegal gambling, especially online.
PETALING JAYA: Bukit Aman is gathering cyber intelligence and monitoring the Internet for illegal gambling rackets as the 2014 FIFA World Cup looms.
Federal Secret Societies, Gambling and Vice Division (D7) principal assistant director Senior Asst Comm Roslee Chik said during the last World Cup four years ago, the total bets amounted to almost half a billion ringgit.
He said police were working closely with the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to identify illegal gaming facilities and websites.
“We are also sharing information with law enforcement agencies in other countries,” he said.
In 2010, police arrested 227 people, including syndicate members and people who placed bets.
“We raided 270 premises throughout the country for about a month and seized RM110,124 in cash.
“The syndicates were believed to have collected RM419.2mil in bets directly and via online transactions,” he said.
With the World Cup being a major draw for illegal gambling, SAC Roslee said police were being more vigilant in tracking down the rackets.
He said constant raids, code named “Op Soga”, were being carried out against illegal gambling rackets.
“We conducted Op Soga even during the Euro 2012 tournament, resulting in RM78,160 cash seized.
“We arrested 100 people and the bets totalled RM49.9mil,” he added.
On the involvement of students in gambling, SAC Roslee said police had appointed school liaison officers to work closely with education authorities.
SAC Roslee urged parents to play their part in preventing their children from being involved in illegal gambling.
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