SAC Hasnan (left) with an officer next to the confiscated gambling machines.
JOHOR BARU: Police are going on an all out war against gambling syndicates disguised as family entertainment outlets.
State CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Hasnan Hassan said police are keeping an eye on some 57 outlets in Johor.
He added that there were also about 60 unlicensed outlets or with expired permits that were still operating.
“What is happening now is that some premise owners converting computer games and other electro-mechanical games into gambling machines.
“Patrons who win prizes and gifts can exchange then for money and this is considered as gambling.”
SAC Hasnan added that such outlet owners had hired tontos to tip them off and installed programmes that swithces from gambling software to games in case of a police raid.
“They are trying all sorts of tactics but we are determined to get them,” he said.
Since June last year, police had carried out 929 raids and arrested 1,955 individuals in connection with gambling.
During the same period, some 2,824 gaming machines were seized and 103 people were charged in court on related offences.
“We are warning family entertainment outlet operators not to provide gambling services or face the consequences.”
Errant outlets could be charged under the Open Gaming Houses Act 1953 and under the Crime Prevention Act 1959.