GEORGE TOWN: A 45-year-old man believed to be accepting RM30,000 in bets for a single World Cup match, was detained by the police in a budget hotel in Penang Road here.
Police closed in on the suspected betting syndicate member at about 11pm on Thursday.
It is learnt that the suspect was able to open up an account for each client with a RM200,000 credit.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Mior Faridalatrash Wahid said a police team from the anti-vice, gambling and secret societies division (D7) moved into the hotel after a tip-off from the public.
“We also seized a tablet and a handphone. There was no cash,” he told reporters after presenting five certificates of appreciation to officers who were promoted from the rank of Insp to Asst Supt.
He said his men had carried out five raids since the World Cup fever began two weeks ago and five men were also detained under Section 6(3)(a) of the Betting Act 1953 for illegal bookmaking.
If convicted, the suspects could face a fine of between RM20,000 and RM200,000, and a maximum five years in jail.
ACP Mior said nailing the culprits was now difficult as football betting can now be done using smartphones with Internet connection.
In an unrelated development, ACP Mior said the family members of the Myanmar national who was killed after he was attacked by at least three armed men in Jalan Samak, Datuk Keramat, have been informed of his death.
He said police were investigating all angles, including revenge and robbery, although the valuables and gemstones belonging to Tin Tun Myat, 34, were intact.
On Thursday, Tin was found in a pool of blood with several stab and slash wounds on his chest and neck.
He was on his way to work at a gemstone shop located on the ground floor of an apartment in the area when the incident took place.
It is learnt that the attackers had laid an ambush near his workplace before they struck at about 9.40am.
Meanwhile, five police officers who received their certificates of appreciation from ACP Mior were Jelutong police station officer-in-charge ASP Yeoh Weng Hai, George Town D7 investigation officer ASP Rusli Tipu, central police station officer-in-charge ASP Mohammad Khairul Ali, Patani Road police station’s ASP G. Karunaagaran and Kampung Baru police station officer-in-charge ASP Zulhairysyam Abdul Aziz.