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Friday June 26, 2009

18 Muslims nabbed in raid on gambling outlets

“WHAT I did is between God and me.” That was the reply given by a Muslim when caught in a 4-D outlet in USJ 1, Subang Jaya, on Wednesday evening.

However, the Indonesian’s attempt to argue with the officers of the Subang Jaya Municipal Council’s (MPSJ) enforcement team and the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) failed and the officers insisted on taking him away for further investigations.

About 30 officers from both units, led by MPSJ enforcement director Mohd Zulkurnain Che Ali and Jais investigation and inquiry unit head Ahmad Tarnuzi Nordin, caused a stir when they raided six legal gambling outlets in USJ 1 and SS15 in Subang Jaya.

They temporarily shut the outlets and checked the customers’ identification cards to determine their religions.

Proofs of purchase and notes were also taken away from the Muslims as evidence.

Proof of purchase: Adnan showing the reporters the proofs of purchase found on the Muslims who were in the outlet during the raid. With him are Ahmad Tarnuzi (left) and Mohd Zulkurnian (second from right).

“A total of 18 Muslims – 12 Malaysians and six Indonesians – were nabbed in this hour-long operation.

“We acted based on tip-offs from the public, who informed us that many Muslims frequented these outlets,” MPSJ president Datuk Adnan Md Ikshan said.

He pointed out that the most the outlet operators could do was to display a notice to remind patrons that Muslims and anyone aged below 21 were not allowed to gamble.

Ahmad Tarnuzi said the offenders would be charged under Section 17 (1) of the Selangor Syariah Criminal Of­fences Enactment 1995, which prohibited Muslims from being in, or gambling at, gambling outlets.

“If found guilty, they will be fined RM3,000 or jailed for two years, or both,” he said.

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