KUCHING: Illegal online gambling in Sarawak has been eradicated to date following large-scale operations by police over the last three months.
State police commissioner SDCP Datuk Seri Muhammad Sabtu Osman said he had directed all district police chiefs to monitor their respective areas of jurisdiction to ensure that it did not recur.
He also said police had detected efforts to revive the illegal activity through new means.
“Our investigations have found that the syndicates no longer use business premises as the main location of their activities. However, they operate in hotels or rented houses as well as vans and use laptops as gambling machines.
“However, we have succeeded in putting a stop to these efforts and not more than 10 such cases have been detected so far,” he told a press conference after attending the monthly parade at state police headquarters here yesterday.
Sabtu also said police received a report in Miri on Jan 9 of a cheating case involving a syndicate purportedly issuing business licences for online gambling.
He said the complainant had paid RM50,000 to the syndicate before realising he had been cheated.
“Earlier this month, Johor police arrested four members of the syndicate in Johor Baru for cheating the public by claiming that they could issue online gambling licences with the Inspector-General of Police’s approval for RM250,000.
“These licences are only issued by the Finance Ministry,” he said.
On another matter, he said no cases of death or stealing were reported during the floods that hit the state recently.
He also said the state recorded 535 cases from Jan 1 to 27 compared with 626 cases in the same period last year.