GAMBLING bosses who franchise gambling operations illegally in Klang and Shah Alam have dared the authorities to take action.
A taukeh said: “Duit sudah tukar tangan, tada apa boleh jadi” (money has switched hands, there is nothing they can do).
Known as “Taukeh Ong”, the gambling boss said unlicensed gambling operations would continue as usual despite media reports on their activities.
“We manage the business and ensure the bet collectors deliver the cash before 8pm tiap hari kuda (each race day).
“Our bosses have told us not to worry about enforcement,” said Taukeh Ong, who is also known as Little Dragon.
Ong added that this business did not harm anyone and gave more people the opportunity to place a bet and win some cash.
Ong is a former ‘Jade Fan’ triad member and had gained the trust of top bosses to run the illegal gambling operations from small restaurants, shoplots and even government offices.
Another taukeh known as Ah Wu is a former member of the Siew Sam Ong triad who also dabbled in the second-hand car market and liquor business as well as managed illegal gambling outlets in south Klang.
He also expressed confidence that the authorities would not be able to derail the business.
“Our business is already well established, our bet collectors will continue as the business gives them good commission.
“We have a wide network and even government officers place bets with us,” said Ah Wu.
He manages the business for his boss who is in Batam, Indonesia.
On Wednesday, StarMetro frontpaged the illegal gambling franchises operating in the Klang Valley,“Dial-a-bet”.
The report revealed that the agents or bet collectors ranged from students to government servants who mainly used smartphones to conduct their business.
South Klang OCPD Asst Comm Kamarul Zaman Mamat said police had been asked to investigate the presence of these illegal gambling franchises.
“Our initial investigations reveal that these illegal gambling franchises have been contracted to certain individuals.
“We will come down hard on those backing these activities and even individual agents,” he said.
Klang Municipal Council president Datuk Mohammad Yacob said he was aware that some restaurants were renting a small space within their outlet for the agents to operate.
“Our enforcement officers have been told to investigate further.
“I will discuss this matter with the council’s legal team and owners found to be involved in renting out their buildings for gambling or vice activities, will have their business licences revoked,” he said.
Mohammad Yacob added that the council would work together with Klang police to weed out those involved in such activities.