Illegal gambling ceases as cops keep close watch

MANY operators of the illegal number betting in Klang Valley have ceased collecting bets in view of the presence of plainclothes policemen conducting surveillance, following the front-page story “Dial-a-bet” in StarMetro.

The story revealed that agents or bet collectors ranged from students to civil servants, who mainly used smartphones to conduct their business. Others used restaurants and shops that sold smartphone cards as a front to operate.

StarMetro revisited two outlets — one in Klang and the other in Section 25, Shah Alam — and found them to have stopped receiving bets.

According to a regular punter, the agents had ceased collecting bets at the outlets since a week ago because of the presence of plainclothes policemen.

“Scouts working for the outlets had advised the agents to shut down ‘as it was too hot’,” said the punter.

Armed with a smartphone and a number dispenser that prints out a slip, these “agents” operate out of shoplots and restaurants and act as middlemen.

They take bets at least three times a week for 3D and 4D as well as Sarawak and Singapore’s official betting circuits.

Betters would win if his or her numbers matched the official race numbers published in newspapers.

For the Singapore races, the agents will provide the winning numbers via smartphone.

Agents earn a minimum commission of RM6,000 a month taking bets worth close to RM25,000.

South Klang OCPD Asst Comm Kamarul Zaman Mamat said surveillance on suspected illegal outlets was ongoing.

“Our detectives are working hard to weed out all illegal gambling activities. Our men are around keeping a watch but we appreciate if the public can be our ears and eyes. Just call in and give us the information,” he added.

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