Seized items destroyed

Unclaimed: Some of the gambling machines worth RM20,000 each being crushed at the DBKL Confiscated Goods and Towing Unit in Cheras.

EIGHT gambling machines worth about RM160,000 are among seized items worth RM5.4mil that have been destroyed at the Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) Confiscated Goods and Towing Unit in Cheras.

Federal Territories Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Adnan Md Ikhsan said the items were seized during Operasi Banteras Aktiviti Haram (Ops Bah), a series of raids by enforcement agencies from DBKL, the police, Immigration Department, National Security Council and the Civil Defence Department.

“The disposal of these machines and other items was done as the owners did not claim them within the one month given,” he said after disposing the confiscated items.

Among the seized items were 4,377 computers, 32 television sets, nine CCTV and video recorders, 89 chairs and tables, nd six cable TV decoders.

The operations were carried out in areas such as Wangsa Waju, Setiawangsa, Kepong, Lembah Pantai, Seputeh and Cheras from July 2014 to March 1 this year.

Adnan said the operations had focused on illegal gambling dens, massage parlours, entertainment centres and unlicensed traders.

“We received 26 appeals from establishments whose water and electricity were cut off,” he said.

DBKL Socioeonomic Development deputy director-general Datuk Normah Malik, who was also present, said premise licence could now be issued to non-Malaysians.

“However, we are reviewing the policy to see if there is a need for quota or limiting it to certain types of business,” she said.

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