JOHOR BARU: Police will not be deterred by threats from gambling den operators in their efforts to eradicate the illegal activity statewide.
State police chief Comm Datuk Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd said they had been receiving reports that agents or tontos were threatening enforcement officers including from the police and local councils.
“We are not going to budge and will continue to carry out our mission to eradicate illegal activities in the state,” he told reporters after the state police contingent monthly assembly here on Tuesday.
Comm Wan Ahmad said that police had conducted 482 raids on premises carrying out illegal activities between Jan 1 and Sept 24 this year.
“A total of 1,843 individuals were nabbed with 3,981 gambling machines and RM143,697 in cash seized during the raids,” he said, adding 142 cases have been brought to court.
Comm Wan Ahmad also said that 29 of 63 applications to cut electricity supply to these premises have been approved by Tenaga Nasional Berhad during the same period.
“We will continue to cooperate with other agencies and conduct integrated operations to tackle illegal gambling in Johor,” he said.
On another matter, Comm Wan Ahmad said that initial investigations found there were no criminal elements behind the fire which engulfed the car belonging to a Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) councillor at his home in Bandar Baru Uda.
“Investigations are ongoing with the help of the Fire and Rescue Department,” he said, adding that no injuries were reported.
Datuk Yahya Jaafar was away performing the haj and only his wife and daughter were at home when the incident took place at around noon on Monday.
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