MIRI: Sarawak local councils and cops are all out to stop the scourge of illicit gambling across the state.
Some 234 premises and clubs across Sarawak that claim to offer “family entertainment” and “recreational activities” have been shut down as they were acting as fronts for illicit gambling.
The state police in collaboration with the local council authorities had to act without compromise after finding these centres functioning as gambling dens, said Sarawak CID Chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Dev Kumar.
He told The Star yesterday that the clampdown on these centres and clubs is part of the war on gambling that had swung into high gear throughout Sarawak.
“The state police and local councils have combined our resources to carry out a crackdown on those clubs and businesses acting as a front for illicit gambling.
“About 200 recreational clubs throughout Sarawak that were registered with the Registrar of Societies were ordered to close after they were found to be operating gambling activities.
“Another 34 businesses that are so-called family entertainment centres were shut down after police raids found gambling machines hidden inside these centres,” he said.
He added that the police and local authorities were making headway in the war against illicit gambling in the state.
Over the past week, there were a total of 49 successful raids carried out across the state that resulted in 68 arrests and seizure of cash and gambling equipment used for cyber-gambling and illegal 4D.
More than RM12,000 in cash was also seized from gamblers caught in the act, said SAC Dev.
The cops and local councils were still facing resistance from illegal 4D syndicates, he added.
He said these illegal 4D operators have gone mobile in their businesses to avoid detection.