Cops: Businesses doubling as gambling dens to risk losing licence

  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 16 Jan 2018

Sarawak CID team conducting checks during an anti-gambling raid.

MIRI: In a move to intensify the war against illegal gambling, Sarawak police are recommending that local authorities withdraw the licences of business premises doubling as gambling dens. 

The cops want to rope in all 32 city councils, municipal councils and district councils in the state to wipe out the gambling scourge.

Sarawak CID Chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Dev Kumar said this move was deemed necessary.

“We are looking at a multi-pronged strategy to help wipe out the gambling menace and we will work with the local authorities in the state to achieve this objective.

“We will start recommending to the local councils in the districts to review the business licences of premises where illegal gambling takes place,” he told The Star yesterday.

SAC Dev said if these businesses were guilty of playing an active role in illegal gambling, their licences should be revoked.

He added that three teenagers were among 59 arrested in 41 anti-gambling raids statewide over the past week.

The 15-year-old boy and two 16-year-old girls were dropouts believed to be used to man the counters at gambling dens.

The police also seized some RM20,000 cash, dozens of handphones, laptops, tablets and desktop computers and other items during the raids.

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