Game over with power cut at covert gambling dens

  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 04 Jul 2020

ACP Noorzainy supervising the disconnection of electricity supply at a shoplot in Taman Pengkalan Machang, Sungai Dua, near Butterworth.

POLICE disconnected power supply with assistance from Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) at nine shoplots that were allegedly used for illegal lottery and online gambling activities.

The premises were near Butterworth on Penang mainland.

Power supply was cut under Section 21A (1) of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953.

North Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Noorzainy Mohd Noor said all nine premises were raided 26 times over the past one year, but that did not deter them from carrying on with illegal operations.

This time, he said, 33 people were arrested, including four women, all believed to be members of a syndicate.

“They used mobile phone shops, sundry shops, coffee shops as a cover on the front while quietly operating their illegal activities.

“They even placed sentries at the entrance of the premises and carried out their activities at specific hours known only by their regular customers.

“The syndicate also changed their locations from time to time to avoid being detected.

“Their daily collection from each of the premises range between RM1,000 and RM2,000, ” ACP Noorzainy told reporters after witnessing the disconnection of electricity supply at one of the premises in Taman Pengkalan Machang yesterday.

Also present was district CID chief DSP Mohamad Shofee Thayib.

“We believe the syndicate may go online since we have disconnected electricity supply to these shoplot units, but we will monitor them closely.

“We have already taken the operators of the nine premises to court. We are now merely disconnecting power supply to these places, ” said ACP Noorzainy.

He said since the beginning of the year, a total of 120 premises were raided all over the district with 23 illegal lottery operators detained while 53 premises were raided for online gambling, of which 12 cases were successful.

“We will be firm in acting against such illegal activities to keep the district clean.

“We will carry out similar operations from time to time. And, we are certainly not going to stop at these nine premises.

“We plan to mete out similar action against another 10 to 15 premises soon, ” he said.

ACP Noorzainy urged the public with information on illegal gambling and lottery activities in their neighbourhood to contact the district police headquarters.

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