Cyber cafe busted

POLICE raided a shop house in Taman Seri Indah, Balik Pulau, Penang, which is believed to be a cyber casino and seized 23 computers and six modems worth about RM23,000.

They also detained the operator of the premises, aged 25, to facilitate investigations.

Balik Pulau OCPD Deputy Supt Lai Fah Hin said several patrons were in the shop when it was raided on Tuesday at about 12.10am.

“The shop did not have a signboard. There was only a paper which was pasted on its window stating ‘Cyber Cafe - RM3.95 per hour’,” he said at a press conference yesterday.

He said the suspect was being investigated under Section 4 (B) of the Common Gaming House Act 1953 and Section 6 (2) of the Entertainment Enactment 1998 for running a gambling centre.

DSP Lai said eight policemen led by Balik Pulau police station officer-in-charge Inspector Saiful Ablan Ramli took part in the raid codenamed Ops Dadu.

He said police had so far conducted 44 raids on illegal gambling centres in the south-west district and confiscated 631 computers and gambling devices this year.

“We have charged five people in court while 38 people are still under investigation. We conducted 21 raids in 2009 and 25 raids last year and seized a total of 291 computers and gambling devices,” he added.

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