Police cripple five illegal betting syndicates in Johor

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 08 Jun 2003

JOHOR BARU: Police foiled five illegal betting operations in the first five months of this year involving a total of RM15mil weekly, Johor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mukhtar Ismail said. 

He said 17 people, including 11 Singaporeans, were held in the raids carried out between Feb 13 and May 14. 

He said the biggest success by the Johor police so far was the case which involved football bets of between RM10mil and RM12mil a week at a condominium here on April 13. 

“Four people, including three Singaporeans, were detained in the raid,” he said after his farewell visit to the Johor Baru (South) police station recently. 

Also present were CID chief Senior Asst (II) Tan Seng Eng, Johor Baru (North) OCPD Asst Comm Wan Ali Abu Shahmah and Johor Baru (South) OCPD Senior Asst Comm (II) Hashim Mohd Yusof. 

DCP Mukhtar said the latest raid was conducted at a condominium in Stulang Laut here involving RM500,000 in illegal football and four-digit bets a week, adding that a man was nabbed during the raid. 

He also said the crime index in the south and north Johor Baru police districts had declined by 10.98% and 12.8% respectively in the first five months of the year. 

“Up till last month, we recorded 4,849 cases, compared to 5,445 cases in the corresponding period last year in Johor Baru's south area. 

“A total of 1,686 cases were reported in the Johor Baru north district compared to 1,918 cases last year,” he added.  

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