KUALA LUMPUR: An illegal bookmaking syndicate that specialises in high profile football matches worldwide and accepts bets of up to almost RM500,000 per game has been crippled.
Police arrested six syndicate members and seized documents and gaming paraphernalia during two raids in Kepong on Sunday and Monday.
Federal anti-vice, gaming and secret society division chief Senior Asst Comm (II) Ayob Mohamed said a police team, acting on a tip-off, raided a house in Taman Bukit Desa, Kepong on Sunday.
He said the team, headed by Asst Supt Samat Rasmani, picked up four men in the house.
“Follow-up operations led the team to another house in Taman Wangsa Permai where they nabbed another two members of the syndicate,” he told reporters at the federal police headquarters yesterday.
SAC Ayob said his officers also seized three laptops, four computers, four calculators, five cellular phones, a television, a printer, a facsimile machine and about 50 betting slips.
All the bets were for the English Premier League.
SAC Ayob said the six men, aged between 24 and 35, were being investigated under Section 6(1) of the Betting (Amendment) Act 1989 and also the Restricted Residence Act, 1933.
“We will come down hard on such syndicated activities especially now when the European Championship is just around the corner.
“The public should refrain from supporting such illegal activities because it can affect a game as the match could be rigged or fixed,” he added.
He appealed to the public to provide information on such activities to the police.
The Star had last Saturday reported that police have set up special units to crack down on illegal football betting activities.
CID director Comm Datuk Musa Hassan had said officers from the units had begun monitoring local illegal bookmaking syndicates, who were preparing for football’s biggest event of the year, Euro 2004.