KLANG: Illegal gambling outfits are using coffeeshops as a front for their operations.
According to police, regular punters who frequented the coffeeshops placed bets, which could run into thousands of ringgit a day.
Selangor state criminal investigations department chief Senior Asst Comm (II) Abu Bakar Mustaffa felt that non-punters frequenting the shops were aware of the activity and should blow the whistle on the outlets that wreaked havoc on the lives of families whose breadwinners blew their earnings on gambling.
He said that police needed tip-offs to ensure a better and safer environment for residents.
Our officers in Selangor are doing their best, but we need public co-operation to weed out vice or gambling activities. It is sad when families are crushed because of this, he said.
SAC Abu Bakar ordered all police officers in Klang to work in an intelligent manner to weed out activities that could destroy the fabric of society.
Yesterday, police conducted simultaneous raids at four illegal gambling centres in Jeram (Kuala Selangor), Meru, Klang and Kota Kemuning (Shah Alam).
During the raids at 7pm, 13 men and three women were arrested.
SAC Abu Bakar said that 37 officers were involved in the raids that saw 12 notebook computers, eight modems, 11 fax machines, several handphones and betting papers being seized.
We believe the four collection centres rake in about RM2.6mil a month, he said.
A small cache of fireworks was also seized during the raids.
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