Cops transferred for failing to act against gambling dens

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 09 Oct 2004

PETALING JAYA: An assistant superintendent of police and an inspector from the Mersing criminal investigation department have been transferred to the Johor police headquarters for allegedly failing to act against illegal gambling activities in the district.  

Federal CID director Comm Datuk Musa Hassan said the ASP, who was the district CID chief, and the other officer were transferred three days ago. 

“Both men will be placed at a police district within Johor for the time being until we have completed our investigations on their alleged wrongdoing,” said Comm Musa. 

Comm Musa said Bukit Aman would investigate all police personnel at the Mersing district police headquarters after federal officers conducted several raids on four suspected gambling dens in Mersing and Endau on Wednesday.  

“The CID chief and the officer did not take any action in gathering information on such activities or conducting spot checks until a team from Bukit Aman raided the outlets and discovered illegal activities,” he said. 

“There can be no excuse. As law enforcers, we have to trace all forms of illegal activities and to get rid of these syndicates.” 

In the raids on Wednesday, police teams from the Federal anti-vice, gaming and secret societies division arrested eight people including three women and a couple in separate raids at four shophouses. Drugs and RM15,000 were seized from one of the gambling outlets. 

The suspects were believed to be operating as bookies for illegal 4-digit and football bets. 

The transfers are not the first time police personnel have been transferred for allegedly failing to act against criminal activities, as there were similar cases earlier this year.  

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