PENANG: A police chief inspector and a corporal were among 47 people arrested for gambling in separate raids on two mini casinos in Nibong Tebal and Bukit Mertajam here.
Seventeen people were nabbed at 11pm on Monday in Sungai Bakap near Nibong Tebal by a state anti-vice team acting on a tip-off.
Also nabbed was the gambling operator who is in his late 40s.
It is understood that this was the fourth time the operator had been arrested this year.
After his last arrest, he laid low for about a month before restarting his illegal activity.
A police spokesman said all the gamblers have since been released on bail.
They would be charged under the Common Gaming House Act 1953 at a later date.
“The gamblers, including the two policemen, in their 30s and 50s, are liable to be fined up to RM200,000 and jailed the maximum five years if convicted by the district court.”
The second raid was in Machang Bubok near Bukit Mertajam at 1am yesterday.
Twenty-seven men and three women, aged between 24 and 53, were caught playing a game known locally as yoke at a duck farm in Jalan Sungai Lembu.
Initial investigations revealed the suspects had chosen a duck farm to avoid detection.
Other than going for mini casinos, police would also be on the lookout for local bookmaking syndicates during the World Cup 2006 which starts on Friday.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Hamzah Md Jamil said they were aware that the syndicates were already gearing up for the month-long tournament in Germany.
“The public should never get themselves involved in such an illegal activity.
“I have never come across anyone who became rich by betting on football matches,” he said.