BUTTERWORTH: Illegal gambling machines worth about RM7.7mil have been seized following 55 raids in various parts of the district this year, police said.
OCPD Asst Comm Azmi Adam said the raids were conducted after the gaming centres were found to have violated licensing conditions of the Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP).
“A total of 385 simulator machines worth about RM20,000 each were confiscated, and more than 40 people, aged in their 20s and 30s, were arrested,” he told a press conference yesterday.
ACP Azmi said based on records, only 22 gaming centres of the estimated 80 to 100 in operation in the district were licensed by the MPSP.
He earlier witnessed the disconnection of power supply to two gaming centres in Taman Bagan Baru and Jalan Raja Uda in a joint operation with Tenaga Nasional Bhd.
“The two centres violated Section 4B(A) of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953,” he added.
On Monday, Penang CID chief Senior Asst Comm Zainol Samah said power supply to 30 illegal gambling premises was disconnected under a special operation codenamed Ops Dadu Khas which was launched on May 25.
The Star had reported that many entertainment outlets, under the guise of family theme parks, were equipped with gaming machines that had gambling elements.