SIBU: Sibu OCPD, Asst Comm Stanley Jonathan Ringgit, has refuted the allegation by Lanang MP Alice Lau at the ongoing Dewan Rakyat sitting that illegal online gambling is widespread in the town.
She asked in Parliament what action the Home Ministry would take against certain policemen who were allegedly in cahoots with gambling syndicates.
"She also said that slot machines are still found in the town.
All her allegations are false," said ACP Stanley on Wednesday (July 10).
He said slot machines were no longer found in Sibu.
As for online gambling, he said Sibu police were the most active in its operation against such activity from January to June 2019. This he, added, was according to the state police statistics.
The operations against illegal online gambling were taken under Section 4A (a) of the Common House Gambling Act 1953.
"In first six months of this year, we conducted a total of 111 raids against 66 for the same period last year. From these raids, we arrested 120 people and seized RM46,254 table money against 52 raids and seizure of RM9,064 for last year," he said.
On Lau's allegation that certain policemen were colluding with gambling syndicate, ACP Stanley said he welcomed any information on the matter from the public.
"I will not hesitate to take stern action if any of my men are in cahoots with gambling syndicates," he stressed.
Home Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in his reply to Lau on Tuesday (July 9), said the police force would continue to conduct operations to wipe out illegal gambling activities.
He also said if the allegation that certain policemen in Sibu were cooperating with gambling syndicate was true, it would be a serious matter.
"I will not allow such a thing to happen. We will not side with them but stern action would be taken against any individual if there is concrete evidence," he assured.