KAJANG: Bukit Aman will step up efforts against illegal online gambling, including working with foreign law-enforcement agencies, says Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador.
The Inspector-General of Police said the police were in talks with their counterparts in Singapore, China and Hong Kong to come up with effective ways to curb the illegal activity.
"Bukit Aman CID is in the midst of discussing with Singapore police various methods to combat illegal online gambling.
"Among the areas being looked at are coming up with stricter laws. We will then forward our proposals to the government for their consideration," he told a press conference after awarding the Pingat Jasa Pahlawan Negara at the General Operations Force's base in Semenyih on Tuesday (July 16).
As for traditional illegal gambling dens, the IGP said he was satisfied with the various raids conducted nationwide.
He added that the majority of dens have been put out of business.
"I see the sincerity of my men in committing to the highest levels of integrity in their work, and this is seen in the consistent raids on gambling dens nationwide. I'm sure that the majority of the dens have been shut down," he said.
Abdul Hamid added that stern action would be taken against the police officer in charge if it was discovered that illegal gambling dens were still operating in certain districts.
"If it still persists in certain districts, I will take action. Our priority now is to go to the next phase, busting illegal online gambling," he said.