IPOH: The police have arrested 18 Chinese nationals for allegedly being involved in online gambling at a house in Lahat here.
Perak police chief Comm Datuk Razarudin Husain said that about 46 mobile phones, 16 laptops and RM734 were seized in the raid on Thursday (Dec 12) that saw 14 men and four women being arrested.
"We believe that they are operating an online gambling syndicate targeting the market in China, and we believe they are using WeChat to make transactions," he told reporters after a shooting event held in conjunction with the Police 212th Memorial Day here on Friday (Dec 13).
He added that these arrests are unrelated to the arrests of 65 people by the Immigration Department on Wednesday (Dec 11), following an earlier raid by the Department which resulted in the arrests of 40 Chinese nationals.
Comm Razarudin said he believes that the operation started about two weeks ago.
"Based on the items seized and similar raids done in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur, we believe that they moved here to continue their operations. Right now, our target is to ensure there are no more cases like this in the state," he said.
Comm Razarudin said that officers will be conducting surveillance at certain areas in Manjung, Taiping and other districts to address this issue.