Sarawak cops arrest illegal gamblers for breaking MCO rules


MIRI: A group of young gamblers took a bet that was way too huge when it came to defying the movement control order (MCO).

They lost the “bet” after they sneaked into an illegal online gaming premises in Kuching on Sunday evening.

Following a tip-off, police raided the joint and arrested the group consisting of four young men and two women in the raid carried out by the anti-vice, gambling and gangsterism unit.

Now, they are not only facing charges for illegal gambling but also for violating the MCO.Sarawak Criminal Investigation Department chief Senior Asst Comm Denis Leong yesterday said that those arrested were aged between 19 and 25 years old.

“Our anti-vice squad raided a shopping area and arrested the four men and two women for involvement in online gaming activities. They were arrested under the Common Gambling Houses Act 1953.

“They were also arrested under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Regulation for violating the MCO,” he said.

The penalty for violating the MCO is a fine of up to RM1,000, and/or a jail term of up to six months, upon conviction.
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