KUALA LUMPUR: Police here have crippled an online gambling syndicate following a series of raids here Tuesday (June 16).
The raids at four apartment units at a condominium along Jalan Tun Razak led to the arrest of 40 men and two women, all China nationals.
City police chief Comm Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said they conducted the raids between 5.30pm and 9pm on June 16.
"We seized 24 computers, nine central processing units, nine monitors, 13 keyboards, a laptop, 263 mobile phones, five routers, and a gigabit passive optical network terminal.
"We estimate the seizures to be worth at least RM350,000," he said in a statement on Thursday (June 18).
He added that investigations revealed the syndicates' modus operandi was to promote online gambling activities to gamblers in China using WeChat, WhatsApp and QQChat applications.
"They sent hundreds of messages to clients in China and have been operating for at least two months.
"The syndicate paid RM6,500 for rental of the premises and paid monthly wages of between RM2,500 and RM3,000 to the staff working there," he said.
He added that the premises operated between 9am and 9pm daily with syndicate members using computers and mobile phones for their activities.
He said all the suspects and seizures were taken to the Wangsa Maju police headquarters for further investigations.
"We have remanded the suspects for 14 days under the Section 4(1)(c) of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953 and Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act.
"The public is advised to not be involved in illegal gambling activities as stern action would be taken on organisers and clients if caught.
"Since these syndicates have chosen luxury condominiums and bungalows to carry out their operations, we need cooperation from the public to channel any information they have on suspicious activities around them," he said, urging anyone with information to contact the City CID operations room at 03-2146 0670 or the City police hotline at 03-2115 9999.