KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 61 gambling syndicates have been busted nationwide, says Comm Datuk Huzir Mohamed (pic).
The Bukit Aman CID director said 3,015 raids were conducted between January and July this year.
"We arrested 5,590 people and seized 9,817 machines from the raids.
"We also seized RM1.046mil in cash and opened 3,015 investigations," he told reporters after witnessing the handing over ceremony of the Deputy IGP's post on Thursday (Aug 13).
Last year, a total of 4,368 raids were conducted, he added.
"We busted 32 syndicates and detained 10,303 people.
"We also seized 22,884 machines and seized RM1.31mil in cash. A total of 4,368 investigation papers have been opened as well," he said.
Comm Huzir said the CID has also taken action under the Prevention of Crime Act (Poca) against those involved in illegal gambling.
"A total of 240 files were opened and 185 people were detained under Poca between January and July this year.
"We arrested 372 people and opened 420 files under the same Act last year," he added.
The efforts to combat illegal gambling have been strengthened by cutting electricity to premises used by the syndicates, he said.
"Electricity was cut at 461 premises last year but this year, 518 premises were involved.
"We are also working closely with local councils in revoking the licences of premises used for illegal gambling.
"Two licences were revoked last year and this year, four licences were revoked," he said.
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