Sarawak police arrest 26 in two raids on gamblers

MIRI: Sarawak police carried out anti-vice raids and arrested 26 people for gambling offences, including playing poker and mahjong, and operating an online gambling centre, in Covid-19 red zones in Kuching.

Sarawak Criminal Investigation Department chief Senior Asst Comm Denis Leong on Thursday (Oct 29) said the anti-vice squads uncovered these activities in raids carried out over the past few days.

He said two separate raids saw 26 people arrested.

One was a late night raid on Oct 26 on a condominium on Jalan Sungai Utama Padawan, where police found 12 male youths playing poker and mahjong.

"The 12 were aged between 17 and 32. They were playing poker and mahjong.

"We seized gambling chips and other items used by these gamblers. They gambled using cashless methods with online transactions directly using bank accounts," he said.

SAC Leong said the condominium was covered by a tight security system.

Then on Oct 28, the police raided a house in a posh housing estate in Kuching city and found 14 men and women operating an online gambling call centre.

Those arrested were locals as well as foreigners.

They had turned the three-storey luxury house into an online gambling operation centre.

"They were bringing in revenue of about RM300,000 per month. Initial probe showed they had been operating for the past one year," he said.

Numerous items like computers and handphones were seized from the scene, he said.

All those arrested faced illegal gambling charges, he added.
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