Second video surfaces: Cops looking for organiser behind Raya-themed online gambling ads

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  • Saturday, 17 Apr 2021

KUALA LUMPUR: Another Hari Raya-themed online gambling advertisement has emerged barely a day after eight people were arrested over the first video.

The police are now looking for the organiser of both videos.

The three minute-and-19 second-video went viral on social media on Saturday (April 17).

Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Mohamad Zainal Abdullah said police have also arrested a man who was involved in the first video on Saturday.

"This brings the number of those arrested to nine individuals.

"Two men - the video director and videographer - have been remanded until April 21, while six others, the actors, will be released on police bail after their statements are recorded," he told a press conference at the Dang Wangi police headquarters on Saturday.

ACP Mohamad Zainal said police are looking for a 35-year-old man, believed to be the organiser of both the videos.

"We are tracking down the man identified as Loh Kee Hoe. We believe he was responsible in arranging for the production of both videos," he added.

Initial investigations revealed that each actor in the first video were paid about RM180, he said.

"We believe the actors of both videos know each other," he added.

Meanwhile, commenting on the second video, ACP Mohamad Zainal said police are in the midst of identifying those behind the production, including the producer and director.

"We believe the culprits have deliberately forsaken the sensitivity of Muslims in the country by producing and spreading the video.

"We will not compromise in taking action against those involved," he added.

He also advised the public not to share the videos, as it could cause public unrest and disharmony among the people.

"We urge those with information on both videos to contact the police as soon as possible," ACP Mohamad Zainal said.

Earlier Saturday, police detained eight individuals involved in the production of a Hari Raya-themed video which promoted online gambling.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said those detained were five men and three women.

"We received 38 police reports on the matter. Those detained were actors, agents, videographers as well as producers and director," he said in a statement on Saturday.

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