MELAKA: Melaka police have launched an "Angry Birds" operation, taking down a cockfighting ring and arresting 28 individuals, including two civil servants, in Duyong here.
Melaka Tengah OCPD Asst Comm Christopher Patit said the ring is believed to have existed for five months and organised illegal activities once a month at secluded areas within the city.
"Their activities start at 10pm and end at 4am, with bets ranging from RM110 to RM550.
He said policemen detained the suspects, aged between 25 to 66, on Sunday (July 31) following a tip-off.
ACP Christopher Patit said police also confiscated cash totalling RM11,000 as well as roosters and cages.
"We are also investigating the suspects for animal cruelty.
"Cockfighting is strictly prohibited and stern action will be taken against anyone who organises or participates in any such activity," he said on Monday (Aug 1).
He said the ring leader held cockfighting bouts and invited locals to place bets.
ACP Christopher said invitations would spread by word of mouth to avoid detection by authorities.
He added the suspects were being investigated under Section 3(1) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1962 and Section 7(2) of the Open House Gambling Act 1953.