Cops stop shady business at Ramadan bazaar

IPOH: All four individuals believed to be involved in the distribution of business cards that promote online gambling and illegal loans at a Ramadan bazaar here have been arrested, say police.

Perak police chief Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Yusri Hassan Basri (pic) said with their arrests, the case has been solved.

“We had earlier arrested a married couple. We have also located and arrested the two persons who distributed the cards at the bazaar,” he said in a press conference here yesterday.

Comm Mohd Yusri said this after witnessing the handover of duties between outgoing Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm Yahaya Hassan and his successor, ACP Abang Zainal Abidin Abang Ahmad, at the state police officer mess hall.

On Monday, Comm Mohd Yusri said the police had arrested a 54-year-old man and his wife, 53, who are believed to be the masterminds behind the scheme in Sitiawan.

This occurred after a video of a man distributing the cards and being confronted by traders at the bazaar went viral.

The married man had admitted to hiring two others, both of whom are disabled, to hand out the cards with him at the bazaar.

Comm Mohd Yusri expressed his hope that ACP Abang Zainal Abidin, a 56-year-old native of Kuching, can quickly adapt to his new environment following his appointment as Ipoh’s new OCPD.

“I also hope he can ensure the capital is safe and all key performance indexes are achieved,” he added.

ACP Yahaya, 60, whom Comm Mohd Yusri affectionately referred to as his “elder brother”, is set to retire soon, after serving 39 years in the police force and two years and 10 months as the Ipoh OCPD.

ACP Abang Zainal Abidin said he will be committed to ensuring the good work of ACP Yahaya is continued.

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