The illegal cockfighting ring in Batu Kawa

PADAWAN: Ten men were arrested in Batu Kawa for illegal cockfighting on Sunday (Sept 13).

Padawan District acting police chief DSP Lim Jaw Shyong, in a statement on Monday (Sept 14), said the suspects, aged between 29 and 73, were picked up in a raid around 4.30pm.

Police also seized one dead rooster, six live ones, one weighing machine, one betting box, two plastic tables, eight plastic chairs, 37 dices and cash amounting to RM115.

The suspects were arrested under Section 3(1) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Ordinance 1962, Regulation 3 of Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures Within Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020 and Section 73 (1) (g) of the Public Health Veterinary Ordinance 1999.

Seized item from the raid.

Five suspects were found to have criminal records under Section 186 of the Penal Code / Per 11 (1) of Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases 2020, Section 39A (1) of Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, Section 3(1) of LLPPB 1952, Section 4B(a) of Common Gaming Houses Act 1953, Section 323 of the Penal Code and Section 7 (2) of Common Gaming Houses Act 1953.

“All suspects violated recovery movement control order (RMCO) standard operating procedure (SOP) – failure to maintain physical distancing.

“They paid their bail of RM500 each and were released,” added DSP Lim.

They were also issued compounds for violating RMCO SOP.