Authorities cut power to five errant premises

Kuching police and SEB personnel cutting the power to one of the premises.

KUCHING: Five premises here had their electricity disconnected after they were used for illegal gambling activities.

A team comprising police officers and Sarawak Energy Berhad personnel carried out the operation on Wednesday (Sept 9).

Acting Kuching police chief Supt Merbin Lisa said the premises fronted as grocery stores, and the operation was carried out from 9am to 12.30pm.

“In accordance with Section 21A of the Common Gaming House Act 1953, the police can make a request for a power cut,” he said in a statement.

He warned the public not to carry out any gambling activities without license as the police would take action as per the Common Gaming House Act 1953 and would enforce the Prevention of Crimes Act 1959.

From Sept 6 to 9, Kuching police successfully conducted four raids on such premises and investigations are being conducted under Section 4(1)(c) of the Common Gaming House Act 1953, which provides for a fine of between RM5,000 and RM50,000 and three years of imprisonment upon conviction.

Additionally, all suspects were detained and remanded for investigation.