Authorities cut power to seven dubious premises

Police along with SEB personnel carrying out the power supply cut on Thursday.

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Seven premises here suspected of operating as illegal gambling centres had their power supply cut last Thursday.

District police chief DSP Sudirman Kram said the action, under Section 21A (1) of the Common Gaming House Act 1953, was carried out by the district’s CID team and Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB).

Six premises were located in Jalan Datuk Mohd Musa and the other at Uni Central, Jalan Kuching-Samarahan Expressway.

DSP Sudirman said Kota Samarahan CID had conducted 32 raids and inspections on premises suspected of conducting online gambling activities.

“Of the number, nine investigation papers were opened under Section 4B (a) Common Gaming House Act 1953 and Section 4 (1) (c) of the same Act (Online Gambling).

“Apart from that, we also arrested 12 individuals (10 men and two women) involved in such activities.”

DSP Sudirman shared that last year, 341 raids and inspections were conducted and 222 individuals were arrested (146 men and 76 women).

From there, a total of 192 investigation papers were opened and 119 of them had been successfully prosecuted in court.

Apart from being charged under the Provisions of the Common Gaming House Act, 34 individuals were charged under Section 6 (1)(c) and Section 15 (1) (c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63.

He pointed out that police would continue to act aggressively to ensure Kota Samarahan is free from illegal gambling activities.

Anyone who has information relating to such activities can channel the information directly to the district’s CID or through the Volunteer Smartphone Patrol (VSP) application.