State Commisioner Police Datuk Ramli Din (left) during the police superintendent, deputy superitendent and assistant superintendent rank pinning ceremony at Sarawak Police Headquarters Senior Officers' Mass, Kuching.

Illegal gaming premises

KUCHING: Police are cooperating with Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) to cut off electricity supply at illegal gaming premises that have been raided but are still operating.

“Such action is to prevent the illegal activities from expanding,” State Commissioner of Police Datuk Ramli Din told a press conference yesterday.

He added that business appeared to be thriving for the illegal gaming operators as they shifted their operations to digital and offered their services via 24-hour convenience outlets.

After a major police crackdown on illegal gambling outlets two years ago, the illegal gaming operators had become creative   with their modus operandi.

State Commisioner Police Datuk Ramli Din (left) during the police superintendent, deputy superitendent and assistant superintendent rank pinning ceremony at Sarawak Police Headquarters Senior Officers’ Mass, Kuching.

“Such premises open like mushrooms and they only sell mineral water and peanuts which is not enough to cover the rental cost.

“The premises we have raided revealed that they were offering top-up services for online gambling,” he told a press conference.

Ramli said 706 premises in Kuching and 624 in Padawan had been raided following surveillance and public tip-offs.

A total of 1,600 premises owners and caretakers in both districts were also arrested during the operations to assist investigations under the Common Gaming House Act, he added.

Ramli urged the public to channel any relevant information on illegal gaming activities to the police so that they could take immediate actions.