Four arrested for playing mahjong in jungle hut

A policeman stands guard over the four suspects arrested at a mahjong session near Kampung Jernang. (Right combo) The hut in a forest near Kampung Jernang, used to carry out a gambling activity.

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Four men were nabbed for playing mahjong in a forest near Kampung Jernang here on Saturday (July 10).

In the 2.40pm operations codenamed ‘Ops Dadu’, a Criminal Investigation Department (CID) team raided a hut in the forest suspected to be used as a gambling den.

District police chief DSP Sudirman Kram said four men aged between 28 and 66 were caught playing mahjong.

Also seized were a piece of plywood board, a set of mahjong pieces, stationery used to make notes and cash amounting to RM12,408.

“All the suspects along with the seizure items, were taken to Kota Samarahan police headquarters (IPD) for further action.

“They will be detained in the police lock-up to facilitate investigations under Section 7(2) of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953 which provides for a maximum fine of RM2,000 or a six-month jail term or both upon conviction,” he said.

The suspects were also issued compounds for violating the standard operating procedure (SOP) of the movement control order (MCO) under Regulation 17 (1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (NRP) 2021.