Illegal gambling premises get power supply disconnected

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KUCHING: Four premises in the city suspected of being involved in unlicensed gambling activities had their power supply cut off in a joint operation between the police and Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) today.

Kuching police chief ACP Awang Din Awang Gani said the premises were found to be carrying out unlicensed gambling activities. Pursuant to Section 21A of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953, the police can order for the premises’ power supply to be cut off.

“Relevant operators are warned not to carry out any gambling activities without a licence as the police will take action as provided in the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953 and will take actions under the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 against those involved,” he said.

In the past four days (Mar 1 to 4), five raids were carried out which saw the arrest of seven persons believed to be involved in online gambling activities.

Investigations are being conducted under Section 4 (1) (c) of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953 which provides for a fine of up to RM5,000 and imprisonment for up to three years upon conviction.

All the suspects are being remanded pending investigations.

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