Ops Limau nets nine gamblers

A policeman checks on the identities of the gamblers.

KUCHING: Nine men were nabbed for playing ‘holo’ at an eatery here, last Saturday (Feb 20).

In the operations dubbed ‘Ops Limau’, a Padawan police headquarters (IPD) task force carried out the raid on the eatery in Batu Kawa New Township around 6pm.

Padawan police chief Supt Aidil Bolhassan said, nine men aged between 47 and 58, were caught playing a ‘holo’ in the premises.

“Our team seized a piece of white cloth with pictures of tiger, pumpkin, chicken, crab, fish and shrimp, three dices, a ‘holo kong’, table, plastic chairs and cash amounting to RM3,711.

“All the suspects and seizure items were taken to the police station for further actions,” he said.

He added that background checks found two of the nine men had past records related to gambling offences.

Investigations also found that such illegal activity would usually take place after the premises is closed for business.

Aidil said the men are being remanded to facilitate investigations under Section 7(2) of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953.

If found guilty, the offenders can be fined up to RM5,000 or face imprisonment for a term not more than six months or both.