Police with two Sesco staff during the electricity cut off on seven illegal online gambling premises around Kuching last Wednesday.

KUCHING: Seven illegal online gambling premises had their electricity supply cut off on Wednesday.

The seven premises comprised five mobile phone accessory shops, a retail store and a small cottage.

According to Kuching district deputy police chief Supt Merbin Lisa the operations were conducted by the Criminal Investigation Department of Kuching IPD with two staff from Sarawak Energy Berhad (Sesco) around Kuching City from 9am until 1.30pm.

“The cutting off of electricity was done at the reported premises through intelligence and previous raids conducted on the illegal gambling activities.

“Under Section 21A of Common Gaming Houses Act 1953, police may apply for a power cut if they have a strong foundation and grounds that online gambling activities are being conducted,” he said in a statement.

Merbin also added that in three days’ time, from June 29 until July 1, CID   conducted six raids on illegal online gambling premises and nabbed seven male suspects including one foreigner, aged between 23 and 53.

The investigation is conducted under Section 4 (1) (c) of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953, which provides for fines of RM5,000 up to RM50,000 and imprisonment for up to three years upon conviction.

All the suspects have been remanded in custody and are still under investigation.

Merbin warned businesses and individuals not to engage in unlicensed gambling activities which could result in social illnesses such as gambling addiction and ruining family lives.