Police together with Sesco personnel carrying out the power supply cut operation on one of five premises suspected of being involved in gambling activities around Kuching.

ILLEGAL GAMBLING

KUCHING: Five premises comprising grocery store and telecommunication equipment stores, had their power supply cut as they were suspected of being involved in gambling activities around the city on Friday (Sept 18).

Acting district police chief Supt Merbin Lisa explained that the integrated operation was carried out by a team of Kuching Crime Investigation Division (CID) and Sarawak Energy Berhad (Sesco) from 9am to 12.30pm.

“Such operation was made to premises found to be carrying gambling activities without a licence.

“Pursuant to Section 21A of the Common Gaming House Act 1953, the police may make a request for a power outage if there is a valid reason that the premises is carrying out any gambling activity,” he said in a statement.

Stern warnings were given to relevant operators not to carry out gambling activities without a licence as the police would take action as per the Common Gaming House Act 1953 and would enforce the Crime Prevention Act 1959 on those involved.

Merbin stated that from Sept 16 to 18, the Kuching CID team had conducted four successful raids on the said premises and investigations are being done under Section 4 (1) (c) of the Common Gaming House Act 1953 which carries a fine of up to between RM5,000 and RM50,000 and imprisonment for up to three years if convicted.

All the individuals detained have been remanded to facilitate police investigations.