KUCHING: Police together with Sarawak Energy Berhad (SESCO) have cut the power supply to three business premises and eight homes, believed to be used to operate online gambling centres in the district.
Kuching OCPD ACP Ahsmon Bajah in a statement said the supply cut was carried out by the district’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID) and SESCO from 9.35am to 2pm on last Wednesday (July 6).
Such action is done in accordance to Section 21A of the Common Gaming House Act 1953 (Act 289), he explained.
Based on the provisions under the Section, any premises’ power supply which have been cut off, cannot be reconnected without the written permission from the district police chief.
He stated that the purpose of the implementation of this law is to curb the increase in gambling activities, especially in Kuching area.
Hitherto since January, the police have conducted a total of 40 successful raids to crack down online gambling activities.
As a result of the said number of raids, power supply to six business premises and 36 residential houses were cut off.