Power to gambling centres cut off

Police and Sesco personnel carrying out the power supply cut operation.

KUCHING: A convenience store and four residential houses had their power supply cut on suspicion of being involved in gambling activities today.

Kuching district police chief, ACP Awang Din Awang Gani said the integrated operation was carried out by a team comprising Kuching Crime Investigation Division (CID) led by Insp Muhamad Rizal and Sarawak Energy Berhad (Sesco) personnel from 9am to 12.30pm.

“The operation was carried out on the premises found to be conducting gambling activities without a licence.

“According to Section 21A of the Common Gaming House Act 1953, the police can request for a power cut if there is a valid reason that the premises are conducting gambling activities,” he said.

He warned that the police would take action against errant operators under the Common Gaming House Act 1953 and the Crime Prevention Act 1959.  

Awang Din also revealed that from Nov 2 to 5, the Kuching CID team conducted five successful raids on such premises and investigations were 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 of up to three years. 

He said all five individuals detained from the raids were remanded to facilitate investigations.