Authorities cutting the power supply to a premises believed to be carrying out unlicensed gambling activities.

KUCHING: Fourteen premises here comprising grocery stores and residential houses had their power supply cut after being suspected of engaging in illegal online gambling activities yesterday.

District acting police chief Supt Merbin Lisa explained that the integrated operation was carried out simultaneously by a team from the Kuching Crime Investigation Division (CID) and Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) from 9am to 4pm.

“The operation was made on premises found to be carrying illegal online gambling activities.

“Pursuant to Section 21A of the Common Gaming House Act 1953, the police request for a power cut if there is a valid reason that the premises was carrying out illegal gambling activities,” he said in a statement.

He stated that from Sept 8 to 10, the Kuching CID team conducted three successful raids on the said premises and investigations were done under Section 4 (1) (c) of the Common Gaming House Act 1953, which carries a fine of RM5,000 to RM50,000 and imprisonment for up to three years if convicted.

All the individuals detained have been remanded and are under police investigation.

Meanwhile in Padawan, power cut operations were carried out on seven premises around Mile 10, Kota Sentosa and Mile 4 last Thursday.

DSP Lim Jaw Shyong, who is acting Padawan district police chief, said police would further enforce the ‘Ops Dadu’ operation to eradicate all illegal gambling activities.