KUCHING: Seven premises suspected of being involved in unlicensed gambling activities, had their power supply cut off on Tuesday (July 21).
Kuching district police chief ACP Awang Din Awang Gani told that the operation carried out by Kuching Police Crime Investigation Division (CID) together with Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB), took place from 9am to 1.30pm
He added that the operation was done in accordance with Section 21A of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953 where the police can make a request for power supply cut if there is a sensible reason that the premises is carrying out any gambling activity.
“Business owners are warned not to carry out any gambling activity without a license as the police would take action as per the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953 and would implement the Crime Prevention Act 1959 to those involved,” he said in a statement.
Awang Din pointed out that Kuching CID had successfully raided the said premises four times from July 19 to 21. Investigations will be carried out under Section 4(1)(c) of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953 where if convicted, the offender can be fined RM5,000 to RM50,000 and an imprisonment up to three years.
The individuals detained, are currently remanded and are still under police investigation.