Six nabbed for illegally betting on horse race

Police personnel questioning the men nabbed for betting on a horse racing event.

KUCHING: Police arrested six men for taking part in an illegal gambling activity at Kenyalang Park last Saturday (May 22).

In the operations codenamed ‘Ops Dadu’, a Kuching D7 team raided the location around 2.40 pm after receiving information on the incident.

Acting Kuching police chief Supt Merbin Lisa said the team found a group of men aged between 47 and 64, making illegal bets on a horse racing event.

“The team arrested all six of them and seized phones and a book written with numbers suspected to be illegal horse racing bets.

“All of them will be remanded to facilitate investigations under Section 6 (3) of the Betting Act 1953, which provides for a maximum fine of RM200,000 and jail term up to five years, if convicted,” he said.

He added that those arrested were also issued compounds for committing an offence under Regulation 17(1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Regulations (Measures in Local Infected Areas) No.4 2021.

Apart from that, an operations to detect online gambling activities carried out from May 17 to 22, resulted in the arrest of eight individuals — seven local men and an Indonesian woman and cash seizures amounting to RM1,787.

The arrests were made in eight separate raids at private homes, in front of coffee shops and convenience stores around Gita, Santubong and Sekama.

“All of them aged between 21 and 36, were remanded to facilitate investigations under Section 4(1)(c) of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953, which provides for a fine up to RM50,000 and jail term up to three years, if convicted,” he said.