STAGG praised over crack­down

> IGP con­grat­u­lates task force for crip­pling il­le­gal gam­bling rings na­tion­wide

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY ASH­WIN KU­MAR AND TI­MOTHY ACHARIAM

KUCHING: In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar yes­ter­day con­grat­u­lated the Spe­cial Task Force for Anti-Vice, Gam­bling and Gang­ster­ism (STAGG) on its re­cent suc­cess in crip­pling il­le­gal gam­bling syn­di­cates na­tion­wide.

“Syabas STAGG@PDRMsia for its crack­down on these syn­di­cates,” Khalid tweeted.

The op­er­a­tions were car­ried out through­out last week, re­sult­ing in 992 sus­pects be­ing de­tained.

A to­tal of 3,370 units of gam­bling ma­chines were also seized.

In their lat­est blitz on il­le­gal gam­bling, Sarawak po­lice con­ducted 42 raids be­tween Oct 3 and Oct 10 in 16 towns which led to the ar­rest of 84 peo­ple, in­clud­ing 10 for­eign­ers.

State CID chief Datuk Dev Ku­mar M.M. Sree Shun­mugam said the 42 raids were con­ducted at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions – 17 at shoplots, 14 at public places such as five-foot ways, five at cof­fee shops, five at gro­cery shops and one at a hand­phone ac­ces­sory premises.

He said the raids were con­ducted on il­le­gal num­bers lottery, on­line gam­bling and gam­bling ma­chines, and 4D gam­bling premises.

theSun on May 5 re­ported that il­le­gal 4D book­ies, es­pe­cially those who have po­lice records, may find them­selves locked away for up to two years un­der the Pre­ven­tion of Crime Act (Poca).

The re­port was made fol­low­ing con­cerns by ne­ti­zens who ques­tioned how some il­le­gal 4D op­er­a­tors seemed to spring back into busi­ness soon af­ter a po­lice raid.

Mean­while, in KUALA LUMPUR, Gom­bak po­lice de­stroyed 2,993 ma­chines as or­dered by the courts yes­ter­day.

The to­tal value of the ma­chines was RM2.5 mil­lion.

Gom­bak po­lice chief ACP Ali Ah­mad said po­lice have never pro­tected these il­le­gal gam­bling op­er­a­tors and will take a hard line against those who op­er­ate il­le­gal gam­bling dens.

“We will not com­pro­mise with these il­le­gal gam­bling op­er­a­tors, es­pe­cially in Gom­bak.

“We will and have in the past taken de­ci­sive ac­tion on these kinds of cases,” he said at a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

“We have also made over 200 ar­rests be­cause some cases have more than one per­son ar­rested and charged,” he said.

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