Malacca, 8th July 2023 – In a significant operation, the Malacca Police successfully apprehended six local Chinese men suspected of establishing an online gambling “base” in a commercial unit. Chris Buddy, the director of the Central Police District of Kota State, announced the arrests and highlighted the police’s efforts in cracking down on illegal online gambling activities.
The operation took place on Thursday, the 6th of this month, at Kota Shabanda Commercial Center. Acting on intelligence, the police swiftly moved in at 3:30 pm to carry out the operation, effectively uncovering an illicit online gambling syndicate.
Buddy stated, “Based on our investigations, we arrested six local men aged between 26 and 45 at the scene.” The suspects were immediately taken into custody for further questioning.
During the operation, law enforcement seized eight mobile phones and 53 computers believed to be used for conducting online gambling activities. These confiscated items serve as crucial evidence in building a strong case against the suspects.
“Preliminary investigations indicate that the premises were used as the primary operating base, from which the syndicate provided computers and other necessary tools to facilitate online gambling activities at other locations,” Buddy revealed.
The police’s findings suggest that the group has been active since the beginning of this year, operating daily from 10 am to 6:30 pm. This revelation sheds light on the extensive scope of the syndicate’s operations, which spanned several months.
In a startling revelation, Buddy pointed out that one of the suspects, a 44-year-old individual, allegedly paid employees a monthly salary of approximately RM3,500, providing insight into the syndicate’s internal workings.
“All the arrested suspects will be detained for a period of four days until the 10th of this month, assisting the police in their ongoing investigation,” Buddy confirmed. The detained individuals’ cooperation is vital for gathering further evidence and unraveling the full extent of the syndicate’s activities.
The police are steadfast in their commitment to thoroughly investigate the case under Section 4B(a) of the Open House Gambling Act 1953, which addresses offenses related to operating illegal online gambling activities.
The successful bust of this online gambling syndicate marks another significant milestone in the fight against illicit gambling operations. The Malacca Police’s swift and decisive action sends a strong message that such activities will not be tolerated within their jurisdiction.
As investigations continue and charges are likely to be brought against the suspects, it is hoped that this operation will serve as a deterrent and contribute to curbing the proliferation of online gambling activities in the region. The police’s vigilance and determination to combat such offenses ensure a safer and more secure environment for the people of Malacca.