Penang police have successfully busted an illegal online casino Malaysia located in a luxury apartment unit in Bayan Lepas. The operation resulted in the arrest of seven local men and women aged between 20 and 30. According to the police investigation, the group had been operating for about a month, with an average daily turnover of RM100,000 and a monthly income of RM3 Million. The suspects were all customer service staff, who were hired by their employers with salaries ranging from RM1,500 to RM3,000.
The group used a 24-hour shift system to promote and attract customers on software such as social platforms. Transactions were conducted through several bank accounts at home and abroad, including customers from neighboring countries. The police confiscated computers, 34 mobile phones, and other equipment that operated illegal online gambling call centers.
Penang Chief Police Chief Datuk Xu Guozhen revealed at a press conference that the police raided the unit on the 12th of this month and detained four men and one woman on the spot. Two other men were later arrested, both of whom were customer service staff for an illegal online gambling syndicate. The police also confiscated 5 cars, 4 motorcycles, and RM15,200 in cash during the operation. Among the cars seized by the police, four of them were luxury cars, and the police did not rule out that these cars were profits from operating illegal gambling activities.
The police will investigate the case under Section 4(1)(a),(b),(c),(g) of the Public Places Gambling Act 1953 of the Penal Code. Once convicted, the offenders will be fined not less than RM5,000 or not more than RM50,000 and sentenced to imprisonment for not more than 3 years.
The press conference was attended by Penang Deputy Police Chief Datuk Fesso Salleh, Penang Criminal Investigation Department Director Rahimi Rahimi, and Penang Anti-Narcotics Department Director Mustapha. In addition, the Penang anti-industrialization, anti-gambling, and secret society party suppression team arrested 12 illegal punters who had set up illegal betting stations in pavilions. The oldest person among them was 80 years old.
This incident highlights the authorities’ continued efforts to combat illegal online gambling in Malaysia. The public is encouraged to report any suspicious gambling activities to the police to help curb the spread of this illegal activity.