Kuching, 12th – In a major crackdown, the police have successfully dismantled an online gambling operation that had been running for several months, accumulating an impressive income of RM450,000. The operation came to a halt as authorities apprehended six Indonesian men and two women believed to be involved in the illicit activity.
The arrests primarily targeted the operation’s workforce, consisting of eight individuals ranging in age from 19 to 28. Kuching Police District Chief Assistant Superintendent Asmon released a statement revealing that the suspects, all employees of the online gambling center, will be held in custody for 14 days, until the 26th of this month.
The raid, code-named “Operation Dice,” was carried out by the D7 Criminal Investigation Division of the Kuching Police District, led by Sergeant Zufaka. Acting on valuable intelligence, the law enforcement team conducted the raid at a double-storey terraced house in the Situdong area.
Asmon stated that the online gambling operation had been active for several months, amassing approximately RM450,000 according to system records. The suspects employed a shift system, with employees working 12-hour shifts divided into two rounds. Their daily responsibilities involved making phone calls to lure customers and utilizing popular mobile applications such as WeChat, WhatsApp, Telegram, and Facebook to attract potential gamblers.
Apart from apprehending the eight male and female employees, the police also seized significant evidence related to the online gambling activities. Confiscated items included five desktop computers, five computer screens, five mobile phones, three routers, and various other related equipment.
Asmon confirmed that the case falls under the purview of Section 4(1)(g) of the Public Gambling in Homes Act 1953. Additionally, the eight suspects will face investigation under Section 6(1)(c) and Section 15(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63.
The police’s successful operation against the online gambling operation is a significant step towards curbing illegal gambling activities in the region. The authorities remain committed to ensuring public safety and upholding the law, sending a clear message that such operations will not be tolerated.