Melaka, 17th – In a significant crackdown on illegal online gambling, the Melaka Central Police District successfully dismantled an elaborate operation that involved renting shophouses to facilitate online and live gambling activities. Following the arrests of multiple suspects, authorities seized 360 computers and simulation equipment as evidence of the illicit operation.
The operation, carried out at 7:50 pm on July 11, spanned 16 locations within the Central County. The police had been diligently investigating the case, leading to the arrest of several individuals involved in the illegal gambling ring, culminating in the recent confiscation of a considerable number of computer equipment.
Malacca Central Police District Director, Christopher, issued a statement today, elaborating on the scale of the operation. Among the seized items were 10 computer hosts, 120 simulators, 230 computers, and various internet hardware. The suspects were engaged in providing online or live gambling games while cleverly using electronic sports licenses to complicate the police investigation.
The authorities are pursuing the case under Section 4B(b) of the Gambling Act 1953. Convictions under this provision carry severe penalties, with a maximum of five years’ imprisonment or a fine ranging from RM10,000 to RM100,000, depending on the number of gaming machines involved.
According to the statements obtained from the arrested individuals, their modus operandi involved renting shophouses in strategic locations, setting them up as operational centers for their illegal gambling activities. By exploiting electronic sports licenses, they attempted to evade detection and scrutiny from law enforcement.
Investigations revealed that the suspects received varying commissions and salaries, ranging from RM800 to RM3,500 per month. The targets of their operation were primarily locals, who were lured into placing bets online through various deceptive methods, including false accounts on social media platforms.
Christopher took the opportunity to warn the public against falling prey to online gambling advertisements or promotional schemes. He urged the community to remain vigilant and not engage in any illegal gambling activities. The police are committed to taking strict action against both those providing gambling services and individuals involved in betting.
The successful operation is a testament to the diligent efforts of law enforcement to curb online gambling activities and maintain the safety and well-being of the public. The police will continue to monitor such activities closely and take swift action against those who attempt to exploit innocent individuals through illicit gambling operations.
As the investigation unfolds, authorities are hopeful that it will serve as a deterrent to others who may be involved in similar illegal activities and send a strong message against engaging in any form of unlawful gambling within the state.