Kuala Lumpur, June 25th – The Brickfields police launched a successful operation yesterday, raiding two apartment units suspected of housing illegal online gambling centers. As a result of the crackdown, 13 foreign men and women were apprehended by law enforcement authorities.
Assistant Superintendent Ami Sizhan, the director of the Brickfields Police District, revealed that the operation was carried out based on valuable intelligence. Between 4:00 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. the day before yesterday, police officers swiftly descended upon two apartment units located on Old Kuchai Road in Kuala Lumpur.
During the initial raid, four foreign individuals, both men and women, aged between 20 and 32, were detained. The police seized crucial pieces of evidence, including a computer, four laptops, and five mobile phones, which were believed to be connected to the illicit online gambling activities.
In a remarkable display of efficiency, within a mere 45 minutes, the police conducted a follow-up operation on another apartment unit. This time, nine foreign men and women between the ages of 21 and 36 were apprehended. Additionally, four computers, one laptop, and nine mobile phones were confiscated as evidence.
Assistant Superintendent Sizhan stated, “All those arrested lacked passports and legal documentation.” This discovery raised concerns about the potential involvement of these individuals in illegal activities beyond online gambling. To further investigate the matter, the arrested individuals were subsequently transported to the local police station.
The police are currently pursuing the case under two key legal provisions. The investigation will invoke Article 4(1)(g) of the 1953 Home Open Gambling Act, which aims to combat unlawful gambling activities. Additionally, 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 will be cited to address potential immigration-related offenses.
Illegal online gambling remains a pressing issue in Malaysia, and law enforcement agencies are actively striving to eradicate such operations. The Brickfields police’s swift and decisive actions in apprehending the suspects have sent a strong message that illicit activities will not be tolerated within the country.
The authorities urge the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities related to online gambling or other unlawful practices. By working together, the community and law enforcement can ensure a safer and more secure environment for all citizens.
The investigation into the arrested individuals and the dismantling of the online gambling centers are ongoing. The authorities are determined to bring all those involved to justice and maintain the integrity of the law.