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Malaysian Police Tout Gambling Arrests

Authorities in Malaysia reported on their increased activity against those who are involved in illegal gambling operations.

Zakaria Ahmad, who is Chief Asset Commissioner of CID in the Malaysian state capital of Kedah told The Star Online that the past nine months have seen 820 people arrested for illegal gambling. Furthermore, 4,036 computers have been seized in police raids of illegal gambling operations. The two numbers are much higher than the entire year of 2010, which saw 724 people and 2,388 computers seized.

Ahmad said, “We also took action against the operators under the Common Gaming House Act 1953, and the Entertainment and Places of Entertainment Enactment 1997."

“We also submitted a list of 50 premises found to have been used for such activities to Tenaga Nasional Berhad to temporarily cut off the power supply pending investigations.

“We are working with local authorities to monitor the state’s entertainment centres such as cyber cafes to ensure that they are not being used for online gambling."

Half of the suspects arrested were repeat offenders, and the state police have handed over the names of six individuals to the Malaysian Police Headquarters under the Residence Act 1933.

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