KUCHING: Police have cleaned up illegal gambling in Kuching, said Kuching police chief ACP Roslan Bek Ahmad.
He said all illegal gambling outlets in Kuching North and Kuching South were were shut down after a crackdown the past week.
“Today I can give an assurance that there is zero illegal gambling in the state capital even though some machines used for cyber-gambling could still be present at the premises that were raided,” he told the media after attending Kuching police’s monthly at the Kuching police headquarters here today.
He said police would be seeking search warrants to seek out these remaining machines.
He added that police would be keeping a close watch to ensure “no more illegal gambling outlets surface”.
According to Roslan, in the crackdown, police conducted 175 raids resulting in 247 arrests and the seizure of 2,122 computer units used for illegal gambling and cash totalling RM20,722.
Meanwhile, he said there was a 17.41 per cent drop in the crime index for Kuching from January to October as compared to the same period last year.
There were 2,286 cases reported in that period last year as compared to 1,888 cases during the corresponding period this year.
Overall I am very pleased with the result achieved because the KPI target for us was to achieve a five per cent drop, but our target is zero crime,” he said.
Earlier, Roslan had presented promotion medals and letters of appreciation to 110 policemen ranked from constable to sergeant and four civilians who assisted the police in combating crime.
In KUALA TERENGGANU, Terengganu police chief Datuk Jamshah Mustapa said police had also rid the state of all illegal gambling activities.
He said Terengganu police 124 outlets suspected of offering illegal online gambling in a similar crackdown and four individuals were arrested as a result.
He added that he had instructed all district police chiefs in the state to ensure the menace did not rear its ugly head again.
In ALOR SETAR, speaking to reporters after attending the state police’s monthly assembly at the Kedah police headquarters, Kedah acting police chief Zakaria Yusof said over the last month, Kedah police launched 87 raids in combating illegal gambling which produced 40 arrests and the seizure of 53 computer units and cash totalling RM982.
“We also conducted 54 raids on illegal betting, arrested 43 individuals and seized cash totalling RM3,301,” he said, adding that Kedah police were going all out to rid the state of the scourge. — BERNAMA