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Malaysian Police Crushed a Mobile Gambling Syndicate and Collected $8,000

Jan 12, 2011

Malaysian Police Crushed a Mobile Gambling Syndicate and Collected $8,000
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Last Sunday night, Police thwarted an unlawful mobile gambling consortium in Kota Kinabalu, the capital of the Sabah state in Malaysia by arresting 20 local participants.

Dato’ Hj. Hamza Taib, Sabah Police Commissioner DCP, declared “Actually this is not a [mobile] casino but a mobile gambling syndicate that move from one place to another place to carry out the illegal activity. Upon receiving a public tip-off, we found out that the syndicate was operating its ‘Pai Kau’ gambling activity in a rented premises in Likas, here. After monitoring the syndicate for the past eight days, a team of D7 units from State Police headquarters and City Police here stormed the premises. The team also seized 165 chips worth RM130,000 and over 500 unused chips found kept in a bag during the police raid.”

Before this bust, Hamza asserts the mobile gambling syndicate conducted its unlawful business in the Penampang area. Several suspects arrested in a previous “Ops Dadu” (meaning “Operation Dice”) in that area last year. He conjectured that the wayward suspects were unable to learn their lesson because the great proceeds created by gambling activity outweigh any perception of risk.

Suspects arrested ranged from 23 years old to 52 years old. Most were men, but there was also one woman. Eleven suspects were gamblers, two provided security, and the other seven are alleged to have run and profited the unlawful games. Hamza thinks the chief organizer is included amongst the suspected criminals arrested.

The police also confiscated RM 24,000 (about $8,000) in the “Ops Dadu” of the mobile gambling association.

Hamza asserted “We will take action against the suspects under the Common Gaming House Act 1953 and prevention laws like under Emergency Ordinance such as restricted residence (RR). We will adopt these two approaches to those involved in illegal gambling activities in the State.”

The Malaysian police are referring the illicit gambling organization as a mobile gambling syndicate because of their games travel from one location to the next. There is no indication that the mobile gambling syndicate relies on, or even uses, and mobile casino software.

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