The police in Kuala Lumpur have arrested five men in a raid of a Seputeh condominium in connection with illegal online gambling activities.
The raid was conducted by the Brickfields and City police CID. According to Brickfields district police chief ACP Anuar Omar, the condominium was suspected to be a call centre helping to carry out the activities using the Telegram application. The operation was suspected to be going on for 24 hours.
In addition to the five men arrested, who were between 25 and 40, four mobile phones were seized along with six computer monitors, three central processing units, three keyboards, three mice, one access card and two modems, according to police.
The police urged the public not to get involved with illegal gambling and asked citizens to report any information about such activities. “We have classified the case under Section 4(1)(g) of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953 for announcing that any place is opened, kept, or used as a common gaming house,” said Omar.
The raid can be considered part of the Royal Malaysia Police’s (PDRM) attempt to battle illegal gambling. A few years ago, it set up a special committee to wipe out illegal gambling activities nationwide and on 20 December 2020, police arrested 10 Chinese nationals and a Malaysian during a raid on illegal gambling centres on Jalan Conlay in Kuala Lumpur.