Police in Johor detained over 2,000 people in a combined 388 raids conducted on unlicensed online gambling premises across the Malaysian state from June 1 to June 10, according to local news agencies.
Of the 2,348 individual arrested, 1,935 were customers of the illegal online gambling premises while 413 were the premises’ caretakers, said Datuk Kamarul Zaman Mamat, Johor Criminal Investigation Department chief.
Commenting on those detained, Malaysian newspaper, The Sun, cited the department chief, who offered the following statement, “They are all aged between 17 and 64. In addition, police also seized 316 digital tablets, 2,835 computers, 4,032 laptops, as well as RM159,995 and SGD1,390 (RM4,282) in cash.”
The police chief went on to say in the statement that due to the aggressive operations by police, presently, there has been a significant decline in illegal online gambling activity but that there still exists illegal premises operating secretly during the late night hours.
Members of the public were also urged by the police to come forward and lodge a report if they had any information pertaining to the illegal activity, in order to facilitate investigations so that the offenders can be tried in court.
Malaysia has long been opposed to illegal online gambling activities and has over the past several years exhausted a lot of time and resources in its attempts to try to curb the widespread infiltration of these operations within its borders. It’s not the first time a raid on illegal online gambling activities has taken place in the country and raids of this kind are not likely to end anytime soon.