Hornbill Unleashed

March 22, 2017

Baru to police: Wipe out illegal gambling in Lawas

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

baru-bian_judi_polis_60Ba’Kelalan assemblyman Baru Bian wants the police to come down hard on illegal cyber-gambling dens in Lawas.

The Sarawak PKR leader claimed many operators there applied for licences from the district council for legitimate businesses but later used their premises as cyber-gambling dens.

He welcomed a series of anti-gambling raids conducted by the police recently, but noted that Lawas – the state’s northernmost town – was not included in the raids.

“I urge the state CID Chief Dato Dev Kumar to spread the police efforts to Lawas so that the double menace of drug abuse and illegal gambling can be brought under control and eradicated eventually,” he said in a statement today.

Baru said he had received information that there was an increase in the number of illegal cyber-gambling centres in Lawas, with about ten 24-hour cyber-gambling centres in operation.

“It is well known that besides drug abuse, cyber-gambling is also rife in Lawas and has been so for many years. In fact, I have reason to believe that the problem is growing and, if unchecked, the repercussions on the family unit and on society will be even more devastating.

“In these difficult economic times, more people are turning to illegal gambling in desperate attempts to get easy money, and inevitably (they) get themselves into debt and more strife,” he added.

Baru felt that if the district council office and police cooperated in monitoring the activities of dubious business operators, there would be “no reason for cyber-gambling activities to flourish” in Lawas.

“Lawas is not a big city, and members of the public know what is going on in their town, and many are ready to assist by providing information to the police,” he said.

Baru said the district council officers should vet business applications thoroughly and carry out inspections of the premises before issuing business licences.

“Even after the licences are issued, it would be a good idea for the officers to carry out regular inspections of business premises to make sure that they are not being used for illegal activities,” Baru said.

Last week, police conducted 26 gambling raids, in which 41 individuals, including 16 women, were apprehended, and cash amounting to RM6,633 was confiscated.

State CID chief Dev Kumar had said those detained were found to be publicly promoting illegal four-digit lotteries (4D), running illegal online gambling, operating illegal gambling machines and also gambling at public places.

The police raids were carried out in Kuching, Padawan, Sibu, Kota Samarahan, Bau, Saratok, Bintulu, Miri and Marudi.

Source : @ FMT Online


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