SERDANG – “I followed my uncle since the age of 14. He taught me how to do online gambling. I was never caught by the police, so, I was never afraid,” a 36-year-old man made a daring confession while introducing himself as the owner of an online gambling centre.
He was arrested in the Op Dadu raid at Jalan Koi Commercial Centre, Batu 13 in Puchong last night.
During the raid, Serdang District Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner Razali Abu Samah said that two senior citizens aged 70 and 77 were among the 15 individuals arrested at the premise.
He said, the arrest was made after the police disguised as a customer to monitor the illegal gambling premise more than five years ago.
“We were involved in the intelligence and monitoring for more than five days after suspecting that there were illegal activities.
“During the raid, we found 10 gamblers which included nine local citizens and a Bangladeshi aged between 30 and 77 years old. They have placed their bets and were gambling via a website using the laptop provided at each table.
“We also arrested a 36-year-old local man who confessed that he is the owner of the online gambling centre and four employees encompassed of two Indonesian women and a husband and wife Myanmar nationals in their 20’s.
“They installed closed circuit televisions at the front entrance of the premise and entrance to the stairs. Only regular customers were allowed to enter the premise. New faces were not allowed to enter and it has been operating for over four years and has never been raid,” he told the journalists.
According to Razali, all employees live in the premise.
“A check found that the owner rakes a nett income of RM8,000 per month through the illegal activities after deducting all expenditure including RM1,200 of monthly wages.
“We also seized 17 laptops believed to be used for online gambling, a modem and RM68 in cash.
“The RM1,000 compound have been issued against them for violating CMCO, including the premise owner over the offence of online gambling and operating beyond 10pm.
“All customers and employees will be further investigated before being compounded. Meanwhile, foreigners with valid passport without work permit will be surrendered to the Immigration for further actions,” he said.
The owner of the premise also confessed that the gambling centre operates 24-hour a day and the employees work on shifts.
“I am now 36-years-old and I have been doing this since the age of 14. My uncle taught me about online gambling and I followed his footsteps in this business.
“This is an old building and we have been here for some time. I am not afraid as I was never arrested by the police. This is my first time.
“If people win their bets, I will use my own banking account to transfer the money into the account of the winner. We don’t close our business.
“A customer just won RM4,000. I’ve transferred the money into his account,” he said.
Meanwhile, an Indonesian female employee in her 30’s alleged that she has been working there for over a month and she is already familiar with the regular customers.
“I have no other job due to Covid-19. It’s difficult for me to get a job, that’s why I work here and I’m paid RM1,200 a month to manage the online gambling,” said the woman.
All of them were brought to the Serdang IPD for further action and investigation was carried out under Section 4(1)(C) Betting Act 1953.
Razali said that his team will not allow online gambling to carry on under his administration and he is committed to curb the activity. He also urged the public to provide information on the illegal activity. –MalaysiaGazette