11 individuals arrested for involvement in illegal gambling activity

Datuk Fisol Salleh (center) and Datuk Aidi Ismail (left) inspecting the poker table that were seized during “Ops Limau” after the press conference, while the others look on.

KUCHING, Feb 5: A total of 11 individuals were arrested by the police for being involved in illegal gambling activities in two separate raids in the city.

According to Sarawak police commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail, the arrests was conducted by the Sarawak Contingent Police (IPK Sarawak) Anti-Vice, Gaming and Gangsterism Unit (D7) personnel during “Ops Limau” on Feb 3 and Feb 4, 2021

“The first raid was conducted in a Bistro located along Jalan Setia Raja, where police have arrested a total of three individuals aged between 35 to 55-years old, who was playing Black Jack, while consuming alcoholic beverages, and all of them were remanded for four-days until Feb 8, 2021, to facilitate the investigation,” he said during a press conference held at Kuching district police headquarters (IPD Kuching) here, today.

Aidi added during the raid, police also seized a total of RM3,600 cash, 52 pieces of playing cards, one unit of the monitor, one unit of decoder, as well as a unit of the mouse.

On the second raid, Aidi revealed, a total of eight individuals (seven men, one woman), aged between 22 to 48-years old, were arrested by a team of D7 unit personnel from IPK Sarawak at a two-storey terrace house near Stutong Baru, while playing poker games.

“Upon investigation, it was found that the two-storey house, which is a homestay premise, were used to run poker gambling activities, and believed to have been operating since early February, this year, and the group modus operandi is to move from one location to another, in order to avoid being detected by the police, and all eight subjects will be remanded on Feb 5, 2021, for further investigation,” he said.

He noted among the items seized during the raid were 273 pieces of the chip with No 10, No. 50 and No. 100 printed on it, 104 pieces of playing cards (two sets), one piece of dealer chip, one unit of the poker table, eight units of chairs, one unit of the monitor, one unit of the mouse, one unit of the digital video recorder, two-unit of keys, and one unit of remote control.

“Both cases are being investigated under Section 6(1) of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953,” he said.

On the same note, Aidi reminded the public to avoid being involved in any illegal activities and the “Ops Limau” operation will be continuously carried out by the police.

“The police would not hesitate to take action and conduct raids in order to arrest those who are still stubborn to carry out gambling activities in Sarawak,” he said. –DayakDaily.