Suspected holo gamblers dive into river to escape Limbang police

The makeshift hut at Kg Baru Kuala Brawan where five men were suspected to be gambling illegally.

by Nancy Nais

LIMBANG, June 4: In their bid to avoid getting arrested for alleged illegal gambling, a group of men chose to jump into a river at Kg Baru Kuala Brawan yesterday afternoon.

Limbang District Police Chief Supt Abang Zainal Abidin Abang Ahmad cofirmed the incident, revealing that a police team raided a makeshift hut next to the river around 2.15pm after receiving a tip-off that a group of people were gambling ‘Ho Hey How’ (Holo) at the site.

“Upon becoming aware of the presence of the police, the group consisting of five men jumped into the river. Police managed to arrest three of them, aged between 24 and 33. The other two managed to swim across the river and escaped.

“Upon questioning, the three suspects admitted there were five of them playing ‘Holo’,” Abang Zainal disclosed in a statement.

A policeman guards one of the suspects apprehended after jumping into the river.
Gambling paraphernalia found at the site.

The items confiscated during the ‘Ops Dadu’ raid of the site included various gambling paraphernalia such as four stainless steel cans, 18 dice with pictures of animals, a sheet printed with animal pictures, RM33 cash and a dark grey sling bag.

Abang Zainal added that two of the suspects also had past criminal records for drugs and illegal gambling.

The case is currently being investigated under Regulation 11(1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures Within Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020 for violation of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) and Section 6(1) of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953 for illegal gambling. — DayakDaily