Malaysia's undercover cops ready to cool down betting fervour

Malaysia's undercover cops ready to cool down betting fervour

GEORGE TOWN - Police will go undercover to check on betting activities during the month-long World Cup fever starting tomorrow.

Penang police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Wira Abdul Rahim Hanafi said CID teams would be deployed at cyber cafes, coffee shops and entertainment outlets.

"Our intelligence units are ready. We will also be keeping tabs on online gambling syndicates. We have cyber experts to help us flush out syndicate runners and middlemen.

"We also need public tip-offs to operate effectively," he said after taking part in the TYT Cup 2014 Shooting Competition at the Penang Rifle Club here yesterday.

During the last World Cup, Penang police arrested punters, bookies and runners in several raids carried out at various outlets, including shops and restaurants.

Some of the syndicates were said to have accepted bets totalling RM2mil (S$780,000) a day before they were busted.

SDCP Rahim also dismissed talk that local triads had become active lately, adding that police were keeping watch on known members.

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