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Casino activities a nuisance

The locals claim that there are at least 10 ferries operating shuttles to these casinos. -The Star/ANN

Wed, Dec 09, 2009
The Star/Asia News Network

By Austin Camoens

PENGGERANG - Villagers here are upset that the Tanjung Pengelih jetty is being used as a transit point to ferry gamblers to floating casinos located in international waters.

The locals claim that there are at least 10 ferries operating shuttles to these casinos, which cater mainly to Singaporeans.

Local Umno youth chief Mohd Amin Hamidon said they had received numerous reports about illegal activities at the jetty beginning early this year.

"Many people noticed the ferries from Singapore transferring their passengers to Malaysian-registered ferries at the jetty," he told a press conference organised by the Umno Penggerang Youth wing at Tanjung Kapal here yesterday.

"Previously these ferries used a private jetty in the area," he said, adding that they moved their operations to the Tanjung Pengelih jetty after it opened this year.

Azman Ibrahim, 31, a resident who has been living in Pengerang since birth, said he hoped the authorities would look into the matter soon.

When contacted, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency southern region operations director Captain Mohd Zubil Mat Som said the agency was aware of at least three "floating casinos" operating there.

"These casinos are approximately six to eight nautical miles off the coast of Penggerang," he said, adding that they had no jurisdiction because the casinos were located in international waters.

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