KUALA LUMPUR - City police have given their assurance that the war against online gambling is ongoing, contrary to a report published by a Malay daily.
Kuala Lumpur CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Zainuddin Ahmad said police were constantly conducting surveillance on online gambling activities in the city.
He assured that police were enforcing orders from Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar to eradicate the illegal activity.
"We have set up a task force to take action against the businesses and individuals running such operations," he said.
SAC Zainuddin said police had raided 418 premises, seized 12,389 gambling devices and a total of RM157,990 (S$56,900) in gambling money between January and this month.
"We also made 1,291 arrests, with most of the arrested operators and gamblers having been charged in court.
"Surveillance is done daily following the raids, seizures and arrests," he said.
SAC Zainuddin said in spite of police efforts, gambling operators try other ways to continue their illegal activities and avoid detection.
"The shoplots are turned into cybercafes, but illegal gambling services are still provided inside the premises.
"They also install closed-circuit television in the premises and use metal gates for doors.
"This buys them time during the raids, and by the time police are successful in entering the premises, they would have already erased evidence of the gambling activities," he said.
SAC Zainuddin said the operators would also assign a person outside the premises to keep a lookout for the authorities.
"The operators would also organise illegal gambling activities in a secret room at the premises disguised as a snooker centre.
"We have to send in an undercover officer to ensure that the raid is a success," he said, adding that all district police chiefs have been instructed to continue their efforts in combating online gambling.