Police curbing illegal gambling growth

    Growth of illegal gambling operations in Penang has been stunted, thanks to successful police operations through the year, local media reports.

    Penang CID chief Senior Asst Comm Zainol Samah said it was the aim of the police to have zero illegal gambling in all the state’s five districts.

    “We have four to five teams out every day to conduct raids and check on centres that are suspected of being involved in these activities.

    “We also have round-the-clock monitoring on the 224 licensed family entertainment outlets in the state as some may have misused their licence to conduct gambling activities,” he said to The Star on Monday.

    “We rounded up 298 workers and 438 gamblers, and seized 478 simulators, 709 slot machines, 149 computers, 23 tablets, 13 mobile phones, one laptop and RM97,061 cash from these raids, he added.

    Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim said his team last year found 57 premises suspected to be illegal gambling outlets.

    “The police conducted checks on all the premises, and after that we noticed a reduction. A count by my team early this year found the numbers drastically reduced.

    “Although some new ones may have just started, there is a noticeable reduction and we can thank the police for doing a good job,” he said.

    Earlier this year, it was reported that the massive police crack down on illegal gambling has pushed the operations into the outskirts of town.