Penang cops to intensify efforts against gambling outlets


GEORGE TOWN: Penang police will work doubly hard towards eradicating gambling and gaming in the state, following Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s call to do so today.

State police chief Comm Chuah Ghee Lye said he welcomed the key performance indicator (KPI) announced by Zahid.

Chuah said since March, the police contingent had been undertaking efforts to get rid of gaming and gambling parlours in the state.

“We have intensified our efforts further. Actually, we are glad our DPM gave us this particular KPI as we are already on the right track all along,” he said when met on the sidelines of a buka puasa function attended by Zahid today.

According to Chuah, 211 raids had been conducted so far this year on online gaming centres and family entertainment outlets.

He said 1,234 simulators, slot-type machines and laptops offering online games were seized.

He added that as of June 5, a total of 315 people involved in gambling activities had been arrested.

Earlier, Zahid said Penang’s highest recorded crimes were related to gambling and told Chuah to step up efforts to “eradicate” the activity as soon as possible.

Zahid also expressed concern over funding by gambling kingpins to political outfits, which he stressed was not an accusation but a concern that the police needed to look into.

In response to this, Chuah said Zahid was merely raising his worry on the matter, adding that such problems were best solved by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

He said he could not comment on the matter as issues pertaining to political funding are overseen by MACC and do not come under the purview of the police.

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