Gambling: Sabah cops arrest 115
Published on: Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Kota Kinabalu: Sabah police arrested 115 people for various gambling activities in multiple raids carried out throughout the State in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration.The “Ops Limau” saw police making 18 raids from Feb 1 until Sunday.
State Police Commissioner Datuk Hazani Ghazali (pic) said police arrested 93 people in 12 raiding operations over gambling offences and seized items worth RM117,674.
It was learnt that those arrested were playing Chinese betting games such as “pai kaw” and mahjong, as well as cards.
“Police also conducted six raids on gambling activities involving cockfighting and nabbed 22 individuals. Cash amounting to RM1,268 was also confiscated from these raids. All of those arrested (in ‘Ops Limau’) were also compounded for violating the standard operating procedures (SOPs),” said Hazani, Monday.
The offenders comprised 25 women, aged between 29 and 80, as well as 90 men between the ages of 20 and 77.
Hazani said police also conducted SOP compliance observations from Feb 11 to Feb 14, with 116 individuals being issued compounds for not complying with the SOPs.
“Sabah police are well informed of the many business activities that the Government has allowed to operate, as announced by the National Security Council.
“Therefore, we will continue to increase efforts to ensure all citizens in Sabah comply with the SOPs set by the Government and not to disobey efforts to break the Covid-19 chain. This has been a repeated warning since last year,” he said.
At the same time, Hazani also stressed that Sabah police would continue to intensify intelligence and information gathering for crimes related to gambling, entertainment centres and any form of SOP violation.