Malaysia: 22 arrested for illegal online gambling

17 of those 22 arrested are foreigners.
17 of those 22 arrested are foreigners.

Authorities in Kuching carried out a raid and busted three online gambling call centres.

Malaysia.- Officers in Kuching, Malaysia, confirmed a total of 22 people were arrested during a series of raids at three online gambling call centres.

Those arrested are aged between 20 and 30 years and police also revealed among them there were 17 foreigners.

Authorities told The Borneo Post: “The workers were hired to promote illegal gambling websites, either by calling their customers or using mobile applications such as WhatsApp, Telegram, WeChat and Facebook.”

During the first raid, police arrested four locals and three foreigners. The second raid ended with eight foreigners arrested.

The third and final raid was carried out at a residential flat where six foreigners and a local woman were arrested.

During the raids, police also seized computers, modems and equipment to carry out illegal gambling activities.

Last December, police arrested five Indonesian men who were acting as credit top-up and online gambling credit withdrawal operators.

During the raid, police seized laptops, mobile phones, wireless modems and a tablet.

Datuk Seri Abd Jalil Hassan, director of the Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department, said police had conducted a total of 17,382 raids involving 25,643 arrests between January and the end of October, 2021.

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