Malaysia: 5 arrested for illegal online gambling

Five Indonesian men were arrested.
Five Indonesian men were arrested.

Police in Malaysia have arrested five Indonesian men for allegedly acting as online gambling credit withdrawal operators.

Malaysia.- Officers in Malaysia have revealed that five men were arrested after a raid at a house in Taman Ungku Tun Aminah. Police reported that those arrested, aged between 21 to 29, were acting as credit top-up and online gambling credit withdrawal operators. Officers believe they were part of a 24-hour online gambling ring that had been operating since March 2021.

Johor police chief Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay, said: “The syndicate targets local customers with a collection value of between RM3,000 to RM10,000 a day. If the average is calculated since March, the syndicate’s profit is worth millions of ringgit.”

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

A few weeks ago, 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. Police seized more than RM$8m in cash and over 18,000 computers, mobile phones and laptops.

Hassan said the most common illegal activity was public lottery houses operating without licences. A total of 5,561 raids were carried out related to this activity. Some 6,321 raids were related to online gambling, 535 to betting, 407 to indoor gambling, 294 to outdoor gambling and 264 targetted illegal call centres.

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