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35 people arrested in statewide gambling crackdown 
Published on: Wednesday, February 21, 2024
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35 people arrested in statewide gambling crackdown 
Police carried out 10 operations From February 5 to 15 in the state's capital, Kota Marudu, Kota Belud and Semporna. (PDRM pics, OCDN collage)
Kota Kinabalu: A statewide crackdown on gambling from February 5 to 15, in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration, saw the detention of 35 individuals.

Sabah Criminal Investigation Department (CID) chief senior assistant commissioner Azmi Abd Rahim 23 men and 12 women aged between 20 and 75 years old were arrested in the “Op Limau”.

“During the period, the raiding team carried out a total of 10 raids and arrested 35 individuals along with a cash seizure of RM54,911.

“In addition, the raiding team also seized various gambling equipment, including chips of various denominations, playing cards, dice, mahjong tiles, dominoes and white cloth with symbols,” he said, Tuesday.

Azmi said the operation aimed to curb gambling activities organised by individuals and syndicates taking advantage to profit, especially during the Chinese New Year.

“Gambling, commonly categorised as indoor and outdoor gambling, refers to traditional gambling games and modified traditional games to current developments.

“Among them are dominoes, red and white, playing cards, mahjong and Cap Ji Kee. 

“The raid locations involved Kota Kinabalu, Kota Marudu, Kota Belud, and Semporna districts,” he said.

He said all those detained are currently being investigated under the Open Gambling Houses Act (ARJT) 1957.

The operation involved 179 officers.

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