97 People Arrested in Sarawak, Malaysia for Alleged Illegal Gambling and Cockfighting

Police in Sarawak, Malaysia conducted 73 raids at various premises that were allegedly involved in online gambling, unlicensed lottery, and illegal cockfighting. The raids were done across two days.

The operation resulted in the arrest of 97 people. The police also seized 36 mobile phones and around RM 66,591 in cash.

Sarawak police commissioner Dato Mancha Ata stated that the raids resulted in the opening of investigation papers under Section 4B(a) of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953. This section carries a fine of between RM 10,000 and RM 100,000 for each gambling machine seized, along with a maximum imprisonment of five years.

The offenses regarding cockfighting gambling activities will be investigated under Section 73(1)(g) of the Veterinary Public Health Ordinance 1999, which carries a fine of not more than RM2,000, a jail term of not more than six months, or both.

“The police will take strict actions against individuals who organize or operate illegal gambling activities in accordance with existing laws as part of the campaign to crack down on illegal gambling activities,” said Mancha.

Mancha also urged the public who have information related to illegal gambling activities to contact the authorities.