Police have busted an illegal online gambling ring catering to international clients in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur. According to the reports, the police raided an office building at around 8 pm last night and arrested 17 Chinese nationals including a woman.
The police have said that all suspects are between 23 to 34 years of age. The raid was conducted by Cheras police contingent headquarters’ Anti-Vice, Gambling and Secret Society Division (D7).
According to Cheras district police chief ACP Mohamed Mokhsein Mohamed Zon, 17 laptops and over 50 smartphones were also seized. He also hinted that most of the clients of the gambling ring were Chinese citizens.
The police chief also said that the suspects did not have valid travel documents and were tested negative for drugs.
All suspects have been remanded for 14 days for further investigation under Section 4 (1) of the Common Gaming House Act 1953 and Section 6 (1) Immigration Act 1959/63.
Earlier in September, the police conducted a raid on three premises in Puchong area in the capital city busting an illegal online gambling den. While online gambling is illegal in Malaysia, it is rampant at makeshift gambling centers operational in the country.
In July as well, the Kuala Lumpur police, busted an international online gambling syndicate arresting 49 Chinese nationals.
The online gambling syndicate was targeting customers from mainland China, where gambling is illegal.