Malaysia has upped its efforts in collaboration with Chinese authorities to combat cross-border cybercrimes and illegal online gambling.
As a part of the drive against illegal online gambling and cybercrime, the Immigration Department nabbed 87 Chinese nationals. The detainees are suspected to have been involved with online investment scams and illegal online gambling targeting Chinese citizens.
The 87 people were arrested following multiple raids in condominium units around Setiawalk, Puchong.
Khairul Dzaime Daud, the chief of the Immigration Department said that the suspects were not carrying valid travel documents and some had also overstayed their permits. He also revealed that the investigating authorities “found computer screens displaying investment schemes for forex and cryptocurrency activities.”
From what can be made of the preliminary investigations following the raids and the arrests, it could be said that the premises were being used as training centres. The investigation authorities said that it had begun operations last month.
The Immigration department chief also said that they have found online conversations that confirmed that there have been clients who have been scammed by the syndicate.
He also said that the entire operation involved efforts of 160 officers from the Immigration Department, police, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission and the Malaysian Civil Defence Force.
The syndicate had rented small condominiums to evade the authorities as renting larger commercial complexes would automatically draw attention and would be easier for the authorities to nab the suspects.
‘’The accommodation units were also turned into operation centres, equipped with laptop computers and internet facilities.
‘’The syndicate also bought about 800 SIM cards, estimated to be worth RM24,000, from nearby outlets,’’ he said.
Amongst those arrested are 79 men and eight women, aged 21 to 36. Following the arrests, the suspects have been sent on remand for 14 days. The case is being investigated under Section 6 of the Immigration Act 1959.