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KL district police chiefs given one month to eradicate illegal gambling dens

KUALA LUMPUR: District police chiefs here have been given one month to track down and eradicate illegal gambling dens.
 
City police chief Comm Datuk Mazlan Lazim said this following the call from Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun to combat illegal gambling dens in the country.
 
"The IGP has spoken and now it is up to us to show the results. 
 
"I have already spoken with my OCPDs and told them they have to show me results in a month," he told reporters after witnessing a handing over ceremony for the City Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department chief's post at the City Traffic Police division headquarters here on Thursday (Nov 2).
 
Asst Comm Zulkefly Yahya takes over the post from Senior Asst Comm Mohd Nadzri Hussain, who will now become Special Task Force for Anti-Vice, Gambling and Gangsterism (STAGG) principal assistant director. 
 
Comm Mazlan said a task force has also been formed to look into online gambling dens.
 
"In our previous operations, we have found that den operators hide from us as soon as they learn of our operations.
 
"This task force will work undercover and make sure the operators have nowhere to hide.
 
"So don't be surprised if you look over your shoulder and see us making arrests," he warned the operators. 
 
Comm Mazlan said the task force would also be equipped with the latest technology. 
 
"We cannot divulge much on the special task force and their equipment but we will arm them with the tools they need to take down these syndicates." 
 
He also said that between Oct 18 and Nov 1, 533 premises, including 16  illegal gambling dens, were checked. 
 
He added that police arrested 56 people including caretakers (18), assistants (nine), gamblers (27) and spectators (two). 
 
Comm Mazlan said police also seized 44 tablet devices, 32 smartphones, four laptop computers, 12 modems, nine routers and three computers. 
 
"We also seized documents, access cards and RM8,178 cash. 
 
"We found that these syndicates are using tablets and mobile phones now in their operations. 
 
"Being handheld, these devices can easily be set up anywhere at any time," he said. 
 
He added that all police personnel must also be involved in the war on these syndicates. 
 
"Even if you are a traffic policeman, you are duty bound to inform us if you have information on such activities. 
 
"If we find out our personnel knew about these activities but did nothing, we will consider disciplinary action against them," he said. 
 
Comm Mazlan urged the public to contact the police hotline at 03-2115 9999 or visit the nearest police station if they have information on gambling syndicates.
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