KUCHING – Police statistics have revealed a total of 4,349 raids were conducted on cyber gambling premises from November last year until Oct 31, 2016 throughout Sarawak.
State Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said within that period, cash amounting to RM88,000 and 826 gambling machines were seized while 496 individuals were arrested for various offences.
“It is undeniable that entertainment premises operators have abused their licenses to reap profits from these activities,” he told the state Legislative Assembly sitting here today.
Replying to Razali Gapor (BN-Beting Maro), he said the issuance of cyber cafe licenses had been frozen since 2004.
“The government would take stern action and would not compromise with greedy and irresponsible operators,” he said.
Abdul Karim said the local authorites had been directed to monitor and take appropriate action if operators were found to have violated the conditions of their licenses.
The police in collaboration with local authorities, Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB), Telekom Malaysia and other agencies will continue to conduct integrated operations and raids on gambling premises.
Meanwhile River Transportation and Safety Assistant Minister Liwan Lagang said so far construction on 55.9km of the 101.2-km long Kapit-Kanowit road was completed while the remaining 35.7 km was still under construction under four packages.
The prime minister had approved the allocation for the remainder of the 9.6 km road from Nanga Ngemah to Sekolah Kebangsaan Nanga Temalat on May 2015 and an additional 5.2km in March 2016 for the Ngungun resettlement scheme with an allocation of RM150 million, he said when replying to Alexander Vincent (BN-Ngemah). – BERNAMA