KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 3, 2014:

Illegal gambling operators in the city may soon fold if police continue coming down hard on such operations.

Already the men in blue have conducted close to 11,000 raids this year alone.

Kuala Lumpur deputy police chief Datuk Law Hong Soon said the number of operations conducted had increased by 40% compared with last year which saw only 7,561 raids carried out.

This year’s raids alone saw 2,697 people detained and 20,845 gambling machines seized. Last year police arrested 1,304 illegal gambling operators and seized 6,905 machines.

“In accordance with the directions given by Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, I have, in a meeting held on Oct 14, given all the district and station police chiefs one month to make sure Kuala Lumpur contingent is free from this illegal activity.

“Since Oct 27, we have tripled our actions and as a result, out of the 105 premises checked, only six were reported to be still in operation and eight people were arrested from those premises,” said Law in a statement.

He added in an operation conducted last night, all premises which were reported to have carried out illegal gambling operations had already been shut down.

To ensure the city remained clean, Law promised that continuous raids would be done.

He said all police chiefs were also required to make a declaration to ensure there would be no more illegal gambling taking place in their assigned areas.

“Failure to take necessary action against such premises will result in the police chiefs being transferred within 24 hours or face disciplinary action,” said Law, echoing the stand taken by the IGP.

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