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KOTA KINABALU, Mar 11, 2015:

A “family recreation centre” (FRC) in Karamunsing was ordered to be shut down after it was found modifying its gaming machines for gambling purposes. City Police chief ACP M. Chandra said 11 people, aged between 25 and 50, including two of the centre’s caretakers, were picked up during an operation conducted recently. “The centre had applied for a licence to operate a FRC, but it was just a cover-up.

“Their true operation was uncovered when we raided the premises following a public tip-off,” he told reporters during a press conference at the Sabah Police headquarters in Kepayan, today.

They seized 14 machines comprising a Puishandaodai simulator, two My-Five simulators and 11 slot machines, as well as RM1,170 cash.

Chandra said he had advised the Kota Kinabalu City Hall to revoke the operator’s business licence, adding that the case was being investigated under Section 4B (a) of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953.

If found guilty, the operator could be fined a maximum of RM200,000, or up to five years’ imprisonment.

In another unrelated case, police also arrested six men, aged between 24 and 41, during a raid at a premises in the Salut commercial area in Sepanggar, Menggatal, near here.

“We seized a few gambling paraphernalia and RM540 cash. The premises had just started operating for two days,” said Chandra, adding they were operating “Judi Bola Jalan” or “Bola Golek”.

Chandra thanked the people for the tip-offs and calling for similar cooperation in the future.

“We will continue raiding operations to rid illegal gambling in the city,” Chandra said.

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