Malaysian Muslims Arrested for Online GamblingPublished August 2, 2013 by OCR Editor
Sixteen men were arrested in Malaysia for illegal online gambling.
Sixteen Muslim men were among a total of 24 persons taken into custody and later arrested on July 25-26 as part of two raids conducted by police against six illegal online gambling operations in Labuan, Malaysia, according to Bernama, the official Malaysian news agency.
The Muslim men were arrested during Ramadan, however that fact was not the reason they were arrested. The raid, which the police code named "Ops Dadu," (Operation Dice) was part of an overall effort by the police to crack down on online gambling, which is illegal in Malaysia under Section 4B (a) of the Open Gaming House Act 1953.
Ops Dadu in Action
The Labuan authorities seized RM1,219.00 in cash and 79 computers and computer parts.
The Labuan police chief Superintendent Adzhar Othman commented that the raid was part of an ongoing effort by his department to combat online gambling. He noted that the police need to constantly work to keep online gambling "from becoming rampant."
The police are also working with the local utility company to turn off electric power to the buildings where the activity is found. He asked the public to keep the police informed of such illegal gambling operations.
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