Kelantan police denies inaction against gambling activities

Rosliza Mohamed

KOTA BARU: Kelantan police today denied an allegation by a “Datuk”, whose Facebook post went viral yesterday, that the force had failed to take action against gambling activities here. The post claimed the police inaction in the state, known as ‘Serambi Mekah’ (Porch of Mecca for its role in promoting Islam in the country), as embarrassing. In dismissing the claim, Kelantan police chief Datuk Hasanuddin Hassan said the police carried out continuous operations, with 85 gambling premises in the state raided and 88 people arrested between January and Sept 5. “Those detained, aged between 30 and 40s, were being investigated for online gambling and lottery that are classified under Section 4A and 4B of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953. “Most of them were operating at any time of the day and were especially active at the back of the premises to prevent detection by the authorities,” he said at the Kelantan police contingent monthly assembly here. Hasanuddin said while gambling activities still occurred in the state, there were still under control. He said the Inspector General of Police had instructed that the gambling issue to be tackled nationwide by conducting raids at the gambling premises. “Thus, we seek public cooperation to report such activities to the authorities,” he said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd