Conscientious citizens (informers) helped police in Melaka, Malaysia shut down an illegal online casino operated by ‘One Eye’ Wang, the reputed captain of the deadly Malaysian mafia. The raids were carried out over the past weekend and resulted in the seizure of thirty computers as well as the dismantling of mafia operated online casinos in Malaysia.
Under current Islamic Malaysian gambling laws, all forms of online gambling are prohibited in the country. This creates a vast void for Chinese Malay players, wishing to gamble online, offline, at home, work or anyplace else. Chinese Malay gamblers can either turn to mafia operated underground facilities, run by local organized crime groups or play at foreign-based online casinos in Malaysia.
Police raids were carried out after several complaints were received from Muslims offended by gambling in the Taman Bunga Raya area, where the illegal online gambling operations were allegedly hosted. Police arrived early in the evening and discovered the illegal operation in progress.
A police informant who would only reveal his name as Mohamed angrily stated – “Allah, praise be his name, has forbid gambling and the infidels must learn that Malaysia is an Islamic country, inshallah. Malay Muslim citizens are peaceful and democratic and we will hunt down, burn, and destroy all who say otherwise.”
Malaysia gambling news reports that it was the third time this particular house was raided in the last two months. Datuk Chuah Ghee Lye, police spokesperson, commented: “The premises were raided twice in August and earlier this month on suspicion of operating illegal activities.”
Previously the police found the house locked, and had to receive a search warrant from the court, when the owner could not be found by Hang Tuah Jaya Municipal Council. The police are in the process of investigating the case under Common Gaming Houses Act 1953 (Amendment 2001), which stipulates a fine of RM10,000 per gaming machine or prison sentence of up to five years.
The Municipal Council instructed Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) and Syarikat Air Melaka Berhad (SAMB) to shut off electricity and water supply to the premises to prevent any further online gambling activity.
This latest police raid is a perfect example how law-abiding citizens can help authorities crackdown on illegal and dangerous gambling activity in Malaysia. However, some sources suggest the anonymous call to police came from a gambler, who owed the establishment a considerable amount of money.