GEORGE TOWN: Penang police have weeded out unlicensed gambling machines operated by syndicates, said state police chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi here.
Abdul Rahim said on-going efforts to curb the illegal activity had paid dividends after police intensified its crackdown against unlicensed operators.
“For the record, Penang has zero illegal gambling machines.
“Gambling machines are allowed to operate only at private clubs as approved by Penang Island Municipal Council and Seberang Prai Municipal Council,” he told reporters during a visit to Bandar Baru Air Itam here today.
Rahim said the police raided the gambling dens recently by cutting power supply to the premises to stop their illegal activities.
“Police have joined hands with Tenaga Nasional Berhad to sever power supply to the outlets,” he said.
Abdul Rahim said under Section 21A(1) of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953, the police had the authority to disconnect electricity supply to the premises.
Section 21A(1) allows higher ranking officers, deputy superintendant of police and above, to obtain cooperation from the power utility to disconnect power supply for a period not exceeding one month.