It’s World Cup season and fans all over the world are excited to be supporting their teams, although not necessarily teams from their own countries.
As thrilling as it is to go head-to-head with your friends over who is going to win the match of day, some people forget that making bets are illegal.
The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) have detained 152 individuals involved in online gambling activities coinciding with the Qatar World Cup football matches from 19-28 November, in an operation called Op Soga IX.
PDRM secretary Datuk Noorsiah Mohd Saaduddin said during the same period, police also seized credit limits in software frontends amounting to RM3,177,293.17, cash worth RM113,140, computers, mobile phones, and betting slips.
She added that Selangor recorded the highest number of arrests with 38 individuals. Arrests in other states accumulated to the following:
- Johor (29)
- Penang (18)
- Sarawak (15)
- Kedah (12)
- Negri Sembilan (11)
- Kuala Lumpur (7)
- Sabah (6)
- Pahang (6)
- Melaka (4)
- Perak (3)
- Kelantan (2)
- Terengganu (1)
“The cases are being investigated under Sections 6 (3), 6(1) and 4 (1)(d) of the Betting Act 1953, and Section 4 (1) of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953,” she said in a statement today.
Noorsiah said the Op Soga IX will be carried out until December 21 to crack down on gambling activities.
Those with information about gambling activities can channel it through the WhatsApp Op Soga IX hotline at 016-5773477.