Following a tip-off, the police raided the factory at 4:45 p.m. and arrested suspects aged between 17 and 82. – Image by Mukhriz Hazim

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BUKIT MERTAJAM, February 13 – Police arrested 18 people, including two women, for gambling in a factory in Jalan Pengkalan Bukit Tengah and confiscated RM 184,700 in cash today.

Seberang Perai Tengah District Police Chief ACP Shafee Abd Samad said police raided the factory at 4:45 p.m. and arrested suspects between the ages of 17 and 82.

“During the raid, we arrested 14 local men, a Taiwanese national, a 17-year-old boy from Hong Kong, and two Chinese national women who were playing in the factory. One of the detainees owned the factory and the police also seized RM 4,700 from the gaming table and seized a total of RM 180,000 in cash from the suspects, ”he said in a statement today.

He said the suspects would be investigated for gambling under Section 6 (1) of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953.

“They were also reassembled RM 1,000 each and examined under Section 269 of the Criminal Code and Article 16 of the 2021 Prevent and Control Regulations for violating the Movement Control Ordinance (MCO),” he said.

It is believed that most of the inmates are senior citizens and are believed to be playing in connection with the Chinese New Year celebrations. – Bernama