Most of those arrested were seniors and were believed to be playing in connection with the Chinese New Year celebrations.

BUKIT MERTAJAM: There were some fierce bets, but those gathered in a factory didn’t bet that the police would show up.

But the police showed up – and a 17-year-old boy from Hong Kong, two Chinese nationals, both women and a Taiwanese, were arrested along with 14 locals.

In a factory in Jalan Pengkalan Bukit Tengah, here, Bernama reported, a total of 4,700 RM was confiscated from the gaming table, along with a further 180,000 RM in cash from the suspects.

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

“During the raid, we arrested 14 local men, a Taiwanese national, a Hong Kong boy and two Chinese nationals who were playing in the factory. One of the detainees was the owner of the factory, ”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 given RM 1,000 each and examined for violating the Movement Control Ordinance under Section 269 of the Criminal Code and Article 16 of the 2021 Prevention and Control Regulations,” 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.