It will target both online and conventional illegal betting

It will target both online and conventional illegal betting

Online and illegal gambling will be the main targets of a special police squad established in Malaysia, said Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the Home Minister, on Monday.

He said that victims of illegal gambling were primarily low-income earners, and revealed that the police will have the task to make joint efforts at both state and district levels to combat the menace.

?I?m well aware that the task will be a difficult one, but it will not be impossible to accomplish it as we do not desire low-income earners to keep falling prey to illegal online gambling operators,? reporters were told by him.

The news agency Bernama reported that the special squad will also deal with secret societies and criminals using firearms, and those who traffic drugs.

Syndicats and peddlers who traffic drugs represent a problem regardless the activity of CID, said the minister, and added that the auxiliary and reserve strength of the police could be increased by 50,000 officers should the plans of the government are released.