MACC, Bukit Aman to Look into Allegations of Cops in Cahoots with Gambling Den Operators

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A burger stall operator recorded Facebook live videos showing gambling dens and purported illegal stalls operating along Jalan Besar, Bandar Baru Sungai Buloh, claiming no action had been taken by the police and relevant authorities.

Bukit Aman is looking into the possible involvement of Sungai Buloh police officers in protecting gambling dens in the district.

This came after a burger stall chain owner, whose videos went viral for exposing the gambling dens at Bandar Baru Sungai Buloh, claimed that certain individuals had questioned his burger stall staff if they had made a complaint against the gambling dens.

He also claimed that the raids on the premises only led to a brief closure before they resumed operations.

Since the videos, Hot Burger Malaysia founder Asri Abdul Hamid was also invited for a meeting with Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador.

Hamid posted a picture of the meeting with Asri at his office in Bukit Aman today, while thanking the entrepreneur for making time to meet him.

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“Thank you Asri, Hot Burger Malaysia founder, for coming to my office,” said Hamid in a short Facebook post.

Hamid, however, did not disclose what was discussed during their meeting.

Mohd Asri had recorded Facebook live videos showing gambling dens and purported illegal stalls operating along Jalan Besar, Bandar Baru Sungai Buloh, claiming no action had been taken by the police and the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) against them.

He was upset after MBSA seized his burger stalls but not others, labelling the action as double standards.

“I am from this area and the locals are aware of the existence of the gambling dens. However, it is the police’s right to deny it,” Asri told Harian Metro.

Sg Buloh police chief Shafa’aton Abu Bakar had since denied inaction over illegal gambling activities in the district.

The police chief called the allegations by the Facebook user untrue and baseless.

“Two police reports have been lodged by the Sg Buloh police station chief and an officer from the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA).

“His allegations could tarnish the image of the police force, especially that of the Selangor police, in our efforts to curb illegal gambling in the state, especially in Sg Buloh,” she told a press conference on Sunday.

On the police report against him, Asri, who is also a Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia member said he would cooperate with the police.

He added that had been in touch with the MACC concerning the activities.

In venting out his frustration, he said: “MBSA had seized two of my burger stalls, although we were not opened (during the operation).

There were many other stall operators, but no similar action was taken against them.

“An Aceh seller had even set up a tent at the roadside and sold smuggled cigarettes. There were also several other gambling dens, but action was only taken against us.”

Asri claimed to have applied for licences to operate his burger stalls several times from the local council, but his applications were declined.

Meanwhile, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said it is monitoring the enforcement officers in Sg Buloh who are suspected of soliciting and accepting bribes to protect illegal gambling syndicates.

Its deputy commissioner (operation), Ahmad Khusairi Yahaya, said the anti-graft body has been in touch with the Integrity and Standard Compliance Department (JIPS) in Bukit Aman regarding the issue.

“We view this matter with serious concern since a video that has gone viral claiming the cops did not act on illegal gambling premises in Sg Buloh and allegedly the cops themselves received dirty money.

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“I have contacted my counterpart, the director of JIPS, Zamri Yahya, and he informed me that his department will take action against officers caught protecting the illegal premises. JIPS will also share information with the MACC and the anti-graft body will be monitoring the situation in Sg Buloh,” he said in a statement today.

According to statistics, up till July this year, police have conducted 40 raids and 132 arrests for gambling cases in the area.