The authorities are investigating a man’s claim that his life is now in danger after he exposed gambling dens in Sungai Buloh, purportedly under the protection of the police.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin said police are not ignoring businessman Asri Abdul Hamid’s allegations, but must now take additional steps following his claim that his life is in danger.
“The police have to take action (to investigate) because (Asri) said his life is threatened.
“Now, his family’s safety has become a concern as well,” Hamzah told reporters at Parliament today, where he had earlier met Asri in an hour-long meeting.
“Anyhow, I would like to thank Asri for providing the information that the area has too many illegal gambling dens,” he added.
Hamzah also urged Malaysians to relay information or tip-offs directly to him or the police, instead of posting videos online, in order to ensure that the identities of whistle-blowers are protected.
Asri had conducted several Facebook Live sessions, which went viral on Saturday (Aug 8), which were viewed more than three million times.
In them, he claimed that police are in cahoots with illegal gambling syndicates, and that the smuggling of contraband cigarettes is also rampant in the area.
Asri also complained about unfair treatment by the Shah Alam City Council, which seized his burger stalls. – NST
Earlier report: Aug 10, MACC, Bukit Aman to Look into Allegations of Cops in Cahoots with Gambling Den Operators