Online gambling, cigarette smuggling activities increases during MCO

Online gambling, cigarette smuggling activities increases during MCO

KUALA LUMPUR: Online gambling activities have been on the rise during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said.

Without revealing details of arrests, he said the syndicates targeted people who were confined to their homes throughout the MCO.

“Instead of taking a break while the MCO is being enforced, I understand that these people are resorting to online gambling,” he told a special press conference in Bukit Aman here.

Hamid said stern action would be taken against any individual found engaging in internet gambling in their homes.

In another development, Hamid also revealed that there has been an increase in cigarette smuggling believed to be operating through food delivery services.

“Cigarette smuggling became rampant after the premises selling cigarettes ran out of stock.

“They are using the food delivery services. As such, I have directed those manning the roadblocks to inspect these food delivery vehicles,” he said

Hamid added some irresponsible parties have also been found misusing the food delivery logos to enable them to go out.