Malaysian authorities have conducted a comprehensive operation, known as Special Op Dadu, aimed at curbing illegal gambling activities in the country. The operation spanned two weeks and involved nationwide raids executed by Malaysian authorities. The crackdown highlights the government’s increasing vigilance against illegal gambling as it seeks to protect regulated operators.
Special Op Dadu, coordinated by Zain, the director of the Malaysian police’s Special Branch, focused on eliminating illegal online gambling and lottery betting. During a press conference, Zain provided insight into the operation’s outcomes, revealing that a total of 1,871 individuals were apprehended. The arrested individuals ranged in age from 20 to 60 years old, and several were allegedly involved in public lotteries and purchasing lottery tickets.
Authorities have already initiated legal proceedings against the arrested individuals, and investigations are still ongoing. Throughout the operation, Malaysian authorities conducted raids that resulted in the seizure of various assets used for illegal gambling activities. The confiscated items included electronic devices, cash, and vehicles. The total estimated value of the seized assets amounted to approximately $2,750 for online gambling and $143,808 for illegal lottery activities.
Although 1,362 additional cases related to these activities remain open, 43 investigation papers have resulted in “completed investigations.” The operation marks a significant milestone in the Malaysian government’s efforts to combat illegal gambling, which has become an endemic issue. While 2022 has seen multiple crackdowns, Special Op Dadu’s scale sets a new precedent.
This crackdown is expected to have significant implications for Malaysia’s gambling sector, providing licensed operators with a more secure environment. The region has been focusing on attracting foreign tourists with high-profile events like the Formula 1 Grand Prix. While black market gambling primarily affects locals, effective regulation enforcement remains crucial for investor confidence.