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IllegalWorldCup betting rings busted

‘Hot’ number 9393 soldout PETALING JAYA: Punters made a beeline for outlets of four-digit betting game operators to place bets on the number 9393, that was sold out yesterday. The “hot” number was derived fromPrime Minister TunDrMahathirMohamad’s age. He turned 93 a day earlier. His wife, TunDr Siti Hasmah, turns 92 today. Another hot number that was actively wagered onwas 9392, that was based on the couple’s age.

Federal police CIDdirector Comm Datuk SeriWan AhmadNajmuddin Mohd said yesterday in the operation named “Ops Soga” police also seized RM420,000, computer sets and cellphones from the suspects, who are aged between 20 and 45. He said the syndicates carried out its activities using websites that were registered overseas, such as inHong Kong and the Philippines. In the latest bust on Tuesday, police traced a syndicate that had promoted itself by advertising its gambling services on social media. The syndicate operated from luxury condominiums to evade detection but policemanaged to track themdown at three locations here and in Johor. Wan Ahmad said the syndicate had

been operating since June 6 and hadmade a profit of over RM10million from its 6,800 clients. Fivemen and twowomenwere arrested in the opeartion and RM22,000, computers and cellphones were seized. About two-thirds of the 499 raids and half of those arrestedwere in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. Those held are being investigated for accepting bets, bookmaking and running an illegal gambling operation under the Betting Act 1953. Wan Ahmad said police viewed illegal gambling seriously and advised the public to refrain fromgetting involvedwith such syndicates. To counter such activities, he urged the public to channel information on illegal bookmaking to the police.

>Police freezeRM15m in wagers, arrest 589bookies

BY CHARLES RAMENDRAN newsdesk@thesundaily.com

KUALA LUMPUR: Since theWorld Cup kicked off last month, police were kept busy busting hundreds of illegal bookmaking syndicates nationwide. Apart fromarresting 589 bookies, including foreigners, in 499 raids conducted across the country since the tournament started on June 14, police also managed to block or freeze over RM15 million inwagers that were placed both online and through bookies via conventional betting.

IGP: JhoLowno longer inMacau KUALA LUMPUR: Fugitive financier LowTaek Jho, also known as Jho Low, has left Macau for an unknown destination, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun confirmed yesterday. “We received an email fromour Macau counterparts two days ago. They

Amotorcyclist attempting to get the driver to stop. (Below) Theman’s vehicle crashes into a concrete barrier.

did not mention the date he left and ImmigrationDirector-General Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said Low is believed to havemultiple passports,” he said after attending a blood donation programme held in conjunctionwith the 211th Police Day celebrations in Bukit Aman yesterday. Mohamad Fuzi saidwith the latest development, it would bemore difficult to locate Low. Police said they have informed seven countries through an Interpol “red notice” that Low is being sought over the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal. ABukit Aman team recently sent to Hong Kong had narrowlymissed arresting Low as hemanaged to escape toMacau. At the blood donation event, Sgt- MajorMohd Zaini Ahmadwas named the top police donor, with 260 pints collected fromhimby the National (Amendment) Act 2017. “Theymust register with the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) andwill be required to pay a fee,” he said after the Cabinet meeting yesterday. The companies are also required to register with the Companies Commission and Cooperatives Commission. About 10 e-hailing companies and some 200,000 active drivers are set to be affected by the newprocedures. Loke said drivers must attend a RM200, six-hour course at designated driving institutions before obtaining their PSV tag, andwould also be screened for criminal records and undergo amedical checkup. “Vehicles need to also be those with a minimumof three-star recognition by the NewCar Assessment Programme for Asean Countries, and cars over three years old need to be inspected at Puspakom.” Loke said taxis would also only be required to undergo inspections once a year compared to twice currently, and drivers will enjoy the same RM200 fee and six-hour course for a PSV tag. Other newprocedures:

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‘Dazed’ driver causes scare

PETALING JAYA: A 79-year-oldman, who is believed to be in ill-health, drove his car in a hazardous manner for several kilometres on Tuesday, endangering himself and other road users. An unidentifiedmotorist recorded a video of the incident, beginning at the Kerinchi link of the Sprint Highway, that showed the vehicle driven by the senior citizen colliding with another vehicle and a concrete wall on the highway at about 2.15pm. The video, that has beenwidely shared on social media, also showed a concerned motorcyclist pursuing the driver while shouting out and gesturing for him to stop. The driver, who appeared to be delirious, exited to the Federal Highway heading towards Shah Alamand continuedweaving in and out of traffic dangerously. His vehicle then collidedwith a car, narrowlymissing several other vehicles. He pulled over shortly after near the AmcorpMall building after being flagged down by passing traffic policeman. Theman, whowas in a daze, purportedly suffers from hypotension (lowblood pressure).

Mohamad Fuzi speaking to police personnel during the blood donation drive in Bukit Aman yesterday.

Blood Centre. Mohd Zaini, who is in his 50s, was among three policemenwho received top-donor awards fromMohamad Fuzi.

A total of 400 policemen participated in the blood donation drive held annually in conjunctionwith Police Day celebrations. – by Ashwin Kumar

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government to improve the standards of the land public transport infrastructure and services. He saidGrab has yet to

receive a formal directive on the newprocedures, adding that the companywill assist its drivers through the transition and keep themupdated on any developments. Loke also saidGrabwill be investigated for possiblemonopoly of the industry. He said SPADhas received numerous complaints frompassengers of a supposed increase in fare by Grab following its Southeast Asia’s takeover of Uber. The deal, that was finalised onMarch 26, meant Grabwould take over Uber’s ride-hailing and food delivery service, Uber Eats. However, just days after, passengers started complaining on social media of hikes in fares for their Grab rides. “The government is reviewing a possiblemonopoly andwe are working together with theMalaysian Competition Commission. We don’t want any services to be involved inmonopoly,” he said.

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e-hailing companies will also be restricted to 20%, while the rate for taxi drivers using e-hailing apps will be set at amaximumof 10%. “Surcharges for each ride will also be limited to two times the original fare to ensure passengers are not charged exorbitant amounts,” he said. On reactions of e-hailing companies, Loke said: “Of course theywon’t be happy, but we come upwith regulations and they have to abide. If they think it’s not profitable, then they can leave the industry.” In an immediate response, Grab Malaysia country head SeanGoh said the companywas looking toworkwith the

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