PUNISH THEM:Call for sterner action against operators masquerading as other businesses to avoid detection
AT least five illegal Internet gambling outlets are still operating in Senawang, near here, though these outlets had been raided and its various items seized.
The outlets, which open from 11am until the early hours of the morning, enjoy brisk business, with students forming some of its customers.
The Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia (Negri Sembilan) are urging authorities to take action against these operators.
Its liaison chief, Mohd Fadil Baharuddin, said any action, either by the police or the local council, would be welcomed as it would ease the worries of residents living there.
He said it was puzzling how these outlets could operate again just days after the raid and most of their computers carted away.
"It is time for stern action to be taken such as issuing compounds, and cutting off their electricity and water supply.
"We fear the social problems such Internet cafes may bring, especially since many youngsters are seen regularly patronising these outlets," he said.
He said his association is prepared to work with the police and local authorities to identify cafes which also masquerade as other businesses to avoid detection.
"We also hope residents in the area will be more proactive. Apart from stopping their children from frequenting these cafes, they can also cooperate with the authorities to put an end to their operations," he added.