SHAH ALAM, Nov 22 — Selangor is considering arming local council enforcement officers with taser guns in an effort to counter illegal gambling.
The move is to minimise the risks faced by the raiding party who in the past have faced violent attacks.
The government will amend legislation to give local authorities more power to act against illegal gambling, especially in cybercafes.
State executive councillor for local government, studies and research Datuk Teng Chang Khim said a draft of the proposed amendments would be submitted to the state excutive council.
He said whether taser guns would be issued to enforcement officers would also depend on the recommendation of the police.
He was replying to a question by Shahrum Sharif (BN-Dengkil) who had asked how the state was tackling illegal gambling.
Teng said local council heads had in a meeting last week suggested that they be given the power to seal premises used for illegal activities.
“Presently, enforcement officers can only seize computers and other assets in the premises. These assets have to be returned if the errant operator pays the RM1,000 fine imposed,” he said.