Sat, 04 Jun 1994

Festivals of gambling

KUDUS, Central Java: Central Java Police Chief Maj. Gen. A.A. Soegijo has ordered local officers here to closely monitor various so-called traditional festivals because they are being used as fronts for gambling.

"We cannot tolerate any kind of gambling," Soegijo said, stressing that their will be a police crackdown.

The festivals opened in the last month feature several attractions including bowling, horse racing, roulette and the Chinese gambling game Tjap Jie Kie. The arena has also attracted visitors from neighboring towns like Solo and Semarang.

Local authorities reportedly make money on the festival through taxes. Sources said local authorities also plan to build a new sports stadium. The festival is meant as a fund raising activity. (prs)