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PUTRAJAYA, 14 April 2017:
The Immigration Department stormed an elite entertainment centre in Solaris Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur yesterday and arrested 39 foreigners on suspicion of carrying out immoral activities.
The raid, which started at midnight and involved 43 Immigration officers, was conducted when the centre was organising a special ceremony to celebrate ‘Songkran’ festival similar to one celebrated in Thailand – and found there were immoral activities being carried out.
Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said two local men were also arrested in the raid on suspicion of supervising immoral activities involving foreigners at the premises.
A total of 61 people were checked during the raid, and 39 were arrested – involving 26 women and five men from Thailand; four men and one woman from Myanmar, two Bangladeshi men and one Russian woman, he said.
All those detained in the operation were suspected to be working as dancers, singers, guest relation officers and employees of the premises, he said in a statement related to the operation.
“Among the offences committed were overstaying, no valid identification documents and other offences in violation of the Immigration Act.”
He said the detainees would be placed at the Putrajaya Immigration Detention Depot for investigation and follow-up.
Mustafar said initial investigations revealed that all foreigners arrested had entered Malaysia using social visit passes for 30 days but carried out immoral activities to earn easy money.
In JOHOR BAHRU, police arrested 68 individuals in 67 separate raids throughout the state to curb the sale of lottery tickets without licences.
Johor CID chief Datuk Kamarul Zaman Mamat said the two-hour raids began at 4.30pm on Wednesday involving 26 police officers and 94 personnel throughout the state.
“All 68 people detained were working at various business premises including shops and restaurants. Of those arrested, aged between 23 and 56 years, 66 are locals (55 men and 11 women), one Indonesian national and a Bangladeshi,” he said in a statement.
Kamarul Zaman said during the raids, police seized 65 units of telephones, 75 printers and RM6,159 in cash, believed to be used to carry out the activity.
He said the raids were launched after police carried out monitoring on the their activities for up to a month and all were detained to assist in the investigations under Section 4A (a) of the Common Gaming House Act 1953.
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