The operator offered a handful of one-day dental crash courses which were priced between RM1,500 and RM3,000.
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A 36-year-old single mother who operates a beauty salon that double down as a ‘dental clinic’ and training centre in Setapak told the authorities that she is only looking for ‘pocket money’ after her centre was raided by the Health Ministry yesterday.
“I know it is wrong but I see many people doing it, so what’s the problem if I want to look for pocket money?” she said.
Among the confiscated items during the four and a half hours raid are dental probes, dental fillings and nickel-titanium wire that is commonly used for braces.
Also seized was a desktop that was used to record certificates believed to have been issued to those that attended various illegal courses including veneer, whitening drip and platelet-rich plasma injections at the beauty parlour.
Health Ministry dental officer Dr Taufik Firdaus who led the raid said that based on a preliminary investigation, the beautician had not registered with the Malaysian Dental Council.
“We received a complaint … that the premises have been providing illegal dental treatments, hence we conducted our investigation before the raid.
“We found dental materials that can be used as evidence. The case will be charged under Section 4(1) of the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act,” Dr Taufik was quoted as saying by The Star.
Section 27 of the Act stipulated that an unregistered person is not allowed to establish, maintain, operate or provide a private medical clinic or private dental clinic.
Yesterday’s raid was done following a tip-off from The Star, which reported back in July that the beauty salon was found offering a handful of dental courses.
Those who attended the course would be issued participatory certificates.
The one-day crash courses, priced between RM1,500 and RM3,000, also provided students with a starter kit to help them kick-start their own business including mobile dental services.
The woman said that she herself had attended a one-day course provided by an Indonesian woman in Danau Murni, Taman Desa, Kuala Lumpur before beginning to offer her service.
“Locals are not that skilful, so I went to her class. It cost me about RM3,600 for a day course.
“After that, I set up my own business because there were a lot of requests. Also, many are doing it (providing veneer services), so I tried it myself to earn money as a single mother.
She added that she’s only offering the service as a part-time job.