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Thursday September 12, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Thursday September 12, 2013 MYT 10:04:11 AM
by stuart michael
A massage centre offering aromatherapy and foot reflexology above a clinic at Sunway Mentari.
THE SUBANG Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) must stop issuing licences to massage parlours or health centres within its vicinity.
The sudden increase of these centres, especially in Puchong and Subang Jaya, was attracting both adults and teenagers, said former MPSJ councillor B. Awtar Singh.
“Since 2008, the state has stopped issuing licences for massage centres but MPSJ seems to be the exception, ignoring the state government’s guidelines,” he said.
The Puchong Perdana MIC chairman said MPSJ should instead allow for more 1Malaysia clinics, MPSJ counters and public complaints centres in Puchong to be set up as these places would benefit the public and help resolve community issues.
During the recent MPSJ full board meeting, its president Datuk Asmawi Kasbi had said the council would continue to issue licences to more massage parlours or health centres if there was a demand for such services.
He said currently there were 211 massage parlours operating under their jurisdiction.
He said since the townships in Subang Jaya were expanding rapidly, there was more demand for such services.
Some of these centres offer foot massages, therapy sessions, facial massage and other traditional massage services as well as Chinese medical treatment.
During a check by StarMetro in Pusat Bandar Puchong and Bandar Puteri Puchong, more than 70 massage centres were found operating in the area from morning until 2am.
In Sunway Mentari alone, there are about 30 massage centres while in Subang Jaya Taipan and its surroundings, there are more than 70 massage centres.
Other areas such as Serdang, USJ and Seri Kembangan also have their fair share of such outlets.
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