Stringent check: Abu Bakar Sidek checking the documents of the Thai women at the department’s office in Ayer Keroh, Malacca.
MALACCA: A senior Immigration Department officer has received abusive text messages following a raid on what is believed to be an illegal massage centre on Tuesday night. The text messages questioned the department’s raid and said another outlet that was believed to be its competitor should be raided instead.
Department deputy director for control Abu Bakar Sidek Hassan said the messages came in at 10pm and 10.57pm respectively, and were believed to be related to a raid conducted at a massage centre in Malim Jaya at 4pm.
“During the raid, 14 Thai women believed to be masseuses were picked up from the outlet for misusing their social visit pass. A 40-year-old man, believed to be the shopkeeper, was also detained.
“I have advised the officer to lodge a report although it is rather common for us to be blamed or threatened from time to time,” he told a press conference after a 6P operation ended at 4am yesterday here.
Abu Bakar Sidek said five children, aged between one and nine, were among 51 people detained during the operation which saw a few houses being raided.
“All the children were picked up from a house in Kampung Gelam in Tangga Batu, including a couple from the Philippines and an Indonesian woman who were staying there.
“The husband claimed that he was from Sabah and married his Filipino wife here and they had three daughters aged between one and three,” he said.
Thirteen men from Sri Lanka, six each from India and Pakistan, and another from Indonesia, were also picked up from three houses in Taman Seri Pelangi in Kelemak, Alor Gajah, for overstaying.