Duo to be queried over tip-off


By SHALINI

Joint operation: The special task force officers raided 18 premises suspected of operating without valid licences.

TWO individuals were apprehended by the National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) for tipping off massage parlours in Taman Segar, Kuala Lumpur, about the Federal Territory raid against vice (Ops Bah).

The informants, who are Malaysians, will be probed under Section 3(1) of the Drug Dependants (Treatment and Rehabilitation) Act 1983.

In the six-hour Ops Bah conducted in Cheras and lasted up till midnight, AADK also nabbed 34 people who tested positive for drugs.

This eighth in a series of joint operations was handled by the special task force committee comprising 450 officers from 13 government agencies and led by the Federal Territories Ministry.

The officers raided 18 premises suspected of operating without valid licences, eight of which were issued summonses for the offence.

Ministry secretary-general Datuk Adnan Md Ikhsan said many of the premises were found empty although there had been signs of the occupants.

“We believe the informants may have tipped them off when we arrived at the area and they scattered. The air-conditioners in some of the premises were still running and a few handbags were also found,” he said.

Adnan lauded Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and other government departments for their efficient organisation of the crackdowns.

“Since the start of the Ops Bah in July last year, we have seen an overall reduction in vice activities.

“We have received applications from 21 establishments for legal business such as restaurants, workshops and hostels. They were previously shut down for operating illegal gambling centres,” he added.

Other agencies involved in the operation include National Security Council, Immigration Department, Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department, Civil Defence Department, Energy Commission, National Water Services Commission, Syabas, Tenaga Nasional Berhad and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.

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