KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) raided several prostitution dens during its Ops Tebah (Operation Strike) in areas near Petaling Street in the city.
Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Dr Santhara Kumar warned illegal businesses that this was the beginning of more raids to come, which would be carried out on a weekly basis.
The joint operations by DBKL, the police, Immigration Department, National Anti-Drug Agency, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry, National Registration Department, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) and Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department are also aimed at weeding out businesses run by illegal foreign workers.
Among the areas raided were Petaling Street, Jalan Tun Tan Siew Sin and Jalan Silang.
Seven premises were sealed and eight foreigners were caught for not having legal documentation.
The prostitution dens occupied the upper floors of the three-storey shoplots that were raided. Licensed businesses operated only on the ground floor.
Each of the upper floors had partitions to separate the space into eight rooms, where each had a tap for running water.
Cigarette butts were strewn all over the stairways leading to the rooms dimly lit by pink fluorescent lights and where unused condoms were found.
Ops Tebah is the local government’s enforcement exercise against illegal extensions in commercial premises and other structures built by commercial property owners without approval.
“Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun had raised this issue of illegal foreigners managing businesses in Petaling Street.
“The authorities have been monitoring the activities there for the past three weeks and the surveillance led to the raids, ” said Santhara.
He noted that some of the shoplots were modified with an escape route, which explained why the prostitution dens were empty when the raids took place.
He said the authorities would review the building plans and take necessary action from here on.
“We will revoke licences that have been approved for locals but sublet to the foreigners, ” he added.
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