KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is urging the public to come forward with information pertaining to vice-related activities in their neighbourhoods.
DBKL vice task force enforcement and investigation head Mohd Hisham Izhar said any input obtained from the public would cut down on time his team spent investigating illegal activities and would be helpful.
Mohd Hisham said illicit activities like prostitution continue to thrive despite efforts to curtail them.
“There is a demand for it and despite the constant enforcement by the team it is still going on," he said on Thursday (Sept 16).
“Our officers sometimes spend weeks undercover in some premises to catch the culprits in the act.
"It’s not easy as they use WeChat and WhatsApp to communicate and promote their services, so if we can save time there, we would appreciate any tip-off from the public," he added.
According to his team's statistics, the task force carried out raids at 562 premises in 11 parliamentary constituencies from Sept 1 to 15 for violating various licensing guidelines as well the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342).
Eight compound notices were issued to business owners under Act 342 for contravening Covid-19 SOP.
Eighteen premises, including two hotels, were sealed for carrying out vice activities.
The outlets were also found to be run by foreigners.
The closure notices were issued under Section 18 of the Local Government Act 1976 and Hotels (Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur) Act 2003.
Notices were also issued under Section 3(1) of the Trade, Business and Industry (WPKL) 2016 By-law.
The team also detained four Thai, four Indonesians and six Vietnamese women who were working as masseuses and sex workers.
Nine Bangladeshi, six Pakistani, four Indian and five Indonesian nationals were also being investigated for not having proper documentation to conduct business in the city.