PENANG: A whopping 505 vice workers, mostly from China, were arrested at various karaoke lounges and health clubs in George Town last year.
OCPD Asst Comm Azam Abd Hamid said other than the Chinese nationals, women from Vietnam, Thailand and Uzbekistan were also rounded up during the operations.
“Most of these women, in their 20s and early 40s, have entered the country as tourists usually via Bangkok.
“Outlets which have been raided frequently will have their operating licences revoked upon our recommendation to the district office.
“The owners might also find themselves banished from the state under the Restricted Residence Enactment,” he said yesterday.
ACP Azam said a special taskforce had been set up to conduct such raids under an operation codenamed Ops Noda, adding that gay fitness centres and saunas would not be spared.
The district police, he said, received 6,018 reports on various crimes such as robberies and burglaries and more than 28% or almost 1,800 cases had been solved.
“Anti-crime campaigns in co-operation with the Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (Penang chapter) and non-governmental organisations will be launched over the next few months.
“The Safe City Initiative project will be launched in more areas. It has proven to be a success with crime recording a drastic drop in areas covered by the project,” he said.
ACP Azam said they had set up hotlines (04-2691999 or 04-2282222) for the public to call should they witness a crime or an emergency.”