KUCHING: The authorities have been urged to check the growth of reflexology centres in the city and ensure that they are not involved in vice activities.
Stampin MP Julian Tan said he was concerned by the mushrooming of such centres, in particular those that offered sex services.
“I have received a lot of complaints from housewives that reflexology centres which offer sex services are causing their families to break up.
“I think this is a serious issue in Kuching as family break-ups can cause social ills,” he told a press conference at state DAP headquarters here yesterday.
The first-time parlimentarian also claimed that the growth of reflexology centres could have links with rising AIDS cases in the state.
He quoted statistics showing that the number of reported AIDS cases was 181 as of November this year; against 178 last year, 169 in 2011, 141 in 2010, 75 in 2003 and four in 1989.
“According to official reports, 70% of AIDS cases in the whole of Malaysia are due to sharing of needles. But in Sarawak, in 2011 76% of the cases were due to sexual activities,” he said.
Tan called on the authorities to go to the ground and monitor the situation, saying that he did not want Kuching to become a “sex city”.
“I hope the authorities would take this matter seriously,” he said.