Spotlight on sex hotspots

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  • Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Nice to meet you: Bukit Gelugor by-election candidate Ramkarpal Singh (standing, left) mingling with state assemblymen and state officials during tea break at the state assembly sitting.

OPPOSITION Leader Datuk Jahara Hamid (BN - Teluk Air Tawar) has urged the state government to look into a report which said Penang has 200 sex hotspots.

She said more attention should be paid on such hotspots and also entertainment outlets, snooker centres, cyber cafes and unlicensed hotels which could contribute to social crimes in the state.

However, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng interjected and said Penang police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Wira Abdul Rahim Hanafi had denied such a report.

He added that only 64 licences were issued to massage parlours since Pakatan Rakyat took over the state administration in 2008.

“This is a sharp reduction compared to the 190 licences given during the Barisan Nasional rule before 2008.”

On the sidelines, Shariful Azhar Othman (BN - Bertam) said Lim should not simply brush off the report.

“According to the report, it did not specifically refer to only massage parlours.

“It could even be rented houses or illegal hotels which, according to a statistic, has 155 in the state, whereby135 are on the island and 20 on the mainland.

“The authorities should continue carrying out raids as there could be some truth to the report,” he said.

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