MB ropes in councillors to fight vice


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 25 Mar 2003

By LOONG MENG YEE

SHAH ALAM: Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo has roped in his executive councillors in the fight to wipe out prostitution in Selangor. 

He recently told councillors to organise or take part in raids on suspected vice dens. 

“Dr Khir does not want to be seen as the lone crusader against prostitution,” said executive councillor Datuk Ch’ng Toh Eng. 

“He has directed the councillors to join him in the fight to send out a message that the highest body in the state will not tolerate prostitution.” 

Ch’ng said Dr Khir had learnt that some prostitutes were resorting to novel ways to solicit customers. 

“For example, I could not believe it when Dr Khir said waitresses in some coffeeshops, even those in rural areas, offered 'extra services'. 

“It turned out to be true and such activities must be stopped,” said Ch’ng. 

He said Dr Khir himself has a list of suspected vice dens based on tip-offs from women who informed the mentri besar by e-mail. 

“There are also sex-related websites where information on vice dens can be obtained. There is a website that lists many such places in Selangor,” said Ch’ng after announcing this year’s Selangor ICT Innovation Awards. 

 

He said Dr Khir was aware that some quarters considered his anti-vice campaign futile. 

“He may not be able to stop every single sex trade in the state, but that does not mean we should keep quiet and let the sex trade ruin the good name of the state,” said Ch’ng. 

 

Asked about the opinion of some people that wives were to be partly blamed when their husbands went astray, Ch’ng said such a notion was wrong. 

 

“One’s willpower is important. When the will is weak, one cannot look for excuses.”  

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