INSTEAD of renting out their rooms for accommodation, several motels in Malacca are letting prostitutes use the premises to service their clients, Berita Harian reported.
It said the rooms were usually fully booked and the prostitutes only charged between RM30 and RM60 for their sexual services.
The paper said that a local tourist complained that a motel operator in the city centre had refused to rent out a room to him but was surprised to see sexily dressed women in the motel rooms.
“I was told that all the rooms were taken. The innkeeper said there was no vacancy but other services were available, especially for men.
“I was puzzled because the signboard at the building said 'Motel and Inn' but the rooms were not for accommodation,” Mohd Azmin Shahruddin, 30, had said.
He thought that the motel was a prostitution den after seeing several men patronising the place and left for fear the authorities would catch him, thinking that he was a client.
The paper said that it received many public complaints on the prostitution activities despite numerous raids on these places.
It carried out its own investigation and found that the complaints were valid.
It said that during one of the checks, the innkeeper had said: “Bilik tiada ... perempuan ada, harga awak boleh runding dengan perempuan dalam bilik (There is no room but if you want a woman, you can discuss the price with her in the room).”
Quoting Malacca Religious Department (Jaim) enforcement division chief assistant director Rahimin Bani, the paper said Jaim was monitoring the situation and had made several arrests.
Utusan Malaysia reported that 500,000 poor pupils nationwide had received more than RM700mil through the compulsory primary school education programme.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Samsuddin said the allocation was for uniforms, school supplies, food and tuition fees.
“The aid was given since last year following the announcement in Budget 2002.
“A total of RM120mil was given for uniforms, RM200mil for tuition fees for children from poor families with monthly income of less than RM530 while the rest was used for text books, food and others,” Abdul Aziz had said.
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