KOTA KINABALU: Sabah will freeze issuance of work permits for Filipina masseuses from Jan 1 as local wives are blaming them for breaking up families.
Sabah Immigration Department director Datuk Mohammad Mentek said the decision was made not to allow spa and reflexology centres from employing women from Philippines after discussions with the state government.
He said they had received many complaints from local wives about the Filipinas having affairs with their husbands.
"There have also been many reports about some of these reflexology centre being fronts for immoral activities, including providing sex services.
"This is why we have decided to freeze the issuance of works permits for women from the Philippines," he told reporters here Saturday.
Mohamnd said there were currently 807 registered foreigners working at spa and reflexology centres statewide.
He said 531 of them were from China, 188 from the Philippines, 72 from Thailand and 16 from Indonesia.
Mohammad also disclosed that with effect from next year, spa and reflexology centre operators will have to fill their foreign workers' quota within six months instead of the current practice of allowing them two years.
"This would mean that once the quota to employ foreign masseuses is approved, they have fill it up within six months and if they don't, the approval will be automatically cancelled," he said, adding that the move was ensure that operators did not abuse the permits.
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