KOTA KINABALU: Sabah will freeze work permits for Filipina masseuses from Jan 1 as Malaysian wives here are blaming them for breaking up families.
Sabah Immigration Depart-ment director Datuk Mohammad Mentek said the decision not to allow spas and reflexology centres to hire women from the Philippines came about after discussions with the state government on social problems.
He said they had received many complaints from local residents about Filipinas having affairs with their husbands. Some of the marriages have ended in divorces.
There have also been reports about some reflexology centres being fronts for vice, providing sexual services to customers.
“This is why we have decided to freeze the work permits of women from the Philippines,” he said yesterday.
Mohammad said there were 807 registered foreigners working at spa and reflexology centres statewide 531 of them from China, 188 from the Philippines, 72 from Thailand and 16 from Indonesia.
Mohammad also disclosed that starting next year, operators of spa and reflexology centres would have to fill in their foreign workers quota within six months instead of the current practice of two years.
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