GEORGE TOWN: Foreigners seem to be getting bolder.
From opening grocery and coffee shops to catering to their countrymen, now they are also operating entertainment outlets to offer sexual services.
Acting on a tip-off, police picked up 10 women – six Bangladeshis and four Nepalis – who were working as guest relation officers during a midnight raid in Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah here yesterday.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said the women were aged between 23 and 30.
“We also detained a 38-year-old Bangladeshi who is the manager.
“He has permanent resident status,” he said, adding that several patrons and seven Bangladeshi workers were also rounded up to assist in the probe.
ACP Mior said initial investigations revealed that all the foreigners did not have valid documents to stay in the country.
“This is the second raid. The previous one was due to a fight there.
“The operating licence is owned by a local,” he said, adding that police had proposed to the Penang Island City Council to revoke its operating licence to prevent social ills.
Police are investigating the owner under Section 55B of the Immigration Act 1959/63 for hiring foreigners without valid work permits.
ACP Mior said the foreigners would also be investigated under Section 6(3) of the same Act for not possessing valid travel documents and under Section 39 of Immigration Regulations 1963 for violating their social visit passes.
On another matter, ACP Mior said a total of 411 foreigners were screened during Ops Rantau in Relau and Jalan Perak on Friday.
A total of 19 foreigners, including five Indonesian women, were detained.
ACP Mior said the foreigners, aged between 20 and 40, had violated Section 6(3) of the Act for not possessing valid travel documents and Section 15(4) for overstaying.
“The foreigners were from Indonesia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and the Philippines,” he said.