PETALING JAYA: Police arrested 103 people, including 65 illegal immigrants, during an anti-vice raid codenamed Ops Noda.
Serdang OCPD Asst Comm Megat Mohamad Aminuddin Megat Alias said a team from the Serdang police headquarters raided a karaoke outlet in Taman Pinggiran Putra, Seri Kembangan, at 1.30am yesterday.
The raid led by Deputy Supt Mohd Fakir Fauzi followed weeks of surveillance.
“Thirty Indonesian men were detained outside the outlet. They tried to flee on foot when they spotted us. When we went inside, we found another 35 illegal immigrants, including 10 Indonesian and six Vietnamese women as well as 19 Indonesian men.
“Those who were detained were illegally employed as guest relations officers and servers by the owner of the entertainment outlet,” he said, adding that the foreigners did not have valid travel documents.
A Malaysian man, who worked as the caretaker, was also arrested.
ACP Megat Mohamad Aminuddin added that 37 customers – including 32 men and five women – were checked during the raid.
Police seized three cash bills and RM1,040.
Among the offences included operating an entertainment outlet without a licence and employing illegal foreign workers.
In George Town, authorities screened 324 people at several entertainment outlets in Upper Penang Road on Saturday night.
Forty-two of them, including government servants, security guards and teenagers, tested positive for methamphetamine, opioid and tetrahydrocannabinol.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, who was present during the raid dubbed Ops Khas G2, said about half of those screened were underage.
Nur Jazlan, who is also the Malaysian Drug Prevention Associa-tion chairman, urged the local authorities to take stern action against entertainment operators who allowed the underage patrons to enter their premises.
“The local councils should revoke their licences,” he said.
The joint operation was carried out by National Anti-Drug Agency, the Immigration Department, Rela and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, from 11pm Saturday to 6am the next day.