Immigration Dept detains 27 foreigners in entertainment outlet raid

PETALING JAYA: The Immigration Department detained 27 foreigners in a raid on an entertainment outlet at Jalan Kuchai Lama packed with over 100 people on Friday (Nov 6).

“During the raid, several people attempted to flee but were thwarted by officers that had already surrounded the area. A total of 115 people were inspected inside, ” said Immigration director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud in a statement on Saturday (Nov 7).

He said that 80 of the people inspected were locals that failed to adhere to Covid-19 SOPs, adding that officers found that customers used “sticker tokens” to curry favour from their favourite guest relation officers (GROs).

Khairul said that the price of these sticker tokens would range between RM100 to RM1,000.

“These are used as tips for their favourites and it has been identified that the outlet has used this system as an attraction. Checks showed that many of the GROs were using social visit passes and had been in the country since March. One showed a spouse card but was still working as a GRO, ” he said.

Checks on the outlet showed that it did not have an entertainment outlet license.

Two locals were also arrested by the department, including a woman that was called the “mummy”, who was in charge of the GROs.

“Several intoxicated customers were non-cooperative and attempted to leave before investigations concluded. They and the rest of the customers were handed over to the police and we understand that the police issued 29 compounds, ” said Khairul.

He added that those detained by the department were brought to the Putrajaya district medical centre for Covid-19 tests and said that they will be brought to the Putrajaya headquarters for documentation once they test negative.

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