Club with informants fails to thwart raid

KUALA LUMPUR: Despite having lookouts or “tonto”, an entertainment outlet could not escape an Immigration Department raid.

According to the department, the informants were stationed outside the premises in Jalan Kuchai Lama here to watch out for the authorities.

“However, they failed to prevent the raid and our team managed to surround the building, blocking all known exits, ” said Immigration director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud.

He added that the operation was conducted at 8pm on Friday.

During the raid, several people, including a guest relations offcer (GRO), attempted to flee but were thwarted by the law enforcement officers who had already surrounded the area, he said.

“A total of 115 people were screened inside the premises and 80 of them were locals who did not adhere to Covid-19 standard operating procedure, ” he said in a statement yesterday.

Khairul said customers were also found using “sticker tokens” to woo their favourite GROs, with prices of the stickers ranging from RM100 to RM1,000.

“The stickers were used as tips for their favourites. The outlet used this system as an attraction, ” he said.He added that checks showed that many of the GROs had 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 showed that the outlet did not have a licence to operate, he added.

Twenty-seven foreign women – 18 of them from Vietnam – were arrested in the raid.

“Two locals were also arrested. One of them was the ‘mummy’ in charge of the GROs, ” said Khairul.

Several intoxicated customers were non-cooperative and attempted to leave before investigation concluded.

“They and the rest of the customers were handed over to the police.

“We understand that the police have issued 29 compounds against them, ” he said.

Those detained were also taken to the Putrajaya district medical centre for Covid-19 tests.

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