Johor cops nab 80, including Datuk, two civil servants for violating SOPs under NRP

JOHOR BARU: A businessman with the title of Datuk and two civil servants were among 80 individuals slapped with compound notices in three separate raids around Johor Baru and Pasir Gudang here Friday (Oct 15).

Johor police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said that the raids at the entertainment centres were part of the Ops Noda operation, which took place between 1am and 11pm on Friday.

“A total of 83 people were checked during the operation with three found to be acting as caretakers at the centres, while 80 were customers and workers.

“The three individuals taking care of the entertainment centres were slapped with compound notices of between RM10,000 and RM25,000 each while the customers and workers received compound notices of between RM2,000 and RM5,000, bringing the total amount to RM357,000,” he said in a statement here Saturday (Oct 16).

Comm Ayob noted that the individuals involved were between the ages of 16 and 62.

He said that the first raid was at an entertainment centre at Stulang Laut where 50 individuals were checked, including a businessman with a Datuk title and two civil servants.

“The Datuk and two civil servants, along with other customers received compound notices for flaunting the standard operating procedures under Phase Three of the National Recovery Plan.

“A total of 29 of the people checked were arrested after testing positive for drugs while 10 foreign women were arrested for not having travel documents,” he said, adding that a local man in charge of the establishment was also arrested in the raid.

Meanwhile, the second raid took place at Taman Desa Jaya, Masai, at about 9.30am Friday where 17 individuals, including three workers and the caretaker of the entertainment centre, were checked.

“The three workers, who are all foreigners, were arrested for not having travel documents and for working without permits.

“Meanwhile, the 13 customers and the person taking care of the centre received compound notices,” he said.

He added that the third raid was at a commercial area in Johor Baru where 16 individuals were checked and issued compound notices.

“Two of the customers were also arrested for not being able to provide any identification documents during the raid,” he said.

The case is being investigated under Section 6(2) of the Johor Entertainment Enactment, Section 269 of the Penal Code, Section 55B and 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act and Section 25(n) of the National Registration Regulation.

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