Dark dentistry dreams dashed

Taking action: Health Ministry enforcers raiding a beauty salon in Setapak following The Star’s exclusive report (top) on the illegal dentistry business in Malaysia. — AZLINA ABDULLAH/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Amirah’s plan to study veneer fixing and to set up her own business in the future was dashed following the Health Ministry’s raid on the beauty centre that she went to for the illegal training.

“I like anything related to beauty, including dental.

“If done properly, I don’t think it will have a risk,” said the 28-year-old, who claimed that she had no idea that it was illegal.

Amirah said she joined the beautician’s veneer course because it had the lowest deposit of all.

“I knew about the course from a friend as well as Facebook. I PM-ed (private messaged the beautician) to register,” she said.

“The deposit was only RM150.”

Also present at the premises during the raid was a woman believed to have been hired by the beautician as a volunteer for the students to try out their newly acquired skills.

“I worked with her (the beautician) at the salon before. She asked if I could help to become a model; she said it was to whiten the teeth,” claimed the woman.

“But she didn’t say anything about paying me.”

Yesterday, a team of enforcers from the Health Ministry raided a salon in Setapak for allegedly offering dentistry services.

The same salon was also believed to have been providing fake short courses for those who wish to acquire dentistry skills such as veneer fixing and braces.

The short courses, mostly just a few hours long with prices ranging between RM1,500 and RM3,000, also provided participants with a starter kit to help them kickstart their own business including mobile dental services.

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