Never judge a book by its cover. Or in this case, never judge a shop by the sign on its door. You don’t know what’s going on behind it.
Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has been hard at work closing down places that have immoral activities. On 29th March, DBKL raided a massage place in Warisan City View, Cheras.
DBKL’s Enforcement Department (JPK) carried out the Special Action Operation Against Massage Premises (GAY) in the evening. Eight foreigners were arrested in the raid of the place which was conducting same-sex activities for foreigners.
The investigation conducted revealed that immoral activities took place on the second floor of the premises. Eight rooms functioned as massage parlours and a place to conduct same-sex activities. DBKL also found that the premises did not have a valid license as a massage centre.
The raid carried out on the premise found five men from Vietnam, Syria and Indonesia acting as masseurs. Three others were arrested; two Myanmar customers and one Indonesian who was the caretaker of the place.
The enforcement action was implemented by issuing a compound notice under UUK 3 (1), Business and Industrial Trade Licencing By-Laws (WPKL) 2016. In addition to the arrests, DBKL confiscated 25 pieces of equipment on the premises such as condoms, lubricants and other materials.
Under Section 101 (1) (v), Local Government Act 1976, DBKL carried out the action to close the premises immediately. “This action is done in accordance with the provisions of the law, jurisdiction, and S.O.P DBKL,” DBKL stated.
DBKL warned that operations like this would be carried out from time to time.