SIBU, July 31: Eleven women and a man have been apprehended from a health centre at Jalan Mahsuri here yesterday for suspected vice activity.
The women include the 30-year-old operator of the centre who is also a Chinese national, nine masseurs with six from Vietnam and three from China, aged between 29 to 33 years, and a local woman, 28, who is a counter staff.
The only male detained was a 25-year-old counter staff.
Sibu deputy district police chief, Supt Collin Babat said all of the suspects were arrested under Regulation 10 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures Within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020 for defying the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO).
“The centre has not complied by the SOP as the necessary guidelines were not followed. Among them are the need for temperature scanning, social distancing, provision of hand sanitiser, and the need for a log book to record name and contact number of their customers,” he said here today.
He said the 12 remanded suspects were also investigated under Section 372B of the Penal Code for conducting immoral activity in the premises and under Section 39(b) and 39(b) of the Immigration Regulations 1963 and Section 6(1) (c) and Section 55B of the Immigration Act 1959/63.
The police also seized a CCTV decoder together with its cable, a hand phone, two identity cards and two handbags.
“A 25-year-old sundry shop operator who was a customer of the centre, was also detained. He was however released after recording his statement,” he said.-DayakDaily