Vice and gambling increasing in Perak?

November 11th, 2008 by poobalan | View blog reactions Leave a reply »
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Let’s look at the figures given by Perak police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Zulkifli Abdullah:

  • 18% rise in arrests made on foreigners engaged in vice activities across the state this year. A total of 987 foreigners, mostly from China, some from Indonesia, Vietnam and other countries, were arrested in 305 raids conducted from January to October this year. The figures did not include the recent arrests of 36 foreign women found hiding in a special room at an entertainment outlet in Ipoh during a raid on Nov 9. This is an 18% increase on the same period last year.
  • From January to September this year, police confiscated 1,385 computers used for gambling in 125 raids in cybercafes in Perak. This is a 75% rise from the same period last year.

The police are now asking the state government to :

  • either stop issuing entertainment licences to errant operators or tighten the rules in a move to combat prostitution.
  • to make it mandatory for karaoke operators to use glass windows in each of their karaoke rooms at their outlets.

Perak Education, Local Government, Housing and Public Transport Committee chairman Nga Kor Ming replies:

“If they have the evidence of operators infringing the law, the state government will give its full cooperation to the police to act against the errant operators,”

“We want to uphold the law and the matter must also be handled with the full compliance of the law,”

Looks like Pakatan Rakyat is having a problem containing such criminal activities. Or is it possible that the police have a freer hand in taking action, thus able to make more arrests and raids? Whatever it is, the numbers are not a good sign. The statistics should also be compared with other states to see if such trend exists or only unique to Perak. I can imagine that more developed states like Penang, Selangor and Johor having higher statistics.

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