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  • Massage parlours plead for govt help

    Massage parlours plead for govt help
    The Charawi Association for the Conservation of Thai Massage on Wednesday handed over a letter at Government House addressed to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who is also chairman of the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, urging the government to help spa and massage parlour entrepreneurs who have been forced to shut down their businesses to prevent the new wave of Covid-19 from spreading.

    “Since the first wave in Thailand, massage businesses have employed strict measures advised by the Public Health Ministry, including limiting the number of customers, rearranging the service area to abide by the social distancing rule and providing thermal screening,” said Pitak Yotha, a representative of the association.

    “However, spa and massage businesses were one of the first groups ordered to shut down and also the last to be allowed to reopen, which is not fair.”

    Pitak said there are currently about 1,700 spa and massage businesses in Bangkok and 15,000 in other provinces.

    “As many as 11,000 businesses have reported permanent closure due to lack of money, while about 4,000 that are still open are following the guidelines laid out by authorities,” he said.

    “We would like the government to relax its shutdown measures on massage businesses, or at least come out with relief measures, such as exemption on property rent until the situation improves,” Pitak said.

    “Many spa and massage businesses have limited access to the government’s soft loans provided via financial institutes, while other campaigns such as ‘We Travel Together’ or ‘Let’s Go Halves’ are not specifically tailored for customers of spa and massage businesses,” he added.
  • 30 detained in Immigration raid on massage parlours in Malaysia

    The Immigration Department raided eight massage parlours in Muar, Johor, and detained more than 30 people.


    Department director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said the eight premises around Jalan Bakri, Muar were raided on Sunday (Aug 12) as part of the Ops Mega 3.0.

    “Initial intelligence showed that the premises offered massage packages with special services provided by foreign women who did not have valid documents.

    “We arrested 24 women and three men, comprising 15 Thais, eight Vietnam nationals, three China nationals and a Myanmar,” he said in a statement on Monday (Aug 13).

    “We also seized documents and business licences.

    “Further investigations revealed the premises offered massage packages between RM100 and RM150,” he said, adding that they also checked the living quarters above the premises and found the women would only come down once the packages were paid for.

    He said all the detainees were taken to the Immigration Department Depot at Pekan Nenas in Johor for further investigations.

    Mustafar also urged anyone with information on illegal activities involving foreigners to come forward immediately.

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