Fri, May 07, 2010
The Star/Asia News Network
Men ask for their "wives" to be released after raid

GEORGE TOWN: Some men are so besotted by entertainment outlet "China dolls" that they claim the women are their wives just to secure their release from enforcement authorities.

In a recent incident, at least three men turned up at the state Immigration Department headquarters in Seberang Jaya to plead for the release of their "wives" who were among 25 Chinese nationals arrested at a hotel in Anson Road on Wednesday. The women were aged between 20 and 30.

However, their requests were turned down pending investigations, said department enforcement deputy chief Roslan Wan Chik.

"We cannot give in to them although some of the women have long-term passes, which are issued only to those married to locals. We are checking on the validity of the passes," he added.

He also said the men had been asked to produce marriage certificates when they claimed the women were their wives.

Rooted out: One of the three women found hiding in a secret hideout in a karaoke room.

The two-hour raid, which started at 11pm, began with 29 enforcement personnel nabbing seven Chinese nationals working at the hotel's karaoke outlet.

The raiding party then conducted a floor-to-floor search of the hotel.

Eight women were found hiding on the rooftop while seven others were holed up in one of the rooms.

The team also found three more women who wept openly when ordered to crawl out from a secret hideout in one of the karaoke rooms.

Roslan said initial investigation showed that some of them had student passes.

Also seized from the rooftop were several packets of powder believed to be drugs.

Roslan said a man in his 50s, suspected to be the outlet's caretaker, was also detained.

"The women are currently remanded for 14 days. They have been placed at the Juru detention camp."





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