‘Stop is­su­ing li­cences to en­ter­tain­ment cen­tres’

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MELAKA: In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has called on the state au­thor­i­ties to stop is­su­ing li­cences for “fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment cen­tres”, which are of­ten a front for vice dens.

He also called for a joint op­er­a­tion among the en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties to shut down vice dens and il­le­gal gam­bling out­lets in the state.

“It is clear li­cences is­sued to the so-called fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment cen­tres are be­ing mis­used.

“The games are not games, they are turned into gam­bling ma­chines.

“Mas­sage cen­tres are not mas­sage cen­tres, but fronts for vice,” said Khalid.

“We do not need these en­ter­tain­ment cen­tres and mas­sage cen­tres.”

Khalid yes­ter­day held an hour­long di­a­logue and brief­ing with po­lice of­fi­cers above the rank of in­spec­tor from all district and state head­quar­ters at the state po­lice head­quar­ters in Bukit Beru­ang.

He said this was re­quired to stop the force’s morale from drop­ping, while re­as­sur­ing the force in the wake of a high-pro­file Malaysian Anti Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) swoop on a pro­tec­tion racket that had shielded vice dens from en­force­ment for many years.

The racket in­volves high-rank­ing po­lice of­fi­cers, nine of whom were among 13 sus­pects re­manded by MACC since May 16 to as­sist in in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Among those re­manded were district po­lice chiefs of Jasin and Melaka Ten­gah, and crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion chiefs of the Melaka Ten­gah, Jasin and Alor Ga­jah district po­lice head­quar­ters.

Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar

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