4 transgenders among 42 guest relations officers held

Kuala Lumpur CID chief Rusdi Mohd Isa says those arrested are from Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and the Philippines. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Forty-two foreigners, including four transgenders, were detained during an anti-vice operation code-named “Operation Noda” at an entertainment centre on Jalan Kuchai Lama here early today.

In his statement, Kuala Lumpur Criminal Investigation Department chief Rusdi Mohd Isa said those arrested, aged between 19 and 40, worked as guest relations officers at the centre.

They were from Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and the Philippines.

During the 1.50am raid, police also arrested a local man, believed to be the manager of the premises and four waiters from Bangladesh.

“Police also arrested a man in his 20s, who is on the wanted list for causing injuries with a weapon in Selayang,” he said.

All suspects were taken to the Brickfields district police headquarters to assist in further investigations under Section 4(1) of the Entertainment (Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur) Act 1992, Section 55B/6(1) (C) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 and Section 39(b) of the Immigration Regulations 1963.