What exactly is going wrong with Malaysia’s tourism trade? Take a walk at the Federal capital’s tourist heart beat belt in Bukit Bintang / Raja Chulan / Jalan Sultan Ismail and it would not need a social scientists to figure out the daring and flourishing sex trade.
What are we selling? Rows and rows of massage parlors are screaming amidst the shopping attractions. The signature trade sees women – almost all of them foreign nationals, spilling onto the walkways with laminated brochures of the types of massages one can have.
The canvassing and soliciting women are dressed in short skirts, revealing tops and decorated to entice tourists. And surely, Malaysians are also patrons.
Why are we allowing such trade to flourish all over the country? Yes, is it also not true that all over the country, in every Taman even in suburbs we now see huge signboards screaming from shop lots announcing ‘body massage’?
What, are all Malaysians now desperately in need of massage? And why are all these outfits employing foreign women by the hundreds operating from premises that are far too private and shady?
What are the authorities doing? Are they so blind that they do not know what is happening in the country?
We call ourselves an Islamic nation. But look at the streets of Bukit Bintang. Look at the thousands of foreign women recruited from China, Thailand and Philippines – even African nationals to provide massage.
It is about time that the Ministers spoke up with honesty. It is about time that NGOs come forward to audit this scam called ‘massage’ services and spilled the beans in the public foyer. It is about time that leaders of religious organizations took to the pulpits of their congregation to demand an immediate stop to this sex trade done now with so much brazenness and total disregard for the values and morals of a nation that professes to be an icon of hope for the generations to come.
Yes, massage is a therapy. But why do we need to do it in dimly lit rooms that are shrouded in questionable privacy?
Massage is helpful and refreshes a tired body. But do we need sexily clad women – all of them foreign nationals, to provide such services?
It is about time that massage services comes under the health ministry’s purview and not one of businessmen and scoundrels. Failing which, we are all kidding ourselves.
Pray the authorities respond in an accountable and responsible manner to this sinful and scheming operation that seems to have gone beyond all decency.
The religious minister in the prime minister’s department too should respond. Is what is happening acceptable?
Perhaps, NGOs dedicated to human rights and fighting abuse of women too should go out onto the streets – with police escorts, to interview all these women who are being enticed to come into the country to ply their services. There in all likelihood, is a thread that will expose the sordid employment and work permit abuses that Malaysians would puke on reading.
And the accountable media in the country must expose all the total truth without fearing the crooks and collaborators – whoever they are, but by the fear of God and the sacred values of the Malaysian society.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION