Sunday, April 18, 2010

TV report tarnishes good image of Sandakan — Au Kam Wah

SANDAKAN: The incorrect coverage of the entertainment and karaoke industry by ntv7 last month has adversely affected business and tarnished the good image of this town, said Elopura assemblyman Au Kam Wah. He pointed out the television station had painted a negative image which is inaccurate and unfair to the people here and the entertainment and karaoke business community.

“We do have genuine and honest entertainment and karaoke pub operators who are running a decent place providing entertaining and relaxing services. “It is also a place for a social gathering,” said Au when commenting on the raids by the Immigration Department on entertainment outlets here on March 24. Au said nightly raids by the police on the entertainment and karaoke outlets had affected their business and deprived others a descent place to relax and enjoy entertainment.

“Vice activities are everywhere nationwide and the special focus on Sandakan is totally unfair given the fact and admission by state Police Commissioner Datuk Noor Rashid that prostitution involving foreign and local women, including illegal immigrants, did exist in Sandakan and the situation was not as bad as reported by ntv7 on March 24,” he added.

Au, however, does not encourage unhealthy and vice activities in these entertainment and karaoke business outlets. The ntv7 television crew joined in seven raids by the Immigration Department and showed footage of a van driven into the compound of a building and there were some negotiations between potential customers and public relations officers from neighbouring countries at the entertainment outlets. Noor also said the police had sought the operation of ntv7 to furnish a copy of the footage on prostitution activities in and around Sandakan so that they could identify the people behind such activities and owners of such premises.

Source The Borneo Post April 15, 2010

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