KUALA LUMPUR: “I know it’s wrong, but I see a lot of people doing it, so what’s the problem if I want to look for pocket money?” says an esthetician who was arrested at her center for allegedly offering illegal dental training and services.
Following The Star’s tip, a team of Health Ministry enforcers yesterday raided the beautician’s salon in Setapak and seized dental probes, dental fillings and nickel-titanium wire commonly used for braces.
Authorities also seized a desktop computer that has records of certificates believed to have been issued to those who attended various illegal courses, including veneers, drip whitening and platelet-rich plasma injections.
Health Ministry dental officer Dr. Taufik Firdaus, who acted as the lead officer in the raid, said a preliminary investigation found that the beautician, who denied having an assistant, was not registered with the Malaysian Dental Council.
It was also discovered that the small cockroach-infested facilities from which it operated were unregistered. The raid lasted four and a half hours.
“We received a complaint … that the location has been providing illegal dental treatment, so we did our investigation before the raid.
“We found dental materials that can be used as evidence. The case will be charged under Section 4(1) of the Private Health Services and Facilities Act,” Dr. Taufik told the media after the raid.
Section 4(1) states that no person may establish, maintain, operate or provide a private medical clinic or private dental clinic unless registered under Section 27.
The Star in July reported on the same facility that was found to have been providing a handful of dental courses before issuing worthless certificates to their “students.”
The short courses, mostly a few hours long and ranging from RM1,500 to RM3,000, also provided students with a starter kit to help them launch their own business, including mobile dental services.
The journalist from The Star who attended this beautician’s veneer course received, among others, a polishing device, a veneer compound, an LED light, a bonding agent, an etching gel, a mouth retractor and other instruments, some of which were which are only authorized for use by physicians.
Meanwhile, the 36-year-old beautician, who kept her cool during the operation, said she got her skills from an Indonesian woman who also ran a one-day course.
“The locals are not that skilled so I went to his class at Danau Murni, Taman Desa in Kuala Lumpur. It cost me around RM3600 for a one day course.
“After that, I started my own business because there were a lot of requests. Also, many are doing it (providing veneer services), so I tried it myself just so I could make money as a single mom.
“I know it’s wrong, but many are doing it, so what’s the problem if I want to look for pocket money?” he told her, adding that she was doing it as a part-time job.
She admitted to giving her students a “certificate of participation” upon completion of their courses.
“Certificates are for those who want to learn… I will test them when they learn and see if they can do it,” he said.
Peter Anthony uses Sabah budget debate to apologise for ‘words, actions’ during GE15
KOTA KINABALU: Parti Kesejahteraan Demoktratik Malaysia (KDM) Chairman Datuk Peter Anthony (Photo) took the opportunity to apologize for any wrong words and actions that may have occurred throughout his campaign leading up to the 15th General Election (GE15).
He was giving his budget debate speech during the state legislature sitting here on Tuesday (Nov. 29), when he apologized without directly referring to any issue or issue.
“The general elections recently concluded and whatever has happened in the past, I hope it stays in the past,” he said.
“We are now in a new government and we hope we can all work together at the state and federal level to budget and move Sabah forward to bring political stability and economic growth,” Peter said.
Representing the party and all its members, he said, “if something wrong was said and done, I apologize.”
On November 5, a riot broke out at the Tenom nomination center when Peter’s nomination was rejected hours after it was accepted by the state Election Commission.
A group of supporters went on a rampage, forcing security forces to use tear gas to disperse the crowd at around 2:00 p.m.
Earlier, Peter spoke about the issues facing his Melalap constituency, which falls under Tenom’s parliamentary seat, including water and electricity supply issues, a lack of shops, economic opportunities and a lack of infrastructure development. .
I hoped that the government would take steps to address these problems, for the betterment of the people of Melalap.
He supported the State Budget 2023 which was introduced in the assembly by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor on Friday (Nov 25).
PTPTN repayment incentive taken up by over 11,000 S’wak graduates since 2019
KUCHING: Some 11,095 Sarawakian graduates have benefited from the Yayasan Sarawak Higher Education National Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loan repayment incentive since 2019, says Datuk Roland Sagah.
The state’s education, innovation and talent development minister said the incentive has risen to RM36.1 million since it was introduced.
READ ALSO: Budget 2023: Streamline incentives offered, PTPTN borrowers urged
“Sarawak is the only state in Malaysia that provides such an incentive. Another 30 million ringgit has been approved for this incentive next year,” he told the Sarawak Legislative Assembly as he wrapped up business related to his ministry on Tuesday (Nov 29).
Sagah said the 30:30 incentive was part of the state government’s efforts to help ease the burden on Sarawak graduates of repaying their PTPTN student loans.
Under the scheme, the state government will subsidize 30% of the balance of graduates who have already repaid at least 30% of their loans.
For example, it said that a graduate with a loan of RM10,000 must have paid back at least RM3,000 to be eligible for the scheme.
READ ALSO: PTPTN loan discounts a welcome move
“With this, you are eligible for a 30% incentive on the balance of RM7,000, which goes up to RM2,100.
“Therefore, the remaining balance of the graduate’s loan will be RM4,900,” Sagah said, adding that the scheme encouraged graduates to meet their loan repayment obligations.
Sagah also said that the first Yayasan Sarawak International Secondary School (YSISS) in Petra Jaya began operations on April 4 with an initial cohort of 115 students from across the state.
READ ALSO: Abang Johari hopes Yayasan Sarawak International Schools will produce high-level students
“Once fully developed, the campus will have a capacity of 500 students in years seven to 11, which is equivalent to grades one through five,” he said.
It added that the construction of YSISS Kuching at mile 12 of Kuching-Serian Road was scheduled to be completed in the third quarter of next year, while the construction of YSISS Sibu was scheduled to start early next year.
“Both YSISS Bintulu and Miri are currently in the planning stage,” he said.
Three killed, six injured in car-van collision in Kluang
KLUANG: Three people were killed and six others injured after an accident involving two vehicles at KM15 Jalan Kluang – Teck Wah Hing here.
Kluang OCPD Asst Comm Bahrin Mohd Noh said the accident happened around 4pm on Monday (November 28), after a 20-year-old driver of a car lost control of the wheels and collided with a van.
“According to the initial investigation, the van was heading towards Kluang from Renggam, while the car was moving in the opposite direction.
“The driver of the car then lost control and skidded into the oncoming lane, causing the collision to occur,” he said in a statement here Monday.
He added that the family of four in the van sustained injuries and is being treated at Kluang Hospital.
“There were four people in the van, including two children between the ages of 11 and 15. They are currently receiving medical treatment at the hospital.
“Meanwhile, the four people in the van are colleagues. Two of them, including the driver, died at the scene, while one more person died while receiving treatment at the hospital,” he said.
He said the deceased are between 17 and 21 years old.
The case is being investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987.
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