KUALA LUMPUR: A team of Health Ministry agents raided a beauty center suspected of providing illegal dental services and training in the Klang Valley.
During the four-and-a-half-hour operation on Wednesday, September 28, law enforcement from multiple states confiscated various dental instruments, including dental probes, dental fillings, and nickel-titanium wire commonly used for orthodontic appliances.
Authorities also confiscated an office containing records of certificates allegedly issued to those who came to take various courses, including illegal courses such as veneer installation, whitening drops and platelet-rich plasma injections. .
Health Ministry dental officer Dr Taufik Firdaus, who acted as the lead officer in the raids, said a preliminary investigation revealed that the beautician, who denied having any aid, did not was not registered with the Malaysian Dental Council.
The premises, located in Danau Kota, Setapak, from which she operated, were also found to be unregistered.
“We received a complaint from the public who suspected the premises were providing illegal dental care.
“(Today) we found dental materials that can be used as evidence. The matter will be investigated under Section 4(1) of the Private Health Facilities and Services Act,” he said.
Section 4(1) states that no person shall establish, maintain, operate or provide a private medical clinic or a private dental clinic unless it is registered under Section 27.
Dr Taufik advised the public to beware of falling prey to unlicensed doctors.
The Star in July reported on the same premises which had given a handful of dental courses before issuing worthless certificates to its “students”.
The short courses, mostly just a few hours with fees ranging from RM1,500 to RM3,000, also provided students with a starter kit to help them start their own businesses, including dental services mobiles.
A reporter from The Star who took the veneer course was given a polishing gadget, veneer composite, LED light, bonding agent, biting gel, mouth retractor and other instruments, among other things, some of which are authorized only for use by physicians.